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and imported furniture, and sumptuous travel guides


from Louis Vuitton



Fine-dining restaurants to see you into the new year

Gift shopping destinations and ideas, luxurious local




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first major business services

Chilling with Jozi’s flyest

park, and retirement


SPACE ODYSSEY Fahrenheit Design takes gutted to glam

beer hall to school hall, and



residential opportunities in

SETTING THE STAGE A home staging service that might just get you those six

HOTEL HOTSHOTS The general managers of us what’s hot these holidays

in Qatar, and apartments in Manchester


GARDEN ROUTE The iconic Beacon Island Resort gets a makeover, why

Nielsen of CNBC Africa’s

Knysna Tourism comes out

Business Tonight takes the

tops on the green scale, and

Your essential accessories

pulse of retail real estate

the international launch of a


fair trade Garden Route tour

RESIDENTIAL A choice of two new developments on residential

HOT SPACE Getting sweet on the Sugar Hotel in Green Point

for details.


Asia’s top resort and spa, futuristic underwater living



Guest Editor Bronwyn





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the Northern Suburbs

figures you’re asking for

some of SA’s top hotels tell


Luxury apartments selling

need to know about

SA’s luxury boating industry


CAPE TOWN in Milnerton, going from

We climb aboard to explore



a Durban penthouse from

money’s no object


Highway area

The places and events you

Going OTT on interiors when


opportunities in the Upper


golf estates



MAURITIUS The idyllic West Island Resort Sport and Spa, the boutique Shanti Maurice, and


luxury villas in Grand Baie

Natural attraction at

Business Park


Waterfall Country Village’s

Retail therapy to keep your

clubhouse, and green-star

spirits up these holidays

firsts for Melrose Arch and Vodacom

JAPAN … SUSHI, SAKE AND SNOW! Heading east for a downhill thrill bar none


DURBAN The landmark Heidi’s Farm Stall up for grabs, Ballito’s

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Photograph Grant Difford

for the latest features.

To do, or not to do?

We have all done it. Whether it’s in public or behind closed doors, we usually just can’t help ourselves. Sometimes it even happens multiple times. It’s pretty common – hell, even the president does it. Of course, I’m talking about the New Year Resolution. Never has a declaration of change been so loved yet so despised at the same time. The online Cambridge dictionary defines a ‘New Year’s resolution’ as ‘a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year’. We all know the usual ones – lose weight, get fit, drink less, quit smoking, save more, spend time with family and friends, give more to charity, work less, travel more, rid our lives of stress … They all sound so viable after a couple of glasses of bubbly and that third cream puff on Old Year’s Eve, but we all know that by February these resolutions will usually have been dumped unceremoniously into 2012’s out tray. Earlier, in fact, according to Positive Psychology News Daily ( Their research shows that it’s actually by mid January that a whopping 30% of resolution-makers will have reduced their efforts considerably and that, by June, most resolutions made in all earnestness will have been given the boot. Their research also shows that success is more likely if you make your resolutions public. No, I don’t mean announcing to everyone at your Christmas

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party that you are giving up smoking on 1 January while a cigarette dangles precariously from your lip. I mean gaining the support of friends and family who can encourage you and keep you on the right track to sticking to your resolution. Author Bill Vaughan said, ‘An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.’ And I would have to agree. Resolutions often come about because of failed relationships, failed diets, bad debt … They are made in the hope that the coming year might bring about the changes and happiness that the outgoing year perhaps did not produce. Resolutions are often made in the hope of better times ahead. Bearing this in mind, maybe we ought to encourage resolutions, positive affirmations to put good things out into the universe, and create the hope that they might just happen. But then, as one anonymous writer put it, ‘Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits’. That being said, we could all do with a bit of help, so maybe starting a course to quit smoking, signing up to a gym and cutting up our credit cards is not a bad place to start, either.

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Sweet like sugar





The newly renovated Sugar Hotel in Green Point is as sweet as boutique hotels come. In its sophisticated quaintness, this place oozes syrupy charm


espite its size, you can’t miss

the upmarket Gauteng guesthouse, AtholPlace.

enjoy feeling at home but also on an African

the Sugar Hotel. Situated along

Sugar Hotel had been going since 2005. With

holiday.’ The hotel has six suites with en-suite

Green Point’s busy Main Road,

their experienced eye, in 2010 Riaan and Mark

bathrooms, and a honeymoon suite with

its charcoal-grey exterior jumps

saw its potential and purchased it.

plunge pool. Each room makes use of a calm,

‘We moved to Cape Town, as living

or beige apartment blocks and the brilliant

and working in the bush got too much. We

blue of the sky. When you step inside its

wanted a better quality of life and to work

doors, however, dark and grey it certainly is

for ourselves,’ says Riaan. When they decided

face treatments, performed by experienced

not. In the light-filled reception area, neutral

to renovate, they initially wanted to enlist an

therapists, and the dining area and bar is an

finishes of beige and white stand out against

interior designer, but on second thought they

oasis of luxury opening up onto the pool deck.

the grey, tan and monochrome textured-

realised they were perfectly capable of doing

The executive chef prepares breakfast daily

leather furnishings.

it themselves. ‘We have travelled extensively

for the hotel guests as well as lunch and dinner

around the world, and, when we began

on request.

Partners and owners Riaan Vermaak and Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs courtesy Sugar Hotel

cool palette of whites, light greys and accents

out from among the sameness of the white

of light sea green. There are two wellness rooms for body and

‘We are set in the perfect position: right on

Mark van Rooyen embarked on an extensive

renovating, we thought we should channel all

renovation of the boutique hotel earlier this

those worldly influences into the look of the

Main Road. Cape Quarter is down the road and

year, and the result is more than they could

hotel,’ he says.

the beaches and city centre are a bus or taxi

The four-month project culminated in

ever have hoped for, with guests describing

ride away,’ says Riaan. He says the most rewarding part of the

Sugar Hotel as ‘a cosy, luxurious home away

a chic, contemporary hotel with Parisian

from home’.

influences in the suites, a Scandinavian

four-month renovation was when he saw the

aesthetic achieved throughout with the use

reaction of guests who had stayed at the hotel

successful hospitality establishments, having

of light, raw-finished wood and glass, and

before the refurbishment. We’re sure they felt

previously managed and worked in various

soft furnishings with a distinctly African look.

as if they had bitten into the sweetest, most

lodges and guesthouses, such as the five-star

‘This fusion of styles is greatly appreciated by

delicious treat they’ve ever tasted.

Chitwa Chitwa game lodge in Sabi Sand and

our guests, who are mainly foreign and who

+27 (0)21 430 3780,

Riaan and Mark were familiar with

All suites feature a host of creature comforts. 2The welcome area is a mix of African and


Visit for more

European decor aesthetics. 3The unassuming entrance on a tranquil street in Green Point. 4A quiet

boutique hideaways.

reading enclave in one of the suites.

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HOT PLATE We chat to


A cookbook to get your teeth into, and fine dining restaurants for New Year and beyond

the new head chef at Singita Sabi Sand’s Ebony Lodge.

To be working at Singita is such an amazing experience, with new and exciting challenges every day. I plan to source seasonal ingredients that are indigenous to the area and culture of this region. I want to incorporate more personalised recipes, traditional recipes that were used by our greatgrandmothers, to give our guests a real South African flavour experience. I am also learning how to prepare true Shangaan recipes and will be incorporating these into my menus.

Q What are your favourite ingredients to work with and what is one of your favourite dishes to prepare? The best ingredient for the perfect meal is great company. I love simple, honest food. I always say: life is too complicated, why make your food complicated? I love home-made jams, slow-cooked sauces and freshly baked bread with assorted cheese and meats, and my absolute favourite is gnocchi. Also, a good bottle of red wine always helps to inspire me.

Shades of Gray

Chef and restaurateur Philippe Wagenfuhrer has opened up a Joburg foodie haven on the East Rand called the Gray Restaurant. Encompassing all that is our fave city, the restaurant is located in a semi-industrial area in Boksburg and embraces sparse decor and an innovative menu. The decor, in shades of grey, of course, is modern and minimalist. Philippe has taken a puristic approach to his ingredients, and so vegetables, cheese, coffee, chocolate and wine are sourced from artisanal producers who can guarantee the quality of their products. Even the beer, which is sold on-tap, is sourced from a local microbrewery. Gray is in essence a steakhouse, and the beef is free-range and hormone-free. Open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Sunday and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday. +27 (0)11 823 4184,

Three, two, one …

Q What was it like to work at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London?

It was amazing. It enabled me to develop my passion and knowledge for Italian cooking and gave me a sense of honest flavours and seasonal ingredients. The kindness and generosity shown by the chefs there, especially when it came to imparting their knowledge, was unsurpassed. The experience engraved my passion for this industry even deeper.

Q Your dream guest?

American mega-chef and award-winning author of cookbooks such as The French Laundry and Under Pressure, Thomas Keller. He has been a true inspiration to me throughout my career. +27 (0)13 735 9800,

Start your new year in style at the Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa in Sandhurst, where Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela has created a sumptuous menu. Leading up to a flourish of champagne and fireworks at midnight is a culinary feast to tantalise even the most discerning palate. Entrées include duck consommé served with poached quail’s egg with gold leaf or tomato consommé with basil tortellini. Mains include slow-cooked pork belly with roast lobster and artichoke, lamb set (slow cooked lamb loin, braised lamb shank ‘praline’) or gnocchi, truffle and chervil with wild mushrooms. Pre-dessert is a black-pepper cheesecake with rum granite, seed and nut croquant and tropical fruit sorbet. The pièce de résistance? Espresso dark chocolate mousse cake followed by a decadent cheese platter. +27 (0)11 292 6000,

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Tamarin van Zyl interview by Catherine Riley

Q What exciting new dishes will you be bringing to Ebony Lodge’s menu?



Delectable summer menu

Celebrate summer with Doppio Zero and its new menu. Yum dishes include a variety of light oliveoil-based pastas, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, salads, pizzas and mains. If you are looking for fresh ingredients, then look no further. Doppio also bakes its own low-GI breads, including Cape seed health and rye breads. The Vitamin salad with fresh baby spinach, strawberries, seeds, nuts, sprouts, creamy feta and a poppy seed dressing comes highly recommended. +27 (0)11 486 4109,

Gingko revived

There is a new summer menu at Gingko, the two-year-old Parkview restaurant whose menu is packed with healthy, but delicious, treats and meals. Owner Catherine Speedie and Executive Chef Regev Afek have brought their passion for travelling into their new menu, presenting a host of culinary traditions. Breakfast menus offer flatbreads, shakshuka and frittatas as well as wraps and smoothies, while the lunch menu gives taste buds a tickle of wild salmon, lamb, or a new burger made with organically farmed meat. There is also a lunch buffet of quiches and other bakes as well as curries and salads. Sticking to its ‘clean, but tasty’ ethos, Gingko offers optional raw, gluten-free, sugar-free or vegan dishes. Gingko prepares its food without preservatives or colourants and uses organic, free-range, locally grown produce as far as possible. There is also an outside deck for summer dining, and a children’s playground. +27 (0)11 486 3361

Delicious reading

Miss Dahl – From Season to Season is the sequel to Sophie Dahl’s popular Voluptuous Delights. Go on a food journey through the seasons – think nostalgic squash and Parmesan soup for autumn or grilled peaches with pistachios and ricotta for summer. Beautifully presented, this is a must-have for any kitchen shelf. Distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Gastronomic landmark

If you silently shed a tear or two when the upmarket Auberge Michel closed its doors earlier this year, then take heart, as award-winning restaurateur Michel Morand is back with a bang. His new à la carte restaurant venture is situated at Emoyeni in Parktown, a magnificent 105-year-old building with exquisite panoramic views of Johannesburg’s Northern Suburbs. In conjunction with Nonhlanhla Mavie, who is in charge of operations at Emoyeni, Michel gives Joburg foodies something to really salivate over – a beautiful six-table restaurant which serves lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. The small, but well-considered, menu changes every month and there is a regular degustation menu that includes a paired glass of wine with each course. +27 (0)11 544 6900

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Gift shopping destinations and ideas, luxurious local and imported furniture, and sumptuous travel guides from Louis Vuitton

RICHARD SHAW is associate partner at Head Interiors, a renowned Joburg-based interior design consultancy with a roster of prestigious clients in South Africa and abroad.

Q Money’s no object. How should I decorate my home? It is every interior designer’s dream to have free rein to decorate a home the way they want. But it’s important for both client and decorator to keep in

recklessly. Take the time to decide on

Simply entrepreneurial

what you want, do as much research as

Emporium. Situated in the new Protea Court at Sandton City, the concept store marries

you can and make informed choices.

gifting with the art of presentation, and has a dedicated gift-wrapping department where

Think of starting a collection of

customers can choose from a range of wraps, beads, ribbons and other adornments, at no

something special, such as vintage

additional cost, to make everything extra special. As Leanne says, ‘There is nothing more

photographs, porcelain or glass – even

appealing than receiving a beautifully wrapped gift.’ Simply Manas stocks some of the

samurai swords! Invest in the best

world’s best gift brands, such as SA’s Lou Harvey bags, Sweden’s Sagaform homeware and

quality items you can afford, from

the US’ Melissa & Doug toys. It has also introduced Amsterdam’s Pip Studio brand to SA,

your furnishing fabrics and fittings to

and carries its own eponymous brand, too. +27 (0)11 784 0270,

mind that, even if money is no object, that doesn’t mean it should be spent

Television personality, Leanne Manas, has launched her first retail store, Simply Manas Gift

furniture, lighting and art. Spend your money on original pieces. If antique

or even scour antique markets and

Nesting in design

auction houses here and abroad to

Marius van der Merwe’s new collection.

get the best pieces. The importance

The imported Italian Nest of Tables is

of investing in originals also applies to

available in white or black and comes

art. If previously you could only afford

in gorgeous organic shapes. M-Interiors

posters or reproductions, then this time,

delivers nationally and internationally.

seriously consider original artwork by

+27 (0)21 447 8322,

emerging or established artists.

furniture is your style, then go for authentic pieces. Visit reputable dealers

Furniture goes high gloss with designer

Remember: just because you have an unlimited budget at your disposal it doesn’t give you a free pass to decorate at whim and disregard the elements that make a home beautiful. Your furnishings and accessories should create a sense of harmony and balance in your home. More importantly, they should contribute to its functionality.

Old-school glamour

Cape Town-based Box Living’s Galeri

A home is a reflection of the soul of its

Travellers Edition Collection now

inhabitants, not a static showroom.

includes the Tuan Night Cabinet. Right out of a Hollywood movie, the

Got a question? Ask

cabinet is handcrafted from FSC-

the expert!

certified white oak and finished in

Email emma@

English walnut. Box Living delivers

nationally and internationally.

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Wooden luxury

New to the Kluyts & Co. family is a furniture range designed by George Hay. The pieces in this contemporary collection are individually designed from cut-offs of rare timber that comes mostly from the Knysa forest, SA’s largest indigenous forest, to create sustainable and unique furniture. Kluyts delivers nationally and internationally. +27 (0)44 382 6343,

Tread lightly

Wanabi Wood’s EchoWood luxury vinyl floors are beautiful yet durable and introduce the elements of wood

Slip onto something comfortable

Introducing the award-winning Gandia Blasco Flat Collection.

into your space naturally. Recognised

Designed by Mario Ruiz for Gandia Blasco, this range of

by the International Organisation

outdoor furniture is as inviting as summer itself. Available

for Standardisation (ISO 9001) for

online, exclusively from Cape Town-based Limeline Interiors,

quality management practices as well

which delivers nationally. +27 (0)21 424 8682,

as by the Green Building Council, the product is 100% recyclable. The floors are also easy to clean, thanks to an infusion of nano-sized silver particles – the world’s oldest antimicrobial element. The range of vinyl flooring includes Luxurious Pine, Oaklahoma, Vintage and Oak. +27 (0)11 453 1815,


Cool down this summer with the Satinjet Showerhead from Mr Power. The sleek design incorporates clever jets that create a unique type of water flow of thousands of tiny droplets that are as powerful as a regular spray but use 40% less water. So enjoy a luxurious shower while saving the planet. +27 (0)11 804 2988,

Travel never looked so good

The new range of City Guides 2012 from Louis Vuitton is the perfect gift for the passionate traveller, fashionista or city lover. Featuring informed commentary and views on fashion, design, the arts and gastronomy, the guides deliver all the info the stylish city dweller could ever need.

Jenna sais quoi

Boardmans has joined forces with the queen of all things gorgeous, Jenna Clifford, to present a designer range of dinnerware and glassware. Jenna Clifford – The Collection is made up of plain white pieces as well as mix-and-match items with a gold rose and paw print design. Made from 100% bone china, the range is microwave and dishwasher safe. Get it at Boardmans Design Quarter in Fourways. +27 (0)11 244 8780,

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All the high-street retail therapy you need to keep you happy these holidays SALUTING SINATRA This year, Montegrappa Pens’ limited-edition Icons Series pays homage to Frank Sinatra. The pen’s tip bears a musical stave with a G-clef, while the barrel and cap are finished to resemble the fabric of a pinstripe suit. The encore is the cap, which is engraved with a silhouette of Sinatra’s signature fedora and has a pocket clip resembling a mic. The rollerball pen is our favourite, with its orange accents recalling Sinatra’s famous quote, ‘Orange is the happiest colour’. For stockists, call Luks Group. +27 (0)11 262 0396,;

ANGELIC DAY OUT Sherbet Angel, a new salon and boutique in Parkhurst,


provides a unique pampering

Diesel eyewear is back for summer, and thanks to its

and retail experience. The

collaboration with Marcolin, the sunglasses experts, it’s

French vintage decor will

a bold and sexy new collection. The unisex range comes

entice you indoors and the

in a variety of colours, with shiny or matt finishes. Get it

indulgent treatments and

at Diesel Sandton City. +27 (0)11 783 0882;

and children’s goodies will


make sure you leave happy.

New from Hennessy

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Cognac is the limited-edition

gorgeous range of maternity

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ODYSSEY This expansive Durban penthouse apartment had all the right ingredients for glory, and it was both terrifying and gratifying as it morphed from gutted to glam

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t wasn’t that the apartment was bad. It wasn’t. It was just dated. There was no real need to do what we did to it – gut it – but the client wanted a beautiful place, so we had to do the whole thing. It would have been like buying a pair of Jenni Button pants and matching it with a Mr Price shirt,’ Grant Webster of Fahrenheit Design says with a grin. He describes his first impressions of this Durban apartment: ‘Developer specs. You know the story: choose this tile or that, and if you don’t like either, choose the one you dislike the least.’ Grant was to implement a modest renovation. But one thing led to another, and once he’d persuaded them the floor tiles had to go, it was a few steps away from everything else going, too. As Grant says, ‘You could tell exactly where everything in the apartment came from, and when.’ As he ambled about with his mental clipboard, it was a tick for the blue star granite kitchen with beechwood doors, and over there … The clincher was the ceiling: ‘We didn’t want to change it, so we planned the new layout according

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to the existing lighting in the apartment.’ But the electrician felt differently. He had his own clipboard of not-doable issues and eventually a ceiling was installed. ‘As a penthouse, it has a slab on top, so it wasn’t a ceiling. We tore off the cornices, installed a ceiling of just 10cm, created a shadow line so you don’t lose any of the visual height, and by doing this, gained enough to hide our cabling and fit downlighters wherever we needed them.’ Fahrenheit Design effectively created a new shell, and the design renaissance began from the floor up. ‘I chose a grey-white tile, unusual because it’s shiny, but not flat, and has a watery kind of thing happening,’ says Grant, who brought them back from China. It was the perfect base from which to launch the new design. Previously, the apartment had been shades of light grey and blue, a sky palette, and although the apartment is filled with light north, east and west, Grant still chose to renovate with quieter, lighter hues than he’s renowned for. ‘I wanted to mesh it all

together, so you’ll find loads of white appliances, tiles, lighter walls and mirrors. Not mirrors to look into, but rather to reflect the view – they’re strategically placed so that you see something else in the house. That’s the whole principle behind it.’ For Grant, the use of strip LED lighting was a first in this project as, previously, it hadn’t been available for commercial use. He brought it in from Dubai, and that changed everything: ‘Because it’s 12V, there’s no fire hazard. It’s safe, won’t electrocute anyone, and it’s accessible, price-wise. Today, it’s replacing rope light, which was dim and had one little globe every 3cm or 4cm. Now you get one globe every centimetre, and the quality of light emanating from there is about 10 times brighter.  We used it extensively in this apartment. Suddenly those big wooden arches weren’t just flat on the roof; we popped them off because we wanted to have a 16mm gap and put the lights behind there. We put lighting under the kitchen cupboards, we erected pelmets, and had lighting behind the curtains. Safe as houses.’

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Opening page This fascinating matt and gloss pendant light fitting, called Alien, is not simply for light, but also acts effectively as a work of art. This spread, clockwise from top left Open plan, from dining to formal lounge – focal points, such as the yellow light boxes and the vast ornate mirror reflecting the view, draw the eye; mosaics, metals and a rare, bold use of colour work to create extraordinary scenes within the apartment; originally an open veranda, this enclosed informal lounge has breathtaking views by day and night; reflective and intriguing light fittings are used as artworks.

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Above, clockwise from top left A cool, calm, white dining space with compelling mosaic accents; a sleek and highly functional kitchen, where everything is tucked away; a decorative wall at the entrance to the apartment features stylish mosaics and a large abstract panel of both clear and frosted glass organic shapes standing proud on brass pins. Opposite, clockwise from top left All glitz is in the accessories, not in the fixtures; high glam and sophistication in this bathroom, and always, the unexpected, such as the mirror; imaginative, immaculate joinery creates panels of interest in this light-filled bedroom; layers upon layers of fabrics and textures create a sensation of luxury; with a mosaic backdrop, the Water Drop faucet, for washing hands, is all about the concept of purity.

The apartment is deceptively simple and uncluttered. But there are complex layers upon layers, and together they create that undoubted sophistication. Grant says, ‘Look at the levels of design. It’s a square space, very linear, and we designed it so that most lines don’t stop at the door.You’ll find something that runs on the ceiling appears at the other side and continues into the room.’ Fahrenheit Design chose few patterned tiles but created their own unique patterns with the plains. In some areas they cut up pale tiles and fitted them into dark grouted panels or cut up a tile into smaller sections or, elsewhere, created mosaic effects with different, plain tiles. The fine detail is less seen than felt, but it’s that which creates the depth of experience. Grant points out the pixelation on the sandblasted vinyl: ‘Same proportion as everything else, just smaller scale. Look at the doors: same thing. The mother of pearl inlay was designed and made. I brought it into

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the country in my bag before we designed the door. Everything in this apartment was like that – little layers, little layers, little layers, all linear. I haven’t added circles and rounds – I wanted to keep it as simple as I could.’ Grant admits this was a tough project, and – he laughs about it now – it became a whole lot worse before it got better: a terrifying vision of designed chaos which was nerve-racking for the clients even though they’d moved out for the renovation. But once the dust cleared, two of Grant’s staff were sent to Dubai to source the remaining furniture, lighting, a basin and even a tap. But this is no ordinary faucet: it’s an exquisite work of art that resembles a single water droplet. From it, water simply falls and disappears into a hole. No plug, no high pressure (a

restrictor limits the flow), just water to wash hands. It’s about purity. Grant has avoided gaudiness in this apartment. If you want it, be his guest, but only for accessories. ‘It started with a handbag, and now crystals are embedded in fridges and downlighters, inlaid in patterns on doors, and woven into carpets,’ he groans. ‘At the end of the day, when bling goes – and it will – you’ll be digging it out of your carpets and furniture.’ He grins. ‘Remember: the only thing which isn’t cool is the last thing that was cool. When ’80s fashion leaves the building and you rock up in your new ’80s outfit, you’re going to look like such a clot. But how much worse if it’s in expensive fixtures in your home? I say, when it arrives at Mr Price, you’re in trouble. And it’s there.’

With thanks to … Fahrenheit Design, +27 (0)31 312 3335,

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‘Remember: the only thing which isn’t cool is the last thing that was cool’

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Remodelled by Nico van der Meulen Architects, this house responds chameleon-like to its Bedfordview surrounds and Joburg’s seasons Words Tammy Sutherns Photographs Barry Goldman, David Ross, Nico van der Meulen

Nico van der Meulen Architects, +27 (0)11 789 5242 This spread Nico van der Meulen Architects’ creation gleams like a jewel amid the hills of Bedfordview. The use of natural stone cladding and a carefully chosen colour palette allow the house to merge naturally with its surrounding, while glass walls ensure that the residents get the full benefit of the views. The interior design by M Square Lifestyle Design creates a perfect symmetry between the interior and exterior.

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Kensington Electrical Wholesalers, +27 (0)11 614 8556

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Above left and opposite, centre G & G Flooring was responsible for sanding and sealing the wooden floors and staircases throughout the home. Using first-grade Swedish technology, the firm provides an entirely eco-friendly and dustless experience. Only water-based products are used, ensuring that G & G maintains its commitment to its clients’ personal health, indoor air quality and the environment. G & G Flooring beautifully finished the wood throughout the home. Certified by Bona, it uses the only Green Guard-certified hardwood floor finishing system in the industry. G & G Flooring is a member of the Southern African Wood and Laminate Flooring Association (SAWLFA) and is committed to ongoing training and a customer-centric approach. Above right and opposite, top right Kensington Electrical Wholesalers supplied all the electrical products throughout the interior and exterior of the home. With 26 years of experience in its field, it not only met its client’s need for adjustable and aesthetic lighting, but by utilising high-quality, energy-saving products, it also ensured that the client’s electrical costs will be reduced by as much as 95%. Aside from beautiful and cost-saving residential lighting, Kensington Electrical Wholesalers also specialises in industrial electrical products. Focused on contributing to a greener planet, it imports a variety of energy-saving LEDs and other low-wattage items. Its clients include hotels, restaurants, Nu Metro cinemas and the new Cell C call centre.


ransformed from a 1950s shambles into a 21st-century architect’s dream, this refurbished house overlooks the eastern fringe of Johannesburg and affords the homeowners 270º views of the city.. The three-storey home, designed by Werner van der Meulen from Nico van der Meulen Architects, nestles in the hills of Bedfordview. The heart of the home is encased in glass, so that the city vistas can be enjoyed from every room. With its shell done in accents of black, red and grey, complemented by a natural stone finish, the house blends in smoothly with the rocky landscape. Stony paths and trees engulf several of the outer

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corners and can be experienced from within the home via the glass walls, transporting the dweller away from the city and into the mountains. It was, prior to its conversion, a two-storey, north-facing house set on an extremely limited, level platform. So the architects extended the original footprint of the house and created additional garages, and built on a third floor that comprises a pyjama lounge, a children’s study area and children’s bedrooms. The original main bedroom was converted to a guest suite, while the kids’ original bedrooms were made into study areas. The result is a home that lends itself beautifully to all seasons of the Johannesburg climate. It lights

up at dusk and cools down in the heat. An open- plan lounge, dining room and kitchen spill out onto a wooden pool deck overlooking the city. The pool, which reflects the soft lights of the lanai, has an infinity edge that is cantilevered out by nearly 6m and is supported by a column.The lanai, housed by a floating roof, was added onto an unused promontory jutting out of the mountains on the north side of the property. The landscape’s fauna forms a backdrop to the pool area, which is lit up with lanterns on summer evenings. The living area can also be closed off with frameless folding doors for a cosy night in. Nico says the ground-floor interior was gutted and the walls knocked down so that a large,


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About the architect Nico van der Meulen Architects specialises in upmarket villas, condominiums and commercial developments. It has been involved in high-profile developments around southern Africa for the last 28 years. Nico van der Meulen has personally been involved in the building industry for the past 36 years. The firm is known for creating show-stopping yet practical buildings designed with cost-effectiveness in mind. The firm has conceptualised and supervised the construction of more than 2 500  buildings in 14 countries, including a penthouse which at one time was the highest building in the UK, and buildings in the US, Cyprus, Italy and many African countries and islands. Nico also founded M Square Lifestyle Design after he spotted the need for the development of a fully integrated interior design company that would enhance his designs by creating a seamless transition between his architectural work and the interior finishes.

Clockwise from top The home lights up at night to startling effect; the interior colour palette is made up of rich red, grey and neutral tones; rocks and shrubbery surround the home and create an interesting juxtaposition against the home’s modern design.

open- plan, partially double-volume living space could be created. The interior design, by M Square Lifestyle Design (helmed by Phia van der Meulen) mirrors the exterior colours of the house by making use of bold reds, blacks, greys, browns and whites, according to the architects’ belief that the interior and exterior architectural designs should be perfectly symbiotic. Stone is also included on some of the interior walls, creating a warmer feeling in winter, while the tiled floors lend themselves to a few quirky design pieces in matching colours. The furniture, mostly supplied by M Square Lifestyle Necessities, is modern, fresh and clean cut,

combining simplicity with style. The wooden dining room table is complemented by simple black chairs, while the grey and black lounge suite is teamed with a few matching cushions, creating a minimalist look. The kitchen area is a blend of sleek white surfaces and dark wood and offers easy access to the dining area, so entertaining guests is a breeze. The slatted staircase gives way to a home theatre with bold red couches that overlook the pool area and are matched to a wooden television cabinet. The bedrooms lead on to a wraparound balcony, which makes the most of the stunning views and is done in chocolate browns and blacks. Minimalist furniture allows for comfy, lazy summer afternoons

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or cool winter nights. The rooms are filled with innovative artworks and sculptures. The bathrooms are styled in clean white and wood. In one of the main bathrooms, the sleek glass shower door and tiled floors lead up to a white rectangular bath and panoramic views of the city. Echoing the quirkiness of the design pieces in the rest of the house, the look of the bathroom faucets is different to traditional taps. Lighting is integral to the architectural and interior design of the house. In the evenings, the home can be seen clearly, illuminated against the hilltop. The owners enjoy the best of a slick city lifestyle and rocky mountain country living.



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Tell us about some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on recently. Rhoms sells over 30 000m2 of laminate a month, so our floors are almost everywhere. We treat every project, whether high profile or for the man in the street’s spare bedroom, as equally exciting and important. What’s the latest and greatest in flooring technology and innovation? The trend in laminate flooring today is more and more towards a natural look and feel, and the latest German technological improvements allow for this. The authentic, embossed, deep-brushed matt and gloss surface structure technology that we stock faithfully reproduces the most exquisite features of real timber. Extra-wide boards (327mm as compared with the standard 189mm) with V-groove sides combine in some of the range with the magic of endless beauty to create a luxurious and spacious interior to enhance any room at a fraction of the price of real wood. We have been dealing in floors for 14 years, and these are the best we have ever seen. What advice would you give readers who are tempted to turn flooring their home into a DIY job? Laminate has always been sold as a DIY product in Europe. It’s only in South Africa where this trend is not popular. By following simple rules to the letter, you can achieve a great effect. In our stores we demonstrate how it’s done, and our technical people are always willing to share their little tricks. But the biggest factor is a flat screed – get this right and the infamous ‘click-clack’ sound is gone. Tell us about some of your bestsellers. The XL Long Island boards of the Castello (327mm) range and the Castle Oak of our Super Natural range are the hottest product in our stores. We have added more exciting decors to these now famous colours. At R230/m2 for the XL and R189,99/m2 for a Super Natural (including VAT), they are winners in all categories, as they are affordable and trendy. We import directly via our international group trading company to keep the prices down. As soon as the stock arrives from Germany, it flies out the stores, but we have shipments coming in monthly.

Tell us about some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on recently. Rhoms believes that every project is important. We do it all, from one-room refurbishments to large commercial projects. Working with SA’s top designers and architects means that we are always exposed to the latest trends, and we add the latest products and technology. Our brag book includes Morukuru Farmhouse, Fairview wine estate, Millvale Estate, Londolozi, the Akani hotels, Hush Puppy, The Michelangelo hotel and other prominent homes. Our referral rate of 80% speaks for itself. What’s the latest and greatest in flooring technology and innovation? The most exciting developments in wood flooring technology and innovation are in the finishes. Our flooring range is prefinished, meaning the colouring, oiling and smoking does not just sit on the surface, but goes all the way through the timber. Oiled surfaces, which bring out the real wood colours and feel, are the way to go today. No messy traditional sanding and sealing is required ever again – a simple, yearly maintenance programme consisting of a deep clean and oiling makes the floor look brand new. Another exciting development is the ability to mix finishes on the floor. You are no longer limited to the distressed look – we now offer wire-brushed, handcobbled, and even fine-sawn wood. Our exclusive Vintage and Lifestyle ranges offer unprecedented possible combinations of these finishes. Herringbone is back, but is now offered in white oil or natural finish. We have added Walnut to our extensive and famous Vintage Oak range. Low maintenance is the key to our floors. What eco-friendly flooring solutions does your company offer? We were the first flooring company in SA to achieve international FSC certification (SGS-COC-002403). We are committed to products that come from sustainable and renewable resources and, most importantly, are manufactured in a socially responsible manner. It’s the whole process that must be correct. Our engineered flooring follows the age-old tradition of using blockboard with FSC timbers, with the rare resource as a top layer. This allows us not only to be Green Responsible, but to also produce a superior product.

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splurge Words Genevieve Fisher

The urge to

If budget weren’t an option, what would you do to take your home from drab to fab? We posed this question to well-known architects, an interior designer and a celebrity




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Structural splurging

SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects is synonymous with luxuriously designed homes locally and beyond our borders. Partners Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl and Greg Truen (pictured left to right) tell us about some of the most outrageous requests they’ve had from their clients and give you tips on how you can add the wow factor to your home.




An 8 500m2 villa on the tip of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. 2The interior of this villa blends contemporary and classical styles, a trademark of Antoni Associates, the interior design branch of SAOTA. 3A development of two houses and a shared pavilion overlooking the Tapti River in Surat, India. 4A home situated on the tropical slopes of the Mahé Mountain, overlooking the Beau Vallon in Seychelles.. 1

What are some of the most over-the-top

How should people spend their money on

an entire hidden network of support staff

requests you’ve had from clients, and what

cutting-edge architecture and design?

circulation so that the entire home gets

was the outcome?

Wild and wacky design dates so quickly

serviced and cleaned without the owners’

One of the strangest requests we’ve had was

that it is important not to design something

constantly having to bump into the staff.

to place two toilets facing each other, with

that will look old and tired in a short space

Those kinds of client do not want to be

a little library shelf between them. We’re not

of time. Rather choose excellent materials,

irritated and reminded that they are actually

really sure why they wanted this, but once

functional and ergonomic joinery, a mind-

high maintenance – it must feel effortless.

it was complete the clients had to skip the

blowing sound system and perhaps even a

People have also come to realise that the

country after the CIA caught up with them!

spa. Spend money on a great structure that

ultimate luxury is space, and we’re seeing

We’ve also had a client who refused to have

gives you amazing spaces – and buy a great

more requests for spaces with ceilings

a single opening window in his house, so

site to begin with!

of 4m-plus.

the whole place had to be air-conditioned.

Have you ever been instructed by a client to

Your favourite example of OTT

Funnily enough, he also skipped the country.

splurge on a task?

architectural design?

Another strange request came from a client

There have been certain overseas projects

The Taal Monument in Paarl is an incredible

who wanted a bachelor pad for himself

where clients have their own personal

piece of architecture because it is totally

on the Atlantic Seaboard, with an elevator

‘dressers’ – hairdressers, beauticians and

futuristic. And Antonio Gaudi’s work in

directly from the garage to the main

masseurs. They prefer not to go to resorts,

Barcelona is incredible – totally wacky, but

bedroom. His wife never knew about it in

creating all those amazing amenities in their

deeply intelligent.

the beginning, but eventually she found out.

homes instead. We have developed a wide

If given the chance, what building would

They’re still happily married, but the house

range of experiences in some of these homes

you love to redo?

was sold and never used for its purpose.

so that the owners do not get bored or

The ‘Three Pepper Pots’ or ‘Tampon

One of the most exciting and challenging

tired of their sanctuaries. We’ve also started

Towers’, call them what you like, in Cape

projects we’ve recently done is a new

getting requests for car lifts in houses – not

Town. We’d like to implode them. The Civic

contemporary house in Senegal, built against

always easy to accommodate!

Centre and Artscape is also a disaster, as

a World War Two bunker. We used a portion

What is the premise of luxury home design?

the buildings are isolated from the city and

of the bunker for a cinema and the moat as a

True comfort and a refined living experience,

the people who engage with them. We’d

dramatic water feature. This was successfully

where everything has been considered.

completely rebuild the streetscape and push

completed, and the client was thrilled.

For example, in our larger homes, we have

cars underground!

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Superior interiors

Stephen Falcke of Stephen Falcke Interior Design has created spaces in homes, boutique hotels and lodges all over the world. Inspired by nature and the various places to which he’s travelled, Stephen’s work has earned him numerous awards. He shares some of his memorable projects and tells us about his personal preferences when it comes to creating that luxurious effect.

What have been some of the most opulent

What should people be spending on, in

relax – perhaps even to read – and to totally

and over-the-top requests that you’ve

terms of interiors?

indulge yourself.

received from clients with regards to

Anyone can go and buy the most expensive

Whose home would you love to transform,

interior design?

things – there is no art to that. Making the

and why?

There are two that come to mind: a 500m2

most of the least is where the art lies.

It’s been a fantasy of mine to have been able

double-volume private library, and a walk- in

If budget weren’t an option, how would you

to do Mozart’s home.

felt-lined jewellery room and a felt-lined

splurge on your dream home?

What is the one item of furniture you are

silver vault in the dining room. The latter

I would buy beautiful books, especially art

lusting after at the moment?

was for the purpose of storing solid silver

architecture and gardening books. I’d also

I have a great love of chairs, particularly a

soup tureens, under-plates and all dining

splurge on art. If budget weren’t an option,

mid-19th-century carved mahogany desk

accessories. These projects, situated locally

this art would include pieces by Damien Hirst,

chair with a carved lion head that I recently

and abroad, required immense precision and

Georges Braque and Alberto Giacometti.

found. I have just put one in a client’s home,

attention to detail.

I’d also prioritise antiques, whether modern,

but would have loved to keep it for myself.

Have you worked on any projects recently

classic or old.

What are some of your favourite sources

where budget wasn’t an issue?

What is your favourite example of OTT

or brands of luxurious decor and

Most people say that they don’t have much

interior design?

interior items?

of a budget but then call in a professional to

A wonderful bathroom furnished like a living

Trade Roots, Strauss and Co. Auctioneers,

advise them on how to spend their money.

room, with a great view and a fireplace and

Amatuli Fine Art, Goodman Gallery, Everard

I advise my clients to spend on investment

lots of books. Bathrooms are the ultimate

Read and Take It for Granted are my

furniture and investment art.

luxury, as they are wonderful places to

trusted favourites.



In a Palladian-style house, an Aubusson tapestry hangs behind an antique English circular table with a collection of blue and white china. In the middle of a marble entrance hall, a wooden-top stone table base stands laden with a personal collection of artefacts.



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Celeb cred

Nkhensani Nkosi, a well-known face on TV and the founder and owner of one of SA’s best-loved fashion labels, Stoned Cherrie, knows luxury. Veering towards a more authentic aesthetic, indicated in her recent ceramic and fabric ranges, as opposed to ostentatious design, Nkhensani tells us about some of her must-haves and shares her splurge fantasies.

2 An attractive monochrome teapot and cup set from Stoned Cherrie’s new hand-painted ceramics range. 2Stoned Cherrie fabrics, Afro Twins: Dark Olive on the wall and Big Daisy Robin Hood upholstering the chair. On the table, a set from the new ceramics range.


garment becomes luxurious by virtue of the fact that it has been lovingly crafted over time. If given the opportunity, whose home would you love to transform and why? I’m not sure whose home it would be, but I’d love to transform any home that has doilies and plastic coverings over their sofas. Although there are new ways to interpret a traditional aesthetic, doilies are a no-no.


What is the one item of furniture you are lusting after at the moment? At Southern Guild I saw a swing by architects

What sort of opulent and OTT interior and

How would you define luxury?

Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens that is made

architectural features appeal to you?

For me, luxury is a space that allows you to

out of handwoven recycled fabric cut-offs

Although I’m not really into overt opulence

be in water, surrounded by light, incense,

on an upholstered frame. I would keep it far

or anything OTT, I must admit to liking

crystals and silence. There is nothing more

from the little ones and rock on it with my

the idea of having a giant aquarium in

rewarding than a soak on a balmy moonlit

hubby in our old age and watch the sunset

my bedroom.

night when all the kids are in bed.

from our veranda.

If budget weren’t an option, how would you

As a fashion and fabric designer, how do

What are some of your favourite sources

splurge on your dream home?

you translate luxury into the work you do?

or brands of luxurious decor and

I am all about fabulous vistas. In a

I think bespoke fashion is an art form and as

interior items?

fast- growing world, space is a real luxury.

such permeates all aspects of art, whether

We recently brought out a ceramic range,

I wouldn’t mind strawberry fields that

it is architecture, decor or craft. Time is also

which I love for entertaining. I think it tells a

go on forever, an orchard from Eden as

a luxury, and so to take the time to craft

story every time I use it. Apart from that, I

well as a herb garden. My kids would be

an object by hand immediately transforms

am crazy about Haldane Martin’s work, and

beside themselves!

it into a luxury item. Similarly, a couture

Richard Stretton’s marquetry sideboard.

With thanks to … SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, +27 (0)21 468 4400, Stephen Falcke Interior Design, +27 (0)11 327 5368, Stoned Cherrie, +27 (0)11 784 7648,

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the stage

Get Willy Wales of Space Energy to stage your showhouse and you might just net more than the asking price on your luxury home

Willy Wales says that when he was in his mid30s guys his age were driving sports cars and living in homes that looked like university digs, while he had a beautiful home and was collecting prize interior decor items. Today he’s turned his collection into a lucrative home staging business.

Words Tammy Sutherns Photographs courtesy Space Energy

Above left Space Energy uses its vast collection of objets d’art to add that special something to otherwise empty showhouses.


hat do you get when a Free State farm boy walks into an empty, high-end Joburg house and fills it with collectables from his 35 years of travelling? A net gain of R1 million on the selling price, that’s what. Willy Wales has been in and out of property development his whole life. He’s ‘done everything’, including owning lodges and interior design stores. But it was when he merged his work with his passion that he found his niche in the property world. ‘I had just built a development cluster in Parktown North when I decided to stage some of my collected pieces in the showhouses. I found that it worked very well – the units sold much more quickly,’ W   illy says. It was 2008 and the property development and sales industries were on the brink of tough times. Willy had been collecting antiques and unique pieces from fairs and shops around the world for over three decades and decided it was time to try his hand at staging homes for a living. He says, ‘The first home that I staged, the owner’s asking price was R10 million. I told him to put it up to R12 million and that I would stage it for him. The estate agent rolled her eyes, like, “Who is this guy?” It sold for R11,2 million on the second show day.  And I realised that this was the way to go.’ As estate agents caught on to the trend of home staging, his company, Space Energy, grew considerably. These days Willy stages at least two houses a month in Gauteng and will be launching branches in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria next year. ‘I provide something unique,’ he says, easing into his armchair.

‘These pieces that I put into the homes are all my own things that I have collected over many, many years. I create a classic, eclectic look where there is an “old curiosity” feel. We will maintain that look around the rest of SA because that’s what’s selling. I’m constantly attending auctions and fairs to increase my collection. This is different to anything else that is offered in the country.’ Willy doesn’t settle for just any commercial piece. ‘I go to auction houses and hidden spots. Nothing of mine is a replica, and it creates an authentic look. When people ask if they can buy pieces from me, I ask them, how will I replace those pieces?’ Home staging is big overseas, especially in the US, where the stats show that sales increase by an average of  13% to 18% if sellers go this route. ‘Overseas, staging companies borrow furniture from showrooms and shops, but anyone can put a couch in a house. We do something different: we create homes because these pieces create a talking point,’ he says, looking round his living room, which is littered with sculptures, artworks, swords and antiques. Grinning, he adds, ‘But, believe it or not, I’m a minimalist.’ The objects are not enough though. Lighting is Willy’s secret weapon in creating beauty out of empty space. ‘What is the point of having a beautiful artwork if it isn’t illuminated?’ So popular have his designs become that people who have viewed his work have also asked him to design the interiors of their own homes, and Space Energy now has an interior design division. ‘I warn them, though, that we won’t be able to replicate the homes that I’ve staged because of how unique my things are. Their homes will have

a different feel.’ Willy can’t quite pin down where his eye for collectable pieces comes from, but he is delighted to be doing it. ‘I grew up on a farm in the Free State, so I have no idea where this passion comes from.’ And he never imagined Space Energy would expand so quickly. Some of Willy’s staged houses have fetched R1 million more than the original asking price. ‘People who are investing and buying these homes – homes that are over R3 million – are usually CAs or businessmen who come into an empty house and cannot visualise it as a home. They also focus on any flaws that the house may have,’ says Willy. ‘We put the sculptures and the artworks in and create a place that buyers want to spend time in, a space they find interesting.’ Space Energy charges sellers a monthly fee. Depending on the size of the home, this can range from R30 000 to R100 000 a month.‘It is such a small percentage of what the sellers will make on the sale of their house that it is an investment,’ says Willy. He adds that in the current economic climate, developers stand to make a lot more money if they stage homes in their developments. ‘There is a demand for this type of business,’ says Willy. And he’s planning to meet that demand by growing his client base, even though his particular approach to home staging can be taxing: ‘It’s like moving an entire house every time! But we will be expanding,’ he adds confidently.‘We just can’t keep up!’ With that, Willy sits back in his armchair, gazes round his living room and loses himself in his collections all +27 (0)83 440 8087, over again.

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The lap of luxury Water, water everywhere – and it’s full of South Africans being turned on to the boating lifestyle

Words Dave Mullany Photographs courtesy Boating World and The Last Word

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Opposite The Princess Emma chartered power cruiser in Cape Town is operated by the Last Word group of ‘intimate’ hotels. Above left to right The Fairline Targa 58 Gran Turismo, available from Boating World.


e all like to dream. Win the Lotto, drive an Aston Martin, own a sea-facing penthouse in Clifton, or spend the rest of our lives travelling the world on permanent vacation. For many people, such fantasies often focus on the notion of a lazy, idyllic life aboard a boat – not on some hard-graft, ocean-going, keelhaul-themizzenmast racing yacht, but aboard one of those super-luxury cruisers you see bobbing at anchor in the Caribbean, Monte Carlo, the French Riviera and, indeed, right here at Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront or the Durban Yacht Mole. Not long ago, I strolled around Monte Carlo’s yacht basin to gawk at the water chariots of the extremely rich and famous. One of the vessels there was the 126m mega-yacht, Octopus, property of Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. The boat is an occasional visitor to South African waters and sports two helicopters and even two mini submarines. It’s a sobering vessel: the wood panelling on her poop deck probably cost four times the price of your house – even if you do live in Clifton. Back here in South Africa, boats are a tad more modest, but, at the top end, still very much in the luxury class. Even so, a growing number of South Africans obviously agree with old Ratty of The Wind in the Willows fame that ‘there’s absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’, and are going sailing in larger numbers than ever before. This may sound odd in the middle of a recession, but experienced yachtie, Hazel Holtzhausen, says that while SA’s boating fraternity is small compared with those overseas, the numbers of casual day and weekend sailors are growing: ‘The lifestyle attracts people with a zest for the outdoors and adventure, but it also caters for your day sailor who simply enjoys the serenity of the ocean. We’re also blessed with fabulous weather, which makes sailing an all-year opportunity.’ Hazel has 10 years of sailing experience and handles reservations at Durban’s Offshore Sailing Academy, founded 33 years ago (under another name) by yachting legends, Chris and Libby Bonnet. Chris is gone now, but his feisty wife maintains the academy’s ground-breaking traditions (the Bonnets introduced

sail training to South Africa), which have seen more than 30 000 South Africans turned from landlubbers into fully qualified sailors and skippers. Derrick Levy owns Durban’s Boating World. The company is a well-respected dealership with offices in Durban and Cape Town and specialises in luxury motor yachts from British manufacturer Fairline and Australia’s Riviera. Derrick paints an evocative picture of the boating life: ‘Getting up on a glorious sunny morning to the lapping of the water against the hull is what life is all about on a motor yacht. For some, it’s the sizzle of freshly caught crayfish cooking in wine; for others, it’s the scream of the marlin reel out on the deep-sea fishing zone.’ Derrick learned his trade as a youngster growing up beside the Vaal River, where his father ran a boatel for local leisure craft. The good news for Gauteng’s land-locked mariners is that there’s plenty of current boating activity on the Vaal, one of the few South African rivers suitable for pleasuring boating. Many of those who own properties on the riverbanks have their own craft, while local outfits offer a variety of river cruises. So, what’s not to like about the lifestyle? Well, cyclones, tsunamis, Somali pirates and submerged containers, for starters. But, hey, if that bothers you, do what a lot of local sailors do: stick close to land and enjoy the experience without any of the deep-sea dangers. Derrick says the key to sailing success is for buyers to get a vessel that’s right for their needs. ‘Cape Town buyers tend to invest in luxury cruising motor yachts so that they can enjoy the beautiful Cape coast. Sports fishing yachts, such as the company’s Riviera boats, are popular for tuna fishing and catching crayfish.They’re also popular in Durban and Richard’s Bay, where owners relish the thrill of deep-sea fishing. Cruising to the beautiful Mozambique island archipelago at Bazaruto has also become popular.’ If you’re keen to get out on the water but your money is locked up in property or stock market dealings, then you may want to join a syndicate and share the costs. Derrick says, ‘South Africa has a good number of vessels owned by syndicates. The process puts more people on board boats. For example, a 12m yacht with 10 owners works out at about R500 000 each. Step up to a 20m luxury brand and you’re looking at around

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Living on the water

Above left and inset The Riviera Flybridge Enclosed 53 IPS at anchor; hardwood floors multiply the feeling of luxury. Above right and inset The Fairline Squadron 58 makes waves; the Squadron 58’s roomy interiors.

R2,5 million each. With running and maintenance costs split 10 ways, it suddenly becomes a more viable option, and as larger vessels include a skipper, all you have to do is walk on board, have fun and then walk off.’ Does a motor yacht make a good investment? Derrick says,‘Boats can be an investment, as they don’t devalue at the rate of, say, a motor car. International brand names are linked to offshore currencies, so they can increase in value.  Also, boat ownership means you can entertain clients and perhaps charter the vessel to recoup costs. But never forget the sheer personal enjoyment aspect.’ Hazel takes a slightly different, um, tack: ‘You’re investing in a lifestyle. Your vessel is an asset that will enhance your life. But if you’re looking at pure assetbased return, I can only repeat what Chris Bonnet used to say:  “Invest in containers, not yachts!”’ South Africa has a well-respected boat-building industry and is renowned for its sail- or motorpowered catamarans. The average local cat is about 15m and has the advantage of spaciousness and extra accommodation. Last year, R2,5 billion in locally built boats was exported from the Western Cape alone. Meanwhile, in spite of great tracts of unsuitable coastline, marina development in South Africa is growing apace. Apart from the obvious Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London yacht havens, there are also excellent marinas at Knysna, Richard’s Bay, St Francis Bay and Port Alfred, and inland at Hartbeespoort Dam. There’s also the possibility that the on-off-on, hotly contested, small-craft harbour planned for Durban’s Point Waterfront might actually be built some time this century.  Another story … As for interior decor and equipment on modern motor yachts, the sky is the limit. Derrick says, ‘You can have a top-of-the-range sound system, DVD, TV with DSTV, fully equipped galleys with ice-maker,

coffee machine, fridges and freezers. Luxury finishes are more or less standard: plush carpets, teak flooring and granite tops.’ Mooring costs vary according to location and size of the vessel. At the V &  A Waterfront, berths cost around R6  000/month, while Durban asks a mere R1 500/month. If you don’t want the hassles of berthing, maintaining and provisioning your own vessel, then there’s always the charter option – popular with corporate groups or even a group of friends planning some celebratory blowout. One of the most desirable vessels in this regard is the V    & A-based Nautilus, a 35m yacht with six cabins, a Jacuzzi on deck and cocktail and champagne bars. She can take 58 people out to sea and can host 110 guests when she’s tied up. Nautilus Media Manager Mandi Jarman says the recession has had little effect on business: ‘We’re busy hosting a mostly corporate market for sunset charters and cocktail evenings. Especially popular are the crayfish barbecue and champagne cruise to Clifton. Nautilus is clearly a class act – international guests have included US rapper MC Hammer and singer Kylie Minogue.’ Interested? A three-hour cruise for up to 25 people costs R20 000, or R800/head. Another charter option in the Cape is V  &  A habitué, Princess Emma, operated by the Last Word hospitality group. She is a 25m luxury cruiser that offers Monte Carlo-style opulence and al fresco dining for up to eight guests. Daily rates include all meals and an overnight stay in one of her four en-suite cabins. There are, of course, dozens of charter options in all of our port cities, from five-star, push-out-the-boat sunset spectaculars to raucous, knees-up Mother Sarie Marais booze cruises for the nine-to-five set. The choice is yours …

With thanks to … Boating World, +27 (0)31 301 1115, +27 (0)21 418 0840, Nautilus Charters, +27 (0)21 431 8400, Offshore Sailing Academy, +27 (0)31 307 7944, The Last Word, +27 (0)21 794 2036,

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your ports of call Gauteng: Old Willow No. 7 Houseboat Charters (Vaal River), +27 (0)16 973 1729, Party Boat Cruises (Vaal River and Hartbeespoort Dam), +27 (0)83 251 8784, Stonehaven on Vaal River Cruises, +27 (0)16 982 2951, Transvaal Yacht Club (lessons, cruises, moorings), +27 (0)12 253 1108, KwaZulu-Natal: African Queen (yacht charters), +27 (0)31 464 1880, Durban Boat Hire (sail/motor cats, yachts, fishing boats), +27 (0)74 149 0606, Hakuna Matata Charters (cat cruises), +27 (0)31 307 3782, Royal Natal Yacht Club (membership, moorings), +27 (0)31 301 5425, Western Cape: Tigger2 Charters (tailored cruises), +27 (0)21 418 0241, Waterfront Boat Company (hop on, hop off cruises), +27 (0)21 418 5806, Cape Town Yacht Charter, +27 (0)21 782 7346, International Boat Charter, (bareboat or crewed), +27 (0)21 510 3686 Royal Cape Yacht Club (membership, moorings), +27 (0)21 421 1354,



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Words Tony Vaughan Photographs courtesy The Green Leaf Niseko Village

Japan ... Sushi, sake and SNOW! Skiing isn’t typically associated with South Africa or Japan (unless you’re in the know). A visit to Niseko village in northern Japan put that myth to bed


inner party conversation at this time of year, post our well-earned December holiday, often turns to where we went and what we did during this period. More often than not, there’s always one couple shouting the loudest about their break, usually proud that they did something unique, that they did something outrageously expensive, or even that they resisted all temptation and did absolutely nothing! Maybe you spent too long in the Plett queues this year, spent too long with the relatives, or even spent too long with each other, during which time you became determined to never do that again: ‘Next year will be different; we’ve gotta break the mould!’ Japan? Skiing? ‘Are you mad?’

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Yep, mad! In fact, absolutely crazy for the skiing in and around Japan’s premier, year-round mountain resort, located on the southern slopes of the world- famous Niseko Annupuri Mountain in Eastern Hokkaido, northern Japan. A flight via any major Asian city (synonym: ‘shopping’) directly into Sapporo, a short two-hour transfer, and you hit the very best powder snow in the world. (And if your skiing is as rusty as mine, you truly do hit it … You hit it hard and often!) Well, so long as you arrive between the ski season months of November and May each year, when you will find an annual snowfall of some 15m (a lot for the snow illiterate), of the most forgiving powder snow imaginable. The skiing, ski lifts and equipment hire are structured as you would find in the top resorts worldwide, with one huge difference: everything in

Japan is beyond organised. From the way the chairlifts are dusted down immediately before you sit, to the grooming and signposting of the slopes, the entire service infrastructure envelops you, to ensure that your holiday is exactly what you desired. Apart from the service, there are other differences that will bring a smile to your face, and specifically will ensure that you don’t order something unpalatable when relaxing over lunch. Some of the ski-in/ski- out lunch stops have large display cases where every possible meal has been perfectly recreated as a plastic replica.You need merely take down the number, insert your cash into an accompanying machine, and you are presented with a voucher to hand in at the kitchen. It’s delicious food, at that. We were hosted at two resorts on the same mountain, each catering for different tastes and a different experience.


Clockwise from top left The dreamy entrance to the Green Leaf Niseko Village hotel complex; buffet-style dining at Goshiki; there are slopes suited for all types, from beginners to advanced skiers; the outdoor onsen, natural hot mineral baths, in their fairy-tale setting; the modern conveniences of a plush Deluxe King room; detail of a charming lampshade in the lobby; the impressive lobby leading to a ski experience with a difference.

Set at the foot of the mountain, with ski-in/skiout access, the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel is a large hotel of 800 rooms (although that excellent Japanese service culture ensures personal service, so you always feel welcome) and is the perfect base from which to enjoy your holiday, with a number of excellent restaurants, a rustic après-ski bar and amazing views from the rooms, which are excellently appointed. The Green Leaf Niseko Village hotel is also a ski- in/ski-out, a newly refurbished hotel of choice for skiers looking for a quieter and smaller hotel environment. It offers guests 200 rooms, the buffetstyle Goshiki restaurant, Niseko’s first rooftop bar, Altitude, and Tomioka White, an après-ski bar of note. Both hotels offer a traditional Japanese onsen, a single-sex spa of natural hot springs, where guests immerse themselves naked in the mineral-rich hot

spring waters and relax after a day on the slopes. Upon entering the onsen, you take a small towel to cover your modesty and, as a true tourist, you watch the locals to find out the spa etiquette, with them shouting loudly at you if you step with shoes on into a barefoot-only area. Immersed, you see what appear to be a number of upturned buckets, upon which the locals sit following their dip and wash themselves vigorously. The more daring tourists follow the locals through the snow to the outside springs and sit among the snow-covered rocks while enjoying their soak. With an exciting range of ski slopes to properly cater for beginners, through to some amazing offpiste skiing for the advanced skiers, Niseko offers a comprehensive, well-planned and extremely wellorganised skiing holiday that caters for all. And before you chirp that the queues for a ski lift can be as frustrating as the queues for a luncheon table

in Plett, you can stop right there, since the Japanese skiers in the lift queues seem to know that you’re coming, and make way for you to ski ahead of them. Or was it just the uncontrollable speed at which my athletic bulk came flying towards them that made them move in fear for their lives? You can be the judge of that when you ski in Niseko, Japan. With thanks to Tony stayed courtesy of the Private Client listings of the Roving Ambassador/Tourism Corporation Africa. The Roving Ambassador, +27 (0)21 426 0991, the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel, +81 (0)136 44 1111, The Green Leaf Niseko Village – A YTL Lifestyle Resort, +81 (0)136 44 3311,

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h The polished ambassadors of some of Sout Africa’s best hotels explain why you shouldn be staying with them when you’re in tow for business or pleasure l Glenister

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Josiah Montsho, General Manager

Clive van Oudtshoorn, General Manager

Andrew Davidson, General Manager

Michael Pownall, General Manager

What market do you cater for? Mainly for the corporate business traveller and, being an international brand, we see our fair share of foreign guests. We also have groups staying with us who may be conferencing at one of our sister properties, the Sandton Convention Centre or the Sandton Sun. What differentiates your hotel from similar establishments? Aside from our fantastic location, I would have to say the fact that we are an international brand. InterContinental, as a worldwide brand, is well respected and recognised and has built up an extremely loyal guest base through authenticity and key programmes, such as Priority Club. Describe the latest service or product innovations offered by your hotel. Although the Gautrain is just around the corner, we offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the station. This service is incredibly popular with our guests. What is your favourite room or section of your hotel? There are so many of them! If I had to choose, it would probably be our Club Floor, which is also home to our magnificent double-volume penthouse. With great views, private lounges, VIP check-in and a host of other perks, it is definitely worth a visit.

What market do you cater for? The hotel is specifically designed to cater for corporate and convention clientele, and as such is predominantly busy during the week. On weekends, Port Elizabeth and the hotel only really experience increased leisure demand when events take place, such as the Splash Festival, sporting activities and music concerts. There is a concerted effort by Tourism and affiliated partners to market Port Elizabeth as a prime leisure and sporting destination. What differentiates your hotel from similar establishments? The hotel offers both quality international standards and service ethic. For example, the unique design of the hotel ensures that all of our customers enjoy a sea view from their rooms, and a key differentiating service factor is the great team spirit and the staff’s ‘Yes, I can’ attitude. Describe the latest service or product innovations offered by your hotel. The Tabú Grill Bar and Lounge – a fresh, affordable, fun and upbeat restaurant with a distinct SA style. What is your favourite room or section of the hotel? There are so many, but the restaurant and lounge area, with its rimflow pool overlooking the sea, or the spectacular rooms, with their breathtaking, unparalleled, panoramic views of the city and beachfront, day and night, must rank as the most favourite.

What market do you cater for? We are predominately a corporate hotel but also attract our fair share of groups and leisure guests, thanks to our great banqueting and conferencing facilities and our trendsetting outlets. What differentiates your hotel from similar establishments? Our extensive under-roof facilities and our location. We are linked via skywalk to the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square, and the Gautrain is easily accessible via our complimentary shuttle. Describe the latest service or product innovations offered by your hotel. Our seasonal dining outlets, including San Restaurant, Bar and Deck, are definitely innovative. The San Deck boasts great views, firepits and a vibe second to none. Our San Market is great for those on the move, and our award-winning Vin MMX restaurant is perfect for celebrating special occasions. What is your favourite room or section of your hotel? It would have to be either our business suites, which offer great natural light and all the gadgets you could ask for in a boardroom, or our grand Presidential suite. It’s double storey with an outdoor deck, Jacuzzi area, home automation and magnificent views of the city.

What market do you cater for? We have successfully appealed to diverse markets since our opening in mid 2010. We are situated in an ideal location for those doing business in the city or those visitors wanting to discover the vibrant cultural and historical heart of Cape Town. What differentiates your hotel from similar establishments? Uniquely, we are a combination of old and new – a sensitive conversion of two heritage buildings and a modern glass tower with floor-to-ceiling glass balconies affording amazing Table Mountain views. Our Indian Spa and Bombay Brasserie offer authentic Indian experiences, and the Twankey Bar is the only oyster bar in the city. Describe the latest service or product innovations offered by your hotel. The launch of our Taj Residences – 10 fully furnished luxury apartments for those seeking a very unique, pampered lifestyle. Owners benefit from all the services and facilities within the hotel and get global benefits from Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. It’s a limited opportunity to enjoy hassle-free, luxury city living. What is your favourite room or section of your hotel? Our Jiva Spa, for an other-worldly holistic Indian spa experience; and the Twankey Bar, for fresh Cape seafood and oysters, washed down with Guinness, fine wine or bubbly, with awesome Cape Town views!

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ith Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to go shopping, so I thought it appropriate to focus this editorial on shopping centres. I recently went to explore the ‘new’ Sandton City and I was completely blown away – for a moment I thought I was in London. What a fabulous facelift! And, judging from the long queues, it’s clear that shoppers are voting with their feet. But what about the broader shopping centre environment? A number of property and retail experts are saying that Christmas sales should surprise on the upside. But with the negative international news flow, there is much concern about the sustainable health of the South African consumer. It’s against this backdrop that I thought I’d find out how the experts are feeling about the outlook for the country’s shopping centres and the trends they are noticing. First up, Keillen Ndlovu, head of Property Funds at Stanlib. I asked him what he expects on the shopping centre front come 2012. ‘The overriding trend that we will continue to see is the revamping of older shopping centres. Examples include the recently completed extension and refurbishment of Sandton City. Tyger Valley is currently undergoing a major refurbishment. The retail sector is a very competitive space. No shopping centre can afford to rest on its laurels. We are looking forward to a good Christmas for shopping centres, more so for the bigger ones.

Spend per head, dwell time, foot counts and car counts increase dramatically during this period.’ So with Keillen relatively upbeat about retailers over Christmas, I thought I’d corner FNB’s Household and Property Sector Strategist, John Loos. John has a relatively sobering view on the shopping centre environment for 2012. ‘I expect still slower returns on retail property in 2012. Global economic weakness is set to impact negatively on our economy and household sector disposable income. As a result, I believe that retailers are currently in a challenging period with regards to sharp operating cost increases.’ He is, of course, alluding to the extremely sharp increases in electricity and rates and taxes that we are all acutely aware of! John adds, ‘I expect to see the larger regional and super-regional shopping centres emerging with superior returns as compared to the smaller neighbourhood and community centres. The larger centres on average possess a financially more solid tenant.’ Finally, I sat down with Evan Jankelowitz of Sesfikile Capital, who appears to be in John’s somewhat depressing camp. ‘Most of our newer retail centres have been geared towards a bull market; however a bull market is not the status quo. Discretionary spend is under pressure, and the level of spend is not enough to keep everyone afloat. So, despite the ridiculous queuing at Sandton, and strong performance in dominant regional centres – Sandton, Canal Walk,

Menlyn and Gateway – with sub-5% vacancies, there are other centres with vacancies in low double digits who are foregoing those patrons and coming under significant pressure.’ Well, it’s clear from chatting to all three experts that the shopping centre environment is really a tale of two worlds: large, dominant shopping centres are likely to benefit, as they attract more feet, especially with the upgrades continuing, whereas smaller shopping centres may continue to lose feet to their more glamorous counterparts. But the success of our shopping centres ultimately rests with the South African consumer – on this front we must surely adopt a wait-and-see attitude. With all this in mind, take careful note of your shopping centre environment over the next couple of weeks, as it will have its very own story to tell. Happy shopping!

Bronwyn Nielsen, CNBC Africa’s Business Tonight

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Your Move Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Executive Director,

Residential Real Estate

Golden opportunity

In association with Seeff Johannesburg South, the luxury BlueGold Estate has been launched to

Ya’el Fine, on the

the public. Situated in the heart of the Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate, BlueGold Estate

power of the hood

is designed for active and holistic mature living in a safe and fulfilling setting. Situated adjacent to the 17th fairway of the Greg Norman-designed golf course, the estate offers 96 free-standing

I consider myself quite

sectional title units and 92 exclusive apartments of 1 to 3 bedrooms. The estate is designed

lucky to be living in

around a boutique clubhouse that’s packed with facilities for a healthy and fun lifestyle, including a

the beautiful suburb of Melrose. Yes, it is both

restaurant, bar, health and wellness centre, convenience store, hair salon, gym, cinema/auditorium,

leafy and central, but there are developments

deli and convenience store, and business centre and library. The estate is beautifully landscaped,

– Melrose Arch, Ethel Gray Park, CAP security,

and the grounds include walkways, water features and dams. Property developer Jenny Havenga

and the newly renovated Birdhaven Shopping

has designed BlueGold Estate in accordance with her love of nature, her appreciation of spiritual

Centre – that have added so much value to

harmony and her dedication to a healthy, balanced and stimulating lifestyle.

my neighbourhood that when it comes time for me to sell I may be in quite a fortunate position. It’s developments like these that can really push up the demand for a particular suburb and present the prospects of a fruitful return on investment (ROI). Conversely, any damaging activity in a neighbourhood can push down demand, which can negatively affect your ROI. The urban decay of Yeoville, Hillbrow and Berea has given these precincts a bad rap. However, in the Braamfontein, Newtown and Maboneng precincts, developers have not only breathed new life into inner-city living, but have also created a wonderful sense of urban renewal. People are flocking to live and work in these trendy areas, and leading organisations are following suit. As for suburban living, a strong focus on safety and security is paying off for homeowners in plush Parkview, where property prices have exhibited extraordinary resilience over the past few years. Thanks to the area’s reputation as a very safe and stress- free enclave, prices here have wavered

So beautiful you’ll even put up with the occasional little white ball going through a window … No problem – Bronwyn Nielsen, CNBC Africa’s Business Tonight

Melville remains an extremely desirable area

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for young professionals – homebuyers here are

Construction on the exclusive Waterfront development on Ebotse Golf and Country Estate,

in the 30-to-40-year-old age group. Melville

in Benoni, has begun. The nine double-storey homes, priced from R2,4 million, are being built

is the original live/work/play area in Joburg

adjacent to the Rynfield Dam. They will be nautical in design, with open-plan living areas and

and it still lives up to this ideal. Most residents

views of the waterfront. The bedrooms will have open timber trusses and luxurious en-suite

work nearby, so they barely have to commute.

bathrooms. A cosy feel will be created through the use of natural stone and timber, while

Residents have also become stricter on the

a staircase to the ground floor will lend the units an element of grandeur. Light, reflective

quality of dining and entertainment nodes that

colours will be used on the exterior surfaces to help keep the homes cool in summer. For

they are prepared to accept into the suburb,

wintery days there is a fireplace as well as underfloor heating. 0860 700 007,

less than in other areas.

which bodes well for its future. The established neighbourhood of Westcliff is retaining its value, thanks to the passion of the Westcliff Residents’ Association, which is protective not only of the ridge, but also of the heritage of the suburb. The minimum density pertaining to subdivisions continues to be regulated and thus contributes to the exclusivity of the suburb. The strong sense of community, heritage and safety that these neighbourhoods provide continues to be their major drawcard. So perhaps with some creative licence I can amend JFK’s quote as follows: ‘Ask not what your neighbourhood can do for you; ask what you can do for your neighbourhood.’ Until next month, Ya’el

54 | December 2011

Words Candace King

Residential Real Estate


Marking their turf

Century Property Developments is applying its signature blend of indigenous landscaping, natural building materials and eco-friendly products to the development of the 640ha Waterfall Country Village, in Midrand, which will accommodate 2 000 stands. But it’s the 4 900m2 clubhouse that is attracting buyers from across Gauteng and beyond. Sales Executive Dan Brown says, ‘Our experience is that a clubhouse which offers extensive facilities in a congenial environment becomes the focus of social activities within a secure, gated estate. We are keen to see a return to community living.’ Dan adds that more than half of the Waterfall Country Village properties have been sold. The clubhouse features a lake that is attracting birdlife back to the Midrand area, creating a country feel in an area just 10 minutes from Sandton. Its turf roof and the prime building material used, clay bricks, add to the overall rustic feel of the building. The clubhouse incorporates energy-saving insulated floors, thermal glass, LED lighting, gas heating and carpets produced in an ecologically sound manner. +27 (0)11 300 8700,

‘We are keen to see a return to community livin g’

From acorn to green giant South Africa’s first Green Star SA Multi-Unit Residential (MUR) Pilot certification has been awarded to the owners of the Melrose Arch precinct, Amdec Property Development, for its new development, Forty on Oak, which is currently under construction. Visualised back in 1996, Melrose Arch incorporates ecologically sustainable initiatives at precinct level, and this, in turn, has led to its current achievement of the Green Star award. Forty on Oak’s sustainable-design initiatives include natural cross ventilation, grey-water recycling, gas-powered water heating, highperformance glazing and the use of recycled building materials. These measures have earned the building maximum points in the ‘Energy’ component of the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) rating tool. Head of Sustainability for Amdec, Josef Quraishi, says, ‘The announcement of the GBCSA MUR Pilot Tool gave us the opportunity to seek official recognition for the project and reaffirm our commitment to sustainable developments.’ The future residents of Forty on Oak will enjoy the use of a well-integrated environment that supports the New

Green calling

Urbanism principles on which Melrose Arch is built as well as facilities

Vodacom and its parent company, Vodafone, have been awarded a six-

such as a gym, restaurants, shops, a crèche, a post office, banks, a local

star Green Star SA rating for the Vodafone Innovation Centre in Midrand.

park and commercial offices. Forty on Oak broke ground on 9 June this

It is the first building in South Africa to achieve six-star green status.

year. +27 (0)11 684 0000,

The centre will be carbon neutral and powered by renewable energy. It will house a team of experts dedicated to the development of energy efficiency solutions, which are expected to reduce Vodafone’s global

Step aside, COP17. Developers are leading the green revolution. – Bronwyn Nielsen, CNBC Africa’s Business Tonight

emissions. The World Green Building Council says the built environment is one of the main contributors to climate change, and Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys says Vodacom and Vodafone have been working hard to reduce the group’s impact on the environment over the last few years. The Vodafone Innovation Centre is expected to open in the first quarter of the coming year. +27 (0)11 653 5000,

Block booking Auction houses Aucor and High St Auction Co. have joined forces in a 50-50 merger. Aucor MD Darren Winterstein says, ‘The merger brings together two complementary businesses, leveraging the strengths of both parties.’ Lance Chalwin-Milton, a director of High St Auction Co., says the move holds several benefits for High St, such as increased market share nationally and in the rest of Africa. +27 (0)11 237 4444,

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C’est la vie! The Upper Highway offers much in the way of a healthy lifestyle, and Le Domaine, now in its final phase of construction, has enough leisure facilities to convince any youngster that there is life after wrinkles. The retirement development’s latest offering, Soins de Vie, is an independent care centre located at the hub of Le Domaine. The facility has assisted-living quarters and high-care rooms, and is available to residents from all 17 villages on the estate. Non-residents are also welcome at the facility, which prides itself on its holistic, professional and compassionate service. +27 (0)31 716 8457,

Landmark sale Heidi’s Farm Stall and the accompanying 28ha property has come onto the market. Priced at R12 million, the existing infrastructure includes the farm stall at the crest of Botha’s Hill, the homestead, a cottage and various outbuildings, including stables, a horse arena and a lunge ring. There is an abundant water supply in the two dams, while boreholes, wells, reservoirs and pumps ensure that the property is kept fully irrigated. Economical three-phase power is another drawcard. ‘It is ideally suited for horse breeders and plant propagation specialists, and the uniqueness of a property of this size so close to Hillcrest makes it very valuable,’ says Dave Jones from Seeff Hillcrest & Kloof. ‘The property has development potential, with preliminary investigations showing a likely yield of between 10 and 12 subdivisions of 2ha apiece.’ +27 (0)31 765 5326,

At your service Ballito’s first major business services park, Ballito Services Park North, was launched in November, further positioning the node as a serious option for light industrial and warehousing north of Durban. The complex comprises nine serviced platforms totalling 18,5ha and will cater for a cross section of facilities from 100m2 to 20 000/bulk square metres for distribution, warehousing, workshops, factory outlets, wholesalers, showrooms and mini factories. ‘Up until recently, the industrial focus in Durban has been south of King Shaka International Airport – particularly around the

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Riverhorse Valley and Springfield Park areas – but this park opens up the opportunities north of the airport,’ says John Hatfield of Robow Developments, one of the co-owners

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of the park. A shortage of serviced light industrial sites in

Properties, two recently completed developments, Mariann Downs and

Riverhorse, Gateway and Mount Edgecombe makes the area

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View to a thrill

A luxurious new sectional title apartment development is now selling off plan in Milnerton. The seven-storey Table Bay Views high-rise, marketed by Seeff, will be situated just 800m from the beach and minutes away from the Woodbridge Island MyCiti bus station. The 49 apartments, each of which will have a balcony and a sea view, will be divided into two types – 85m2 two-bedroom units, priced from R1,45 million, and 117m2 three-bedroom units, priced from R1,95 million (the ground-floor garden units will be pet-friendly). Security will include CCTV cameras. Architect Heinrich Wolvaardt has designed the building to be attractive as well as low maintenance, so levies will be affordable. Residents’ lifestyle benefits will include the use of the building’s swimming pool as well as access to nearby shopping centres, schools and sports clubs. Table Bay Views is being developed by Greenfield Developments. Construction will begin next year and transfer and occupation will take place in the first half of 2013.

Strapping estate New to the portfolio of MSP Developments is Sandlewood Mews,

Words Catherine Riley

Hopping with pride

a boutique residential development in the Northern Suburb’s Kuilsrivier. The complex comprises 18 two-bedroom units, priced from R589 900 for a top-floor unit and from R609 900 for a

The iKhaya Trust Centre, redesigned by Kr2 Architects, has received

ground-floor unit. The ground-floor units have patios opening onto

an Award of Merit from the Cape Institute for Architecture. Situated

a communal lawn, while the top-floor units have balconies with

in Kayamandi, in Stellenbosch, the centre was formerly a beer hall,

attractive views. All of the apartments have fully tiled kitchens

but has been turned into an educational hub, demonstrating how

with built-in cupboards, hob and extractor fan, tiled living and

architecture can aid social development. Educational space has been

dining areas, carpeted bedrooms, one full bathroom and a parking

given priority through the revamp, but the layout isn’t institutional. Some

bay. The living and dining areas are tiled and the bedrooms are

classrooms have been scaled to the height of the younger learners, which

carpeted. The secure, gated complex is close to shops and public

encourages peer learning, and there’s an amphitheatre and eating space

transport and has easy access to the highways.

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A real winner Ayana Resort and Spa, in Bali, has comes out tops as the leading holiday destination in Asia

1 Ayana offers 78 free-standing clifftop luxury villas, including Ocean View villas (one or two bedrooms), Ocean Front villas (one or two bedrooms), Cliff V   illas (one bedroom) and the prestigious Ayana Villa (three bedrooms). Every villa has a private plunge pool, sunbeds and a Balinese-style thatch-roof pavilion housing the master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, deluxe bathroom, soaking tub and rain shower, and spacious living and dining areas. Guests enjoy luxurious entertainment facilities, a personal butler service, a wide choice of restaurants, and treatments at the 22 000m2  Thermes Marins Bali Spa.


The resort was rebranded in April 2009 when it was brought under the management of West Paces Hotel Group, led by Horst Schulze. ‘This award reaffirms the vision and excellence of our owner and the leadership of  West Paces Hotel Group, but most of all it reflects our guests’ recognition of the passion, care and dedication of our 900-plus staff,’ says Ayana General Manager, Charles de Foucault. In addition to the CNTraveller award, Ayana won the title of Indonesia’s Leading Spa Resort in the 2011 World Travel Awards. +62 361 702 222,


Anya Resort’s saltwater Ocean Beach Pool. 2The Rock Bar is one of the resorts 11


restaurants and bars. 3Relaxing by the River Pool at the Cliff Villa complex. 4Every villa

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comes with its own infinity pool.

international luxury getaways.

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Words Catherine Riley Photographs courtesy Ayana Resort and Spa


ore than 28 000 tourists have voted Bali’s Ayana Resort and Spa as the best resort in Asia, in the Condé Nast Traveller 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. The resort, located just 15 minutes from Bali’s airport, scored an overall rating of 95,7, topping the list of the 20 best resorts in Asia and coming in at number 42 in the list of 100 best resorts in the world. Counting 8 million votes from travellers across the board, CNTraveller’s reader survey is the travel industry’s most comprehensive tally of the world’s best destinations.


Divine dive Amphibious 1 000 is a semi-submerged hotel and marina that resembles an aquatic animal stretching from land to sea. Located in Qatar, this innovative project is the creation of the Giancarlo Zema Design Group, which is well known for its groundbreaking concepts. The land-based section of Amphibious 1 000 comprises residential and office spaces and a modern harbour, while the aquatic section is made up of four semisubmerged hotel resorts. All the buildings are laid out in a semicircle, with each hotel containing 75 luxury suites arranged around the perimeter, and every suite has a terrace overlooking the complex. Guest activities are based in the underwater area surrounded by aquariums and include exploring the museum, the water-life exhibition gallery and observatory at the centre of the park. The reception area connects to all the hotels as well as to the fitness facilities, gardens and an outdoor theatre with a moving stage that opens out onto the ocean. There are also 80 floating, anchored suites called Jellyfish, which provide underwater views of the artificial reef. The project will cost an estimate $500 million (about R4 billion).

Hanging out

Just 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, in Bali, the Ubud Hanging Gardens retreat epitomises luxury, relaxation, Balinese culture and fun for people of all ages. The Ayung River, Pura Penataran Dalem Segara Temple and steep green terraced rice fields surround the resort, which includes 38 villas designed in contemporary Balinese style. The resort lies on a hillside, where a funicular lifts residents to the restaurants, infinity pools and spa. Each villa has a king-size four-poster bed, an open-air shower and a plunge pool with adjoining bales (traditional Balinese relaxation area). Ubud is a major centre of arts and culture, and the Ubud Hanging Gardens stay true to this through its masterclasses in cooking, painting, yoga, art and chakra meditation. Children will delight in the kite-making courses. Dining options include an East-meets-West menu served on a small replica of a traditional boat, which is set afloat in your infinity pool. +62 (0)36 198 2700,

Catch a wave Located on a hilltop, Bondi Junction Apartments is a residential complex perfectly positioned in Sydney’s covetable eastern suburbs. The development comprises 2 towers of 22 apartments each, with only 3 apartments per floor. Most units are north facing, with glass sliding doors onto terraces offering views of the ocean and harbour. One-, twoand three-bedroom apartments are available. The towers are crowned by two penthouses. Apartments vary in size from 78m2 to 280m2 and range in price from AUS$650 000 to AUS$3,3 million (about R5,2 million to R26 million). All apartments have secure parking. The complex has state-of-the-art security and is near Bondi Beach, public transport and Westfield Shopping Centre. +27 (0)11 463 0588,

South Africans make up the 14th biggest group of investors in UK property United behind Manchester Reports show that South Africans make up the 14th biggest group of investors in UK property. With this is mind, an important thing for investors to consider is finding tenants, says Anthony Doyle of Propwealth. ‘It’s all about being conservative in your approach and

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when investing offshore,’ he says. One viable investment is a two-year-old development in central Manchester. Twelve twobedroom units of 65m2 are available to purchase, priced from £150 000 (just under R1,9 million), and tenants are already in place. The asking prices are 25% below the units’ current market value, he adds. The apartments are close to the canals, vibrant cafés and bars. +44 (0)207 720 6833,

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Garden Route investment, real estate, news & leisure

new light

Seen in a


et high up on a rocky promontory, the Plettenberg Bay landmark, Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort, has been part of the Southern Sun Group for 40 years. Historically, the site served as a whaling station, a boarding house and as an entirely different hostelry, but today it is home to a gorgeously revamped hotel. Commencing in July this year, a massive project saw the hotel closed, rebuilt and reopened in just 77 days. It was the culmination of a five-year plan that

began in 2007 with the upgrade of the electrical and plumbing works, followed by the refurbishment of the on-site spa and shops, the indoor swimming pool and the bedrooms and bathrooms. In October this year, with a 100% occupancy rate, Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort was relaunched. The hotels’s 200 units now have bathrooms with freestanding showers and water-saving fittings, energyefficient LED lighting, the latest TV equipment and Wi-Fi, and new room layouts and finishes.

With its architectural style influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Beacon

Southern Sun’s refurbished Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort, in Plett, is open for business

The fresh colours used on the walls and floors of the guest rooms mirror the hotel’s natural environment, with light-hued walls, sandy-coloured carpeting and bright splashes of coral used in the furniture and furnishings. With its views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the ocean, and now that it’s completely refreshed, Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort is once again among the most appealing of Garden Route destinations. +27 (0)44 533 1120,


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Island Lifestyle Resort is an icon of Plettenberg Bay.

getaway destination around South Africa.

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Words Catherine Riley Photographs courtesy Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort


garden route

World first To mark World Responsible Tourism Day, Fair Trade holiday packages to South Africa have been launched in London. The 13-night Kuoni Fair Trade Garden Route Tour is the first Fair Trade tourism package to be launched worldwide and includes the Amakhala Game Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Swellendam, Overberg and Stellenbosch. All components of Kuoni’s Ananea package tour to South Africa, such as tour operators, activities and accommodation, have been audited against Fair Trade Tourism standards and certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). This is the first time in the 50-year history of the global Fair Trade movement that systems have been developed to monitor the international trade in tourism services. FTTSA Executive Director Jennifer Seif says the inclusion of trade

Landing in Plett

standards within the FTTSA programme is designed to ensure that workers and affected communities benefit from

Indiza Airport Management and the Virtual Consulting Engineers/Delta

tourism through long-term trade

Facilities Management Consortium have been shortlisted to manage

relationships, full prepayment

Plettenberg Bay’s airport, reports Garden Route Media. The next phase of

and binding cancellation

bidding will see the two companies submitting more detailed proposals.

agreements. FTTSA also makes

The coastal town’s airport has been neglected for some time now and its

sure that commissions and

proposed upgrade is seen by many as being important to the area, where

contractual agreements are fair,

the main income generated is from the influx of seasonal tourists. A bid

creating a better deal for small

evaluation report by aviation and development consultants, Jon Heeger

and emerging tourism service

& Associates, states that although Plett doesn’t need a subregional

providers. +27 (0)12 342 2945,

airport because it is close to Port Elizabeth and George, which have their

own airports and are close to Plett, studies show that in areas that are driven by a tourist market and where the nearest airport is more than two hours away by car, there’s a compelling case for the presence of the area’s own airport. The report further states that a Plett airport would not compete directly with George’s and PE’s airports for high-density traffic. Instead, its success would depend on its offering a convenient service that is accessible, flexible and low-cost and providing a quick turnaround

Words Genevieve Fisher 'Silver for green' photograph courtesy Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa SAA photograph

time for operators.

The Kuoni Fair Trade Garden Route Tour is the first Fair Trade tourism package to be launched worldwide

Silver for green Knysna Tourism has achieved silver status in the GreenLine Eco-Rating System for tourist accommodation and products. According to the Garden Route South Africa Business Network, it is the first organisation of its kind to be awarded such an accolade, which shows how dedicated it is to respecting the environment. The system has been developed to recognise and reward businesses that are committed to environmentally friendly operating standards. Mike Munro from GreenLine says, ‘The team at Knysna Tourism has gone to considerable effort to ensure that they not only meet, but also surpass, our stringent compliance standards. Particular mention must be made of their community development programmes and support for the town’s SMMEs. Although they are a small office, they now understand the potential environmental impacts of their operations and have implemented many effective resource-saving initiatives as well as a responsible waste disposal and recycling programme.’ GreenLine forms part of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, Africa’s leading tourism-based environmental management initiative and one of the most successful systems worldwide. +27 (0)44 382 5510,

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Word to the West


West Island Resort Sport and Spa personifies luxurious waterside living

Words Catherine Riley Photographs courtesy West Island Resort and Spa


ituated just a few minutes away from Tamarin Bay, on the south-western shore of Mauritius, West Island Resort is divided into five residential sections of various sizes and prices, with a selection of ground-floor, firstfloor and penthouse villas available in each. The Riviera’s units range in size from 140m2 to 158m2 and are priced from about MUR26 million (just under R7 million). The Sunset section offers villas of 65m2 to 240m2, which are priced from roughly MUR15 million (about R4 million). The villas in the Point section are 106m2 to 395m2 in size and are priced from about MUR119 million (about R33 million). Units in the Canal East and West sections range in size from 110m2 to 172m2 and are priced from about MUR15 million (R4,5 million). The villas have deep wrap-around verandas, 3m-high ceilings and interior design that incorporates natural materials and textures.

In addition to a private beach and its landscaped tropical garden setting, West Island offers residents an abundance of amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym, modern yacht basin and business centre. The Savanne Mountains are the scenic backdrop to the resort, and biking and hiking are popular pastimes. The mountains lie in Black River Gorges National Park, a 6 500ha forest that’s home to many endangered plant and animal species. Black River is internationally recognised as a deep-sea fishing destination, while neighbouring Tamarin Bay is known for being the best surfing spot on the island and a retail hub for West Island residents. Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius and the soonto-be-opened Cascavelle Shopping Village are also located there, and a state-of-the-art golf course is only five minutes away. The West Island development is a green initiative, too, making use of local materials, controlling carbon

2 emissions, incorporating passive cooling techniques and taking special care with water management. West Island forms part of a rental scheme that guarantees the owner a monthly income despite occupancy status. Another benefit of being part of the rental scheme is that the owner is exempt from levies. West Island is a real estate scheme resort, which means owners get Mauritian residency and generous tax breaks. Given the $30 million (about R240 million) upgrade to the airport and new flights between China and Mauritius, it’s expected that tourism on the island will increase, providing further incentive to invest in property there. +230 423 5072,

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Shanti Maurice is a boutique lifestyle resort offering award-winning spa facilities and luxury accommodation in the small town of St Félix, in the south of Mauritius. The hotel was formerly known as Shanti Ananda and formed part of the Ananda brand, but it was relaunched earlier this year under Nira Resorts. Shanti Maurice combines African, Chinese and French influences and makes use of local suppliers for cuisine and crafts, taking special care to involve the community. The resort houses 61 spacious suites and villas within its 15ha of tropical landscape. Villas overlook the ocean and feature a private pool, outdoor rain shower and dining pavilion. The resort caters for families, couples and honeymooners and is also an ideal location for weddings. The on-site Nira Spa has 25 treatment rooms and is working with Africology to develop spa products and treatments based on Mauritian flora. There are three restaurants at the resort, including the signature Star restaurant, with its contemporary Cape cuisine and wide selection of South African wines, Pebbles Restaurant with its Indian-inspired dishes and the rustic Fish and Rhum Shack, the cocktail pit stop of choice. +230 603 7200,

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Bryanston West R2.2 million / R2.4 million / R2.6 million. Looking for the perfect, secure lifestyle in a soughtafter, upmarket estate with clubhouse, pool, tennis & squash courts? Ideal for those “empty nesters”, “newly weds” or “investors”. Entrance to lounge, dining room, open-plan granite kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (mes), patio with Californian deck, private landscaped garden. All rooms with doors to garden, wooden shutters throughout. Marco 083 513 4576 Christine 083 632 3472 Web ref. 100104748 (B) 011 728 7013

Victory Park Gorgeous home in the best secure street of Victory Park! Set in magnificent English Country treed garden with silver birches, roses and country flowers on ±2400sqm plus stunning water features! Open-plan reception rooms with double gas fireplaces. Gourmet kitchen with granite tops, travertine tiles and luxurious built-in appliances. 4 Bedrooms, study, 2.5 modern bathrooms, private small heated pool & outdoor shower off the main bedroom. Patio overlooking newly renovated pool. Flatlet plus staff quarters. Double auto garage and off-street parking. All this and more for only R3.7 million ono. Elana 082 920 7682 Rose 083 601 8107 Office. 011 728 7013 Web ref. 100105452

Hawkins Estate / Highlands North R3.3 million. Space, luxury and panache in prime location of Highlands North. A kitchen every woman dreams of – to die for doll! Garaging for 4 cars, excellent security in boomed and closed off area. Beautiful heavy swivel front door leading to stunning tiled entrance, lounge, dining room and family room. 4 Double bedrooms, 2 full Hollywood bathrooms and guest cloakroom. Manicured garden. Pool. Staff accommodation. Plus income generating cottage with own entrance. Exceptional value with that special touch of class. Laura 082 562 2345 Office. 011 728 7013

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Bramley Offers from R1.999 million. Unique in everyway! All you’ve ever dreamt of! Entrance hall, lounge, dining room, family room, modern eat-in kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 full new bathrooms (mes), guest cloakroom, double auto garage, double carport and ample parking. Bonus: magnificent self-contained cottage. Sparkling pool in established garden. Alarm with beams, CCTV, auto gate with intercom. Lorraine 082 690 6873 Gregory 082 335 4167 Web ref. 2760931 Office. 011 728 7013

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This unique home has room for the whole family. The main residence has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a private study, business office with own reception, several lounges and a very large entertainment area. The modern kitchen has ample packing space and work tops. Outbuildings comprise of 2 guest flats with own lounge, kitchen, bedroom and private braai. 4 garages on the premises.

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Very attractive and sunny house situated in popular neighbourhood. wide open living spaces and big north facing windows for adequate natural lighting. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a friendly and practical design. An open plan study overlooks manicured private garden. The property also has a separate studio or entertainment area depending on your preferences.

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Penthouse with Old World Charm This unique 2 bedroom penthouse is right in the middle of town in one of the most beautiful buildings and only a few minutes walk to the beach. Lovely wooden floors and perky bay windows transfer you into another era as soon as you enter your private haven. Yet, all amenities are modern and functional. Not your every day property!

N$ 3,300,000

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this 900sqm mansion is perfect for extended family or as a boutique guest house. luxury features include a sauna and 4 Jacuzzis. Several spacious living areas are set in a spectacular open floor plan with soaring ceilings and dramatic ocean facing windows. Granite tops in the kitchen and porcelain floor tiles add to the high end finishings. private access to miles of sandy beach.

N$ 1,390,000

Holiday on the Beach This could be your chance to get your own place in the most popular holiday town in Namibia. Comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex not far from the beach. The indoor braai area makes sure you can have your holiday feast even on cold winter nights.

N$ 6,350,000

Stunning Sea view

Enjoy stunning sea views from the 330sqm roof top deck or from most of the 4 bedrooms and living areas. The active entertainer will appreciate the wide open plan lounge area, gas-fired fireplace and built-in braai directly adjacent to the kitchen. The garage offers a modern shelving system and parking for 4 cars. Other features include gas stove, granite work tops and solar geyser.

R35 000 000

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YOUNG, FRESH, VIBRANT LIFESTYLE IN WEMBLEY SQUARE North-West facing top floor apartment. 2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 under cover parking bays. 24 Hour Security. Pool, gym & laundry in complex. Uninterrupted views.

R4 500 000

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DOUBLE VOLUME PENTHOUSE HAS IT ALL Elegant & modern. Huge spaces for living and entertaining. Double volume reception areas, 4 bedrooms en-suite, roof garden with Jacuzzi and pool. Wonderful views from every room.


CAPE TOWN AT IT’S BEST Executive apartment. Immaculate with panoramic views. 2 bedrooms en-suite, study or 3rd bedroom, storeroom. 2 under cover parking bays. Pool and gym in complex. 24 Hour security.


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FABULOUS HOLIDAY RIVER HOUSE The Kaaimans estuary sites were pegged at the turn of the century. There are only 6 houses on the river originally built around 1900. Secluded beach and pristine forest surrounding the property.

R8 200 000

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R18 500 000

WHEN STYLE MEETS HISTORY Unique, architectural Masterpiece with magnificent views of City, Bay and Table Mountain. Original Historic Stone Cottage with state of the art finishes attached to modern open plan living.


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STEFAN ANTONI’S DREAM SKY-HIGH HOME A unique opportunity to acquire a living piece of Art. A truly sophisticated lifestyle capturing the essence of Atlantic Seaboard living by using sculpted layers and levels to create a spectacular spacial effect with fluid forms. Breathtaking coastline sea views and a truly enviable location.

R24 950 000

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The Eva Solo Table Grill from Yuppiechef takes

cushions, chairs and loungers.

the fuss out of outdoor tapas parties. The

+27 (0)11 266 3700,

portable porcelain grill allows you to cook at your veranda table, in the garden or at a picnic. Simply fill the bowl with coals, light them and then add your favourite summer tapas on top. 0861 987 743,

Shadow play Droog’s Shady Lace Parasol is so delightful in its effect that, if it weren’t for its size, fashionistas would use it as a fashion accessory! Available in white or green,

Communal caddy

the parasol’s stencil cutouts allow rays of sunshine

Add the Kitchen Craft Summer Breeze picnic basket to your outdoor arsenal. Made from

through to create pretty

honey-hued woven wicker and lined with bright, striped fabric, the picnic caddy comes with

shadows. Get it at the

everything that four people need to enjoy a meal outdoors: ceramic plates, plastic wine

Modern Garden Company.

glasses, stainless steel knives, forks and spoons, cotton napkins, a corkscrew and a salt and

+27 (0)21 434 0611,

pepper set. Available from Yuppiechef. 0861 987 743,

What’s better than long summer days spent outside? Having stylish accessories, whether for camping, beaching, or chilling in the garden. Make your time out there more comfortable 80 | December 2011

Words Genevieve Fisher

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