Places to Stay

Zalala Beach Lodge, where community matters…

Zalala Beach Lodge, where community matters…

As day breaks, the fishermen and boys appear with their boats and nets in search of the day’s catch and the sounds of their voices fill the air, along with the sounds of the breeze and the splashing of the waves against the shore.  Besides drinking in this natural beauty, there are many attractions available […]

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Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

It was a glorious autumn morning, a chill filled the air and all around the plane trees were shedding their leaves. Our welcome was warm and our new suite absolutely superb. It didn’t take long for us to forget the hectic work schedules we’d left behind. My husband and I had been invited up for […]

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Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

At first glance this could be any other private game reserve in Africa, with its incredible wildlife experiences, sumptuous cuisine and wonderfully luxurious suites, but pause a moment and you will discover an authentic African experience that has more than just your pleasure at heart. Taking the &Beyond philosophy of ‘care for the land; care […]

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Polana Serena Hotel – a magical mix of colonial charm and African appeal

Polana Serena Hotel – a magical mix of colonial charm and African appeal

Beautifully located on one of the most sought-after avenues in the heart of the city, the Grand Dame of Maputo, as the Polana Serena Hotel is widely known as, is a majestic colonial building with a history stretching as far back as 1922. Presented in an inspirational fusion of international, African and authentically Portuguese style, […]

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Changing views…

Changing views…

We woke to glorious sunshine, the sun’s early morning rays reflecting ochre on the sandstone cliffs of the spectacular Oribi Gorge. Quite a change to the dramatic display of sound and light of the night before as we dined to the sound of background music interspersed with that of thunder. These are just some of […]

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Stylish, elegant & ‘green’

Filed in Places to Stay, Western Cape by on May 19, 2011
Stylish, elegant & ‘green’

Cape Town has its fair share of spectacular establishments, ranging from five star hotels and penthouse suites to boutique hotels and a whole lot in between. What sets this collection of boutique hotels into a category of their own is that their commitment to the environment and their local communities is something they take to […]

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Sustainability, San style

Sustainability, San style

In the past they were hunter-gatherers, living off the land yet posing no threat to wildlife and vegetation… the San people lived, and some still do today, in harmony with nature, living largely off game, honey and the roots and fruits of plants. Their semi-nomadic existence governed by the seasons and the movement of game. […]

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