Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cape Town’s most stunning heritage spots

You live in Cape Town but it’s not always easy for a true-born Capetonian to appreciate the beautiful heritage spots in the Mother City, every traveler knows the story of a city cannot be told properly by just reading a boring history book; you need to actually move your behind and experience it! Here are some of Cape Town’s most stunning heritage spots for you to begin your journey.

This magnificent fortress, is believe it or not, the oldest building in South Africa! It was built AGES ago between 1666 and 1679, so naturally there are plenty creepy ghost stories… If you dare to enter the popular museum, you’ll only pay a small fee of R30.



THE COMPANY’S GARDENS
Three and a half centuries ago the famous company gardens was actually Jan Van Riebeeck’s veggie patch, amazing right? Now it’s filled with statues, wildlife and more than 8000 species of plants, so take a break, have a relaxing stroll and have a welcome break from the city life.



BO-KAAP
The multi-coloured rainbow of houses line the streets in Bo-Kaap, the Muslim community, who are pretty much Capetonian icons. If you’re interested to know all about the colourful history of the Bo-Kaap community you can visit the small, quaint Bo-Kaap museum for only R10.


I’d say Franschoek is certainly one of the Cape’s most beautiful areas, it is overflowing with rich history, quality wines and misty mountains, I would say it would be one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world! Browse for hours in the galleries and shops or taste the wines of the valley, there are over 101 interesting things to do in Franschoek.



GROOT CONSTANTIA
Journey on to the historical manor house of Cape Governor Simon van der Stel, who lived here between 1699 and 1712, where it is now an award-winning wine farm and also a tourist attraction. This historical monument is filled with three centuries worth of tasty wines so enjoy your day and sip away!


As a Capetonian you really need to stop and appreciate the awesome city that is around you, travel outside of your usual comfort zone and take a journey. The people in Cape Town, the buildings, landscape and the atmosphere of the surroundings all add to the overall understanding of the amazing experience.


As a traveler you need a decent, affordable accommodation to rest during your journeys, visit 808 Cartwright and book yourself in! No transport? The guys at Airport Shuttle can help you out with quick, reliable transport to and from Cape Town International Airport.  


Written By: Christine Romans 

Monday, 29 September 2014

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (3rd – 5th October)

Make this weekend an exciting one and jam pack it will fun-filled activities , start your planning ahead of time to make sure that as soon as work ends this Friday you can jump in your car and get your weekend started.

Hobby-X Craft Expo – 3rd October
The popular, much-loved crafting expo is on its way to the Mother City for the first time! Grab some bits and bobs and dive straight into the world of scrapbooking, glass art, DIY projects, jewellery making and so much more. Whether you’re new or a professional crafter the Hobby-X Craft Expo is perfect for any avid crafters and hobbyists.

Date: 3 October 2014
Time: 09:00 – 18:00
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Price: R20 – R50


Summer of Champions Race Day – 4th October
Get out your fancy sunhat and grab your sunscreen because the start of the Western Cape’s horse racing season starts this Saturday at the Durbanville Racecourse. This event is open to anyone; newbies, professional betters, families and friends – so enjoy a fun-filled day packed with tasty food and drink, live entertainment, fashion shows, games for the kids and don’t forget the exciting horse races.

Date: 4 October 2014
Time: 11:00 – 19:00
Venue: Durbanville Racecourse
Price:  FREE – R30



Sunday Lunch at Savour Restaurant – 5th October
Sunday is a day or rest and of course a day for indulging in yummy foods and beverages, this is why African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant has brought back the bottomless bubble Sunday lunch on the first Sunday of every month! Pay them a visit this Sunday and you can look forward to a light starter of Roast Beef Roulade or Duck Liver Crème Brûlée, a main course of Chermoula Lamb Cutlets or Hazelnut-crusted Beef Filet Mignon and finish off with anything ranging from decadent cakes to fluffy pastries. Not to mention children under the age of 12 dine for free!

Date: 5 October 2014
Time: 12:30 – 16:00
Venue: Savour Restaurant at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Price: R495








By the looks of things your days this weekend are going to be filled with many of these great activities, if so make sure to book yourself into 808 Cartwright corner so you have a cozy, luxurious place to rest your head safely and soundly. 


Written By: Christine Romans

Friday, 26 September 2014

The 5 best first class seats that are better than your apartment

Imagine if you could get on a flight and not have to deal with the constant neck spasms, gross in flight meals and selfish passengers. Your 12-hour flight could be just as relaxing and luxurious as your holiday destination! Take a peek at the fine dining and luxury of these first class cabins that are possibly better than your apartment.

The Emirates first class suites are packed with luxurious features; a fully stocked minibar, your own recliner, a full length vanity mirror and let’s not forget your own personal shower and complimentary pajamas!




Instead of a normal airline seat, Etihad Airline more of an apartment in the sky! A bedroom, private shower and living area is what you'll get, not to mention your own butler and private chef.







As soon as you enter the cabin you get full access to your own leather recliner and a LCD touch screen that controls lights and the position of your chair. You also get to sink your teeth into a delicious three course meal and complimentary wine.

                  

   
Enjoy the elegance and stylish seats with Lufthansa, along with plenty of fine dining like caviar and champagne and plenty of entertainment options, you also have a separate bed in addition to your seat!




This amazing airline has long been known as the best airline in the world! Fully enclosed private suites, LCD entertainment systems and comfy pajamas along with an actual bed instead of converted seat beds are just some of the luxuries offered.








Sitting in a long, uncomfortable flight can be a huge pain, if you choose to step onto one of these luxurious and lavish airlines you’ll definitely be leaving all your stress behind, you probably won’t ever want to leave!


For transport to and from Cape Town International Airport, get in touch with Airport Shuttle and they can make your road travels just as luxurious as your flight.


Written by: Christine Romans

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Busiest air traffic routes in the world

So are you interested to see which air traffic routes are the busiest? A survey was conducted a few years ago to determine which the busiest in the world are; there are some very interesting routes no one would expect to be near the top of the list. Take a look at the top 6 according to number of flights and passengers:


Johannesburg  à  Cape Town, South Africa
Ever since the Soccer World Cup in 2010, this air route has become very busy. It is operated by 6 airlines and can have up to 700 flights in one week! The OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg is also the busiest airport in Africa, making the number of passengers who pass through the gates every year add up to ± 4.4 million.

Jakarta  à  Surabaya, Indonesia
You may not have even heard of these two cities, but they are both located on the same island in Indonesia, the size of the island is huge though so road travel between these two cities would take about 13 hours. The air route from Jakarta to Surabaya has about 780 flights per week!

Seoul  à  Jeju, Korea
If you think about then large number of people living in Korea, imagine how congested the roads are? The vast number of people makes the small country have quite a busy air traffic route that adds up to 870 per week and ± 10.2 million passengers in a year! Korea often gets very cold and the people often choose to travel to the city of Jeju for some warmer weather.
Melbourne  à  Sydney, Australia
The cities in Australia are scattered and far apart that makes air travel quite an essential in Australia, even between the east-coast cities that are really very close together. Every week there are 950 flights and every year there are ± 6.9 million passengers!

Sao Paolo  à  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are 1130 flights per week and ± 7.7 million passengers every year, even though Sao Paolo has three airports and Rio de Janeiro has two, it’s still an incredibly busy air route taking into account the number of people who live in these South American cities.

Madrid  à  Barcelona, Spain
The Barajas airport in Madrid offers a large amount of different destinations in America, Africa and Europe, explaining why this is probably the world’s busiest air traffic route. Fashionistas from Barcelona and business men often choose to make their way between these two cities for work and pleasure.

If you take a look at the stats from years before you will see that the percentage of air traffic in a few airlines has decreased and over the past years global air traffic has become a lot busier and more competitive.

Just arrived in Cape Town? Being stuck in a busy airport with no transport doesn't have to be an option for you, the reliable shuttle service; Airport Shuttle is here to transfer you from one place to the next whether it’s to affordable accommodation like 808 Cartwright or anywhere else your heart desires!


Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Things to do in Cape Town for Heritage Day

Heritage Day or better known as National Braai Day is celebrated on the 24th of September every year in South Africa, it is a reminder to all of us to unite despite our differences, light a fire and prepare a great feast! I've put together a fun-filled guide to decide which Heritage Day activities you'll want to be a part of this year in Cape Town.

The Artscape Heritage Festival takes place from the 18th until the 20th of September; it combines a mix of dance, music and theatre performances to remind us of our unique, diverse nation.


Time: 14:00 – 21:00
Venue: Artscape Theatre
Price: R50 – R100


If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, this is the perfect way to spend your heritage day. An exciting potjiekos competition is being held on Wednesday the 24th and you are invited to enter the completion and see whose potjie comes out on top! Food and drinks will be supplied, not to mention some great live music.

Time: 09:00 until late
Venue: Jan Burger Sports Complex
Price: R150 – R250

Have a real party this Heritage Day and head over to Foreign Exchange on Wednesday 24th September, there will be a jammed pack line-up of different hip-hop acts and you can also expect to see a hilarious stand-up performance from Cape Town comic Shimmy Isaacs!

Time: 8:30 until late
Venue: Foreign Exchange Bar
Price: R25




Even if you’re not lucky enough to have an outdoor braai area Cape Town is packed with amazing spots to choose from, here are some favourites:

Whether you want to celebrate Heritage Day the simple way, or maybe something more extravagant, remember to gather your family, friends, maybe even strangers and get together over a weber, drum or a potjie pot and share in South Africa’s most favourite pastime - a good old braai.

Just arrived in Cape Town in time for National Braai Day? For fast, reliant transport, give Airport Shuttle a call and let them drive you to any Heritage Day happenings around Cape Town. 


Written By: Christine Romans

Monday, 22 September 2014

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (26th – 28th September)

Its Monday again, but face it by the end of the week you’re going to be tired of being cooped up in the office and when Friday arrives it means it’s time to celebrate your freedom! Escape the confines of your work this weekend and take a look at these exciting suggestions.

Matt Manning’s One Ingredient Pop-up Dinner & Cooking Class – 26th September
Are you a lover of good food? If you answered yes then Matt Manning’s cooking classes and amazing dining experience is the place for you this Friday night. Bring your family and friends along and get your hands dirty while treating yourself to gourmet food and first-rate wines, there are four courses featuring the same main ingredient (this month its carrots) and you also have the chance to make two of the tasty courses with Matt Manning, who has worked with the famous Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and many others. To book a spot at one of Matt’s cooking classes, go to Matt-Manning.com/WhatsCooking and click on the booking link.

Date: 26 September 2014
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Venue: 7th Floor Innovation Centre
Price: R450













Blue Rock Spring Fest & Wakeboard Competition – 27th September

This Saturday, if you’re on the hunt for some fun family activities, the Blue Rock Waterski Resort’s beer and wakeboarding fiesta is the place to be. This exciting event is located 45 minutes out of Cape Town on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains; it covers a wide variety of events and activities for the whole family like 30 different types of craft beer to try, an array of retro goods, special children’s play area and don’t forget the main event Ice Breaker Wakeboarding Competition. Visit www.bluerock.co.za for more information about the event.

Date: 27 September 2014
Time: 08:00 – 22:00
Venue: Blue Rock Waterski Resort
Price: R30 – R380

Cape Town Fringe Festival – 28th SeptemberIt’s the last day of the weekend and it’s time to get your dose of the inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival, the event goes on for about two weeks and has over 89 spectacular acts ranging from drama, dance and comedy to performance art, music and so much more. If you’ve ever been to the National Arts Festival you can expect to see some of the same productions as well as a lot of new work from extremely talented people. So if you’re interested in this artsy, intimate event that’s right in your backyard, visit www.capetownfringe.co.za for more information and bookings.

Date: 28 September 2014
Time:
10:00 until late
Venue: Cape Town City Hall
Price: R70 – R90













If you’re an out of town traveler make your travels easier and give Airport Shuttle a call, they’ll transport you to your weekend venues from Cape Town International Airport, not to mention they’re quick, cheap and efficient. It’s going to be an eventful weekend so don’t forget if you’re looking for a place to stay, 808 Cartwright is the perfect, comfortable accommodation!  


Written By: Christine Romans

Friday, 19 September 2014

New Visa rules in South Africa

If you’re an avid traveler, and you simple enjoy hopping from place to place, you’re going to have to know the new Visa rules that were changed in May this year.  Some of the new regulations require you to plan ahead and provide documents, so if you’re planning on entering or departing from South Africa here are the major changes to take note of if you want to avoid any hassles.


 Life partner and spouse visas 
If you wanted an application for a temporary or permanent residency the government used to want proof that spouses or life partners were together for at least five years, now this has been changed to two years, but an interview needs to be attended to make sure your relationship is legit.

 Changing visa status while in SA 
The application period has been changed from 30 days before the expiry of the current visa to 60 days. If you are a traveler using a visitor’s visa in South Africa, you now need to leave and apply in your own country, another hectic change is that if your visitor’s visa has expired you will need to get legal advice about leaving South African, because you may end up getting banned for one, two or five years.  

 Business visas
The recent change now means your business visa will only last for three years and you will need to get a recommendation letter from the Department of Trade and Industry.

 Critical skills visa 
The Quota and Exceptional skills work permits have been replaced by the Critical skills permit, here is the list of critical skills.

 Intra-company visas 
This visa is available for four years, although you will have to be employed for no less than six months before you are able to transfer to South Africa.

 Fines 
Administrative fines and fines for overstaying have seen a huge increase; also if a foreigner’s visa expires they face a ban for one, two or five years.

Some have called these new visa rules unnecessary and unconstitutional, Robbie Ragless, the CEO at New World Immigration says “These changes have been implemented to hastily.” But now we can only wait and see how travelers adapt to the new visa rules.


If you’re one of those keen travelers and you need transportation, give Airport Shuttle a call and they’ll take the stress out of getting to and from Cape Town International Airport., not only that but they can drive you to any great accommodation like the luxurious, comfortable and affordable 808 Cartwright.


Written By: Christine Romans

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The suitcase that weighs while you pack!

Whether you’re travelling abroad to visit family and friends or attending business overseas, your luggage carries your most important possessions. If you travel frequently you should know that airlines will find any trick in the book to try make you pay extra baggage fees, even if it’s for carry-ons, well for those of us who have trouble packing lightly the new TUL self-weighing suitcase should certainly help a lot!

While some of us can easily pack feather light suitcases, some really struggle, often there are times when simply picking up the suitcase and putting it on a bathroom scale is an impossible feat and let’s not forget about the task of unpacking and repacking just to get the weight right.


The TUL suitcase is one step further than all the other self-weighing suitcases that have been in stores for ages now – it weighs your luggage WHILE you pack! The TUL has sensors installed at the base of the case which allows you to weigh the contents, simply close the lid and press the “ON” button and the weigh is displayed on the LCD screen. Take a look at some of the TUL suitcase’s other amazing features:

External suitcase protection jacket the TUL comes with a protection jacket made from a premium water resistant, impact resistant material, it also protects the sensors, LCD screen and luggage lock.

Luggage lockthe suitcase is fit with a TSA approved lock, meaning if luggage needs to be physically inspected the lock can be opened by a “master key” by security officials so it doesn’t need to be cut.

Multiple inside pockets there are multiple pockets and compartments fitted into the TUL suitcase, allowing you to separate your toiletries and access your favourite items.

The TUL suitcase will most probably be appreciated for many travelers, your suitcases weight hassles may never have to be the downside of your journey again. Take a look at the inventor, Knight’s pitch about his state-of-the-art suitcase here.

Fancy going on an overseas trip using your new TUL suitcase? Call up the guys at Airport Shuttle, safe, reliable airport transfers with full online booking, confirmation and payment.


Written By: Christine Romans

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What would you do on a Wednesday in Cape Town?

It’s officially Wednesday and we’re half way through the week, it may seem like the weekend is a million miles away, but who says you can’t have fun on a Wednesday? The question is what would you like to do on this chilly hump day?

                            Social dance session at Dance Domain dance studios
If you've just arrived in Cape Town, call up the guys at Airport Shuttle and head straight over to this amazing dance studio. Not only do they teach salsa and ballroom dancing, but every other kind you can think of like Latin and social dancing – all under one roof!
Every Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 – 10:00pm they host social dance sessions, the main lights are turned off and the disco lights are turned on. This fun-filled session is used to practice your moves you may have learnt and just enjoy yourself!











      
      Mexican Wednesday’s at Rafiki’s
An evening at Rafiki’s is always filled with dancing, laughter and endless entertainment, the main focus of this chilled out venue has always been its people, staff and patrons, that’s why they always have great specials throughout the week!
Wednesday is Mexican night at Rafiki’s, so grab a few friends and enjoy the mouth-watering specials, why not try the tequila and chili popper combo for only R25! Or sink your teeth into a delicious Mexican pizza, while you enjoy the authentic music, if you just want to have a laugh they also have sombreros for sale.



If you’re a market lover and feel like checking out a wide variety of foods, whether it’s homemade, local and organic foods from across the world, this is the place for you.
The V&A Market on the Wharf is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30am – 6:00pm (rain or shine), so rush over after work and enjoy the last few hours with some good friends or family! Visit the new outdoor beer garden and enjoy a beverage or two or be entertained at the onsite demo kitchen, the options are endless.


Once your Wednesday activities are over, you may need a comfortable, affordable place to stay for the night (you don’t want to be caught drinking and driving!) make a quick booking at 808 Cartwright and you’ll have your night all sorted out, so what would you choose to do on a Wednesday? 


Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Simple tips to make flying suck less

Imagine you’re taking an amazing holiday trip abroad, the only thing in your way is the long plane ride ahead; do you want to enjoy your flight? Of course you do, flying can really suck at times! Use these tips to make your flight less painful, after all you don’t want to arrive at your destination in a bad mood.

Tip No.1) Do your research and book a good airline, cheaper isn't always better! In my opinion if you’re going to be on a long flight, it’s better to pay more and be comfortable.







Tip No.2) If you hate listening to other peoples conversations, babies screaming and the planes loud engine bring headphones with you, you can listen to music or watch a movie to cancel out the noise and keep you entertained.





Tip No.3) Sleeping on a plane can be very uncomfortable, so make sure to fasten your seat belt over your blankets so the flight attendants don’t wake you up to check if you’re strapped in. If you can, buy a neck pillow it can help you get more comfortable and reduces head and neck ache.  










Tip No.4) Food can be very expensive to buy on a plane, and most of it isn't very tasty, rather make sure to pack yourself a few healthy snacks for your flight.












Tip No.5) Occasionally get up and walk around the plane, it’s good for blood flow and can help kill a lot of time.




The golden rule to enjoy your flight is to be positive and polite, don’t get upset with the flight attendants and always be polite to your fellow travelers, thinking positive thoughts can really make you feel better and improve your trip.



Written By: Christine Romans

Monday, 15 September 2014

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (19th - 21st September)

Not sure what to do this weekend? As usual Cape Town is alive with a variety of great shows and unique venues to visit, get your weekend agenda planned out early so you don’t have to rush everything at the last minute and make it a weekend to remember.  

Jeremy Loops Concert at The Assembly – 19th September
Do you enjoy a combination of folk, reggae, hip-hop and jazz music? Well, Cape Town’s modern, folk singing sensation Jeremy Loops returns to the Mother City to play a concert on Friday at The Assembly. If you’ve been under a rock and never heard of Jeremy Loops the unique thing about him is he uses a loop pedal to layer multiple melodies and sounds in real time, his amazing sound is similar to legends like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Tickets for the concert are available via Webtickets.co.za.  
   

Date: 19 September 2014
Time: 21:00 until late
Venue: The Assembly
Price: R60 – R100


Marc Lottering Comedy Show – 20th September
Get ready for a side-splitting comedy show with the hilarious Marc Lottering, if you haven’t seen the show before Saturday will be the last night so make sure you make your way there and see him in action! The hysterical Comedy show will feature many of Marc’s famous characters such as Aunty Merle, Pastor Brandon, Travis and many more. You can buy your tickets for the show via Computicket.com.


Date: 20 September 2014
Time: 20:00 – 21:40
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Price: R120









Sunday Lunch at Hazendal’s Hermitage Restaurant – 21st September
Unwind at the end of the weekend by enjoying a burger on a freshly baked bun, a spicy beef curry or how about a fully prepared picnic basket filled with French bread, meats and fresh fruits. Don’t stress about bringing anything else but a blanket, the estate will provide you with everything you need allowing you to enjoy your Sunday at the beautiful, enchanting Hazendal Winery with your family and friends.      


Date: 21 September 2014
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: Hazendal Wine Estate
Price: R30 – R145




Your days are now jam-packed with all kinds of amazing things to see and do, so find some convenient accommodation like 808 CartwrightCorner to rest up during your eventful weekend. 



Written By: Christine Romans

Friday, 12 September 2014

How to avoid traffic in Cape Town

Do you spend hours sitting in traffic jams during peak times? In Cape Town it is said that drivers waste about 96 hours a year stuck in traffic, we live in a busy city so it’s not surprising that this is the case, but there are some ways to avoid it:


Rush Hour
Always avoid going into Cape Town between the times of 7:00am – 9:00am and leaving Cape Town from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, these are the most congested times of the day.


MyCiTi Buses   
The MyCiTi buses are a cheap, safe and convenient way to get around the Mother City, here’s how to get started:

1. First you need to get yourself a R25 myconnect card, you can buy your card at any MyCiTi kiosks that are found along the bus routes or at certain retail stores.

2. In order to use the MyCiTi bus you need to load money onto your card, do this at one of the vendors dotted around town.

3. The fare will vary according to distance and it is automatically taken off your card when you tap it against the validator, it’s as easy as that!   

                                             View the timetables & routes for the MyCiTi Bus here



Golden Arrow
Ever seen those big yellow and green buses around Cape Town, those are the Golden Arrow buses and they've been around for years, here’s how to use them:

1. Study the timetables and routes and make sure you take the right bus, not all of them are going to your destination.

2. Always tell the bus driver where you are going when you get on the bus, you will need to then pay him with cash; you can purchase weekly and monthly tickets here, which works out to be cheaper.

3. If you travel with the Golden Arrow bus you may need to know your way around town or some of the landmarks because the driver will not announce the destination when you stop. There will be a button above you in the walk way that you need to press in order to signal to the bus driver to stop, and then you can get off!




View the timetables & routes for the Golden Arrow Buses here








Cape Town is a buzzing, international place, but face it no one wants to spend hours of their day stuck in traffic jams, use some of these tips can make your travels through our beautiful city significantly easier and quicker.


Written By: Christine Romans

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Luxury Hotels in Cape Town

Cape Town is the second biggest city in South Africa not only that but we've been voted Africa’s “Leading Destination” at the 2014 World Travel Awards, we’re also lucky enough to have the beautiful Table Mountain right in the middle of our city. So if you’re planning your next get away trip to Cape Town and you want to splurge a little, you might want to take a look at these luxurious hotels:

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
This amazing hotel is located in the centre of Century City; it overlooks the Grand Canal and is across the water from Canal Walk shoppingCentre.  If you’re not impressed with the majestic views of the city you may fall in love with the sophisticated, mood-enhancing lighting in each room, the designer décor and the unique art that covers the walls.
Some of their highlights include:
   - Fine dining
   - Rooftop pool
   - Spa facility
   - Casino gambling
   - Fitness centre
One night at this 5 star hotel will cost you R6700, but the stay at this lavish hotel is worth the hefty fee.

One & Only Cape Town
Located in the heart of the city’s harbour within the Victoria & AlfredWaterfront, lies the stylish and urban-chic One & Only hotel. Many travelers end up here because of its close location to the exciting nightlife and entertainment, like the Vista Bar & Lounge and the stunning Wine Loft.
Here are some of the luxurious amenities:  - Child programs
                                                                     - Outdoor pool
                                                                     - Spa programs
                                                                     - Fine dining
                                                                     - Banquets & Meetings
You will pay an average price of R6770 per night and if you choose one of the extravagant 1 Bedroom Island Suites you could pay as much as R15610!


Cape Royale Luxury Hotel
Spectacular and elegant, the Cape Royale Luxury hotel is framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. This 5 star Hotel is within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Stadium and it will make you feel as if you want to leave the world behind with amazing comfort, the exotic venue and relaxed atmosphere.
Take a look at some of the convenient features:  - Rooftop pool
                                                                              - Fine Dining
                                                                              - VIP sky bar
                                                                              - Valet parking
                                                                              - Spa facilities

The average price for one night at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel will cost you up to R5919.


At the end of the day, if you feel like taking a well-deserved holiday and totally spoiling yourself, find a reliable airport shuttle service like AirportShuttle Cape Town, make your way there and experience the complete luxury!


Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Must-see markets this Spring

Spring has finally started, and with the arrival comes the amazing markets; fresh produce, organic eats and unique foods to lure in the food lovers of Cape Town. So if you’re interested in exploring the delicious market cuisine, here are a few to add to your must-see list:


Over a hundred stores occupy The Neighbourgoods Market; you can find anything from local farmers, bakers, micro enterprises and talented young chefs. This massive organic market is not only there for you to enjoy the tasty food, but many people say it is the perfect meeting point for friends to gather, have fun and enjoy the community.
The Neighbourgoods Market is open every Saturday from 09:00 – 14:00.




Now this Market is simply my favourite, once you have experienced the creative energy and vibrant cultures together in one place you will want to go back again and again. The Bay Harbour Market not only offers a huge variety of mouth-watering eats, but also many different stalls where you can buy clothing, handmade goods and pottery.
The Bay Harbour Market is open every Friday from 17:00 – 21:00 and every Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 – 16:00.



This market is definitely one to fall in love with it is perfect for a family outing, whether you decide to check out the playful kids zone for the children, enjoy the live music or indulge in the great foods, it is most certainly a market to visit. If you’re a fashion lover or designer make sure to see the fashion market that is hosted once a month on Saturday morning.
The City Bowl Market on Hope is open Thursday from 16:30 – 20:30 and Saturday from 09:00 – 14:00




Written By: Christine Romans

Monday, 8 September 2014

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (12th - 14th September)

Its only Monday and there’s still 5 days until the weekend, but it’s never too early to plan your weekend activities. Cape Town is always buzzing with amazing events, so here are a few to stir up some excitement for the weekend ahead. 

Wine and chocolate tasting at Waterford Estate – 12th September
Start your weekend early on Friday afternoon in Stellenbosch’s Blaauwklippen Valley, where the Waterford Estate lies, a beautiful Cape Winelands farm. Gather your family and friends and experience a taste sensation of different wines and delicious dark and milk chocolates. You have the choice to enjoy your tastings in the warm tasting room (if the weather is a bit chilly), on the enclosed patio or view the central fountain outside in the peaceful courtyard. 

Date: 12 September 2014
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Waterford Wine Estate
Price: R45 – R65










Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge – 13th September
Take out those dusty running shoes and lace up for the CrazyStore Table Mountain Challenge, a scenic race through the beautiful Table Mountain. The race starts at Kloof Nek and finishes at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck, it is currently 40km long so if you’re unfit, give this one a skip! If you do decide to take part in the challenge, there are some great prizes to be won: R20 000 cash, wine, First Ascent gear and much more.


Date: 13 September 2014
Time: 06:00 – 15:00
Venue: Table Mountain
Price: R495 – R1000

Sunday Happy Hour at Sotano by Caveau – 14th September
Bring your weekend to a close by enjoying a sundowner during happy hour at Sotano by Caveau, listen to the chilled live reggae music while drinking some of the restaurant’s tasty cocktails. Don’t worry, if you’re feeling peckish from your eventful weekend, you can eat an early supper of lamb koftas or maybe a roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad.

Date: 14 September 2014
Time: 15:00 – 18:00
Venue: Sotano by Caveau
Price: Variable











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Written By: Christine Romans