Located just over an hour drive from our home in Cape Town, just beyond the imposing Hottentots Holland Mountain range, Elgin is an area synonymous with apple farming. However, in recent years the area is also becoming well known for their production of delicious, crisp cool climate wines. And what’s followed is a burgeoning tourism industry that is welcoming guests to explore the Cape Winelands, off the beaten track.
When we talk about Starry Starry Night in this article, we’re referring to a brand-new mountain retreat situated just off the renowned Route 62 between Barrydale and Montagu, about a 2½-hour drive from Cape Town. The brainchild of a fun-loving couple named François and JD, Starry Starry Night provides a place to just get away from it all and reconnect with nature. We recently paid this little piece of mountain paradise a visit and here are just 8 things that will keep us returning again and again.
Voted as one of the Best Small Hotels in South Africa and a serial recipient of the Trip Advisor’s Best-of-the-Best Travellers’ Choice Award, the 4 star boutique Eendracht Hotel is located in the historic town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Whether you’re called to the area for business or leisure, you’ll discover a home away from here at the Eendracht.
Here are just 10 of our top reasons to book your stay at this gorgeous property:
Welcome to the enchanting world of the Palace of the Lost City, Sun City’s premier hotel, one of the South Africa’s top-rated stays and a majestic destination that combines the allure of ancient legends with modern-day luxury. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the sprawling Sun City resort complex, this iconic building stands as a testament to architectural brilliance and unrivaled opulence. Inspired by a mythical lost city, its creation is a testament to human imagination and craftsmanship. Prepare to be captivated by its grandeur and indulge in a truly extraordinary journey as you discover 8 reasons why you should stay at this five-star hotel at least once in your lifetime.
When I think of a wine weekend away, the things that come to mind are fancy restaurants, haute cuisine, opulent estates and, of course, lots for drinking wine. Normally, the last thing on my mind would be family and fun with kids, but on a recent family trip to Stellenbosch courtesy of Visit Stellenbosch, with our two-year-old, we discovered that this popular wine lover’s destination has plenty to do to keep all ages entertained.
As avid wine lovers we were delighted to recently be able to visit the brand new Le Héritage located in the Boland region of the winelands just outside Paarl. And here are just five of the things we absolutely loved about this unique spot:
Located between Matjiesfontein and Sutherland, Rogge Cloof Private Nature Reserve is a tranquil escape from daily life, home to vast landscapes, endless starry skies, and a variety of free-roaming game including cheetahs. We were recently privileged to spend a weekend exploring this remote escape with our toddler and here are 10 reasons why we think you should put this Karoo destination on your travel bucket-list!
With the pandemic well and truly behind us, we found ourselves once again planning an international getaway. And having not seen the snow or strapped on our skis in almost five years, the slopes were calling. So, we had been tossing around ideas on which European ski destination to choose. And in the end, we settled on Italy and the town of Passo Tonale in the Pontedilegno-Tonale ski area.
On a recent family ski holiday to Italy we chose to spend a delightful four nights at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort situated in a valley below the spectacular Brenta Dolomites, which along with seven other resorts forms part of the Skirama Dolomiti adamello brenta.
It’s time for a family holiday and where better to visit than beautiful Durban? With warm weather, beautiful beaches and plenty of activities for all ages to do, Durban is a fantastic local holiday spot for travelling with little ones. It’s also a lot more affordable to fly to Durban and rent a car than it would be to book a holiday somewhere like Mauritius or Zanzibar. more “Iconic family destinations to visit in Durban and surrounds”