Opulent Travel Archive


New look for the ‘grand old lady’

The 5-star Steenberg Hotel has just completed the refinement of the interiors of its Premier Rooms. Located on the Cape’s oldest farm (circa 1682), this ‘grand old lady’ boasts a quintessential combination of classic interiors with a modern twist. Recently voted Best Luxury Hotel in Africa by Tripadvisor in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice awards, the…


Winter splendour

Wish you were there!  This came to our mind after we drove up the road to Delaire Graff Estate, one of the most desirable boutique hotels in the illustrious vineyard region between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Nothing better than a chilly winter day with a warm sun and a venue which is truly opulent in terms…


Opulent Living Magazine launches Reader Journeys

Opulent Living Magazine – Southern Africa’s leading coffee-table publication – just launched a unique reader experience for lovers of art, culture, gourmet food, world-class wines and stylish hotels. South Africa is fast becoming one of the most desirable destinations for lovers of contemporary art, with serious collectors from around the world flocking to discover celebrated…


Africa’s ‘best hotel’ in Cape Town

The Cape Grace hotel in Cape Town has been named Africa’s Best Hotel at the Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel 100 Awards 2011 in association with Global Hotel Alliance. These awards represent the very best in luxury travel. The awards presented by Katie Derham and Telegraph Group Travel Editor Graham Boynton were held on Monday 16 May…


Sophisticated modern design with an antique twist

This month saw the long-awaited opening of the Manor House, the most historically significant building on Allée Bleue Wine Estate to undergo a complete restoration. Dating back to 1689, the Manor House has been transformed into a luxuriously appointed executive retreat with a series of elegant dining and meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and sophisticated…

Discovering some of Namibia’s gems

2 038 kilometres, 8 days, and one mission: To explore a few of Namibia’s most scenic outposts and to get a taste of what discerning tourists to this breathtakingly beautiful country can look forward to. Setting out from Cape Town in a 4×4 SUV (with generous support from AVIS), our trip was all about taking…


Clico achieves its fifth start

Clico Boutique Guest House, Conferencing & Fine Dining in Rosebank has been awarded 5-star status by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Jeanette Schwegman (owner) says ‘Our team has worked so hard to make Clico a success and this is the cherry on the proverbial cake, having just launched our conference and events centre…


An icon joins the 12 Apostles Hotel

Red Carnation, a family-run boutique hotel collection is delighted to announce the appointment of Horst W Frehse, one of South Africa’s most esteemed and experienced hoteliers, as the new General Manager of its five star hotel in Cape Town, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. With over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry,…


New boutique destination

The Caledon Boutique Hotel and Spa is a recently opened upmarket hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Umhlali on Kwa Zulu Natal´s North Coast. It is 3 kilometres away from the vibrant holiday mecca of Ballito and 10 minutes drive from the new King Shaka International Airport. It is easily accessible from Umhlanga´s Gateway…


Bespoke driving service

We recently had the pleasure to experience a chauffeur service of Blackwagon – and were really impressed. Exactly at the arranged time the limousine, a black (of course!) Mercedes arrived. One should better say it was waiting in front of the venue and I got an SMS to tell me our driver Alex is waiting…

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