Joburg Life Summer 2021

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SUMMER 2021 | 2022



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Bringing festive glamour to the City of Gold, the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is set to become an iconic festive symbol, finding its home in Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square until the 3rd of January 2022.




Inspired by African Art Nouveau, Zioux, the newest addition to the Marble Group of Restaurants, showcases a menu consisting of classic retro-revival and nostalgic plates designed for sharing.

The Local Edit app is finally here! Discover, shop and get to know some of the most sought South African brands, all in one place.

The annual Joburg Festival of Lights featuring an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters and classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft night market for visitors to the Joburg Zoo.


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Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Brings Festive Glamour to the City of Gold

This holiday season, Moët & Chandon brings its legendary savoir-fête to South Africa – an exciting new chapter in the House’s long history of generosity.

For at the heart of festive celebration is one champagne, Moët & Chandon, the very symbol of the House’s renowned fêtes. Effervescence is a distinctive feature of the delicate blend that Benoît Gouez, Cellar Master of Moët & Chandon, creates. And it’s the effervescence of his champagnes that forms the golden thread of global Moët & Chandon celebrations this festive season. This year, Moët & Chandon is sharing the joy of togetherness with a host of festive experiences around the world by inviting Friends of the House to join bespoke fêtes, from musical performances to events in “eternal effervescence” spaces. Moët & Chandon will flow in over 20 cities including Sydney, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, Moscow, New York, Paris and Mexico City.

Dinners To Die For

Not your usual ‘dinner and a show’ experience, Dinners To Die For pride themselves in creating immersive, murder mystery events where guests are as much part of the show as the actors themselves! Founded and run by professional actors, Danielle and Rowan Studti, the show unfolds before you as an unexpected murder takes place. Shortly after, the detective arrives to close off the crime scene and start questioning the suspects. With a variety of scripts and storylines to choose from, the classic ‘who dunnit’ narrative is played out in what can essentially be described as a skilfully constructed event of live, role-playing Cluedo. Professional actors set the scene, and the attendees of the event act as the detectives and help catch the killer. The backdrop for all of this murder mystery mayhem can range from the 1920’s New York, to a Miami Vice-type crime scene. Founded in the Mother City, Dinners To Die For is now coming to Johannesburg. Events can take place anywhere from your home, to a restaurant or hotel. The Rand Club and Casa TosCana are some of the venues in the Johannesburg area that are already teaming up with Dinners To Die For. A talented group of up and coming Johannesburg based actors will also be joining the team. Whether you are wanting to plan a memorable party for an upcoming milestone, celebrate your child’s birthday, or are looking for an ideal team-building experience, Dinners To Die For has a variety of context and age appropriate options to choose from. What’s more, they offer both in-person and online events, and take as much pride, care and craft into their online events as their live ones. For more information about upcoming events in the Johannesburg area or to book a private event, go to or email

Here in South Africa, a Moët & Chandon Golden Tree will be revealed in the City of Gold, to open Gauteng’s festive season in champagne style. The spectacular Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is set to become an iconic festive symbol, finding its home in Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square until the 3rd of January 2022.

Completely new in its design, the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree will provide picture-worthy effervescent reflections of the surrounding skyline.

Guests are invited to enjoy Moët & Chandon at several outlets on Nelson Mandela Square throughout the festive season; booking will be essential.

Personalised gifting service will also be available via the Moët & Chandon pop-up store, located on the square, until December 23rd, from 12h00 until 18h00.

Restaurants on Nelson Mandela Square will be providing festive Moët & Chandon Golden Tree champagne offers, available from launch night until the 27th of December. End 2021 in style and celebrate the beginning of what promises to be an unforgettable festive season than at the effervescent Moët & Chandon Golden Tree experience. #ToastWithMoet #MoetEffervescence

Making Crocheting Mainstream

The word crochet is likely to conjure images of your grandmother’s doilies. However, two young entrepreneurs in Newtown, Johannesburg are setting the record straight. The strength of Mama Kea lies in its combination of young and old talent. It started when the founders, Sicelo Mabuza and his business partner Khulani Sikhosana, teamed up with two elderly women, Irene Mabitsela and Emma Mavimbela, who they met selling crochet beanies at the Soweto Arts and Craft Fair back in 2015. “We wanted to match their intricate hand-stitching techniques with our own creative business ideas. As young people, we knew how to promote and market the right product.” Their sandals, loafers, low and high tops (with soles made from recycled rubber tires); beanies, and bucket hats are all inspired by Africa’s cultures, nature’s organic colours, the beige and fawn of the Khoisan, and the red, green, and yellow of the Pan Africanist movement. “The shoes are our star product,” enthuses Sicelo. “We start the shoe from the ground, using patterns that define our art as Africans.” Threads of nylon and acrylic are then stitched using calculations so precise they become a distinct fabric and pattern. Customers appreciate the craft and are proud that it’s an African product. Currently, Mama Kea purchases the soles ready-made, but they hope to manufacture their own in the very near future. “Before we can parade our products at any more fashion shows, we need to honour our commitment to remain proudly South African” says Sicelo.

With Thanks from Truffles

It is their ingenuity, determination and drive that has earned Mama Kea a nomination in the Small Business Spotlight support initiative by Lulalend and CapeTownMagazine. So, what does the future hold for them? They have a shrewd plan for the long-term: Before lockdown, Sicelo and his core staff had trained over 20 youngsters for production so that they’re ready to scale up as required. From this also sprung a formalised curriculum. This is the framework the duo believes will catapult them and their brand to excellence. Creations-341523926203278/

Truffles will be closed for the season from the 20th of December 2021 and re-open again on the 07th of January 2022. We are in gratitude for your support. Your feedback and kind words are what have fuelled us. We will welcome you with a shared optimism for many years ahead. Join us in the Park for romance and ethereal love In 2022 and beyond. Your Truffles Family.





Newly Launched Wine Range, Vineyard Friends – ALL ABOUT FARMING SIDE BY SIDE WITH NATURE

Newly launched wine brand, Vineyard Friends connects the wine drinker with the natural wildlife and sustainable practices that underpin its winemaking principles. The new range, which includes four wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Merlot Malbec, is vegan friendly and 100% GMO free. Vineyard Friends is dedicated to the unique animals of the Cape Winelands that make the precious vineyards their home: the Grey Duiker, the Cape Grey Mongoose, the Bat Eared Fox and the Grey Heron. Each animal plays an integral role in the lifecycle of the vineyard, from maintaining soil health to removing pests. This not only ensures a healthy harvest but limits the need for pesticides. And it’s not just these incredible cape creatures who are doing their part to create a more sustainable option for South African wine drinkers. Vineyard Friends is also the culmination of two decades of practical response to environmental challenges and the result of a myriad of sustainable practices.

innovating sustainable practices and maintaining world class certifications across ethics and environment.

and the human hand. Great wine is made in the vineyard. Farming side by side with nature – not against it.

After all, sustainable winemaking is a team effort. It’s about maintaining the delicate balance between flora, fauna

Vineyard Friends is now available for purchase online and in retail stores. Visit

The vineyards themselves make use of water saving cover crops while facilities make use of bio-treated grey water in all ablutions and gardens – drastically reducing the use of potable water. Additionally an anaerobic process sees clean water released into the local municipality, to support the community. With 50 million precious litres of irrigation water reclaimed per year to provide the vineyards with the water they require to thrive. The Vineyard Friends cellar in Wellington has the largest solar photovoltaic energy installation of any wine production facility in South Africa. An 801 kW roof array of 2400 panels not only offsets 1265 tonnes of potential CO2 emissions, but also produces clean, surplus energy to be fed into the grid of the neighbouring town and its communities. Partners and suppliers are chosen very carefully – only working with those who share a commitment to honouring nature and biodiversity through sustainable and ethical practices. Even the Vineyard Friends bottle itself has recycled glass content, is lightweight and includes a label on 100% recycled paper from Enviro LabelTM. Despite all of these interventions, the creators of Vineyard Friends know that the journey to sustainability never ends and that the environmental impact of winemaking still remains. That is why a community-led bamboo growing carbon reduction project runs in parallel with the work in the vineyards, the production facilities and on the bottle itself. It is also why there is a continuous commitment to

Celebrate Life’s Everyday Joys with La Motte’s New Vin de Joie Rosé

La Motte has introduced a new addition to its well-known portfolio of wines – a Frenchstyle rosé called Vin de Joie. The 2021 La Motte Vin de Joie Rosé is an elegant choice that promises to bring joy. Whether your special time is social or simple – with loved ones around a table or a solitary hour with a book – enjoy them with an elegant glassful of La Motte’s dry and delicate Vin de Joie Rosé! While the inspiration and the style of the La Motte Rosé honours the estate’s French winemaking heritage, the grapes for the wine are a true celebration of South African terroir and its diversity – in more ways than one. Promising to be the perfect glassful for everyday celebrations, the joy in the name and on the label was inspired by one of the true joys of biodiversity of the Cape Winelands – the Blushing Bride. A blend of 71% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the 2021 La Motte Vin de Joie Rosé offers a delicate salmon pink with a tinge of onion skin, typical of a Mediterraneanstyle rosé. The nose offers subtle, but well-defined melon, rose petal and nectarine with the charming notes of Turkish delight in the background. The palate is juicy on entry, with a refreshing acidity and lovely lingering nectarine on the aftertaste. Polished and perfect for relaxed get-togethers and lengthy lunches, this refined Rosé is a delightful glass on its own and a versatile choice with food. Enjoy with the simplicity of leafy salads and Mediterranean plates, finely sliced Charcuterie and seafood in all shapes – from summertime sushi to comforting soups in winter. Available at La Motte or at R99.

The Distell Inter Hotel Challenge 2021

The Distell Inter Hotel Challenge has become a red-letter annual event on the hotel industry calendar. With a primary objective to create and sustain a strong national base of top quality chefs, bakers, wine stewards and concierges. In every true sense of the phrase a programme of recognition and rewarding excellence. The hotel industry offers superb opportunities for ongoing education and ultimately career growth. Although a competition that provides glitz and glamour, the true role is serious and deep-rooted providing a vehicle and a public platform that creates an environment of mentorship for the country’s hospitality industry. With the increasing unemployment crisis we are facing in South Africa, it is more important than ever before to offer opportunities to young South Africans. The Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge places a strong emphasis on facilitating a platform that allows the industry to join forces to change the lives of young talent across the country. Richard Rushton, Distell’s chief executive officer (CEO) explains “What makes the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge such an important and progressive platform is the way it actively encourages the pooling of talent, skill and resources for greater impact.” The categories of the 2021 Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge encompassed a wide field of hospitality talent including concierges, wine stewards, baristas, bakers, chefs, pastry chefs and more. The prize for the top-performing wine steward would include working alongside the award-winning sommelier team at London’s famous 67 Pall Mall Club, and educational visits to top-ranked whisky distilleries Bunnahabhain and Deanston in Scotland, as well as to Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) museum in France. The winner will receive bursaries for more intensive Sommeliers Academy and Cape Wine Academy study. The chef of the year will spend a three-week offshore internship with Minor Hotels with flights sponsored by Distell. The pastry chef of the year will spend three weeks interning in France at the Château La Creuzette in Boussac with flights provided by Lancewood. We wish all of the contestants the very best of luck! For more about the competition visit





TO VISIT NEDERBURG’S THE MANOR THIS SUMMER A convenient hub for great wine and food experiences, there’s something on offer for everyone at Nederburg’s The Manor restaurant and wine bar in Paarl this summer.

1 1. Award-winning wines Taste and purchase a selection of familiar favourites and new discoveries. 2. Vintage tastings A rare opportunity to explore wines that have stood the test of time and can mature for even longer. Presented by a wine ambassador. Pre-booking essential.


3. Flavourful, seasonal food A small, ever-changing menu inspired by the freshest in-season produce and sustainably sourced meat and fish. Visit us online to view the summer menu. 4. Family-friendly picnics Indulge in a delicious picnic under the trees in the lush garden, with an array of fun lawn games on offer. Kiddies’ picnic boxes are also available. Pre-booking essential. 5. Wine & cheese dish pairing A melt-in-the-mouth selection of five delightful cheese-inspired mini dishes, each served with a specific wine as an ideal partner. Pre-booking advised.

6. Bubbly & oyster pairing Try The Manor’s exquisite tasting of three oysters, each dressed to impress and perfectly paired with two bubblies and a bubbly cocktail. Pre-booking advised. 7. Five Senses Wine & Food Experience Devised to indulge your senses, challenge your perception of flavour and enhance your imagination. Presented at 11:00 and 15:00. Pre-booking essential.


8. Summer Sunset Stoep Sessions Wine down with The Manor’s weekly summer sunset stoep sessions every Friday during summer, offering live music, wine, food and fun! Pre-booking advised.

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9. Steak Thursdays Bringing you lip-smacking aged beef ribeye steak, matched with Nederburg’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Edelrood red blend. Every Thursday (lunch and dinner). 10. Entertainment galore for children A delightful kids’ menu with a sweet treat and flavoured milk pairing, kiddies’ picnic boxes, lawn games, jungle gyms and zip-lines, a tree house, swings and more! 11. Heritage To enter the tranquillity of the thatched-roofed, white-washed, H-shaped manor house dating to 1800, is to experience a distillation of life lived over 200 years ago. 12. Weddings, conferences/meetings, and other special events Host your wedding or elopement, special celebration, conference or business meeting at Nederburg, no matter the size. 13. Slow Market, launching in summer 2021/2022 The popular Slow Market is relocating to Nederburg this summer! Open on weekends and the occasional Friday evening. Expect scrumptious food, fine wine and other drinks, design stalls, entertainment, live music and a dedicated kids’ area.

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Make your reservation by contacting Nederburg’s The Manor on 021 877 5155 or





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A Dream Wedding at La Petite Ferme Since opening its doors in 1984 La Petite Ferme has cemented its reputation as one of the most sought-after destinations in the Cape Winelands. Perched high on the Franschhoek Pass, in the shadow of the Middagkrans mountains and offers remarkable views of the valley below, La Petite Ferme is today a refined country escape that has seen the ebb and flow of food trends, retained loyal customers through the decades, and attracted a new generation of gourmands with its authentic country cuisine and warm hospitality. Today La Petite Ferme boasts a boutique hotel, acclaimed country restaurant and celebrated winery. The boutique hotel at La Petite Ferme is certainly an excellent example of country elegance and hospitality and offers nine unique rooms, each with panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding Winelands. La Petite Ferme is perfect to accommodate your nearest and dearest during your celebrations or special event. At La Petite Ferme each guest is offered the perfect combination of private, country-style luxury accommodation and heart-warming hospitality. La Petite Ferme offers four Manor House Suite and five renovated Vineyard Suites each with spectacular views and comfort. Expansive lawns that offer 180 degrees views over the Franschhoek valley, a variety of indoor and outdoor seating solutions, incredible food paired with impeccable wines – make La Petite Ferme a firm favourite with couples for elopements, intimate events or celebrations with your nearest and dearest. Get in touch 021 876 3016, or visit our website

Poolside Picnics, al Fresco Dining, & So Much More at The Nellie

Jasmine-scented breezes, majestic mountain views and expansive skies: with the arrival of summer at Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, we invite you to spend languid days in our lush gardens, enjoying the many outdoor dining options in our leafy garden estate. Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg has curated a range of tempting al fresco experiences, from picnics by the pool or in the shade of our timeless trees; iconic afternoon teas served on silver tiered stands with fedora’d Henry Dike playing on the grand piano; and sparkling moments on Planet Bar terrace, a little piece of heaven on earth … especially when popping champagne under the stars. The hotel’s picturesque terrace is perfect

for savouring daily surprises on Chef Rudi’s chalkboard – Cape Wild Foods, plant-based and slow food dishes feature prominently on his three-course lunch and dinner menus. Looking to celebrate Christmas and New Year in style? Contact reservations.mnh@belmondcom for our festive season accommodation offers, and to find out more about Christmas and New Year menus, please contact restaurantreservations.

Tokara Wine & Olive Estate


Stellenbosch is known as a wine, food, art and cultural destination and at Tokara Wine and Olive Estate, visitors are welcomed with exquisite wines, unforgettable restaurants, contemporary South African art and a unique olive oil experience – all in one beautiful setting. A visit to Tokara on the crest of the Helshoogte pass is a feast for all the senses. A fusion of craftsmanship, natural materials and modern technology, the winery melds with the natural splendour of the surrounding landscape. Follow the stairs of concrete and stone to the winery where you will find the wine tasting lounge, a carefully curated art collection and the Tokara Restaurant serving delicious treasure trove of contemporary South African cuisine expertly prepared by Chef Carolize Coetzee and


paired with award-winning wines. For more informal dining options, the Tokara Delicatessen (the estate’s gourmet food shop) is child-friendly and offers a seasonal menu, olive oil products and other goodies to take home. Greeted by spectacular views you will also be able to share in the winemaking process as the wine lounge allows candid views of the fermentation cellar. Visitors are spoilt for choice with a variety of wine tastings, including the rare opportunity to sample the Tokara XO Potstill Brandy and Cap Classique. If you are looking for something a bit different there is also a tutored olive oil tasting of the

Tokara blended and single varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oils. From January to April, visitors can observe the entire process from the delivery of the grapes to the rooftop level where they are hand sorted and crushed, to their journey straight into the fermentation tanks suspended below. If you enjoy the finer things in life, look no further than Tokara – a perfect day out in Stellenbosch. For more information visit


Savour the Best of Farm Living at Boschendal Award-winning wine and food experiences, a rich heritage & spectacular natural landscapes all in one place!



Choose from a vast selection of luxury wine farm accommodation, ranging from the historical Herbert Baker-designed Cottage 1685, to beautifully restored farm cottages in the Orchards. with year round specials and family friendly rates, there is a range of accommodation options to enjoy. The cottages are about 3,5 km from the main Werf area, guests are advised to have their own transport.

Enjoy a wonderful evening with friends, family for a fun night out!Book a picnic basket to enjoy during/before the show or have dinner at the Deli beforehand. On 22 and 27 December, movies will be shown on the Rose Garden lawns – guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs, book picnic baskets and enjoy a leisurely evening filled with laughter, joy and great food and snacks.

FREE RANGE KIDS GO WILD Kids aged 5-14 years have the chance to enjoy an authentic outdoor farm experience under the leadership and professional guidance of the Tree House team whilst you unwind and take a well-deserved break. The Tree House playground and pump track is also open to young farm explorers. Complimentary for in-house guests, kids can either be booked in for two-hour morning, mid-day and afternoon slots or for a full day programme.

DINING AT BOSCHENDAL THE DELI A perfect spot for casual dining with family and friends with hearty farm meals, ranging from all-day breakfasts to popular wood-fired pizzas for dinner. The menu consists of a selection of the best of what the seasons has on offer. THE WERF RESTAURANT Situated in the beautifully revamped original cellar of the Manor House, the focus at The Werf Restaurant is on presenting contemporary soil-to-fork dining using the best available local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. The menu features produce from the farm including the farms own Black Angus beef, forest-reared Duroc pork and vegetables and herbs from The Werf Food Garden.

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS Experience exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley as you explore the wine farm and all its wonders on horseback or navigate some mean climbs and sweet single-track rides on the MTB trails. Day permits and rentals available or bring your own!

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET Balmy evenings with live music, fresh farm produce, food stalls and other artisanal stands filled with handmade local products and a beautiful local is lekker vibe. Bring the family, four-footed furry friends (on a leash) are welcome too. NORVAL POP UP ART EXHIBITION During the Festive Season, guests will be treated to Norval Foundation Artistic Programme at the Manor House on the Estate. A collection of twentieth and twentyfirst century art and specialized art related retail will find a second home in Boschendal’s nineteenth-century manor house and the surrounding grounds.

Boschendal offers hikes, guided farm and walking tours too World-class trails to explore, wine tasting to enjoy, beautiful dams to swim in and plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and breathe in the splendour of nature.

PICNICS WITH LIVE MUSIC The well-loved, family feast picnics are back! Laze away the warmer days under the trees at the Werf picnic with live bands every Saturday and Sunday celebrating the best of local musicians. Expect farm-fresh picnic baskets brimming with delicious eats and treats. WINE TASTING Presented under the oak trees, Boschendal’s finest wines are on offer for tasting together with delicious platters, featuring the best of the farm produce. Fridays welcome sunset soirees on the terrace – a toast to the end of the week with a range of custom craft cocktails.

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Brookdale Manor House Debuts in the Paarl Winelands The opening of the Manor House at Brookdale Estate in 2021 has brought an elegant, new accommodation experience to the historic Paarl Winelands. Recently launched, Brookdale Manor House is positioned as a world-class, winelands retreat to accommodate families, small groups of friends or individual travellers. The Manor House can accommodate 12 adults (and two children under the age of 12 sharing with parents), catered for in five ensuite bedrooms in the main house, and a sixth en-suite bedroom in the building adjacent.

overgrown and underused. The Rudd family, originally from the United Kingdom, recognised the potential of the property and acquired the 67-hectare estate in 2015. In line with their vision to create a world-class country estate, today Brookdale offers exceptional hospitality and produces fine wines under the stewardship of talented young winemaker, Kiara Scott.

Built in a modern Cape Dutch style, Brookdale Manor House is elegantly furnished, featuring ample living spaces that include a lavish living room, library and entertainment room, dining room, a sunny breakfast room and a kitchen, in addition to a private study. Outside, multiple terraces showcase panoramic views of the dramatic mountains and wine valley. The gardens, pool house and terrace, set around a magnificent swimming pool, create beautiful spaces for guests to enjoy the sunshine with a glass of wine from the Brookdale and Mason Road ranges.

Brookdale Manor House is managed by seasoned hoteliers Yvonne Coetzee (General Manager), and Gary Coetzee (Executive Chef) who come with extensive hospitality experience gained over nearly ten years in management positions at Singita in the Sabi Sand, followed by a decade overseeing the Kerzner family estate Leeukoppie, in Hout Bay.

A true Cinderella story, Brookdale Estate was once

Paying homage to its ethos ‘Stay Curious’, Brookdale Estate is as unexpected as she is enchanting. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein mountains and hugged by a tranquil valley abundant with vineyards and fynbos, Brookdale Manor House is surrounded by natural

beauty and deeply-rooted history. Each season of the vines brings new experiences. Guests are invited to relax in privacy, soak up the tranquil atmosphere and explore the natural beauty of the estate and surrounds. Celebrate and connect as a family, or group of friends, and find a sense of freedom and well-being in the Paarl Winelands – home to some of the country’s most awarded wines, cuisine and wellness experiences. The area also provides access to some of the Western Cape’s best nature trails, exceptional golfing, and interesting cultural and historical monuments. Brookdale Estate is ideally located within easy reach of Cape Town International Airport, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Currently under construction elsewhere on the estate is a 80-seater Restaurant, Cellar and Wine Tasting Experience due to open in 2022/3. Launch offers include a SA Residents special, either selfcatering or on a fully-inclusive basis.

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Indulgence, Pampering & Pleasure – WELCOME TO OTIUM SM BY SILVERSEA CRUISES

Silversea Cruises, pioneers in luxury cruising will unveil their wellness programme OtiumSM on board the brand new Silver Dawn from March 2022. In a nod to the cruise line’s Italian heritage, Otium takes inspiration from the leisurely nature of the ancient Roman lifestyle. In Roman culture, Otium – the opposite of negotium, the non-existence of pleasure – was a time dedicated to leisure, in which people bathed, conversed, sung, theorised, drank, ate but most importantly, relaxed. Completely diverging from the new age of wellness programmes, Otium encourages balanced indulgence. From your luxurious, comfortable base at sea the focus is on pampering and pleasure over sacrifice and delayed gratification. Built and designed on principals that wellness should be a natural, highly enjoyable focus of the day, especially while on vacation, Silversea have recognised that living well and being well are not mutually exclusive and that wellness need not be a solitary or silent experience, rather a social pursuit best enjoyed with others, yet in the very exclusive environment found on board these small, luxurious ships. OtiumSM will transform the way guests relax and enjoy their personal space. An elevation of the already high levels of comfort, it will provide a customised, multi-dimensional wellness journey throughout the Silver Dawn, starting in

some of the most spacious suites at sea, growing with a curated range of treatments in a reimagined spa and trickling out to permeate every moment of the cruise experience. The key pillars of this new wellness programme include: THE OTIUM SLEEPING EXPERIENCE – A newly designed comfort mattress, a choice of pillows and finest Egyptian cotton linens. THE OTIUM BATHING EXPERIENCE – With both a walk-in shower and bathtub in all suites, guests will be offered a multisensory bespoke bath experience for complete relaxation. Plush bathrobes, exclusive bath salts, soothing candlelight a specially curated musical playlist menu and a range of delicacies including caviar canapés, chocolate truffles and champagne. THE OTIUM BALCONY EXPERIENCE – Enjoy the breathtaking views from the comfort of some of the most spacious balconies at sea. Tailored to the climate, this curated pampering experience includes a warm cashmere blanket, a selection of delectable appetisers and the first hot chocolate menu at sea. In warmer climates stay cool

with refreshing body mists, luxurious sun creams, delicious cocktails and gourmet bites. THE OTIUM COMFORT FOOD EXPERIENCE – Already known for the most luxurious culinary offerings at sea, Silversea guests can enjoy sustainable caviar and champagne on demand while Otium will introduce the addition of an in-suite comfort menu. Signature dishes will range from lobster and caviar in brioche rolls to a selection of gourmet popcorn – just perfect if you choose a relaxing “night in”. THE OTIUM SPA EXPERIENCE – A redesigned range of indulgent treatments, the sensuous spa experience will also include a stunning thermal area with champagne, signature snacks enriched with trademark ingredients from caviar to truffles. Rejuvenating treatments in the salon will complement this sensuous, indulgent and gratifying experience. Silversea have long excelled at enabling guests to ‘travel deeper in luxury’. OtiumSM will ensure that the guests can enjoy a fully holistic experience when travelling with Silversea to all corners of the globe. Book your experience with Cruise Vacations






The special days which mark the holiday season should be an indulgent affair, filled with friends, family and fun. The Table Bay, Sun International’s five-star hotel in the V&A Waterfront, has created delicious menus for Christmas lunch and dinner to take the stress out of festive season entertaining. The Atlantic will open its doors for guests to enjoy picturesque views of the working harbour and iconic Table Mountain, while enjoying their meal in the comfort of its luxurious interior. For those wanting to enjoy a relaxing festive season stay, online booking can be done directly on

Discover the extraordinary world that lives beyond Cape Town’s shores in the company of a real-life shark scientist- Justin Blake. Completely exclusive to Mount Nelson guests, this ocean expedition, takes you on an exploration of the Cape Kelp Forests, recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll enter the octopus gardens made famous in Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, snorkel with (friendly, little) sharks, explore fascinating sea caves and discover spectacular views of Cape Town, both above and below the surface.



Allow Grande Provence to whisk you away into 2022 with a lavish dinner and live entertainment to toast the New Year under a canopy of fairy lights at one of Franschhoek’s most beautiful wine Estates. Bookings 021 876 8600 or e-mail



Inspired by African Art Nouveau, Zioux, the newest addition to the Marble Group alongside Marble and Saint restaurants, is set to be the playground for the adventurous and will push the boundaries of urban luxury. An extravagant selection of Champagne and cocktails will be available as well as a menu created by the two head chefs Mike van Rooyen and Moses Moloi.

The much anticipated NorvalXBoschendal art collaboration is also open to the public from the 3rd of December daily. This creative celebration of South African art and artists is a first of its kind and opens with a selection of local artists including Zanele Muholi and sculptures by Kyle Morland and Edoardo Villa. The exhibitions will rotate and many more exciting talks and tours are being planned to celebrate this artistic endeavour in the Cape Winelands. Entrance is complimentary and the exhibitions are within and around the renovated Boschendal Manor House. The festive season is a treat on the farm this year and you are invited to come and explore and discover more – from culinary delights to creative pursuits.

The menu consists of over-the-top, classic retro-revival and nostalgic plates designed for sharing. On certain days of the week, Zioux will also feature elaborate brunches and high teas. Booking for Zioux is essential and a strict dress-code will apply. No under 25s.


In 2011, Table Mountain was named by more than 500 million voters globally as the latest of the “New7Wonders” of nature. The honorable award has played a key role in drawing scores of local and international tourists to Table Mountain, enabling the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) to grow in its ability to provide visitors with a world-class cableway experience. Since 2011, over nine million local and international tourists visited the top of Table Mountain.



in association with the City of Johannesburg entities – the annual Joburg Festival of Lights featuring an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters and classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft night market for visitors to the Joburg Zoo. As part of the festivities, Joburg Ballet will feature highlights from JOBURG BALLET’S The Nutcracker, bringing to life one of the most popular and beloved classical ballets in the world. Until 5 December at 7pm – 10pm daily (except on Mondays) and The Annual Pantomime Bounces Back With A Buzz Janice Honeyman’s Cinderella … Expect a show packed with an abundance of comedy, stunning spectacle, hundreds of beautiful costumes and, of course, the legendary panto moment when Cinderella is transformed from rags to riches and whisked off to the Ball – with the help of a little dusting of Fairy Godmother magic.


An evening of glamour awaits … indulge in dinner with a tantalizing array of dishes, a carvery station with all the trimmings and live DJ session compliments of DJ Mauzah, amplifying the party atmosphere and ensuring that 2022 is ushered in with style.

Until 24 December 2021



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