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The Journey of Creation at Camp Jabulani

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience…” ~ James Beard What makes the chefs at Camp Jabulani’s dishes special is something beyond taste and presentation. It entails the journey of creation, the ingredients, the fresh produce sourced from local suppliers, and the spirit of all the hands involved. The hands of the gardeners, the […]

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Cheers to the Rose Coloured Glasses of Life

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned We have paid tribute to the winemakers and sommeliers of Relais & Châteaux Africa before, but with World Bartender Day this February 24th, it is the barmen and women that are in the spotlight this week, and, of […]

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The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect is a spell of inspiration as much as seduction, a Nina Simone-esuqe voodoo that comes from the most ancient of arts… the culinary arts. If ever there were a restaurant in Cape Town that made one feel as though you had not just dined, but had your whole world changed, this is it. […]

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Because Love Has Everything To Do With It

It has been said that there are two types of people in the world. Michael Jackson people and Prince people. Beatles people and Elvis people. Of course, this already makes four different kinds, but let me add two more… Valentine’s Day people and everyone else. I may have uttered a few sentiments in the past (few weeks) that would […]

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How to Start the Day on the Zambezi

We wanted to share Royal Chundu in Zambia’s latest blog with you, featuring a colourful look at some of the breakfast dishes on the menu at River and Island Lodge. As published on the Royal Chundu blog, here is, “How to Start the Day on the Zambezi.” “Breakfast remains the cornerstone of every trip,” wrote Bill […]

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Our Family & Other Animals | The Faces of Relais & Châteaux Africa

We have spent the last year getting to know our family better – our tribe of photographers, filmmakers, conservationists, winemakers, chefs, rangers, dreamers, influencers, trailblazers, peacemakers, bridge-builders, food-growers, light-bearers and life-lovers. The people behind the lodges and hotels of Relais & Châteaux Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. We’ve been, graciously, charmingly and courageously, invited into their […]

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What People Mean When They Say Madagascar is Beyond Words

Day one at Anjajavy le Lodge and Madagascar already has us questioning everything we ever thought we knew before. Such is the magic of island life. Anything I have ever said about Madagascar before this was just words. Before I boarded a plane and flew over her curves and glimpsed her rugged red hills separated […]

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Romancing the Stone

  You haven’t finished exploring the Cape Winelands until you’ve turned up the winding driveway to Delaire Graff Estate. Travellers visit for the cuisine and wine, the vineyards and views over the Stellenbosch Valley, and the lodges and spa. But there’s another side to the Estate’s allure. Before he started Delaire Graff Estate, owner Laurence Graff founded Graff Diamonds […]

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10 Questions with Mara Plains Camp’s Henry Ramsden

I have never been to the wild spaces of Kenya, but I have seen the peace on the face of Annie-Claude, our Relais & Châteaux Africa Director after returning from her travels to this part of East Africa. I have read the words of Great Plains Conservation co-founder, Dereck Joubert, about the country, in his article, […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Bushmans Kloof Part 2

When you find yourself in an unfamiliar place that speaks to you in a familiar way – as though it had been expecting you and you had been expecting it… and you only have a handful of hours in which to enjoy it, the only sane thing to do is, as the French say, Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Bushmans Kloof Part 1

A group of travellers head into a wilderness at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. 270 km from Cape Town, from home, they are on a road trip from coast (Ellerman House), to vineyard (Delaire Graff Estate), to mountain (Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat), to secret garden (The Cellars-Hohenort) and have just reached their third destination. […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Delaire Graff Estate

Above: The driveway leading up to the Delaire Graff Estate We all have our own way of pressing reset, of coming back to ourselves after losing our footing in the flurry of forces internal or external. The open road has always done this for me, preferably a long road with the car heading somewhere far enough to […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Ellerman House

The intention of travel is echoed in the words of the character, Jack Dawson, in the film, Titanic, when he says, “I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s going to happen or who I’m going to meet, where I’m going to wind up. … I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” Of […]

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Woman in the Garden | The Cellars-Hohenort

Woman in the Garden, by Claude Monet, 1867  Before we let you into the life of the co-creator of one of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa – those of The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town, we’ll try to paint a picture of her for you… Imagine one particular picture, the impressionist painting by Monet featured above, and you’ll see, […]

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An Epicurist’s Guide to Starting the Morning

Epicurist. n a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink). Lemony Snicket (the American writer also known, much less excitingly, as Daniel Handler) once said that, “how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” While some of us prescribe to the winging-it philosophy of life, […]

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10 Questions with Cédric Morel of Château de Feuilles
10 Questions with Cédric Morel of Château de Feuilles

The Seychelles… All you hear is time stand still… And feel such peace and absolute The stillness still that doesn’t end But slowly drifts into sleep The stars are the greatest thing you’ve ever seen And they’re there for you… R.E.M. might not have been singing about the Indian Ocean island of the Seychelles, in […]

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How to Collect Wild Elephants

There is a joke that goes, Five people — an Englishman, Russian, American, Frenchman and Irishman were each asked to write a book on elephants. Some amount of time later they had all completed their respective books. The Englishman’s book was entitled “The Elephant — How to Collect Them.” The Russian’s book titled “The Elephant […]

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The Artist’s Way in the Cederberg

“The imagination needs moodling, – long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ” ― Brenda Ueland The Cederberg is known as a place for rock climbers and hardy hikers. What with its 71,000 hectares of rugged mountainscape, some 200km north of Cape Town. But rocks take on another meaning here, their size and peculiar shapes […]

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