This year's Luxury travel trends uncovered…
As a local South African, with your eye on the more ‘exotic’ Seychelles for your next family holiday abroad, you find it incredibly difficult to understand why any sensible traveller would choose to visit South Africa for an extended period of time. You wonder what the allure of such a ‘turbulent’ (for want of a better word) socio-political country might be.
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In High Season
Despite our current, rainy and rather chilly state of affairs, spring and summertime in South Africa arrive with brilliant blue skies, flourishing fynbos and indigenous forests, an abundance of outdoor activities and tours, exquisite beaches and an array of upmarket spots for cocktails, sundowners and light summer meals. Some find the heat unbearable; particularly in December and January when the air is heavy and the temperatures soar to 40 degrees. More experienced internationals visit in the cushioning months of October, November, March and April, when the heat is somewhat diminished and the chill hasn’t quite set in.
A real African Holiday
You’ve probably heard a dozen internationals brag about their time in ‘the bush.’ This refers to that luxury, safari experience sought after by all who visit Southern Africa.
Nectar of the Vines
Despite the popularity of world class Bordeaux from France, Syrah from Australia and Cabernet Sauvignons from California, South Africa has become world renowned for its own array of excellent cultivars and blends in the last few decades. Our wine industry is huge and caters for the locals as well as the adoring international markets with phenomenal creatively and finesse.
Best In the World
Last month, Cape Town received Conde' Nast's reader's choice award in the World’s Best Food Cities list. Restaurants like Constantia’s La Colombe under Scot Kirton, The Greenhouse under acclaimed Peter Tempelhoff and The Test Kitchen under Luke Dale-Roberts, not to mention the wild and nutty Foliage by Chris Erasmus, tantalise international travellers’ palates with award winning menus and service. Here we’re talking top notch stuff – the kind that culinary dreams are made of and securing a booking at any of these fine establishments requires a few months’ headway.
The African Riviera
A South African anomaly to the international traveller, Cape Town is considered one of, if not the, most beautiful city in the world. Spanning two exceptional coastlines with innumerable wine estates, top restaurants, mountain peaks, beaches, nightlife activities and scenic beauty, this city is on the up and up in 2016, and its infrastructure keeps improving, from public transport routes and services to smart technologies; the sky’s the limit.
South African Tourism & Hospitality Excellence
The Last Word Intimate Hotels
Finally, South Africa scores major points in the realms tourism and intimate hospitality. Travellers are never short of an expertly guided adventure to embark upon and those who lead them are sure to insist that each experience is entirely unique and bespoke.