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Tree Hugging in Hog Hollow, South Africa

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  Site Where: Askop Road , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, 6600
March 15, 2007 at 12:33 PM | by | ()

Apart from a cute kinda name, Hog Hollow Country Lodge on the Western Cape of South Africa is also in favor because it's doing its bit for the local communities. That means it's got an accreditation from the Fair Trade in Tourism scheme in South Africa, and most of its staff were hired from the nearby villages of Kurland and Kwanokathula, rather than hiring city-siders who couldn't tell the guests what the local area is really all about. There's also a big emphasis on using locally-sourced food, and apparently it's pretty delicious.

Hog Hollow's website has a neat guestbook which includes a bunch of (positive) comments about staying there; for example:

The best place we've stayed at in six weeks in SA - lovely with breathtaking scenery. Original touches such as the bedtime stories book, chocolate made it even better. Will recommend to friends.Thank you.

Other guests rave about the good food, the friendly staff and (seasonally dependent) the log fire and the swimming pool. This week's UK Guardian also gave it a good review and described the accommodation as African-style cottages, often with views into the forests and nearby mountains. Since nobody's complaining, we'd better get there soon.

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Related Stories:
· Hog Hollow Country Lodge reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Clean Break: Hog Hollow Country Lodge [Guardian UK]

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Cubicle Dreamin': Land of Londolozi

March 13, 2007 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Annie0007 fantasizes about a luxury safari trip. Enjoy.

March comes in like a lion... on a game preserve...

Let's face it, this month is a long haul. Even with temperatures on the rise and early daylight savings time, there are no federal holidays for a well-deserved break. Plus tax season is right around the corner. So what fabulous hotel can you pay for with that big refund coming?

Go to Londolozi Private Game Preserve, established 1926, a luxury wilderness lodge voted one of Forbes' most expensive and luxurious hotels of 2006.

Five hundred kilometers north of Johannesburg, it sits on the banks of the River Sand in the Sabi Sand Game Preserve near Kruger National Park in the Northeast corner of South Africa, nestled just under the Tropic of Capricorn. It's been run by the same family for almost eighty years, and heralded by Nelson Mandela as a "a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country."


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Shark Attack in Your Extreme Hotel Bathroom

November 8, 2006 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

When hearing that the world's first hotel specifically geared toward extreme sport enthusiasts, one has to wonder if it's underwater near Dubai, on the edge of a cliff in the Outback, or maybe in the Space Station. But no it's in Cape Town and that's fitting too because aren't their waters riddled with great whites?

However, The Extreme Hotel is more about virtual extreme sports and illusions than it really is about real-life extreme sports (aside from the climbing wall located on its exterior):

The hotel's swimming pool has been designed to look like an aquarium from the restaurant. The water comes right up to the 30 mm thick glass windows of the restaurant, giving diners an underwater view of swimmers. The men's urinals appear to be suspended on scaffolding at the edge of the building while the entering the lift feels like being in a shark cage thanks to floor to ceiling life-size photography.

Nothing was said in regard to the women's bathroom but we're a little scared that there may be a fake mini-alligator inside the toilet or something. Either way, this place is full of surprises to uncover. It was developed by Al Gosling the founder of the Extreme Sports Channel. Plans are underway to add more in equally cool and extreme locations, first targeting ski and surf areas and then possibly expanding. What's best, they aim to provide 5-star quality with 3-star prices and they've already won us with free WiFi.

Now, can you say...Mancation?

Related Stories:
· Hotels for Adrenalin Freaks [Times Online]