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  • City Escape
    fancy wine and dine If you going to CT then you better go all out and spoil yourself at Nobu Cape Town we re talking the world s finest wines and bubblies all paired with contemporary Asian cuisine Spectacular Nobu will be hosting one of these swanky affairs every month We re looking forward to April 7 Veuve Clicquot then May 7 Oneiric wines and we ll have to make our way back on June 4 for Rust en Vrede The champagne dinner in April as well as the sake 101 dinner in November are priced at R895 a person and include a four course dinner Yay This is a great reason to visit CT once a month The four course hand picked wine evenings are priced at R495 a person Details 021 431 4511 Hot tip FlySafair This new airline is offering low cost fares and could get you to any destination around SA for cheap cheap Details www FlySafair co za In the mood for an exotic beach location We ve found the perfect one Asian cuisine Cape Town Champagne cheap Cape Town flights cheap flights FlySafair four course dinner Nobu Cape Town Oneiric wines Rust en Vrede

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  • Cosy country
    getaway in the beauty of the Lowveld The mood is set on arrival scattered rose petals around the jacuzzi champagne on ice and candles everywhere Just go with it being pampered doesn t happen often Every room has breathtaking views and the opulent decor creates a lavish setting the only thing not included is a Prince Charming so make sure to take your own Belgrace is all about personalised service and supposedly you don t even need to ask for a turn down before bed snuggle up gowns and slippers and midnight snacks await Talking about snacks the food should be great as they use only the freshest organic produce grown on the owner s farm Plus dining under an ancient rock fig tree would make everything taste even better It s only 20 minutes from White River so day trips to Kruger National Park are easy and a must do While this is geared for couples if you couldn t shake the kids Belgrace also has two bedroomed cottages that would be ideal for the family Fees start at R1600 pp a night including breakfast Details 076 539 0409 or www belgrace co za Click here for the low

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  • Beach vibes
    then hop on board a traditional dhow and go for a leisurely cruise While this resort does scream out only love birds welcome it s actually fantastic for the whole family If you want some quality time together you have to go for the Pool Villa It s super secluded and has its own private entrance two spacious en suite bedrooms large lounging areas both inside and out as well as a pool and jacuzzi What more could you want And there s tons for the kids to do There s a dedicated family pool so no need to cringe if the terrors are running wild They can also expend all that energy snorkelling learning how to dive sand boarding horse riding playing tennis and volleyball And if you re in need of some me time there s a play area where you can drop off the kids while you pop along to the luxurious Anantara Spa or just take a stroll on the beach Once you ve exhausted yourself flop down on your four poster bed while the white mosquito drapes billow in the cool breeze and gaze over the ocean ahh pure bliss There are 44 villas in various sizes and while the rustic decor lends itself to setting a tranquil scene they do come with all the amazing perks like oversized bathtubs and fluffy white towels If that isn t enough to have you packing your bags then you ll want to go just for the food The resort offers something to satisfy your mood as well as your hunger You can go to Golfinho if you want to enjoy spectacular sea views while you munch Bazaruto spiced prawns or seared Cajun tuna If you feel like something more casual then Clube Naval offers tasty salads and

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  • Some Safari maybe?
    only alarm clock a francolin we also love love love being spoilt At Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway that s exactly what you will be spoiled with the unparalleled beauty of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve while you swan around this little piece of heaven The lodge is all about laid back elegance creating a very serene environment where you can truly unwind And guess what it only sleeps 16 people so you definitely won t need to worry about crowds or having to share your private plunge pool It has also been cleverly designed to ensure each room is secluded so you can fold back your bathroom doors and enjoy the view from your tub Yes that will most certainly do Welgevonden is home to everything you might want to see the Big 5 plus cheetah and brown hyena and all those buck we inevitably mix up Once you ve returned from a game drive the awesomeness continues The lodge prides itself on its exceptional African fusion food and its extensive wine cellar when you re just a short walk from your room resisting will be futile Between game drives get treated to an aromatherapy massage but if that s

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  • Bushveld bashing!
    comfy beds with crisp white linen safari blankets celebrex and warm throws over the counter viagra Persian rugs and a canvas hand basin the staff bring warm water on request paraffin lamps and a portable loo and bucket Zyban generic accutanegeneric reviews clomid generic accutane http cymbaltaonline pharmacy com generic Cymbalta cymbalta generic shower which are en suite albeit outdoors There s a flimsy wire around each tent which certainly wouldn t stop any of the wild animals that wander generic cialis through the camp at night from getting in but would give you some kind of warning quite frankly I d rather not know When we were there an ellie and hyaenas made themselves at home a dozen steps away we slept on happily oblivious There s a central tent where guests meet for rustic safari meals and fireside talks where the kettle s permanently on the boil the rusks home made the bubbly on ice I was enjoying this weekend more and more The walks two to three hours at a time were far less scary than expected no special hiking shoes required Hugely enjoyable and not too strenuous although two of us me and a French teenager on her first safari found them a little fast paced We would have preferred to slow down a little to take in the surroundings While exploring this remote concession in the heart of the Kruger on foot you really do get a sense of how trekking was done in the early days of exploration and see far more than you do on a game drive We stopped for educational snippets of info from the ranger for a breather to take in the incredible views and for one of the best elephant sightings we ve ever had dozens and dozens of

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  • Smooth cruising
    serves a variety of food from curry to roast chicken and salad and there are many sinful delights served for afternoon tea Indulge in chocolate croissants mini vanilla cakes fruit salad and meringues The diet might heck will have to be put on hold The ship is a hive of activity at any given moment It seems to absorb the 2000 plus guests with no trouble and although it s busy on deck it s great to see so many people having such fun Learn to salsa try your luck at bingo test your general knowledge with the daily quiz or enjoy an evening of entertainment with a choice of comedy Bollywood and Cirque du Soleil style performances It s really all fun fun fun Seasickness is always a concern when venturing out into the great expanse of the ocean But on such a large ship the going is pretty steady so the chances of getting seasick are reduced And the doctor on board is just a phone call away and ready to help if you re feeling iffy Because of the general sense of community and the bustling activity around you it s not the greatest holiday for a honeymoon but it s fab for a family getaway or a group outing with friends The Kids Club is open from 9am to 11pm so any time you want to drop off the little ones and have a romantic moment or quiet dinner you know the kids will be safe and happily entertained Tips Take a credit card to load onto your cruise card There s no cash on the ship so you use a cruise card for all purchases They do have a system where you load cash onto your card but it works so much better if you

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  • Raise a glass …
    for the night you re in for a treat The guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings massively thick walls whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs The thick walls ensure the rooms are pleasantly cool in summer while in winter huge fires keep things cosy The suites with two en suite bedrooms and comfy lounge have a wonderful greenhouse kitchen and dining room overlooking the gardens Seriously tempting to sit here all day sun streaming through the glass nibbling the fresh organic goodies provided sipping a glass of Babylonstoren Viognier life doesn t get much better than this Well it does a little At breakfast time Farm fresh literally fruit and juices home made mueslis and thick yoghurts and farm honey and then something hot and heavenly bliss And for goodness sake make sure you have at least one dinner here on three nights of the week you ll enjoy a three course set dinner at Babel otherwise you ll be treated to dinner in the tasting room pizza and it s gourmet pizza believe us or an Italian inspired feast guests sit at one long table and get to know each other farm living at its best R4900 a room on a bed and breakfast basis And so to the cellar Although there have been vineyards on this historic Cape farm in the Drakenstein Valley since it first started more than 320 years ago it was only four years ago when the new winery was completed that wine was first made under the Babylonstoren name This year a new upgraded tour of the Babylonstoren wine cellar was introduced a must do if you re in the Cape The one hour long tour is equally as interesting for wine novices as for those who re experts in the world of sniff sip and spit Not only do you hear about the farm s wine growing heritage but also about the farm s incredibly interesting history You ll be shown examples of vine trellising take a look at the farm s water management system and get a front row view of where and how the wines are made You ll visit the winery and barrel cellar as well as the new olive oil production plant where you ll taste some of the olive oils and finish up in the Wine Shed tasting room where you can try the wines in the Babylonstoren portfolio and if you wish and you will wish buy some to take home Of the 400ha that make up the farm 62ha are under vine and there are more than 13 grape varieties at varying altitudes and in a multitude of terroirs for cellar master Charl Coetzee to choose from The wines with their wonderfully simple labels which express the essence of Babylonstoren the pipe represents the farm the flower the garden and the bird represents nature are truly wonderful If you re a Chardonnay drinker the 2012 Babylonstoren Chardonnay the second vintage of the

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  • Life’s a beach
    and stunning balconied rooms to junior and garden suites depending on whether you re planning on taking the whole herd or making it a romantic escape for two ooh la la Just a quick stroll from the hotel is The Valley of Waves Be sure to go with your game face on because here there s a whole lot to keep you on your toes Go whizzing down the slides body surfing in the waves or tubing til you ve worked up a hefty appetite and then it s Cinnabon time mmm mmm It would be a sin to leave the Lost City without attempting the 17 metre drop slide yikes that is the Temple of Courage If you fancy yourself as a bit of a brave heart and you can hold onto your cossie as if your life depended on it then make sure you tick this one off your bucket list For the rest of us scaredy cats we re happy to meander endlessly around the Island by tube on the Lazy River Parents you may forget what your kids even look like because they ll gallivanting for days Back at the hotel kids can dive bomb each other in the pool which has a lifeguard on duty daily Haven t exhausted all your energy just yet How about a round of night time tennis on the floodlit courts after which you can head straight to the pool to cool off aaaah All the daily shenanigans will have you about ready to gnaw off your own arm OK slight exaggeration but when you see the spread on offer at the Peninsula Restaurant you ll want to have built up an appetite trust us You ll get to tuck into scrumptious meals on the deck with the lake lapping

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