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AN IDEAL HONEYMOON DESTINATION PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA – AUDREY HEPBURN In the mood for culture, romance and fantastic food all in one Honeymoon? Stroll along the banks of the Seine, under the Eiffel Tower and across the Champs-Élysées. Paris is a romantic and cultural highlight. Crowned by the stately basilica Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre Hill towers majestically above the city and affords some of the best views. From here, you can sample the unique atmosphere in the streets of the bohemian district of Montmartre, feast away in small cosy bistros or while away evenings at world renowned restaurants. Museum lovers never get bored in Paris: you can easily spend days wandering through historic and modern museums like the Louvre or the Centre Pompidou. If you still have time, take a walk through the gardens of Versailles or the wonderful Bois de Boulogne. Either way, whatever you decide to do on this special holiday, the memories of the magic of Paris will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Everything you need to know 48 hours in Paris Hotels in Paris and the French Riviera

ON TREND ~ THE MALDIVES 10 All about the Maldives 11 Magical Maldives resorts




14 Jamaica – Anna & Judd 15 The Maldives – Kea & Themba


17 Heavenly beach resorts

EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES 18 Unique honeymoon experiences


22 Explore your own beautiful country

BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES 27 What you’ve only dreamed about


32 What to take with you on honeymoon

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The most visited country in the world because of its scenic beauty and romantic offerings, France has been inspiration for numerous artists and writers over the years, such as Picasso, Cézanne and Ernest Hemingway. This beautiful country boasts numerous historic treasures, postcard-pretty scenery and a wealth of culture. Take a look...

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1. Provence, in the south-east, is one of France’s most seductive locations, famous for its scenic beauty. 2. The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, has been a popular jet set haven since the 1960s. 3. Paris is home to iconic fashion design houses such as Chanel, Dior and Saint Laurent. 4. The charming university city of Aix-en-Provence is the ideal base from which to explore Provence. 5. Flying time from Johannesburg to Paris is 10 hours 50 minutes.


LANGUAGE French and English

One of the city’s most famous and luxurious establishments reopened its doors last year after an extensive four-year renovation that cost over $200 million. The hotel, located on Place Vendôme, was originally a private 18th century palace. Once home to Coco Chanel and a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, it now offers fewer rooms than previously, as some were enlarged to make way for three new suites. Although it has been meticulously restored, it also offers every modern convenience. New additions include an underground ballroom, a 21,500-square foot garden, and the Salon Proust, where guests enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea. The renowned Bar Hemingway, named after the author, has also been renovated. Another addition, in honour of Coco Chanel, who lived at the Ritz for over 30 years and whose suite is also available to stay in, is the world’s first Chanel Spa, Chanel au Ritz Paris. It offers seven treatment rooms and a selection of customisable Chanel beauty treatments.

CURRENCY Euro BEST TIME TO VISIT Year-round, although summer (May to September) is the most popular VISA Required TIME GMT +1 5


48 hours in Paris

Day 1

Settle into your hotel, then take a leisurely stroll along the famous Champs-Élysées. Stop off at the renowned restaurant L’Avenue for breakfast or brunch then continue till you get to Avenue Montaigne, famous for its stunning designer fashion stores. The fabulous Arc de Triomphe is nearby, and from here you can take the Louis Vuitton bus to the city’s newest art museum, the fabulous Fondation Louis Vuitton in the pretty park, the Bois de Boulogne. Give yourself time to explore this museum, home to exquisite works of contemporary art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Housed in a stunning Frank Gehry designed building, it also features a great gift shop and excellent restaurant. Enjoy a romantic gourmet lunch at the iconic Le Jules Verne Restaurant, located at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant, which boasts two Michelin stars, has its own private elevator, which means you won’t have to queue to get to the top of the tower to enjoy a panoramic city view. This way, you can enjoy the view while savouring sublime dishes. Make sure to

Trendsetter and celebrity hairstylist David Gillson visits romantic Paris at least once a year. Here he’s put together the perfect two-day visit to the City of Lights before you head for the French Riviera, 48 hours of fun that include which museums to visit, where to dine and what to explore


request a window seat when you book. Take an afternoon walk back to your hotel to freshen up. Then head for the historic Plaza Athénée Hotel for pre-dinner drinks at one of Paris’s trendiest spots, the hotel bar. Take a taxi or stroll to the Palais de Tokyo, home to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (the city’s Museum of Modern Art) and a very popular restaurant, Monsieur Bleu, where you can enjoy dinner. The museum will be closed in the evening, but you can visit it tomorrow if you wish.


Day 2

This morning, head for Avenue Montaigne to grab a coffee and a croissant at one of its many sidewalk cafes. Then explore the bohemian Le Marais district with its many famous vintage and antique stores and quirky fashion boutiques. For something romantic and sophisticated, head for the restaurant, Frenchie, which is run by Parisian chef Gregory Marchand. He has worked all over the world, including at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen, in London. His restaurant offers a superb five-course a la carte menu. You can’t visit Paris without exploring some of the city’s magnificent museums, so take some time this afternoon to explore a few. If you’re only in Paris with 48 hours to spare,

GETTING AROUND The Paris Metro and buses are controlled by RATP; this public transport network is split into several different fare zones. You can use a single ticket to travel on any of these transport systems within a particular zone. The Metro operates a network of 14 lines, so this is the ideal way to get around central Paris.

David suggests the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and his favourite, Palais de Tokyo, where you had dinner last night. For your final meal in Paris, head for the unique, avantgarde restaurant, Le Derrière, which resembles a French apartment. Diners can choose to eat its wholesome French fare either in the apartment’s lounge, dining room, bedroom or boudoir. It’s truly a unique experience.




HÔTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC Famous as the place to stay on the French Riviera, this iconic hotel offers exquisite guest rooms and a swimming pool that is carved right into the rocks overlooking the Med. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in the world and offers every possible facility and amenity to ensure that guests have a superlative experience. Exquisite, idyllic, luxurious, glamorous… the hotel is the

perfect destination for honeymooners staying on the Côte d’Azur. Service is personalised and superlative; guests enjoy bespoke experiences here, whether it is a catered lunch or a customised excursion to explore the surroundings in one of the hotel’s private fleet of chauffeured limousines.



Set in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, this is one of Paris’ sexiest hotels. Its restaurant, Galerie des Gobelins, headed by renowned gourmet chef Alain Ducasse, is where French dowagers mingle with supermodels as they sip hot chocolate or toy with a delectable salad, and its courtyard is the only place to enjoy an al fresco lunch in the heat of a Parisian summer. The hotel bar is also very fashionable, and guests sit within the frames of famous paintings while enjoying jellied vodka shots. After indulging at the restaurant, you can always assuage your guilt with a yoga session.

Located a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris, this magnificent hotel is housed in an historic 19th century building. It was originally opened in 1908 as the Hotel Majestic and was the setting for the signing of the Paris Peace Accords to end the Vietnam War in 1973. Guests enjoy a choice of 200 rooms, including 34 suites, all equipped with electronic controls and every plush facility. The hotel features a pool, spa and six bars and restaurants, one of which offers breathtaking panoramic views from Sacré-Coeur to the Eiffel Tower.





Provençal cuisine by Alain Ducasse and spectacular scenery make this romantic hillside getaway ideal for the perfect country escape. To add to its charm, the hotel showcases local craftsmen in every detail, from the teacups to the bed linen. Exploring the sublime surrounds is a dream come true, with its dramatic gorge and limestone cliffs. With only 13 guest rooms, including two suites, you’re guaranteed exclusivity and privacy here. In fact, you can even arrive by helicopter as the hotel boasts its own private helipad. There’s also a stunning outside pool and you can take advantage of the hammocks near the greenhouse to relax with a good book.

This luxury retreat is located in the Provençal town of Cotignac close to the magnificent Côte d’Azur. The sister retreat, the famous La Bergerie, is a great getaway for a group of 12, but if you’re a honeymoon couple, this brand new private villa, which is located on the same property, is ideal. It’s small, typically Provençal, a tiny farm nestling peacefully amongst olive trees and vineyards. Stylishly furnished with its own swimming pool, it’s just 45km from Cannes, 10km from Saint Tropez and 20km from SaintRaphael. The villa features a living room with fireplace and large glass doors open onto a private terrace garden with breathtaking views. There is a choice of two luxury bedrooms and facilities include Wi-Fi and TV.



This tiny bespoke boutique hotel offers a free shuttle service that takes guests to the town centre as well as Pampelonne and the resort’s stunning beaches. You don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy a pampering getaway. Enjoy massages in your room, gym, cycling in the neighbourhood or just relax in the stunning setting with its beautiful garden and cabana-lined swimming pool. The hotel offers a selection of 14 exquisite, modern, private guest rooms. Prestige rooms include a private terrace, and one even has its own garden and plunge pool.

Located halfway between Nice and Cannes, this modern retreat offers as much glitter as its surroundings and as much glamour as its guests. Chic and minimalist, contemporary and quintessentially French, the hotel is located on a private sandy beach. With 22 luxury guest rooms and five suites, it offers every modern comfort and an unsurpassed level of luxury. Gastronomic delights are prepared in the stylish restaurant, and the hotel also offers a wellness centre, library and exquisite infinity pool. Guest rooms have private verandahs and every plush amenity.




Around 1,200 untouched coral islands abound in this breathtaking area located just north of the equator, all with white sand beaches and pristine coral reefs surrounded by azure sea. Unspoilt and beautiful, they offer a choice of exotic resorts

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1. Only 200 of the Maldives islands are inhabited; the largest of these is in the North Malé Atoll. 2. This exotic location is famous for offering the best diving spots in the world. 3. The Maldives is home to some of the best hotels in the world. 4. The majority of visitors here are honeymooners who come to enjoy a romantic, secluded getaway. 5. Flying time from Johannesburg to the Maldives is seven and a half hours.

AT A GLANCE LANGUAGE Dhivehi and English CURRENCY Rufiya

VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND This exquisite private island retreat is an exclusive boutique getaway located in the spectacular Noonu Atoll, 187km north of the capital, Malé. Designed and decorated with every possible luxury in mind, Velaa offers a small selection of ultra-luxurious private retreats, each individual and extraordinarily beautiful. At Velaa Private Island, guests are treated like royalty. No request is too small, and the endless activities and facilities mean that every single day is a new adventure. The emphasis is on luxury and pampering, and, of course, unique experiences. One of these is encompassed in Velaa’s stunning cocktail menu, which features the rarest, most expensive concoctions available in the Maldives archipelago.

BEST TIME TO VISIT February to April VACCINATIONS Yellow fever VISA Required TIME GMT +5 10





Located in the Baa Atoll archipelago, this romantic retreat is the ideal spot from which to explore the Indian Ocean’s magnificent underwater world. Located on the island of Kihavah Huravalhi, the resort is an unforgettable 30-minute seaplane journey from Malé, flying over a string of coral islands and resorts. It offers 79 spacious private pool villas, either poised over the water or located on a pristine stretch of private beach. With a choice of four excellent restaurants, a wide selection of fun sports and water sports, not to mention the stunning beach, yoga and meditation classes and an overwater spa for couples’ treatments, this extraordinary resort has every ingredient for the perfect honeymoon.

Located on a five-hectare private island in Kaafu Atoll, this is the world’s first 100 percent solar powered luxury resort. Designed to have minimal impact on the environment, this exquisite resort offers 52 villas, each with its own private beach, pool and personal butler. Meals are prepared in the villa by a private chef, although the resort does feature a gourmet restaurant as well as a bar, pool area and well-equipped gym. Facilities include a wide selection of water sports, including snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, glass bottom boats and kayaking. Eco-friendly activities on offer include stargazing, beach soccer and exploring the island and its magical underwater world.



Located 75 minutes by private hotel yacht from Malé, this luxury resort offers a selection of sumptuous villas located on the shore or in lush tropical greenery, plus 32 water villas set above the lagoon’s clear, protected waters. Guests enjoy every facility, including satellite TV, customised private bars and oversized bathtubs. Snorkelling, diving, superb and varied cuisine, water sports, spa treatments… the lifestyle is full of adventure, and is as relaxed and secluded as you want it to be. This is heaven, in a picture-perfect setting.

This perfect paradise island has been transformed into a romantic retreat. Located miles from anywhere in the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, it offers every imaginable luxury facility, making it an ideal location for a private getaway. Whether you are soaking up the sun on your own magnificent, private, white sand beach, enjoying a variety of marine sports or exploring the magnificent tropical surrounds, this lavish resort has it all, in spades. Of course, the food is exceptional, service is personal and guests enjoy every possible luxury facility imaginable.




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e decided to make our honeymoon very adventurous, so our week was packed full of activities like snorkelling, trekking up Dunn River Falls, swimming with dolphins, floating down a river on rubber dinghies sipping cocktails – it was amazing!

We stayed in Ocho Rios, a big town where internationally renowned Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter, musician and guitarist Bob Marley lived

Highlights included visiting Bob Marley’s house, 9 Mile, on a tour and seeing the room where he used to write his songs. One of his sons still lives there – we actually met him! Jamaica itself was awesome: the people are the friendliest I have ever met. We also loved the food – it was so different from anything we’d ever eaten before. Jerk chicken, beef patties and lots of unusual spices.


AT A GLANCE WHEN March 2008, three months after our wedding HOW LONG One week FLIGHT TIME To LA – 24 hours, then to Jamaica – six hours



The Maldives


n the Maldives, each resort is on its own private island. We stayed at Kani Resort, which was heaven on earth. I’d seen photographs of the Maldives, but to experience it is something else. It was out of this world. We stayed in a luxurious water villa, the most exclusive accommodation. It’s secluded and located over the water with breathtaking views; we would wake up and see the water surrounding us and fish swimming past. We also had direct access to the ocean from our room. We would start the day with breakfast, then take a magnificent morning walk. There were so

We got married on 16 December, and my birthday was the following day. Then we left for the Maldives on 24 December and landed on Christmas Day

AT A GLANCE WHEN December 2016 HOW LONG Eight days FLIGHT TIME Via Abu Dhabi – eight hours, then on to Male – four hours 15

many activites, from aerobics, Zumba and aquarobics to yoga, snorkelling and sailing. Every night there was a party, sometimes on the beach. There were so many highlights… I remember seeing a baby shark in the water on my first day, swimming and snorkelling with fish on other days. And the nightly parties were amazing. Staying in a water villa was another highlight. I would go back there in a heartbeat.




5 nights’ accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis Sunday to Thursday night in the Honeymoon suite – availability dependant A Romantic Seafood Dinner in your room on one evening • Bottle of bubbly on arrival • Couples’ Full Body Massage during stay with the Pamper Girls • Please Note: This is for a Self-Drive holiday only. Extras to be settled on Departure

Honeymooners, begin your journey in paradise at Umthunzi This special venue, ideally situated just one hour south of Durban on the leafy Hibiscus Coast, offers you a romantic honeymoon destination in an award winning venue that oozes warm sophistication. Relax and unwind after all the excitement of your wedding. Enjoy spending time with each other in this most delightful setting that offers all you need for adventure, sports or simply taking long, lazy walks in glorious tropical surrounds on one of the many stunning beaches. Just imagine… looking out over stunning views of wide azure blue skies, panoramic Indian Ocean views from your air-conditioned spacious suite that offers a percale-draped round bed, double shower, spa bath and cuddly gowns plus lounge and dressing area. The Milkwood

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Honeymoon Suite is the most gorgeous 5 star retreat tucked high up on the top floor. Celebrate the start of your life together with champagne and a delicious private seafood meal on arrival. Have a full English breakfast at 30°South, the lovely on-site restaurant served by friendly staff. Then take a sunrise stroll on soft sand with fresh ocean breezes. In the late afternoon, try a round of golf or tanning on one of the many blue flag beaches. You can choose to be adventurous with zip lines, boat rides, fishing & more – or simply relax with your free couples’ massage in-room treatment, followed by a luxurious bubble bath, a good book (or whatever!) and sundowner cocktails. Sound wonderful? It is! Spoil yourself. Wishing you all the best as you enter!


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The price of honeymoon not negotiable or redeemable for cash. The prize is only valid from a Sunday to Thursday night and is subject to availability during off peak periods. The competition is not open to any Ballyhoo Media or Umthunzi Hotel staff or family members. The Publisher’s decision is final regarding the winner and no communication will be entered into. If any of the details of the competition change due to circumstances beyond their control, the organisers cannot be held liable. Entrants agree to receive marketing material from the sponsors. Winners agree to have photographs taken and used in marketing material. Price value quoted in South African Rands (ZAR) and inclusive of 14% VAT. Excludes travel to the hotel. Excludes all drinks and all meals except breakfast. Meals can be booked with reservations. Further spa and beauty treatments by Pamper Girls need to be booked ahead prior to arrival. Prize is valid for 1 year from announcement of winner.


You can’t beat a honeymoon that involves a white sand beach and azure sea. Which is why Mauritius is such a popular honeymoon location. Here are a few of our favourite resorts



SHANTI MAURICE romance. The beachfront villas are ideal for seclusion and every possible pampering facility. There’s also the indulgent presidential suite for the ultimate luxury experience. Exclusive spa treatments at the Nira Spa, private picnics, helicopter rides, scuba diving, parasailing and dolphin watching… these are just some of the activities you can enjoy.

This magnificent boutique resort is located on a pristine horseshoe coral sand cove on Mauritius’s south coast, near the tiny town of St Felix. The hotel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers an awardwinning spa, superb cuisine and a choice of 61 spacious suites and villas, located on the beachfront with private pools, outdoor rain showers and dining pavilions. This resort offers a unique experience full of magic and



This five-star deluxe resort nestles in an unspoilt environment within a protected marine park in Turtle Bay. It offers every facility for a stunning honeymoon. There’s 600m of beautiful beach and a choice of 71 rooms, all with four-poster beds and marble bathrooms. Most of the luxury villas have private pools and all offer a romantic dining pavilion and private garden. Dining features a selection of European, Oriental and Creole dishes. Watersports facilities, a beauty salon, car hire and every facility are on tap here to ensure an unforgettable honeymoon.

Set along the east coast of Mauritius, between Belle Mare and Trou d’Eau Douce, this all-inclusive, adult-only resort is located on a tranquil stretch of sandy beach along the sheltered bay of Palmar. The hotel’s selection of 297 spacious rooms and suites feature air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms. There is an outdoor pool, spa, two bars and three restaurants. Watersports include snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing, and there’s also a fitness centre and two floodlit tennis courts. Golf fundis can enjoy the facilities at the 18-hole Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club nearby.


Extraordinary adventures If you are looking for a unique honeymoon experience, then one of these locations could be right for you

PERUVIAN ADVENTURE halfway up a mountain is a great reward. Choose from three different glass pods on the mountainside, offering 360-degree panoramic views of your surroundings. Aside from being very comfortable, these pods offer solar lighting and beds with cotton sheets, down pillows and quilts. The experience includes transfers to and from Cuzco and the Skylodge, a gourmet dinner and wine, breakfast and accommodation in the pod.

You certainly need to be fit to enjoy this honeymoon! You will be sleeping in the Skylodge in a luxury glass capsule strapped 122m up a mountainside in the sacred valley of Cuzco in Peru – and did we mention you’ll have to climb the mountain to get there? If you prefer, there’s a trail to hike that will lead you to your accommodation that includes a number of zip lines over vast spaces. Once you’ve overcome that challenge, the rest should be easy. Staying in a glass capsule in the midst of nowhere

ISLAND DELIGHT Guests can also enjoy some of the best scuba diving in the world, great deep sea fishing, daily snorkelling trips, waterskiing, wake boarding or sailing at sunset on a traditional dhow. There’s also a fitness centre and volleyball on the beach. Gourmet experiences include a personalised Dining by Design journey and fun barbecues under the stars. Don’t forget turtle, whale and dolphin watching, or sunbathing on a white sand beach.

Lose yourself in the dazzling beauty of Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, a unique resort on its own private island in a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. Offering a selection of 44 villas with beach, sea or pool views, the resort has been designed to fit perfectly into the unspoilt surroundings. Facilities include a pampering spa, gourmet restaurant and specialised cooking school that offers professional cooking classes. Mozambique is a delightful location for a fun and sun-filled honeymoon.




CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS There can be nothing as romantic as travelling through the snow in a sleigh led by reindeer to chase the Northern Lights in Finland! But, if you disagree about how romantic that is, you could also see this magical phenomenon from the comfort of an igloo that boasts a special glass roof. An Arctic adventure includes numerous strenuous activities, such as

riding on a snowmobile, husky or reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, sailing in an icebreaker, rally driving… the list is endless. Of course, aside from the highlight of watching the spectacular Northern Lights, there’s also the experience of staying in your own cosy igloo in the middle of nowhere.



Since the US lifted the embargo on Cuba in 2015, this tropical Caribbean island has become a major tourist destination. Cuba has remained frozen in time, making it a delight to visit. Opening in Havana’s Old City in June 2017, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is located in a meticulously restored 19th century building that occupies an entire block. It offers excellent views over the Old City. Nearby is Calle Obispo, which is lined with art galleries, fascinating shops and lively music bars. Guests will enjoy numerous facilities at the hotel, including a state-of-theart spa, a fitness centre and rooftop swimming pool plus three restaurants and bars and a cigar lounge.

Enjoy the ultimate luxury safari at Kenya’s newest, most extraordinary safari lodge, Angama Mara. Set on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, it offers panoramic views stretching across the Maasai Mara 300m below, an area named after the Maasai people who live there alongside a variety of wildlife such as leopard, cheetah, the rare black rhino, lion, elephant and buffalo. There are 30 magnificent modern tented suites, divided into two separate camps of 15, offering 180-degree views. Suites have three canvas sides and a floor-to-ceiling glass window offering exceptional views. They offer a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area and wooden deck. Activities include game viewing safaris, hot-air balloon rides and walking safaris.



BENTLEY IN NEW YORK CITY Just another reason to visit St Regis New York – to stay in one of this magnificent hotel’s four Designer Suites. The most popular is the exquisite Bentley Suite, located on the 15th floor, a fine collaboration between St Regis and Bentley Motors. The unique suite reflects the luxury, craftsmanship and style associated with both the hotel and this luxury automobile brand. It features an entrance foyer that leads to a living room

complete with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic city views, and a bedroom, bathroom, public facilities, plus a separate spacious dining room with supplementary kitchen. Guests enjoy all of the hotel’s facilities, including a fitness centre, 24-hour butler, complimentary breakfast, inroom movies, airport transfers and a bottle of champagne on arrival.



Create your own wine legacy in Australia’s scenic Barossa Valley with the Home of St Hugo’s Sainthood Fine Wine Experience. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a newbie, you choose a row of grapevines and once they’re harvested, your own red wine blend is crafted by Winemaker Daniel Swincer. When the bespoke wine has matured, a portion is poured into a special hand-blown glass vessel that is kept in St Hugo’s vault. The wine is then blended, bottled and, after three years, delivered to your home. The exclusive three-day experience includes luxury accommodation in Adelaide and in the Barossa Valley, a private chartered flight to the wine estate and an exclusive private tour of the vineyard plus wine tastings.

The historic city of Porto has been a best-kept secret but is now becoming known. Best place to stay there is in Palácio Fenizia, the new, luxurious boutique hotel located in an historic palace. This elegant hotel is located in a lively area, near a number of landmarks, including the Baroque Porto Cathedral and the neo-classical fruit and vegetable marketplace, the Mercado do Bolhão. The hotel, which opened in February 2017, is located in a beautiful 19th century building. It has been refurbished by Italian architect Gianfranco Fenizia, who also owns the hotel. Located in Porto’s historic centre, it offers five spacious, exquisitely furnished suites plus an art gallery, living room, courtyard for sunset cocktails and tranquil garden.


The perfect place to pop the ques tion...

A gorgeous place to tie the knot...

An idyllic place for your honeymoon... The Milkwood Collection offers unique properties at the famous Knysna Heads, enjoying direct access to a spectacular beach. number eleven Perfect for intimate functions, this five-star villa is tucked away in a beautifully landscaped garden, with timber walkways leading to the beach and lagoon. Features include an award-winning, infinity-edged swimming pool, outdoor dining area and covered bar. under milkwood Sixteen self-catering chalets lie nestled amongst leafy vegetation and indigenous Milkwood trees. The tranquil setting and breathtaking views will make your honeymoon one to remember for ever.

the milkwood collection • George Rex Drive, Knysna, South Africa • +27 (0) 44 384 0745 •


Go local

South Africa’s glorious weather, breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches and friendly people are legendary. Whilst we’re happy to share this with the rest of the world, it would be a great pity if we didn’t enjoy all this magnificent country has to offer us

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1. South Africa is considered a top destination to visit by leading travel experts. 2. Over 10 million people from around the world come to visit our scenic country every year. 3. There are so many hidden gems waiting to be discovered, and so many best-kept secrets. 4. Choose from a coastal getaway, bush luxury, olde worlde charm or something completely different. 5. Fine dining, wine tasting, the Big Five, golden beaches, unspoilt terrain... you’ll find it right here.

AT A GLANCE LANGUAGE 11 official languages, of which English is one CURRENCY Rand

LE FRANSCHHOEK Located in the midst of the Winelands, just outside the country’s official wine capital, Franschhoek, this luxury resort is the ultimate getaway. Stylishly decorated and well appointed, Le Franschhoek is renowned for its excellent facilities and sumptuous accommodation in 28 standard rooms, 25 suites and two superlative villas. The hotel features a stateof-the-art spa, three excellent restaurants, a Terrace Bar and Lounge as well as a swimming pool. This is the ideal base from which to discover the magic of the Wine Route. Franschhoek itself is a joy to explore, with some famous restaurants and sublime wines.

BEST TIME TO VISIT Year-round, but summer (September to March) is the most popular VISA No TIME GMT +2 22




ELLERMAN HOUSE Internationally recognised as one of the top hotels in the world, this exclusive boutique hotel is considered the most luxurious establishment in South Africa. Set in an elegant Cape Edwardian mansion in Bantry Bay on the slopes of Lion’s Head, it offers breathtaking views over the Atlantic Seaboard. Nestling in one-anda-half acres of lush gardens, the hotel offers just 11 rooms, two suites and two three-bedroom villas, all with private balconies overlooking

the sea. There are also two lounges, a fitness centre, spa, dining room, three dining terraces, a brandy lounge, wine gallery, champagne cellar and contemporary art gallery. Dining is a gourmet’s delight, with delectable dishes prepared by the hotel’s own personal chef. As the hotel is not open to the public, guests enjoy a very private, exclusive getaway.



One of the best, if not the best, game lodges in Southern Africa is also the very first. Londolozi Game Reserve has welcomed visitors from all over the globe for almost a century. Today, Londolozi is run by the fourth generation of the Varty family, and is renowned for its plush accommodation, superb cuisine and exceptional service. This sumptuous lodge is famous for the wealth of wildlife found in the area, the largest populations of white rhino and lion in Africa. It’s also renowned for the incredible relationship between wild leopards, rangers and trackers. Varty Camp is the oldest camp; its campfire has burned for more than 85 years.

With a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, the 300-year-old Boschendal estate in Franschhoek offers a choice of exquisite accommodation in two sets of pretty restored workers’ cottages with bedroom, lounge area, bathroom and a fully stocked kitchen. Boschendal has no less than five restaurants, so you don’t need to cook at all. Breakfast is enjoyed at the informal Deli, or you can purchase goods there or at the Bakery. The newest restaurant on the estate is Die Werf, where fine dining is enjoyed. The estate features two tasting rooms. Activities include horse riding, walking trails, cycling, wine tastings or just relaxing and enjoying farm life.





Sister establishment to the Saxon Villas and Spa in Johannesburg (both are owned by Douw Steyn), Zulu Lodge in the 30,000-acre Shambala private game reserve is a comfy three-hour drive away in a chauffeurdriven Mercedes. This is the habitat of a variety of wildlife including the Big Five; it’s also where President Nelson Mandela wrote Long Walk to Freedom. Guests wake at dawn to the sounds of birdsong and set off on game drives with a personal ranger. Experiences here are bespoke, from dining from specially prepared menus to game viewing on the back of an elephant, pampering spa treatments, bush walks and boat rides on Douw Steyn Dam. This is Saxon-style pampering in the bush.

Just opened in March on the V&A Waterfront, The Silo Hotel is one of the Mother City’s most unusual hotels. It’s located in what was originally the grain elevator portion of the historic waterfront grain silo building on the harbour. The rest of the building, which is an annex of six rows of seven silos, is still being transformed into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, due to open in September 2017. There are just 28 plush guest rooms and a one-bedroomed penthouse, all individually designed by owners Liz and Phil Biden, as well as the public areas. Every room offers breathtaking city and sea views. Guests enjoy numerous facilities, including a number of restaurants and bars, a spa, gym and beautiful rooftop pool.



This beautifully refurbished fisherman’s cottage in the quaint fishing town of Paternoster on the Cape’s west coastline offers seclusion, comfort and plenty of style in an untouched paradise just two minutes from the beach. Painted white in the traditional West Coast style, Sugar Shack features pretty candy pink shutters, whitewashed furniture and carefully chosen art pieces. This charming cottage boasts an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with TV, plus an enclosed veranda with breathtaking sea views. The kitchen is well equipped so you can eat in if you wish, though Paternoster boasts stunning restaurants offering traditional Cape fare and unbeatable seafood. This tiny fishing town is just 145km from Cape Town.

Enjoy a unique rail journey on Rovos Rail’s historic Pride of Africa, a luxurious vintage steam train that offers every possible pampering experience. This plush locomotive features every comfort as guests travel through spectacular countryside en route to their destination. Journeys include a popular four-day trip to or from Cape Town and Pretoria, and some to and from Vic Falls. Each getaway also includes stays in luxurious hotels, game lodges or beach resorts en route. The experience involves enjoying the luxury of great food, plush accommodation and superlative service. The train features two pre-1940 dining cars where formal attire is expected at dinner, a lounge car, observation car and smoking lounge.



THE OYSTER BOX The KZN North Coast is a joy to explore, and Umhlanga is a jewel in its crown. Cream of the crop of stunning hotels is The Oyster Box; this is where Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert of Monaco and numerous celebrities stay. The best rooms overlook the rolling Indian Ocean and the distinctive red and white lighthouse, which echoes the stripes of the loungers at the pool. Service is exceptional, as is the choice of dining

options, which include the popular curry buffet in the casual main restaurant. The superlative Grill Room is only matched by dining at the Chef’s Table. And then there’s High Tea… Accommodation is plush, with everything imaginable on tap. There’s a spa, two pools, private cinema and two bars and resident cat Skabenga rules the roost in reception.



This iconic Cape Town hotel is located on the V&A Waterfront and offers incomparable views of Table Mountain. In fact, the hotel is designed so that the mountain becomes part of the guest room décor, with floor to ceiling windows bringing the outside in. A city landmark, this classic five-star hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Cape Town’s many pleasures. Facilities here include an excellent spa, pool, fully equipped gym and free shuttle to various locations so that guests can explore at leisure. There are two restaurants, and High Tea is a delight. The hotel is set away from the Waterfront’s bustle, but close enough to enjoy its myriad of delights. It’s a real haven of tranquility.

Literally hidden in the wilds, 10km from the Cradle of Humankind, this luxury boutique hotel offers a romantic retreat close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Accommodation is unique and spectacular; each spacious suite is individually decorated in a modern, eclectic yet rustic African style. Rooms feature indoor and outdoor showers and a lounge area, and the restaurant, Roots, is renowned for its gourmet offerings . Art is a signature of this beautiful hotel, inspired by fossil finds in the Cradle of Humankind. The hotel represents living art, architecture, gardens and food to celebrate humanity and how it evolved. Activities include visits to the Cradle and a trip to the Sterkfontein Caves.


Tranquil Nest Affordable Luxury

A unique honeymoon gem in the Lowveld Tranquil Nest is only 12km from the KNP. Many exciting outdoor activities, and spectacular scenic drives will ensure fabulous day excursions. Excellent restaurants are only 3 km away.Sugar Bird. Love Bird and Francolin were designed to create an atmosphere of romantic luxury. The Queen size beds, Crisp percale linen, Percolated coffee, Flowers, Candles and private Jacuzzi or Spa Baths all cater to your sensual needs. The chalets are private, fully equipped, and have air-conditioning, DSTV, and are serviced. You deserve the opportunity to relax and unwind!

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Bucket list The world is your oyster, and anything is possible if you are prepared to spend on a honeymoon of a lifetime. Here’s a choice of honeymoons to blow your mind

RENT YOUR OWN PRIVATE PARADISE ISLAND luxury villas on the island, each with a four-poster bed, personal plunge pool and indoor/outdoor design complete with loungers and stylish contemporary finishes. Guests enjoy personalised service here, including in the glass-fronted restaurant, where dining is a constant delight, showcasing Mozambique’s legendary seafood that is caught fresh daily by local fishermen and served alongside popular Portuguese dishes prepared with the resort’s unique flair.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in Mozambique is the ultimate honeymoon destination. This private island paradise in the middle of the Quirimbas Archipelago off Northern Mozambique offers every possible opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, complete with snorkelling, excellent diving and great fishing. This tiny little island in the midst of the Indian Ocean is just 1km by 500m in size and offers endless white sand beaches, turquoise sea, an unspoilt marine world and breathtaking natural scenery. There are just 12 private





Stay in the Big Apple in a style that is in a class of its own, possibly the most extravagant, at the magnificent penthouse suite in The Mark Hotel. Located on the 16th and 17th floors in a landmark heritage building, it costs $75,000 per night (that’s R1 million!). There’s a choice of three elevators, white oak flooring throughout, a vast main living area, sumptuous dining room, private chef, bespoke French furnishings and accommodation so sumptuous it’s indescribable. There’s also a stunning rooftop terrace with patio offering panoramic city views. Service is superlative, with a personal trainer, hairdresser, private car and a personal shopper. Want something smaller? The hotel offers superlative rooms for those who can afford it.

Cape Town is one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations. For the ultimate in luxe, stay in the Presidential Suite at the majestic One&Only Cape Town with its breathtaking views and balcony running the full width of the suite. There are two magnificent bedrooms, a spacious dining and lounge area, a media/screening room, kitchenette and small exercise room. A butler is on call 24/7. The master suite has two en suite bathrooms, both with steam rooms, and there’s an oval bathtub where you can watch the sunset. Guests enjoy a private cabana at the poolside, and food from Reuben Riffel’s restaurant is available to eat in. Your suite is not cheap at R105,000, but who’s counting?

ROYAL LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA BY ANANTARA is being completely surrounded by wildlife and tranquil splendour; giraffes and zebra roam free in the grounds, offering a unique African experience. Outdoor activities include exploring the Falls. For the more adventurous, there’s white water rafting, hot-air balloon safari rides, picnics and a luxury steam train journey on the iconic Royal Livingstone Express.

The quintessential Colonial experience located at the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls, the sumptuous hotel is an opulent, historic establishment named after legendary explorer David Livingstone, who discovered the Falls. It offers every possible luxury facility and features 173 plush guest rooms in two-storey clusters. Service at this iconic hotel is personalised and discreet, and the dining options are superb. A highlight of a stay here




THE 13, HONG KONG China is home to one of the most expensive hotels on earth, The 13, which is due to open mid-2017 in Macau, a small peninsula in mainland China across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. Macau is called ‘the Las Vegas of Asia’ because of its gleaming shopping malls and mega casinos. The newest shape to shift the skyline, The 13, owned by entrepreneur Stephen Hung, took over two years to build at a cost of over US$1.3 billion. Each

of the 200 villas and suites cost over US$7 million and they are decorated in a hallucinatory combination of modern and Baroque styles. Guests are driven around in bespoke red Rolls Royce Phantoms and facilities include a private elevator, 24-hour butler service and spacious bathrooms. Dining is exclusive and bespoke, with French wines on tap.



Armani Dubai won the title of ‘world’s most luxurious hotel’ in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016 for its superlative service, uniqueness, elegance and style. It’s an extravagant establishment that takes up the first eight floors and levels 38 and 39 of the famous 163-floor Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower located in downtown Dubai. It offers 160 guest rooms and suites, decorated by on-trend designer Giorgio Armani. It offers everything a pampered guest would expect including stunning restaurants, a deluxe spa and a true sense of Armani chic. On arrival every guest is assigned a personal Lifestyle Manager, who manages every aspect of their stay. It’s that personal touch that makes Armani Hotel Dubai a winner.

Legendary and historic, luxurious and unforgettable, the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is considered the most luxurious train ever invented. This prestigious 16-car train is made up of meticulously restored 1920s and 1930s carriages and is reminiscent of a time when trains epitomised luxury travel. Since 1982, the train has transported passengers on a series of pampered journeys to some of the world’s most beautiful cities. Exquisitely designed in art deco style, the train’s attention to detail is quite magnificent. Guests enjoy superb dining on board. Every meal, including tea, is an elaborate affair. Of course, the cabins are extremely plush, with en suite facilities, making the journey a delight.



ANANTARA VILAMOURA ALGARVE RESORT excellent spa and a choice of excellent Portuguese dining opportunities in six stunning restaurants and bars; elegantly paired dishes with a selection of more than 300 wines from the region. A new lunchtime restaurant, Ria, opens on 1 May 2017 offering a range of superb seafood dishes. For the active, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym with dedicated personal trainers and a selection of tennis courts.

This is the first Anantara resort to open in Europe, offering an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Algarve coastline, one of Portugal’s most soughtafter holiday destinations. You also get to play some excellent golf here, as the hotel boasts a professional golf course with golf guru to assist, no matter your handicap. Nestling in orange groves and undulating wetlands, this luxury resort offers an unrivalled beach resort experience. There are 280 refurbished guest rooms and suites offering breathtaking views, an

LA SULTANA SPY YACHT extensive lounge, bar, two spacious outdoor areas, a helipad, pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and hammam. Accessories include two jet skis, diving equipment, windsurfing boards and kayaks, six bicycles and a mini Jeep. A crew of 17 takes care of the guests. Prices for charter range from around ÂŁ160,000 (R271,000) a week. With its unique history and olde worlde charm, this magnificent vessel is the ideal super yacht for a dream holiday.

Sail the seven seas on your very own Russian spy vessel that has been transformed into a luxury yacht. The stunning La Sultana was initially a ferry carrying passengers to and from Odessa, Istanbul and Yalta in the Black Sea. In 1970, the Russian navy used it as a spy ship. Now, after extensive refurbishment, this luxury yacht is available for private charter. La Sultana hosts up to 12 guests in seven exquisite cabins with marble baths and onyx features. The six-deck yacht offers a large dining room,


For a perfect wedding and honeymoon Ingwe Lodge is situated in the Vaal River region less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg offers a variety to suit all tastes. Ingwe Lodge is one of the Vaal’s hidden gems and offers the bride and groom to be, traveller, business man or woman, family and friends the opportunity to experience true hospitality. Here we boast a variety of venues for magical and unforgettable weddings, conferences, teambuildings, corporate functions, school camps etc. The venues can accommodate from 50 to 300 guests. A chapel and garden chapel for garden weddings is also on the premises. Our Summer Green Gardens makes it possible for that fairytale outside wedding in a Stretch or Marquee Tent. Our chef’s offer a variety of menus to choose from but are more than willing to accommodate you for your special day. Ingwe has a licenced bar and a la carte restaurant with various types of accommodation suited for corporate, families, and school groups.

To secure your date and to ensure you have a hassle free wedding contact us today.

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ROMANTIC SECLUSION ON AN ISLAND BUILT FOR TWO Whether a dream destination wedding, a breath-taking honeymoon or a special anniversary, set the perfect stage for love to blossom at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort. Experience true African romance, extraordinary adventures, and memories to last a lifetime.


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Nubian Bride Honeymoon Supplement 2017  
Nubian Bride Honeymoon Supplement 2017  

Honeymoon Supplement to Nubian Bride Magazine, Issue 3/2017