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Hotel Restaurants You'd Actually Eat In: Le Franschhoek

March 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The reputation of hotel restaurants as sad, overpriced affairs is quickly falling away as some talented chefs make the eateries destinations of their own. This week, Katherine Spiers is taking us to some of the best hotel restaurants in the world.

The great "wine countries" of the world—Napa, Loire Valley, etc.—of course have fabulous dining, since nothing goes together so well as drinking and eating. There are lesser known wine-growing areas trying to get in on that game, since tourism dollars increase exponentially when everyone's got a glass of wine in hand.

South Africa's wine country and its product are becoming more popular all the time. As a direct result, its hotels are growing in world-class stature, too: Le Franschhoek, on the French-derived side of the Cape Winelands, is of such class that it wins all kinds of awards, for example.

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Spoiler Alert: We Know What Hotel Hosts the South African Finale of 'The Bachelor'

March 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yeah, we dig The Bachelor, but not because we're cool with one guy basking in the attention of a harem of women, all begging him to put a ring on it. No, we haz da luv because it’s unintentional travel eye-candy. The network thinks we're watching the cast, but really, we're peeping the background.

This season starring Bachelor Brad Womack is coming to an end and we love-love the location: South Africa. Last night's show and—we're told—the March 14 finale has studly Brad and the last three ladies standing at two gorgeous properties—Lion Sands Private Game Reserve and the swank One & Only Cape Town.

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Spying on Elephants and Giraffes from The Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg

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  Site Where: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2193
January 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often we feature a hotel review from our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in.

This time, a reader sends in a quick dispatch from the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg.

What a lovely hotel, it's built like a small village on a hillside overlooking the city. Sunday brunch at La Belle Terrasse is a very nice way to while away the day, sitting outside on the terrace above the infinity pool, watching elephants and giraffes in Johannesburg Zoo at the foot of the hill.

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Gordon Ramsay Is Replaced By a Younger, Hotter Chef at One & Only Cape Town

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  Site Where: Dock Road, Cape Town, South Africa
September 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

So where Gordon Ramsay failed, a local chef is hoping to succeed. Ramsay may have been forced to close his Maze restaurant at One & Only Cape Town last month, but Sol Kerzner obviously has faith in South African chef Reuben Riffel, who will open Reuben’s at One & Only Cape Town on October 1.

Although he may not be as famous as old sweary boots, Reuben has won acclaim (and awards) for his restaurants in the Franschhoek wine valley called (we’re sensing a theme here) Reuben’s and Reuben’s at The Robertson Small Hotel. This will be his first urban resort, though.

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The Dutch Team Gets a Late Check-Out from Hilton

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  Site Where: 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, South Africa, 2196
July 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not expecting to advance to the semi-finals, Team Netherlands only booked their hotel rooms at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton until July 5. Reports were buzzing today that the Dutch team was "homeless" on the eve of their match against Uruguay since the hotel was now fully booked.

But while the boys are set to face off in just a few minutes, fans of The Oranje can relax knowing that the hotel has allowed the team to stay through July 9, provided things go their way today.

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England Gets Cleaned Out in South Africa, In More Ways Than One

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  Site Where: PO Box 1, Phokeng, South Africa, 0335
June 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Before the World Cup started, Team England was full of optimism but firmly dedicated to the task at hand.

No-nonsense coach Fabio Capello banned WAGS from attending the group stage games and even promised to spy on his players to make sure they were not goofing off in their hotel rooms. Injury forced David Beckham off the pitch and onto the sidelines in a three-piece suit but there was still plenty of faith in Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard.

Unfortunately, nothing really went well for England. There was that unfortunate goal their keeper let slip through against USA (yay!), the embarrassing nil-nil score against Algeria and the final exit by German who defeated them 4-1.

Making matters worse, the staff at their hotel, Royal Marang Hotel allegedly filched some items from the players room.

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Was There Really a Shooting at the England Team's Hotel?

June 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Drama in the England camp for the World Cup! Not only has their manager threatened to spy on the lads’ behavior, but now the Sun is reporting that the boys had their sleep disturbed by a shooting outside their hotel.

The lions were shacked up at the Royal Marang Hotel at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg, when the incident happened last week. Apparently there was a car chase that ended in the cops getting trigger happy – and the culprit was none other than a drunken policeman.

Although the cynic in us is thinking, hmm, the lengths some people will go to to invent an excuse for their shoddy performance against the yanks on Saturday. Not sure if we’re buying that one.

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Six World Cup-Worthy Hotels in South Africa

Where: South Africa
June 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve decided to fly to South Africa and support your favorite soccer team (psst..take a look at Jaunted’s World Cup coverage!), you’ll need a place to stay. We’ve done some homework for fans looking to lay their head down in between matches and copious amounts of South African wine.

The good hotels may already be taken by flashy footballers but there are still plenty of South African hotels to go around. And even if you aren't headed to South Africa for the World Cup, you should store these hotel suggestions for a future trip. After all, the World Cup only lasts a month but hotels last forever.

Out in Cape Town, four new hotels have opened here this year alone, bringing the tally to 14 new properties in the last two years. This means there are plenty of beds, from budget to swank, available during the games.

A road trip from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth is quite doable when you take the scenic Garden Route. Another option, after the games at Nelson Mandela stadium, fans can drive 190 miles south to the seaside town of Wilderness for whale watching excursions on the Western Cape. There are several key towns along the way, all offering a low-key pre-or-post game retreat and a different side of Africa.

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The Pezula Resort is Even Too Flashy For Footballers

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  Site Where: Lagoon View Drive, Eastern Head, Knysna, South Africa, 6570
June 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you thought the English team had it bad for the World Cup, what with being spied on by their coach and all, wait till you hear about the French, who’ve just had a roasting from the government over their hotel being “too flashy”.

According to the Guardian, Rama Yade pointed out that the spoilsport Spanish team had shacked up in university accommodation, and said about the French team’s hotel:

Personally I would not have chosen that hotel. I had asked football authorities to show decency. In times of crisis, you need to think about it.

The hotel in question? The Pezula Resort on the Western Cape, which bills itself as “Africa’s most luxurious resort estate”.

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England's Coach To Spy on His Players Using Hi-Tech Hotel TVs

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  Site Where: PO Box 1, Phokeng, South Africa, 0335
June 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is almost here and we plan on giving you the full low-down on where fans should hotel it up during the matches. But first, we have to applaud this most excellent use of hotel technology by the England team's coach--Fabio Capello.

Word is Capello plans to spy on his players at the Bafokeng Camp Royal Marang Hotel by using hi-tech hotel TVs to ensure they are getting proper sleep and are not engaging in amorous behavior with any WAGs (aka wives and girlfriends.)

The Daily Star reports:

The tellies have been installed at the team’s £327 million base camp in Rustenberg. But the news has not gone down well with the stars. A source close to the squad revealed: “It’s going to be like Big Brother. “The hotel rooms used to be the place we all escaped to, now they’re not safe!”

As it turns out, Capello probably had these sneaky spy TVs planned for about a year.

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Fairmont Is Catering to Soccer Fans By Opening Another World Cup Hotel

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  Site Where: PO Box 17, Zimbali, South Africa, 4422
June 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Aren’t those World Cup fans lucky? Not only do they get a nice holiday in South Africa on the pretence of following the beautiful game, and not only do they get to actually follow the beautiful game, but now Fairmont have opened up a new hotel especially for them.

The Fairmont Zimbali Resort opened on Tuesday near Durban (one of the Cup host cities) and 15 minutes away from the new King Shaka airport (which presumably footie fans will be flying into).

It’s not the only property in the area – at 154 rooms, it’s playing big brother to the existing 76-roomed Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. The lodge is slap bang on the beach, and the resort is sandwiched between the sand and a 700-hectare forest reserve – though you can see the sea from the pool, according to the renderings.

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Where the U.S. is Shacking Up for the World Cup in South Africa

June 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

While Jaunted takes you on a tour of the 2010 World Cup Stadiums in South Africa, we're interested in where the football players are spending their nights. And for the U.S. team, it's the Irene Country Lodge, just north of Johannesburg in the village of Irene.

The lodge has only 74 rooms (25 of which are new) and the decor is "English Country Manor." Rates start around $170 USD a night and rooms are equipped with wireless internet (for a fee), minibars, 24-hour room service and DSTV satellite television, although we did spy some chunky box TVs in armoires in one of the room photos.

But perhaps the players won't need to use the TV, not when they've got a lake to look out onto and a herd of cows to observe. (Hmmm...but we hope they brought their iPods and laptops just in case.)

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