The time-honoured tradition of high tea may be long gone in most homes and establishments but there are still a select group of hotels and venues that indulge their visitors!
Guests at some of the country’s top hotels can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of decadent sweets and treats lovingly created by celebrity chefs. Then wash it down with a dazzling array of teas and coffees.
It’s not just the culinary experience, but the act of stopping your day to take time out with friends and maybe put on a special outfit – all in luxurious comfort.
Whether you’re a regular tea aficionado or an occasional crumpet-lover, High Tea is something you should experience at least once!
Do Dim Sum – Dumplings for Dinner!
Similar to hors d’oeuvres and a bit like Spanish tapas, “Dim Sum” literally means “to touch your heart,” and consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies served in Asian restaurants.
Though Dim Sum has been around for centuries in the East, it’s only fairly recently been gaining popularity in the West and South Africa is also jumping on the buffet trolley.
Currently Cape Town leads the way once more with the largest selection of venues and flavours, but there are also a handful of places serving traditional as well as more modern Dim Sum in Joburg and Durban.
P-Town Taste – Best restaurants in Pretoria
Far from how its’ often portrayed, Pretoria is actually a stylish and cosmopolitan city filled with vibrant culture, bustling business and delicious cuisine.
In this collection, we’ve highlighted some of the city’s best dining spots as recommended to us by various online and personal sources.
There’s plenty of variety too – from Korean, Chinese and Indian to excellent Italian and fabulous French and even a healthy dose of African tastes.
Mix Heritage Day weekend combined with Braai Day and it all adds up to fun times in the sunshine surrounded by friends and family.
We created this unique Braai Day collection in celebration and support of one of our favourite holidays in the year as well as one of our favourite past-times.
Get all the info you need to follow the Braai Day revolution with our links, learn the awesome Braai Day anthem featuring Soweto Gospel Choir, HHP and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
Then use our listings to plot out all your braai requirements – from charcoal to braai equipment and venues where you can stoke your fires.
PE Cuisine – The best of Port Elizabeth Dining!
Smaller cities are often neglected in the “best nosh” lists and we don’t think that’s fair! We want all popular establishments to get their dues!
That’s why we created this latest collection highlighting some of Port Elizabeth’s best places to wine and dine.
As a tourist city, PE can’t afford to rest on its’ laurels in the entertainment arena and that’s why it’s no surprise there are a solid group of restaurants, bakeries, delis and bistros that keep the locals and tourists smiling, serving everything from steak to sushi to fresh seafood.
Route 62 – the Great Karoo!
It’s an area of South Africa that many who live elsewhere may not even have thought of, let alone visited, but this scenic tourist route covering the Western Cape and Eastern Cape is one that could keep you good and lost from civilization for some time.
Adventure is never far away on Route 62 where you’re surrounded by a wealth of natural resources from mountains, passes, rivers to vineyards and orchards.
This collection contains just a small selection of some of the more interesting places, sights and activities you could sample on your Route 62 road trip like adventure activities, wine farms, antiques and collectables, nature reserves, animals and water sports- just enough to peak your interest in the magical Karoo…
We all dream of having a beautiful, peaceful oasis of a garden, a place where we can lounge in the Summer drinking Pimms and frolick in the Springtime, listening to the cheeping of the birds and marvelling at the blossoms (before the allergies kick in).
But it’s never that simple. Creating and maintaining a garden can be a painful and disheartening experience – not to mention expensive!
This collection is about giving you more choices – whether you’ve got those green fingers, but are lacking in time or whether you’re a hopeless horiculturalist and simply want someone else to sort it out, you should find someone nearby who’s willing to get down & dirty with your greenery.
Car Trouble – the Day the Motor Died
There are few things in life that can invoke such extreme emotion in people as car trouble. The disruption, inconvenience and costs involved can throw your life into turmoil and leave you cowering in your home sans transport.
The sad thing is that this in an almost unavoidable curse. Certainly if you take care of your wheels, you’re going to have less hassles in the long run, but sometimes things just blow up for no good reason!
Our philosophy is, ‘Be Prepared’. If you don’t have a repair person or centre that you regularly use and trust, then speak to your friends and find one.
Our Car Trouble collection contains a selection of motor specialists in various fields with a range of expertise that might just be able to help you with a more specific issue or simply help you pimp your ride.
Some people love them and others loathe them but there’s a good chance you’re going to get invited to at least ONE dress-up party or event per year.
There are those who keep a special trunk of goodies aside in delightful anticipation of these occasions and those who rock up at the party shop two hours before the event, buy a wig and a pair of sunglasses and pretend they made an effort.
Whether you fall into the former or latter category, it’s a good thing to know where the closest costume hire and/or party shop is. Fake moustache emergencies do happen.
Real Roast – for the coffee-crazed
Some people are quite content to sip on Frisco every morning and happily get on with their day.
Others…not so much. For the true coffee aficionado, their morning (or any other time of day) brew sets the standard for their life’s other activities.
Premium roasted beans sourced from exotic locations like Madagascar, Ethiopia and South America are a prerequisite – though many insist on only Fairtrade and/or environmentally friendly products.
Decadent aromas and much mulling over flavour notes, textures and so forth will ensue before the java junkie will even consider making his/her way on to the more pressing matters of the day.
If this is how you like your coffee, then continue full steam ahead to our Real Roast collection where you may find just enough roasteries and cafes to meet your caffeine cravings!
Long before it was the buzzing metropolis it is today, Umhlanga was the favoured holiday destination of many an in-lander.
Famous for its’ laid-back village-ish charm, fabulous surf conditions and gorgeous year-round weather, Umhlanga has grown somewhat since those infant days of tourism.
Today, it’s glorious beaches are popular not only popular with the Gauteng holiday-makers, but attracts business people and foreign tourists as well.
Whether you’re just popping in for a quick business visit, staying the weekend for a romantic break, or bringing the whole family for a December vacation, Umhlanga has a wide range of B&B accommodation available – most notably the award-winning Teremok Marine and Sandals.
Each student town or city has a unique learning environment, just as much as they have a particular after-hours party scene.
Pretoria is no different and historically, the hub of that party scene has always been located in Hatfield.
Close to most campuses and within walking distance of most res accommodations, the popular Square continues to attract young learners from all facets for regular entertainment from concerts to parties and festivals.
Still, as the city sprawls outward toward the East, students are travelling as far afield as Passion & Ridgebacks in Centurion to find a good time!
The Holmes Bros have become synonymous with Durban.
Their laid-back style, surfer-street mentality and quirky designs can be spotted all over the city on people from all walks of life.
We caught up with them a while back, as they were about to open a new store in Cape Town and Gary & Laurie gave us some insight into their successes and the idea behind their rebrand.
They also told us where they like to spend their time when they’re not working or travelling – which is most of the time!
There are some pubs that just seem to stand the test of time. Worn barstools and aged wooden bar counters, old beer-smells and cigarette-burned carpets all bear testimony to a long and jovial history.
In this collection you’ll find some of the country’s oldest and most loved pubs, like De Anker, The Pig & Whistle and the Perseverance Tavern, but you’ll also find some more recent favourites like The Baron and The Toad.
While some are located in seaside dorpies and bushveld back-country and others in the bustling smoke, there’s no doubt their loyal patrons can’t live without their favourite local.
Mantis is a family run, private collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the World.
They include Boutique Hotels, Game Reserves, Eco Lodges, Ski Lodges and Chalets and Yachts. Each unique property aims to celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found to offer guests a truly authentic experience.
Each venue also tries to be sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community.
In South Africa, Mantis properties range from the sophisticated and trendy No5 Boutique Art Hotel in PE to the charming and quaint Lake Pleasant Living in Knysna. Further afield in Gauteng, you’ll find the Mantis-owned iconic Monarch Hotel, while the Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve offers a more rustic, natural experience.