10 Things I love about unearthing special destinations
Anticipation: The promise of Singita’s Serengeti House due to open later this year, which is set to encompass their hugely successful combination of conservation, comfort, cuisine and unrivalled wine selection. For exclusive use, by a family or group of friends. (021) 683 3424 www.singita.com
New Trends: The joy that Southern Africa has joined the rest of the world in providing true, full service Villa Holidays in unique locations, offering complete privacy and access to beautiful properties. These are often inaccessible to the general traveller. Prefect Hideaways (021) 790 0972 www.perfecthideaways.co.za
Never Fail Options: The surety and comfort of returning to a well loved property where each return visit reminds one of why it is a favourite. A classic being Bartholomeus Klip (022) 448 1087 www.bartholomeusklip.com.
Calming and Refreshing: Many travellers experience rewarding but strenuous safaris at various game lodges and camps and need a relaxing conclusion to their holiday. Convenient to KNP and lodges, yet a world apart, discover umSisi House 082 479 9700 www.umsisihouse.com
What’s in a name? : In the previously “unchic” Cape Town Foreshore district, enjoy discovering the story behind the eponymous Bizerca Restaurant. Wonderful French bistro food, owner managed by Laurent and Cyrillia, who returns to her South African roots. (021) 418 0001 www.bizerca.co.za
Concierge: In the true sense of the word, discovering services providers that can independently assist foreign and local travelers seeking specific experiences including bespoke shopping and sourcing the unusual. 082 415 6418 www.buy-appointment.co.za
Steadfast Values: London’s oldest family owned hotel, The Goring, bolt hole of the royals when not on parade, delights with their humorous, always genuine and welcoming staff. It’s large private garden an added surprise and is minutes from the Palace and Victoria station. +44 207 396 9000 www.thegoring.com
Owner Managed: Hooman Saffarian’s interesting ancestory, back in the business refreshed and welcoming, delivering delicious lamb dishes, vegetarian options and traditional middle eastern flavours. Unassuming and tucked away in trendy Green Point, try Sloppy Sam –021 419 2921 www.sloppysam.co.za … and the website is only the start of the experience.
Retail Therapy: Consistent, caring, and innovative owners, visit Laura at L’Orangerie in Wynberg 021 761 8355 and Newlands 021 674 4284 www.lorangerie.co.za. Also, sisters Pat and Margaret at House & Interiors, Cavendish Square, 021 683 1468 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitable Hosts: Horst Frehse deserves recognition for his genuine hospitality and interaction with guests wherever he is. GM at Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles, he goes the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble. Twelve Apostles 021 437 9000 www.12apostleshotel.com