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SOUTHERN VINES | SUMMER 2018

SOUTHERN LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

SUMMER 2018

OUTDOOR LIVING

2018 DÉCOR TRENDS

HELLO HAWAII A TASTE OF THE TROPICAL

A HOME GROWN FAVOURITE

CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR REUBEN RIFFEL

A F resh Start G E T R E ADY FO R S U MMER!

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The Amarok. Not just tough, smart. On the outside, you’ll see the Amarok towing the heaviest loads without breaking a sweat. But what you don’t see is the 3.0 V6 TDI engine with 550Nm of torque and 165kW of power, that enables a towing capacity of up to 3.3 tons. You don’t see the ESP, 4MOTION®, or unique off-road ABS that ensure a smooth and stabilised drive whilst working on the toughest terrain. You see tough, but you don’t see the intelligent under-the-skin German technology that makes tough possible.

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IT’S THE GREAT OUTDOORS. YOUR FURNITURE SHOULD BE GREAT TOO. MAKE THE GOOD LIFE GREAT

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Enjoy summer’s sun in style. At Bakos Brothers, we offer a wide range of exquisite outdoor furniture, from loungers to sofas, dining tables to chairs. Our hardwearing pieces, made from all-weather wicker and MarinaPLUS vinyl, are designed for the outdoors. The cushions never have to be taken inside, which cuts out the hassle of setting up for a sunny day. They can withstand the elements, and are resistant to dirt, moisture and even UV. Best of all, though, they offer luxurious comfort, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful weather. View our range of living, dining, bedroom and outdoor furniture at our new showroom in De Waterkant Centre, 9 Somerset Road, Cape Town.

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Evoking a visceral sense of beauty

EVENTS

Keep busy this holiday season

CHEF’S PROFILE

Reuben Riffel, chef and restaurateur

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Our suggestions on local restaurants to visit

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FROM AN ARCHITECT’S HEART

Unique & fascinating design elements

A CULTURE FIX OF FABULOUS

Five-star elegance; a boutique hotel with a difference

DÉCOR TRENDS

Sunburst & pink affinity

MAE ARTISAN RUGS

Transforming floors into focal points

OUTDOOR LIVING

A look into 2018 trends

INSPIRED BY THE PAST

Wellness treatments that cleanse the body

SIMPLY SUMMER

Healthy, fresh flavours to create in the kitchen

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THE GREEN SCENE

An exciting new travel trend: edible resorts

THE SCENIC ROUTE

Explore the Garden Route

A TASTE OF THE TROPICAL

Hawaii, an island getaway

WATER SPORTS IN CAPE TOWN

Get wet this summer

HIT THE ROAD – CAR REVIEWS

Lexus LC 500 & VW Amarok V6

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Emile Joubert’s top 3 wine selections for the season

BATTLE OF THE BUBBLES

Champagne, Prosecco & MCC

GET YOUR SHINE ON!

Genuine Moonshine makes its debut in South Africa

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Inspired by the Lexus LFA Supercar, the LC 500 goes beyond being a new luxury sports model to being the flagship sports coupé. Complete with a 351 kW and 5-litre, V8-powered engine, and accentuated by Lexus’s first 10-speed automatic transmission, this vehicle offers lightning-quick response and seamless power. The Lexus LC 500 is more than the sum of its parts – it’s the powerful realisation of a desire to create something visionary, something extraordinary. A N D I T ’ S YO U R I N V I TAT I O N TO E X P E R I E N C E A M A Z I N G.

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PROPERTY CONSTANTIA

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Lauren Zuidema DESIGN & LAYOUT Bianca-Leigh Nagel CONTRIBUTORS Emile Joubert, Jennifer Campbell,

Adventure awaits!

Summer brings the holiday season with it, and we welcome them both with open arms. The start of a new year has us feeling rejuvenated with an extra punch of hope and inspiration as we plan our adventures for the year ahead. This edition will give you loads to aspire towards along with tons of adventure packed activities that will set us all in good stead for the first quarter of the year. We’ve all thoroughly enjoyed the editions we’ve put forward to date. It’s been a true inspiration and pleasure to engage with you all, especially those that have found the time to put ‘pen to paper’ and send a message through. Keep them coming! lauren@southernvines.co.za

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NEWLANDS STORE: 2 Kildare Centre, Corner Kildare Road & Main Streets, Newlands Village Tel: +27 (0)21 683 7386 | newlands@indiansummer.co.za FRANSCHHOEK STORE: 50 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2992 | franschhoek@indiansummer.co.za OPENING IN DECEMBER: Shop 10, De Wet Centre, Church Street, Stellenbosch www.indiansummer.co.za

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ART SCENE

DANIELLE HEWLETT

Danielle’s work can be found at the StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town www.stateoftheartgallery.com

Having received private art lessons from the age of seven to nurture and develop her inherent talent, figurative painter and storyteller Danielle Hewlett has been immersed in art since childhood. In 1998, after matriculating from the National School of the Arts, she moved to the UK to study at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, after which she returned to home soil here in South Africa. Danielle makes use of fragmented, vibrant colour to render physical form, expression, and emotion. Considering herself a storyteller, she delves deep beneath surface level; pursuing the less accessible, hidden emotions and energies that inevitably lie trapped beneath the skin. This provides the viewer with an intimate window – one composed of colour and light - on the human subject. Veering well clear of any literal and even figurative frameworks, she deconstructs the complex facets that compose the human identity, creating artwork that is a study of the individual and his or her energy, as captured in a moment.

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Danielle Hewlett, Tanya Sternberg, and Derric Van Rensburg are three incredibly talented South African artists who, in spite of working within different artistic genres, share a common vision of evoking a visceral sense of their subjects’ beauty. This beauty, as much as it is inspired by physical reality, transcends the tangible, revealing the Tanya’s celebration of colour and dynamic form beneath. work can

TANYA STERNBERG For 20 years, Durban-born artist Tanya Sternberg has been passionate about painting with oil on canvas. Inspired by the ever-changing landscape of the Okavango Delta, her latest body of work explores the myriad of pathways presented to us in our lives – how we flow through space and time, changing course over and over again. The paintings examine the landscape from divergent perspectives, from aerial views that approach abstraction to close-ups of flowers, reeds, and reflections. In stark contrast to her vivid paintings are the artist’s graphic linear drawings and paperworks. Topographical and flowing, the works echo the constantly changing landscapes within ourselves. The series of ink and line sketches focus on abstracted human forms with precise line work, while the contained shading creates complex planes of highlights and shadows, giving the impression of fluidity and dynamism. Tanya attended the Ogilvy & Mather Red and Yellow School of Advertising and Design, where she studied graphic design. She subsequently moved to Australia. But, as is the case with so many South Africans, the call of the mother continent brought her home and to Cape Town, where she has now started her own design agency called Ink Design.

be found at the StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town www.stateoftheartgallery.com.

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DERRIC VAN RENSBURG

Derric’s work can be found at the Carmel Art Gallery in the Cape Quarter Square, Greenpoint, Cape Town www. carmelart.co.za.

Derric van Rensburg, a name well-recognised in both the local and international art scenes, is without a doubt one of South Africa’s top impressionist painters. His unique style is flamboyantly colourful, yet set within a sufficiently realistic framework so that the finished piece is an authentic impression of a vibrant and alive landscape. Derric began his career in graphic art in the commercial and manufacturing industries; however, it was only after moving to the small country town of Greyton in the Overberg in 1990 that the region’s stunning landscapes ignited his creative passions, awakening the sleeping impressionist giant within. Derric abandons all concepts of perfection and symmetry, instead capturing the essence of the subject, as seen through his eyes and his lifetime’s patchwork quilt of experiences. Landscapes, cityscapes, people, animals, and flora are all portrayed in an authentic, yet visceral way that is brought to energetic life with the artist’s intense use of primary colours, bold brush strokes, and impressionist flair.

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WHAT’S ON Plenty of fun-filled events and activities to keep you busy this holiday season! Get out there!

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FRANSCHHOEK “MAGIC OF BUBBLES” FESTIVAL Dress up and step out for Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne “Magic of Bubbles” festival. Soak up the stunning surroundings of the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley while sipping your way through a collection of South Africa’s award-winning MCCs and hand-selected French champagnes. There will also be fine food to accompany the fine wine. When: 2 – 3 December 2017 Where: Excelsior Road, Franschhoek Entry: R375 p/p (www.webtickets.co.za): includes a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. 10% Discount if you book using a MasterCard

Spier Festival of White Lights 2017

Join Spier Wine Farm for their annual Festival of White Lights, featuring dazzling light installations, a spectrum of artistic performances, and, of course, the farm’s outstanding repertoire of wines. Rustic picnic baskets are available from the Spier Farm Kitchen (booking required). Alternatively, PJ Vadas’ Hoghouse BBQ and Bakery on the Werf will be serving up hearty country cuisine. When: 8 December 2017 Where: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch Entry: R65 – R165 p/p (www.webtickets.co.za)

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are a beloved weekend activity for locals and tourists alike. Bring a picnic basket and blanket (camping chairs not allowed) and sprawl out on the expansive lawn in front of the stage to enjoy some spectacular local and international music acts, such as Texas, Goldfish, Mango Groove, The Vamps, Freshlyground, and Jeremy Loops. When: 11 November 2017 to April 2018, usually every Sunday but can vary Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Entry: Tickets start at R135 p/p (www.webtickets.co.za)

NYE CELEBRATION AT THE V&A WATERFRONT See out the final hours of 2017 at the V&A Waterfront’s annual NYE celebrations. This year, the organisers are bringing the four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water to life through vivid colours, themed entertainment, floats, and a spectrum of music performances. When: 31 December 2017, from 7pm to 1am Where: V&A Waterfront Entry: Free

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CAPE JAZZ IS LEKKE! Well-known Cape Town musician, Jonathan Rubain, is launching his biggest production to date at the Baxter: Cape Jazz is Lekke! The show is a theatrical celebration of the Mother City’s jazz culture and tradition, as well as the music made by jazz legends that are no longer with us. When: till 13 January 2018 Where: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch Entry: R150 – R250 p/p (www.computicket.com). Students, senior citizens and block bookings of 10+ get 10% discount

Michael McIntyre’s “Big World Tour”

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The Galileo Open Air Cinema

A large screen, blockbuster movies, delicious food, wine, and a canopy of stars... all the ingredients necessary for a perfectly memorable night out. The Galileo Open Air Cinema pops up at various venues around Cape Town and the surrounding winelands, screening a selection of classic and contemporary favourites, from Dirty Dancing to Finding Dory, and much more. When: Tuesdays to Sundays till 27 April 2018 Where: Various venues: see website for schedule Entry: R89 - R175 p/p (www.webtickets.co.za) or R100+ at the door, but can sell out

He’s described as Britain’s biggest comedian and, this year, Michael McIntyre is going international with his Big World Tour, making a stop for two nights at Cape Town’s Grand West Arena. This English comedian, actor, and presenter, who was recently nominated for two BAFTA awards, is a guaranteed laugh but hurry because tickets are selling out fast. When: 18 - 19 January 2018 Where: Grand Arena, Grand West Casino & Entertainment World Entry: R390 – R775 p/p (www. computicket.com)

COMEDY IN THE VINES Partake in a picnic under the stars while being entertained by some of South Africa’s funniest comedians. Comedy in the Vines is held once a month between November and February, with January’s instalment featuring awardwinning comedian/magician Stuart Taylor, best known as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, Going Nowhere Slowly. When: 27 January 2018 Where: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch Entry: R170 p/p (www.webtickets.co.za)

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FEB 2018

Electronic Music Festival, Ultra 2018

Ultra has become the largest annual electronic music festival in Africa. The day-long event features a smashing line-up of local and international talents with multi-award-winning Dutch DJs Hardwell and Armin van Buuren headlining the festival, so it promises to be a huge party! When: 9 February 2018 Where: Cape Town Stadium Entry: R700 – R800 p/p (www.nutickets.co.za)

THE ILLUSIONISTS The “best-selling magic show in Broadway history” comes to Cape Town this summer, featuring spellbinding performances by seven of the planet’s most talented illusionists. With grand illusions, mind reading, levitation, and disappearing acts on the cards for the evening, you literally won’t believe your eyes! When: 7 - 11 February 2018 Where: Grand Arena, Grand West Casino & Entertainment World Entry: R250 – R500 p/p (www. computicket.com)

THE GRAND WHITE 2018

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The Grand White is a prestigious annual event featuring delicious food and a fantastic variety of live music, comedy, and speeches, all organised at a secret location, to be announced closer to the date. The dress code is white with a touch of green and guests can either bring their own picnic baskets or purchase one online for collection at the event. When: 24 February 2018 Where: Secret location TBA Entry: R390 - R580 p/p (tickets.thegrandwhite.com)

Cape Town Art Fair 2018

The 6th edition of the Cape Town Art Fair returns to the Mother City, showcasing a spectacular body of contemporary artwork originating from our very own shores. Included in the diverse exhibit will be guided walks, screenings, performances, talks, and presentations addressing a broad scope of subjects falling under the umbrella of contemporary art. Food and refreshments will also be available. When: 16 - 18 February 2018 Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) Entry: Ticket prices to be announced closer to the date

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WHAT’S HOT CHEF

For his ability to create fine food that feels laid back and unpretentious, chef and restaurateur Reuben Riffel is the master. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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or celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, it’s a combination of passionate people and great ingredients that serve as the inspiration behind his work. Well-known for his role as a judge on MasterChef South Africa, as well as his ever-growing portfolio of award-winning restaurants, Reuben describes his culinary style as a pursuit of simplicity. “We search for the occasional surprise combination of ingredients, but our focus is on uncomplicated, great-tasting food,” he says. Reuben grew up in Groendal, near Franschhoek, and says that eating was always a passion for him. A love for cooking was something he discovered later when he began working as a waiter at Chamonix Wine Estate. He learned the basics of food preparation in the kitchen there and worked his way up to souschef under the guidance of chef Richard Carstens. “I think my career chose me,” he says. “I was lucky enough to work under a chef that made food and cooking seem cool, and his passion rubbed off on me.” Although he didn’t receive any formal training as a chef, Reuben soaked up the knowledge and skills of his mentors in Franschhoek, and after some experience abroad, he was able

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A Taste of Reuben Try Reuben’s restaurants for yourself... THE FLAGSHIP

to open his very own restaurant back home in 2004. Now, Reuben has a number of restaurants to his name, and an average day for him is packed with meetings where he discusses menus with his chefs, tweaks dishes, works on the preparation of sauces, pickles and chutneys, and plans for upcoming events. The best part of the job, says Reuben, is working as part of a team. “It’s a great feeling when the front of house, kitchen, and everyone else is in sync during a busy service.” Outside of the kitchen, Reuben loves to relax by playing golf, reading, and spending time with his wife and two children. In fact, his wife does most of the cooking at home, unless he has a craving for Asian dishes and noodles — his homemade speciality!

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Situated in the winelands, Reuben’s Franschhoek was the chef’s first eatery and remains one of the region’s favourites. The restaurant recently moved premises and has been beautifully refurbished — think screed floors, walls filled with art, a glass wine cellar, and bistro-style tables. With a selection of local wines and craft gins on offer, the outdoor courtyard is perfect for a leisurely drink and an al fresco lunch or dinner in the summer months. The menu includes an eclectic mix of contemporary dishes with a local twist, like a poke bowl with beetroot cured salmon trout, wasabi, pickled ginger, compressed cucumber, sesame, and yuzu soy; and pork belly with fynbos honey crème, pineapple atjar, sweet potato and cider jus.

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THE URBAN EATERY The One & Only hotel in Cape Town also boasts a Reuben’s, and with its chic and sophisticated interior, makes for a classy night out. The space has a stylish brasserie feel, with classic wood finishes, warm lighting, and modern decor accents. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu showcases a fusion of local flavours, celebrating the Cape’s culinary heritage and the abundance of fresh produce found in the area. One of the house specialities is a range of artisanal meats sourced from nearby farms — indulge in carnivorous dishes like braised lamb neck with confit garlic and tomato and lavender jus, and roast pork rack with blackberry gel.

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Located in the charming seaside town of Paternoster, Reuben’s restaurant at Abalone House and Spa serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in a pretty setting. The venue is elegant and relaxed, with beautiful sea views. Reuben spent time in the town as a child and was drawn to the relaxed atmosphere of the place, so the menu draws its inspiration from the local ingredients and culinary culture of the town. Sit on the outdoor deck to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy innovative, distinctly South African dishes like crispy hake with pineapple and sultana chutney; peppered springbok steak; and rooibos poached pear and apple with honeycomb ice cream and grapefruit custard.

If you haven’t yet had the privilege of dining at one of Reuben’s successful establishments, plan a night out soon and indulge your senses www.reubens.co.za SV

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EAT Eat

Summer is ‘the season of celebration’, and what better way to celebrate than to get out there and indulge in some gorgeous food and wine.

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Located at the V&A Waterfront, Firefish serves fresh seafood with beautiful harbour side views. The menu includes all the usual favourites, like shucked oysters, fresh fish, and sushi, but also boasts a great selection of modern, unexpected dishes like devilled whitebait with yuzu and lime aioli; crispy prawns with confit lemon; and Szechuan crusted kingklip with soba noodles and chilli and citrus soy. If red meat is more your style, there are a number of meat cuts on offer, all of which are charcoalgrilled with olive oil and sea salt. Vegetarians will love the small, but carefully considered menu, with options like roast eggplant with miso, honey, scallions and sesame seeds; and udon butter noodles with nori. W www.firefishrestaurant.co.za T 021 286 4933

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95 AT PARKS New in Constantia is the cosy 95 on Parks (previously known as Carne), an Italian eatery in a relaxed setting. Headed by well-known chef Giorgio Nava, the space is decorated in shades of green, and with its wood finishes, natural light, and pretty garden views, the restaurant makes a comfortable spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner. The menu includes dishes that are rich and wholesome – think potato gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecan nuts; and homemade ravioli with slowbaked Karoo lamb and sage butter. For real comfort food, be sure to sample the dessert menu, which offers classics like tiramisu, crème brûlée, and freshly made, authentic Italian gelato. W www.95keerom.com T 021 761 0247

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THE YARD Consisting of a deli for on-the-go coffee and smoothies; a shop selling local cheeses, charcuterie and homeware; and a fine dining restaurant, The Yard is a gorgeous space worth a visit for its design elements alone. Located in Cape Town’s exciting new Silo district, the restaurant serves up an eclectic mix of dishes inspired by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian flavours. The breakfast menu offers favourites like bircher muesli, homemade seed granola, and eggs, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try an Indian classic, like masala dosa, rice and lentil pancakes with spiced potato; or poori bhaji, cumin spiced butternut and potato stew with wholemeal bread. For lunch, there’s a choice of a hot or salad buffet, and a tapas menu is available from 4pm until late. Perfect for sharing, it includes tasty bites like soya coated honey nuts, samosas, crusted squid, and chicken tikka. T 082 945 4686

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PIERINO PENATI AT VILLA 47 Another Bree Street delight, Villa 47 have recently opened their second-floor restaurant, Pierino Penati. Chef Theo Penati, a Michelin-star chef of his family restaurant of the same name in Italy, and resident Chef Michelangelo D’Oria head this eatery up presenting beautifully plated (and tasty) food for anyone privileged to visit. The space is sophisticated and welcoming with striking contemporary artwork adorning the walls. The menu includes pea ravioli, burrata, red onion, anchovy bread; sea bass baked on a herb-aromatized brick of salt, vegetables; and slow cooked beef cheek, asparagus, extra-virgin olive oil potatoes, to name a few. The dessert selection is small and has perfect options to round off a good evening out. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only. W www.villa47.co.za T 021 418 2740 SV

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PROPERTY UPPER CLAREMONT

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The exterior of this chic Upper Claremont house, conceived by South African architect Philip Briel, incorporates unique and fascinating design elements reminiscent of the architectural style of Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture. BY LAURA JONES

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ARCHITECTURAL PERSPECTIVES Set in a lush garden landscape of tree ferns, the closed design is modelled in natural wood, offering different perspectives from inside and out, with special design considerations implemented to maximise both day and night lighting. The wooden slats also work to ensure maximum privacy shielding the house from the Cape elements.

A WARM FRONT Big sun-loving picture windows give a contemporary, modern feel. Rectangular shapes feature strongly for a sense of arranged calm without chaos. This balanced sense of order continues from the patio onto the lawn and outwards towards the swimming pool and sunken trampoline as special garden destinations. Again, perspectives are all important – on closer inspection from a frontal elevation, an interesting architectural feature is easy to spot – all the upstairs rooms are set at an angle which is mimicked by the trampoline and swimming pool. The garden landscape has been designed with symmetrically placed shrubs and trees that attract attention and accentuate the verticals, contrasting with the horizontal angles of the property.

INSIDE OUT Aluminium stacking doors fold neatly to one side opening from the inside out onto the patio. This creates a fluid space between the outdoors and the living areas, providing a functional degree of separation. The kitchen exists as a pit-stop in-between living spaces doubling as a casual hangout for family and friends, converting easily to a more formal setting for other occasions. Cabinetry is discreet and modern and you’ll notice a refreshing lack of wall tiles that allows the space to exist as something other than just a kitchen.

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TABLE TALKING A timber dining room table becomes a dramatic centrepiece running lengthways to compliment the scale of the dining area leading to a picture window with a view. Other items that add to this gorgeous space are the interior components of dark windows and doors with light walls. The winning combination of black and white works the tuxedo effect in the dining room. Here it forms a beautiful contrast against the wooden furniture. An opulent effect is created using the cables from pendant lighting to create motion and drama. Combined with a choice of detailed wallpaper in peaceful vertical green hues, the effect, together with luscious dark cabinetry, creates a stunning interior that’s simple and effective.

LOUNGE LIVING The different entertainment areas can be closed off or open to foot traffic. But either way, the uniformity of the interior is achieved with light floors and walls that work to unify the many spaces. Wall to ceiling picture windows, down lighting and slick details, such as the lack of

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fiddly floor skirting, give a clean, modern finish. Seating is a mix of casual and formal pieces in rich greens and browns inspired by outdoor scenery. An upholstered ottoman in black and white geometric stripes adds some fun, visual interest and a light, rattan rug doubles as a warm hearthside comfort in winter and something cool underfoot in summer. A pair of polished Cameroon Bamileke stools provides additional seating for extra visitors.

PAUSE AREAS The flow from one area to another is highly prized as an interior feature in luxury living and any

extra space is an opportunity to celebrate visually. The palm wallpaper in the dining area is used as a focal point on a gallery wall. The stairway to the secondstorey partners adds to the sophisticated effect using timber horizontals. Textured white stucco walls give a casual farmhouse feel

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with a gentle curve that’s curiously inviting and kinder to navigate.

UPPER-LEVEL ANGLES Paint tones in natural greens, brown and dusty pinks are in keeping with the colour palette downstairs and the black and white theme features strongly. The upstairs areas incorporate some unusual architectural angles many of which open out onto a warm sun-drenched balcony with hanging gardens. SV For more information on this property, you can contact Barbara Manning at Sotheby’s International Realty on 083 407 3656.

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A CULTURE FIX OF Stellenbosch covets a surprising treasure that delivers five-star elegance and something extraordinary for the adventurous guest seeking luxury with a difference. BY LAURA JONES PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLAIRE GUNN INTERIOR DESIGNER, ETIENNE HANEKOM

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ajeka House earned the title of Best Design Hotel in Africa & the Middle East at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2017 and it’s no wonder. For those who are unafraid of multiple design styles, Majeka House is a hotel and spa with a sense of flamboyant artistic flair which places their interior design in the ranks of international art galleries. Hello Tate Modern! The 23 rooms and poolside suites (recently refurbished) offer a stunning décor experience, with a beautiful and overwhelming sense of the unexpected in each one. Think along the lines of striking emerald green, powder pink and blue. Weary travellers from afar need never feel foreign in such a welcoming, comforting setting.

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CELEBRATE THE NIGHT Keeping it kitsch and playing cool, there’s a strong Mexican influence in the swoosh of indigo blue furnishings, terracotta tiles, mosaics and agave-style cacti. Delicate garden trellises make a resplendent night feature, lighting up the pathway amongst roses and greenery, promising uninhibited fun in a quirky setting.

GREEN WITH BEDROOM ENVY Geometric wallpaper, a jungle scene, and shouty emerald green conspire to create a jolt to the senses that is exotic and playful. There’s no mistaking this luxurious environment for your bedroom at home. It’s all rock-star territory and a promise of the unexpected with oversized images of exotic birds in the bathrooms emblazoned across the glass doors.

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THE PINK FLAMINGO PLEASE The equivalent of the universal garden gnome, the pink flamingo and the palm - an American cultural icon, inspired by Florida’s iconic beach scene in the 1950s – adorn a poolside suite. Flamingo figures were once popular as plastic lawn ornaments that rocked American suburbia. Here the infamous pink and green parody is instantly recognisable not as an all-American poolside feature, but as a total artistic break from convention.

PSYCHED OUT Lie back, throw your arms out and gaze upwards. Enormous ceiling murals encourage you to become absorbed in their detail, bringing your mind to a point of total relaxation. Sheer fabrics, soft LED lighting and ceiling inlays add to atmospheric pleasure for an awesome night’s sleep. There’s beauty in all the details.

TAKE A PRIVATE PLUNGE Delicate fringe curtains are strategically placed in front of a secluded plunge pool, ideal for romantic moonlight swimming. Quirky cane flower chairs decorate the space with slatted detail in soft blues blending harmoniously with the blue hues of the mosaic floor work.

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The bathroom series Cape Cod. Design by Philippe Starck. With the bathroom series Cape Cod, Duravit and Philippe Starck reinvented the bathroom - a place of refreshment for eye, body and soul. The material DuraCeramÂŽ allows extremely thin rims of the washbowl. Perfectly suitable with the organic formed bathtubs and elegant bathroom furtinture in a material mix of chrome and high-gloss lacquer or massive vintage wood. More information on www.duravit.co.za and: Fish Hoek 074 133 7450, Kenilworth 021 671 1795, Kirstenhof 021 702 3355, www.cpandb.co.za

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HYDRO AND THERAPY Thoroughly opulent, the spa’s enclosed heated pool pavilion has a canopy that opens and closes depending on the weather. It’s a space that marries huge stretches of blue water and blue sky in an arrangement that’s both symmetrical and pristine. A gallery wall provides the perfect focal point for an enormous landscape painting created in the Renaissance style. Grey walls and stone surround the pool while a pair of generously sized crystal chandeliers sparkles in the reflections of the water, hanging in golden splendour like ripe fruit. Surrounding glass doors open out onto green lawns and let the sunshine in.

thick wicker baskets add authentic texture to the room. It’s the oddities that make the space special: warm ruby red and orange tones in the kelim, a gold embellished keeper for fire-irons, and a collector’s clock that tracks slow time in this peaceful sanctuary. Majeka House has been shortlisted for the 2018 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence in the category Best Countryside Hotel in Africa & the Middle East. We’re holding thumbs! SV

RELAX IN THE M LOUNGE The epitome of cosy, the M Lounge takes all the awards for comfort and relief on chilly winter nights. Ebony hardwood floors and bookish wallpaper surround a wood burning fireplace flanked by a mirror that reflects the setting sun. A multitude of metallic pendant lights creates glamour, offset by blue LED lighting to match an odd indigo side table. Seating is upholstered in rich, textured fabrics, and super

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“Great design lies in the philosophy of simplicity.” “Great design lies in the philosophy Eddie Da Silva of simplicity.” Quinquennial Award winning architect Eddie Da Silva Quinquennial Award winning architect

CENTURY - Proxima Grigio & Proxima Olivia 30cm x 30cm / 60cm x 60cm / 80cm x 80cm MONOCIBEC - Woodtime Carpino 20cm x 160cm / 26.6cm x 160cm

CENTURY - Proxima Grigio & Proxima Olivia 30cm x 30cm / 60cm x 60cm / 80cm x 80cm MONOCIBEC - Woodtime Carpino 20cm x 160cm / 26.6cm x 160cm

STILES - Cape Town 37 Paarden Eiland Road Cape Town, 7405 T: 021 510 8310 F: 021 510 8317 info@stiles.co.za STILES - Cape Town

STILES - George 12 Commercial Close George, 6529 T: +27 44 8713222 F: +27 44 8710721 info@stiles.co.za STILES - George

37 Paarden Eiland Road Cape Town, 7405 T: 021 510 8310 F: 021 510 8317 info@stiles.co.za

12 Commercial Close Bolton Street George, 6529 Mossel Bay, 6506 www.stiles.co.za T: +27 44 8713222 T: +27 44 6951800 F: +27 44 8710721 F: +27 44 6951877 info@stiles.co.za info@stiles.co.za

STILES - Mossel Bay Bolton Street Mossel Bay, 6506 T: +27 44 6951800 F: +27 44 6951877 info@stiles.co.za STILES - Mossel Bay

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MAE ARTISAN RUGS

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hat began many centuries ago as a rough craft to produce heavy, knotted woollen cloths to protect shepherds from the elements has, today, evolved into a fine art. Carpets and rugs are used to add warmth, colour, texture, and design flair to interior spaces, while also keeping feet off of cold flooring. Still, few people regard rugs with the reverence that Mae Mahdiyeh Pakdoust does. At Mae Artisan Rugs, rugs and carpets are not mere floor coverings: they’re grand works of art. Mae was born into a rug merchant family and so it was a natural evolution that she should follow in her father’s footsteps. She studied a Bachelor of Commerce degree but still found herself seduced by the world of weaves and so, the marriage of family inherited knowledge and business education culminated in her opening her very own rug store on Roeland Street in Cape Town in April 2014. But this is no ordinary rug store. In Mae’s eyes, rugs are pieces of art and it just takes a fleeting inspection of her showroom floor to appreciate the verity behind this conviction.

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Here, piles of richly woven, textured, and boldly coloured artisan rugs are piled to shoulder length. Some pieces have been woven from bamboo silk, giving them a shimmery pearly lustre, while others look like they should be hanging in a contemporary art gallery. All of them are intriguing for their bold colours, contemporary designs, and refined detailing and beg a closer visual and tactile inspection.

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and vision and to better complement the space it’s intended for. “People who purchase rugs from us are almost guaranteed to never find that same rug in another home or store,” Mae said. And, from what she told us, this is really a concept that is without peer or duplicate in Cape Town.

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INSPIRATIONS OF NATURE’S EVER-CHANGING CANVAS

“Each piece is a true labour of love, an artistic creation intended to enhance a living space for many, many years.”

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NO TWO PIECES ARE ALIKE At Mae Artisan Rugs, all of the hand-woven rugs and carpets have been designed as artistic focal points or luxurious design embellishments for home or office spaces. What further sets Mae’s collections apart from most other stores’ is the fact that almost every single piece is the inspiration of Mae herself or of a collaboration with her showroom manager and right hand man, Coenraad Kotze, or well-known and respected designers, such as Malcolm Klûk and Christian Gabriel Du Toit of the KLûK CGDT label. This means that every creation is unique and, furthermore, will often be changed and adjusted according to the client’s specifications

“We draw much of our inspiration from nature and from the Cape’s seasonal colours and textures,” Mae explained as she showed us several of her new designs, most of which are truly beautiful works of abstract art. One piece featured a tumble of warm, rustic earthy colours - an ode to autumn - while another was a tempestuous clash of steel blues, greens, and greys reminiscent of the Atlantic Ocean in a Cape storm. She also has a range inspired by the night sky with its brilliance of stars and inky purple blackness, which she has aptly called “Galaxy”. Mae Artisan Rugs also creates bespoke designs for clients. “Clients can come to us with a photograph or an artwork they particularly love and we will use the colours and feel of that imagery to create a customized rug for its intended space,” explained Mae. “We also do house visits and online consultations to help clients find or create the perfect artwork for their floors.”

DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS AND AWARDS Mae Artisan Rugs’ design portfolio includes a handsome array of work with some of South Africa’s top interior decorators and architects, including Liam Mooney Studio, ARRCC, Craig Kaplan, Pezula, Francois Du Plessis, Lankham House, and Ebony Interiors. The luxurious Delaire Graff Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, the Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa at the V&A Waterfront, and the Taj Hotel in Cape Town CBD are just a few places you’ll find Mae Artisan Rugs. The store has also won multiple excellence awards at South Africa’s premier décor, design, and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex; an accolade that comes as little surprise when one considers the heady combination of quality, passion, and ingenuity that is evident in each of Mae Artisan Rugs’ creations.

PHONE: 021 461 2024/5 ADDRESS: 59 Roeland Street, Cape Town WEB: www.maerugs.com

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our patio most likely becomes a second living room once summer is in full swing. While classic black and brown based patio furniture will always be a favourite – it pairs fabulously with everything - we’re going to see many exciting things in 2018. Here are some top trends that you can incorporate into your personal style, perfect for our beautiful climate.

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Classic slat and woven designs in wickerstyle furniture hark back to country living with a barefoot, carefree appeal. Farmhouse style lends itself to mix and match sets. Pair decorative cushions and pillows with contrasting furniture items, floral fabrics and cosy throws or wraps for chilly evenings. It’s not quite shabby chic, but more a sophisticated mix of tasteful prints combined with beautifully styled seating. Detailed wrought iron painted in solid brights falls into this same category.

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Global inspiration comes from culturally influenced textile design with artisanal fabric in eclectic prints. Think like a fashionista and update your outdoor scene as you would your wardrobe. Natural and organic fibres, jacquards and embroidery are in, as are diverse prints, patterns, and colours. Ombre and shibori patterns are strong, and texture will be a mainstay for many years to come.

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Think cool, calm and reflective with a move towards beach tones. Ocean blues are soft, subtle and introspective. Sophisticated, fun water colours and prints of ships, fish in fresh white and cornflower blue are trending. Corals and greens are more subdued. Taupe, warm sand, white and weathered driftwood are great background colours.

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How will the fire pit contend against the braai? International trends put fire pits and tables high on the list for 2018. They’re an effortless and beautiful addition to an outdoor area and help make guests feel comfortable. They’re also perfect conversation pieces!

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Complete your outdoor look with accessories. You’ll be spoilt for choice because they’re 2018s big thing. Items like decorative pot plant holders, movable screens, outdoor lanterns and other innovative lighting, drinks trays… you get the picture. romantic mealsSV and beach dining, tailor

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any of the spa treatments that we know and love today have their roots in the past. In fact, the concept of a spa dates back as early as ancient Egypt, when bathing in salts, milk and even honey were some of the beauty rituals of royalty. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, steam baths and cleansing with salt and herbs was an important practice, and even today, versions of these traditions remain. With rituals from the middle east, to our very own African elements, modern spas are drawing on ancient techniques to create treatments that combine the best of past and present.

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RASUL CLEANSING RITUAL Rasul is a traditional Arabian treatment that uses a combination of mud, steam and heat for its relaxing, skin cleansing and conditioning properties. Typically, the treatment takes place in a private room, where a specially formulated mix of clay and essential oils is self-applied and allowed to absorb for a few minutes. When the clay is dry, steam will start, opening the skin pores and allowing for deep penetration of the oils and clay nutrients. Next, a light rain will fall to rinse the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean.

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The spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa has a rasul chamber, in which guests can try the traditional Arabic cleaning ritual with a bit of a modern, luxurious twist. The mineral-rich mud can be applied to the body, hair and face, and has been formulated to draw impurities out of the body.

SOUND BATH THERAPY Sound therapy has been used since the days of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and variations of the technique are starting to rise in popularity again. Although there are numerous methods, the idea behind the therapy is that instruments, such as bowls, chimes and gongs, can be played to help enhance relaxation, both mind and body. This works by using rhythms and frequencies to help attune our brainwaves to a certain pattern, much like the effects of meditation.

... bowls, chimes and gongs, can Try it today be played to help enhance relaxation, both mind and body.

The House of Healing in Mowbray offers sound therapy with the use of quartz crystal singing bowls and other musical instruments. The sessions vary from half an hour to an entire day, depending on your needs, and are designed to use vibrations and sound to reduce stress. Healing Sounds in Simon’s Town runs group sound meditation events with Tibetan bells, singing bowls and gongs.

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AFRICAN-INSPIRED TREATMENT As a country rich in natural resources and tradition, it's no wonder that a number of modern spas are taking inspiration from South Africa's very own elements. Indigenous herbs traditionally used for healing are increasingly being incorporated into treatments, while ancient techniques are balanced with modern practices.

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The Cayenne Spa at Cape Town's Pepper Club offers a signature treatment known as the intonga stick massage, in which special African intonga sticks are used to provide a unique massage experience. The sticks are used to help relieve tight muscles and congestion, without bruising the skin. The Westin's Heavenly Spa also looks to tradition in their African wood massage. The massage technique

mimics the rhythmical patterns of an African dance and makes use of wooden instruments and warm olive and shea butter ointment to heal dry skin and relax tired muscles. The Spa at the One & Only makes use of some of South Africa's finest natural offerings — their African Journey treatment combines essential oils, rooibos and rock salt to exfoliate and nourish skin, while Jiva Spa at the Taj uses a body scrub made with Atlantic sea salts and rooibos tea powder, as well as a massage blend of local marula oil and fynbos botanicals. SV

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Is there anything better than an al fresco feast when the weather warms up? The new season is all about fresh flavours, with plenty of fruit and a healthy sprinkling of seeds and nuts. Professional chef Charmaine Lilje has created a menu just perfect for the summertime — start your day off with a zesty drink and some homemade granola, dine on dishes packed with green goodness, and try your hand at unfussy, delicious desserts.

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PASSION FRUIT SMOOTHIE Ingredients 100ml coconut milk 1 whole banana 3 granadillas – pulped Ÿ of a large green apple 2 tablespoons of honey Cinnamon to taste Method 1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend with or without 3 ice cubes 2. A sprinkle of cinnamon to taste 3. Enjoy

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HOMEMADE HEALTHY BAKED GRANOLA Ingredients 500g rolled oats 450g honey 250ml olive oil 350g pecan nuts 150g cashew nuts 100g sesame seeds 100g sunflower seeds 100g desiccated coconut Method 1. Preheat the oven to 160C 2. Grease a medium sized oven tray with a small edge to prevent granola from spilling off 3. Combine all the ingredients except the

desiccated coconut and mix well 4. Pour out onto the oven tray and place in the oven 5. Bake for approx. 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes 6. Remove the granola from the oven once golden 7. Pour into a large plastic bowl and allow to cool, once cold break it up into chunks. Add the coconut flakes 8. Store in an airtight container (it keeps for about 2 months)

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PESTO PASTA WITH COURGETTE & CASHEW NUTS Ingredients 500g cooked pasta of your choice 2 large courgettes, thinly sliced 100g cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoons crushed garlic 50ml water or veg stock 100g grated pecorino 100g crumbled feta A handful of toasted cashew nuts Pesto 200g basil 100g rocket 100g grated pecorino 100g cashew nuts toasted 200ml vegetable oil Salt to taste Method 1. For the pesto: combine basil, rocket, oil, nuts, and pecorino and blend until smooth 2. Separately preheat a pan, add the butter and garlic. Once slightly browned add the sliced courgettes and sautĂŠ for 5 minutes 3. Add the pesto and water/stock 4. Add halved cherry tomatoes 5. Add the pre-cooked pasta 6. Stir and heat through 7. Transfer to a bowl and top with toasted cashew nuts and crumbled feta.

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RAW CHOCOLATE & ALMOND TORTE Ingredients 750ml coconut oil 400g cocoa 250g ground almonds 100g dates soaked in warm water 5 ripe avos, de-pipped and skinned 6 tablespoons of honey Method 1. Prepare your dish, a round 20-30cm springform cake tin works well. Line with foil, and grease it 2. Combine avo, dates (without the water it soaked in), honey and cocoa in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if you like it sweeter 3. Separately combine the ground almonds and coconut oil and mix until it comes together, press into your prepared tin and place in the freezer for 10 minutes 4. Take the base out the freezer and pour the chocolate mix on top of the base. Smooth the top and refrigerate overnight SV

Located in beautiful Constantia, Chardonnay Deli is a farm stall, deli, and restaurant that stocks a wide range of locally-sourced products. Pick up homemade treats like freshly baked bread and cakes, free range eggs, jams, honey and organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh flowers, or pop in for a wholesome meal. Open for breakfast and lunch, meals are served outdoors on the lovely deck or inside in the cosy cafe. The menu changes daily, so there’s always something new to try, but expect healthy breakfast options like a raw energy bowl with cocoa nibs, coconut milk, dates and almond butter, or more indulgent dishes like French toast with berry compote, cream, honey, and nuts. The lunch menu always includes classics like soups, salads, homemade pies and quiches, but look out for delicious pasta dishes and gourmet sandwiches, like the chicken breast burger with cranberry sauce. Find Chardonnay Deli at 87 Constantia Main Road. Visit chardonnaydeli.co.za for more information or call 021 795 0606 to make a reservation.

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FOR THOUGHT BY EMILE JOUBERT

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he world of wine is filled with the kind of ubiquitous terminology designed to confuse a disciple of logical thinkers, as well as enough fads, fashions, and trends to make a Vogue editor return to pigtails, tie-dyed shirts, and crimplene jackets. Like mindfulness or karma, “organic” is one of the words that everyone thinks they should like, but no-one actually understands. There is nothing inherently different about organic wine. When one sees the “O” word on a label, the contents of the bottle will still be fermented grape juice, made exactly the same way as any other wine. The only difference is that said grapes were farmed organically. This means no nuking of vineyards with chemical sprays or pumping the soils full of artificial fertiliser. Organic is farming as it was done in the old days using natural compost to fertilise the soils and keeping pests and diseases at bay with organic substances that do not require the wearing of gas masks or spacesuits when applying them. When it comes to the wine, sulphur is usually still added as a preservative, along with the various fining agents required to ensure the fermented juice gets into the bottle in a state fit for human consumption. Is ‘organic’ a fad? Well, my focus is on what the final product tastes like. Yet when one starts talking about soil and nature and terroir and all that stuff, there has to be a case for wine made from grapes grown in agricultural conditions that have been kept as natural as possible. This is why many of the world’s great winemaking regions, such as Burgundy and Bordeaux, are seeing evermore organic vignerons. Org de Rac lies next to the N7 highway, just short of the Swartland town of Piketberg. And as the name implies, it is strictly organic grape farming done in a

marvellously isolated setting. The wines are fabulous and seeing that the silly season is upon us, my choice is the Org de Rac La Verne Cap Classique 2014 (R125). A Blanc de Blanc made from 100% Chardonnay, this is an example of how good of a run South African Cap Classique produces are giving French Champagnes when it comes to quality alone. Frank Meaker is the skilled and committed cellarmaster, and with 40 years’ experience behind him, Frank has seen quite a bit including winemaking stints in the Champagne region in France and with JC le Roux in Stellenbosch. He is a true craftsman in the cellar. Add natural, organic farmed Swartland Chardonnay grapes into the mix, and this is a sparkling wine for which I am tempted to use a corny wine terminology for like ‘thrilling’. The wine’s three years of lees contact during bottle fermentation results in that classic brioche, bready aroma. In the mouth, the bubbles inject a blast of delicious citrus and pear flavours, ending with a clean, mineral finish. Bottle-fermented sparkling wine really is God’s gift to wine lovers as this example of classic structure and depth of flavour combines with lifeaffirming bubbly enjoyment. A wine for anytime drinking, but some plump West Coast oysters or a piece of freshly grilled fish takes it to another level.

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While out in Swartland, a recent release from Hamilton Russell Vineyards was brought to my attention. Yes, the same Hamilton Russell who pioneered Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Hemelen-Aarde Valley. Only this time it’s Hamilton Russell’s Ashbourne brand, now sporting a red wine made from Pinotage and Cinsault using grapes grown out in the Swartland. On a farm with the charming name of Knolfontein, by the way. There’s a story here, as Pinotage is the South Africaninvented cross between the varieties Pinot Noir and Hermitage, the latter grape better known as Cinsault. Ashbourne’s Pinotage Cinsault 2017 (R165) is thus a bit of a play between two relatives, and the result is immense fun. This charming and very pleasant red wine is made from 81% Pinotage and 19% Cinsault, and if you were wondering what the 2017 vintage was doing in the market so early, it is because the wine is unwooded. Yes, fermented and kept in stainless steel tanks, this is a virginal expression of lovely black fruit in a wine that is made to drink by the bucketful. A whack of mulberry and blackcurrant abounds along with an intriguing brush of fynbos, complemented by some exciting spiciness to give the wine an edge. Smooth, soft tannins make this a great summer lunchtime wine and I would chill it slightly before enjoying with charcuterie, cheese or grilled chicken.

As we’re heading north, about 850km from Cape Town lies Upington, the home of Orange River Cellars. Thousands of hectares of grapes are grown next to the Orange River in the regions of Kakamas, Keimoes, and Upington, and there are some superb nonplussed fun wines made in the vast cellars which offer terrific value and great enjoyment. Take the Orange River Cellars Colombard 2017, for example. Colombard is one of the most widely grown varieties in South Africa, yet this white grape is not usually found in a single varietal wine. It is, instead, blended into big generic brands as well as being one of the staples for brandy production. Orange River Cellars makes one of the few Colombards around and it is widely available, coming in at under R40 a bottle. And this is one of the bestkept secrets for those who like clean, crisp and fresh dry white wines. Served ice-cold, this Colombard asserts itself, a bracing gush of green apple and more guava elements most Sauvignon Blancs could wish for. It is one of those bright joyous dry white wines with an enviable fruit structure that South Africa is known for producing in droves. And with everyday drops like these around, I don’t understand why wine is not our national drink of choice. SV

... Pinotage is the South Africaninvented cross between the varieties Pinot Noir and Hermitage, the latter grape better known as Cinsault.

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bubbles Champagne, Prosecco, MCC BY THEA BECKMAN

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he holiday season is upon us and like a category five hurricane (batten down the hatches!) grocery supermarkets are anticipating the annual inundation of their wine aisles. Red wine for the table, white wine for mother as she toils over the kitchen stove, port and sherry for dessert, and bubbly for all the toasts. It’s the latter, however, that tends to cause the biggest snags in the annual festive shop. Is it champagne, prosecco, or MCC? What is the difference? And which one will best complement your celebrations? If you suspect your relatives are beginning to judge you for always serving the cheapest on the shelf, or if you want to inject a little life and love into your morning mimosa and New Year’s Eve toast, this one’s for you. Champagne, prosecco, and MCC are all sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are made equal, so let’s delve into the effervescent world of bubbly.

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Champagne

To most people, champagne is bubbly. It’s the bottle that goes “pop” when opened, fizzes when poured, and tastes like one heck of a good time. Champagne, however, is first and foremost a French region to the southwest of Paris, where the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes that are used to make champagne are grown. Therefore, a bubbly can only be called “champagne” if it comes from Champagne. The most famous examples of the Rolls Royce of sparkling wine include Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Cristal, Laurent-Perrier, and Veuve Clicquot.

OUR FAVOURITES DOM PÉRIGNON TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA The collaborative effort between Dom Pérignon and Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, this bottle of the 2009 Vintage reflects the “luminosity of the year” and the “soul of the champagne”. It’s so beautiful you’ll be hard-pressed to throw away the bottle.

MOËT & CHANDON GOLDEN & ROSÉ The new glamorous Golden Sparkle Collection by Moët & Chandon – in gold and rosé – contains the champagne we all know and love in a stunning packaging that makes for the perfect holiday gift.

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Prosecco is traditionally known and loved as a rather light and off-dry sparkling wine or spumante with a floral bouquet, although in recent years prosecco winemakers have broadened their repertoires to include dry options. Prosecco is made in a picturesque region of rolling hills and valleys near Trieste in northeast Italy where the wine’s namesake, the Prosecco grape (now Glera grape), is grown. The process followed to make this bellissima bubbly is quite similar to that for champagne; however, instead of sealing the wine into individual bottles for its second fermentation, as is done in the Méthode Champenoise, it’s allowed to ferment in large steel tanks. This is a far quicker and more efficient way to turn out sparkling wine, which makes it more affordable for consumers. Prosecco has experienced a recent surge in popularity in South Africa, which comes as little surprise when you consider that – quality and deliciousness aside – you don’t need to take out a second mortgage on your home to afford it. Bottega, Valdo, and Da Luca are three stand-out brands.

OUR FAVOURITES VALDO PROSECCO FONDATORE Created using a special sparkling technique that includes a partial refinement in French oak barrels, Valdo Prosecco Fondatore serves up fruity fragrances and notes of tropical fruits, vanilla, hazelnut, and honey.

BOTTEGA PROSECCO GOLD & BOTTEGA PETALO PINK Bottega Gold is to prosecco what Dom Perignon is to champagne. Bottega Gold, with its striking gold-plated label, has fine bubbles, persistent fizz, and gorgeous aromas of apples, pears, and lily. Its pink sister, the Bottega Petalo Pink, is delicate and distinctively sweet with a label that reflects the colour of a rose in bloom.

DA LUCA Da Luca Prosecco delivers a clean bouquet of jasmine, lemon peel, and passion fruit, which is followed up by a fresh citrus palate balanced by sweet fruit and highlighted with pineapple notes.

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Methode Cap Classique

Méthode Cap Classique or MCC is essentially South African’s version of French champagne. Precisely the same winemaking process is followed with the wine undergoing second fermentation in bottles and being matured for 18 months to three years. In South Africa we sometimes make use of other grape varietals, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, in addition to the usual Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It’s owing to the calibre of our wine-growing regions, estates, and winemakers that many of South Africa’s MCCs are considered to be on par with, if not better than French champagne. Sacré bleu!

OUR FAVOURITES BLACK ELEPHANT MCC This seductive allblack bottle of this 2014 Chardonnay / Pinot Noir Brut MCC is the offering of independent Franschhoek-based vintners, Black Elephant. It’s complex, yet elegant with fresh notes of citrus and red apple, and creamy cherries on the palate.

KLEINE ZALZE BRUT & BRUT ROSÉ The Kleine Zalze Brut is a full-bodied classical style MCC that perfectly balances the intensity and boldness of Pinot Noir with the finesse of Chardonnay, offering up a delicate and elegant nose and gorgeous mineral richness. Its sister MCC is a traditional, yet flirtatious MCC Brut Rosé with a silver pink hue, aromas of cherries, and decadent layers of flavour on the palate.

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PAUL RENÉ BRUT & BRUT ROSÉ From the Robertson wine valley, Paul Rene MCC Brut & Brut Rosé is a perfect rendition of what the region has to offer. The Brut, made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, is an elegant choice with notes of vibrant mousse, with the freshness of apricot and green apple. The Brut Rosé is a lightly salmon coloured, refreshing bubbly with silky richness, fruity flavours, and delightful floral undertones.

SIMONSIG CUVÉE ROYALE Simonsig Estate is credited as the pioneering Stellenbosch winery responsible for making the first MCC wine. The awardwinning Cuvée Royale is 100% Chardonnay with an intriguing golden straw colour, delicate citrus blossom aromas, and a creamy yet refreshing palate.

CHEERS! If you’re a fan of the fizz, chances are you already have a favourite bottle of bubbly. If not, branch out this holiday season and try something different. Whichever bottle of bubbly you decide on let the cork fly and may your 2017/18 celebrations be as effervescent as the golden liquid in your flute. SV

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GET YOUR SHINE ON! Genuine Moonshine makes its debut in South Africa. BY THEA BECKMAN

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owards the end of the 18th Century and well into the 20th Century, the Appalachian Hills of the United States became a hot bed of illegal alcohol production. Outrageous liquor taxation laws followed by the Era of Prohibition (1920 to 1933) had just about squeezed the life out of the distilling industry and, desperate to keep their businesses afloat, distillers turned clandestine, operating under the cover of darkness. It was this that conceived the term “moonshine” for the illicit high-proof distilled spirits they turned out and the bootlegging culture that followed became an iconic movement in American history. Today, moonshine is legally produced across the United States - thankfully, with exponentially better quality control in place - with Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina, among other southeastern U.S. states, having reputations for being the best. Until very recently, however, authentic and traditional moonshine was available elsewhere only by import. That is until South Africa’s very own Silver Creek Craft Distillery smashed a five-medal victory for its handcrafted range at the 2017 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. We all know what that means: moonshine has officially arrived in South Africa!

MOONSHINE-MAKIN’ METHODOLOGY The Silver Creek Craft Distillery is a state-of-the-art operation located in an old mine building in Randfontein, Gauteng. Here, founder and chief distiller Mark Taverner and his team take locally sourced yellow and white corn, wheat,

and malted barley and apply traditional mashing, fermenting, and distilling techniques to turn out high-quality unaged moonshine. So committed is Taverner to producing an authentic product that he imports genuine flavours from Louisville, Kentucky, for his distillery’s range of flavoured moonshines. Everything is done by hand, according to Deep South tradition, and each bottle signed, creating moonshine of an exceptional quality that still bears the roguish allure of its past.

THE SOUTHERN MOONSHINE RANGE The Southern Moonshine range consists of a flagship tipple, the pure and smooth Clear Shine (50% ABV), which is as authentic a moonshine as you’ll get outside of Kentucky. Then there’s the Charred Shine that bears the smoky essence of oak barrel, effectively resembling a quality bourbon. And finally, there’s the flavoured ‘shines (24% ABV): nostalgic Apple Pie, spicy cinnamon Bon Fire, delicious Salted Caramel, and Chocolate, a sultry blend of black coffee and dark chocolate. The Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s range can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, with a mixer, in a cocktail, or as a fun shooter. Quality moonshine is versatile and, according to Mark Taverner, is set to become the next big thing in South Africa, similar to craft beer and gin. And having walked proudly from the 2017 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards with five medals for its brandnew range of moonshines, it’s clear that the Silver Creek Craft Distillery will be the one standing proudly at the forefront of this blazed trail. SV

www.silvercreekdistillery.com

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he United Nations declared 2017 the Year of Sustainability, and it’s no surprise that the tourism industry is increasingly looking at ways to merge leisure and luxury with environmental mindfulness. All around the world, spaces are taking farm-to-table experiences to new levels. Besides restaurants with a focus on ethical eating, there are some unique hotels that are dedicated to creating a green experience for their guests, from rooftop gardens, and on-site bee apiaries, to resorts where goats graze on the golf course.

head chef. The garden supplies the hotel with fresh seasonal produce, including melons, berries, tomatoes, and herbs, and there is even space for a chicken coop — home to four Araucana chickens that produce unique pale blue eggs. While the farm-to-fork philosophy is gaining momentum internationally, local restaurants and hotels are embracing the trend with equal fervour. On our very own doorstep, Babylonstoren in the Franschhoek Valley boasts a gorgeous garden of cultivated fruits and vegetables. Guests at the Farm Hotel are invited to

Tea Ritual in the Healing Garden Image courtesy: Babylonstoren

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Babel chefs in the kitchen garden Image courtesy: Babylonstoren

The Crosby Street Hotel is situated in New York’s vibrant SoHo neighbourhood, and although it’s on a quiet cobbled street, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a typical urban space. On the rooftop of the twelfth floor, however, is an abundant kitchen garden managed by the hotel’s

enjoy the Healing Garden where home-grown herbal teas can be blended and enjoyed, while the menu at Babel Restaurant is guided by what is available in the garden. For this reason, the food reflects the season — a summer dish, for example, may include fresh gooseberries, apricots, and granadillas gathered daily.

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Also in the winelands, The Werf restaurant at Boschendal serves 'farm feasts' made with ingredients from the farm and garden. The menu depends on the daily harvest, with dishes like butter poached chicken with oyster mushrooms and poached egg; caramelised artichokes; and a Werf food garden salad. Werf food garden salad, house dressing

The Werf food garden, image by Claire Gunn

Faber at Avondale has a menu that centres around respect for the origins of the food, and the restaurant is sustainability-driven with a focus on organic, free range and low carbon ingredients. Expect seasonal dishes like whole roasted cauliflower; smoked home-cured bacon with honeyed parsnips, porcini soil and crispy kale; and fermented and roasted strawberries.

The Werf: Chef Christiaan Campbell & Sous Chef Stella Delport, image by Claire Gunn

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PICK AND PLAY Located in St Kitts in the West Indies, Kittitian Hills has all the makings of an idyllic Caribbean resort, but there’s more to this particular space than white sand beaches and sea views. Driven by the desire to create a place that is both environmentally sustainable, and one that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the local community, it’s set on 400 acres of organic farmland and each element of the hotel has long-term sustainability at its core — from the food they serve to the transport they provide. Most notable is the edible golf course — the boundaries between the course and the farm are made up of organic crops and fruit trees, and guests are welcome to pick and enjoy the fresh produce while they play, while goats graze the green.

HOTELS FOR BEES In an effort to push sustainability to new levels, Fairmont was the first luxury hotel group to introduce honeybee hives on their hotel rooftop gardens in various locations around the world in 2008. The project has been a great success, helping

Hotel Verde

FABER: Avondale proprietor Johnathan Grieve (above). Avondale’s happy chickens slow cooked leg and breast, sweet lupin, wild radish and wild mustard flowers (left)

the local environment by giving bees a home and allowing them to pollinate nearby gardens and parks. The honey is also harvested and used in the hotels’ restaurants and bars. The programme started in the United States and has now extended to locations in Kenya and China. In fact, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is home to 32 000 honeybees in eight hives. Closer to home, Cape Town’s Hotel Verde boasts a carbonneutral stay in one of the continent’s most energy-efficient buildings. Along with day-today efforts at sustainability —

think energy generating gym equipment, wind turbines, a grey water recycling system, and a 'zero waste to landfill' goal — the hotel also has a beekeeping initiative in place. The beehives are home to around 60 000 Cape honeybees. Using a vertical aquaponic system, the kitchen also grows some of their own herbs & vegetables. Join the hotel restaurant for earth hour dinner by solar jar, every Wednesday. We love watching this new trend grow, and we’re even more excited to visit them all, so should you be. SV

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Whether you want an active holiday or a beachside break, the Garden Route is well worth the trip. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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he picturesque Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to Storms River, and with its easy accessibility from Cape Town, it’s a popular escape. Make it a road trip to remember by taking your time — soak up the sun on the coast, linger in the little towns along the way, and get your fix of fresh air in the indigenous forests and nature reserves for which the route is so well-known and loved.

EXPERIENCE KLEIN KAROO CHARM If you choose to travel through the Karoo, and you're after quaint small-town charm, Calitzdorp makes a scenic inland stop en route to the coast. Die Handelshuis

is one of our personal favourites for a bite to eat and a caffeine boost — the quirky establishment claims to have the best coffee in town and serves home-baked pies and cakes in the town's original trading store, which was built in the 1860s. If you opt to stay over, you'll find loads of hiking trails in the area, and it's also a convenient base from which to explore some of the surrounding mountain passes. Don't forget to taste the local delicacy — port!

RELAX AT THE SEASIDE Halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay marks the start of the Garden Route on the western side. The town boasts a beautifully mild climate, as well as 60 kilometres of beach that can be enjoyed all year round. Perhaps one of its most unique accommodation options is The Santos Express Train Lodge — a real train situated on the beach, with cabins facing the ocean.

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Above: The lighthouse in Mossel Bay Botanical garden of the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Santos Beach in Mossel Bay

The town is also well-known for its fresh seafood and there are a number of places to taste the local cuisine. The Lighthouse Restaurant at the Point Hotel (situated next to South Africa's oldest lighthouse) serves up simple dishes made with fresh ingredients sourced from the area — think oven baked prawns marinated in yoghurt and tandoori spices and west coast mussels in tomato and coriander broth.

ENJOY THE NATURAL BEAUTY The historic town of George is at the centre of the Garden Route and is a good base from which to explore some of the surrounding sights. The little coastal village of Herald's Bay is just 15 kilometres away, and with its sheltered beach and network of walking trails, it makes for a lovely day trip. Just around the corner is the small town of Wilderness — an area that is strikingly beautiful with its rivers, lagoons, and vast beaches. If you're keen to explore the outdoors, the Wilderness National Park is well worth a visit — the area is home to an array of birdlife, including five types of kingfisher and the Knysna loerie (right). Hire a kayak for the day to really see the series of rivers and estuaries that flow through the lush indigenous forest.

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The Gourits River flows from the confluence of the Gamka River and Olifants River and is joined by the Groot River, before flowing through the Langeberg Mountains and coastal plain

TRY A FUN FESTIVAL Although Knysna is still recovering from the devastating fires that recently ravaged the area, the spirit of the town remains alive. The beautiful lagoon, waterfront, and Knysna Heads are must-see spots for anyone passing through or staying over, and the town is a hub for fun festivals — the Knysna Blues Festival is set to take place in December at the Mitchell's Brewery alongside the lagoon and promises to start off the festive season with a bang!

Just half an hour along the coast is Plettenberg Bay, another holiday favourite. Its beaches make the place a great destination for families, while wine-lovers will enjoy the estates in the area. The Plett Winelands stretch from Harkerville to the Crags and includes 16 farms, mostly with a focus on bubbles. If you're there in November, don't miss the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival at Central Beach. There'll be 30 wines on offer as well as artisanal cheeses, breads, charcuterie and fresh oysters to snack on.

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If an escape from the city is what you're after, Tsitsikamma won't disappoint. The region sits on a plateau that stretches from the Bloukrans River to the Tsitsikamma River and is bordered by mountains on one side, and ocean on the other. The area is ideal for nature enthusiasts, with the Garden Route National Park including forest trails, as well as 80 kilometres of marine reserve. The Storms River Mouth section of the park is great for hiking, and there are accommodation options here as well as at Nature's Valley. The iconic Otter Trail stretches for 43 kilometres from the Storms River Mouth rest camp to the Groot River Estuary at Nature's Valley and includes four overnight camps along the way. The trail is unique in its scenery — from caves and waterfalls to sandy beaches and stretches of fynbos and forest. SV

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A TASTE OF THE

Tropical When it comes to island getaways, Hawaii has all the elements – from dramatic volcanoes and golden beaches to an easy-going culture and tasty local fare. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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Waipio valley lookout on Big Island, Hawaii

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awaii — the name brings to mind picture-perfect beaches, rugged cliffs and clear oceans just perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. The volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific is made up of six main islands — Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Island of Hawai'i (also

known as The Big Island) — and whether you're seeking a place to rest or explore, this tropical haven is bound to deliver.

STRETCH YOUR LEGS Hawaii is a dream if you love the outdoors, and there are countless ways to spend your time exploring its natural environment. Hikers won't want to miss Hawai'i —

Volcanoes National Park located on Big Island, an area that has two active volcanoes — Mauna Loa and Kilauea — and contains a number of dramatic natural formations, like lava tubes, craters, and rainforests. To experience Hawaii's highest mountain, visit Mauna Kea. The peak can be accessed by fourwheel drive, and it's even possible to go skiing during summer. The summit is also home to the Mauna Kea Observatory, the largest observatory for optical and infrared astronomy in the world.

Above: Subaru observatory at sunset, on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the Big Island, Hawaii Left: Holei Sea Arch at sunset. The natural arch is located at the end of the Chain of Craters Road and a highlight of the Volcanoes National Park on Hawai’i’s Big Island

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Now’s the time to invest in this idyllic lifestyle Eden Island is a residential marina off the coast of Mahé, Seychelles, comprising a broad range of Apartments, Maisons and Villas. Why not join the many homeowners from over 43 countries who have already invested in or made Eden Island their home? With excellent yields and capital appreciation this could be your pot of gold.

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Waimanalo Beach Park on the Island of Oahu Left: Surfing in Hawaii on Waikiki Beach

HAVE AN ADVENTURE Hawaii's beaches are its biggest attraction, and no matter which direction you choose to explore, you'll be spoilt for choice. Waimanalo Beach in Oahu is the area's longest stretch of beach, while Tunnels Beach in Kauai is great for snorkelling and scuba diving. For something different, check out one of the island's black sand beaches, like Punaluu on Big Island; or one of only two green sand beaches in the world at Papakolea — here, the sand gets its colour from olivine crystals formed in a volcanic eruption 50 000 years ago. For the ultimate break, Hawaii boasts plenty of beachside resorts designed with relaxation in mind. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is set right on the beach, but besides its perfect location, it offers some interesting activities too — their "ultimate pop-up

Punaluu black sand beach, Big Island, Hawaii

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volcano adventure" includes a customised helicopter ride to see an active volcano, as well as views of the Kohala Mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and beaches. After landing at the volcano, guests are guided to a secluded cottage in the rainforest and treated with dinner, and a night visit to see the volcano's glowing lava. Voted as the best hotel in Hawaii in the recent Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards, Ko’a Kea in Kauai is an intimate space with an oceanfront spa and plenty of outdoor activities on offer. Guests can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, and surfing, or explore cliff-top trails nearby. Old Koloa Town is not far away either — a quaint plantation era town housing shops, unique galleries and restaurants.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Ko’a Kea in Kauai An abandoned truck used for sugar cane at Koloa sugar mill on Hawaiian island of Kauai

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Two Countries, Twice the Adventure Experience Sydney and Hawaii in one holiday with the Qantas multi-stop fares. Visit qantas.com

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Ko in Maui

INDULGE IN LOCAL FLAVOURS Hawaii is a multicultural mix, and the culinary scene reflects this beautifully. Foodies will be familiar with poke, a dish that is now much-loved around the world — a raw fish salad typically served with soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed, and rice. If you enjoy the flavours in poke, try tako, which is made with octopus Salmon poke with avocado, seaweed, pickled carrots and cucumber

Polynesian Cultural Center on the island of Oahu

instead of fish, and lomi salmon, a dish consisting of raw salmon cured with salt and served with diced tomatoes, onions, and chillies. For a fine dining experience that fuses traditional and international flavours, you’ll find plenty of options, with many restaurants embracing the island’s multicultural heritage. La Mer in Honolulu is Hawaii’s only restaurant to have received a five-star designation from Forbes Travel Guide and serves Frenchstyle cooking inspired by local ingredients — think poached lobster with coconut essence sauce; scallop carpaccio with sour citrus cream; and slow-cooked island abalone. For a real cross-cultural take on cuisine, Ko in Maui is the place to be. The menu includes family island recipes that have been passed down for generations and includes Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean and Japanese favourites, all made with local produce. Some specialities include kale kale, a shrimp stew made with macadamia butter, eggplant and long beans; lemongrass coconut broth; and banana ketchup barbeque pork skewers — a favourite local street food. SV

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THIS SUMMER! Cape Town’s water sport wonderland. BY THEA BECKMAN

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ape Town is a metropolis embraced by ocean and with an average of 269 beautifully sunny days every year, our watery playground rivals the world’s best. We have wind, we have waves, and we have the Indian and Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon from almost every vantage point on the peninsula. Hand-in-hand with this natural heritage is the opportunity to get involved in a plethora of water sports, whether it’s sea kayaking alongside Boulder Beach’s resident penguins or scuba diving in our coastline's biologically thriving watery wilderness. Whatever your fancy, get your wetsuit on because surf’s up, dude!

SURFING Cape Town has year-round windy conditions, which means waves. In fact, we are known internationally for our thrilling surf spots, which cater to the full spectrum of skill levels. Muizenberg beach, Bloubergstrand, and Big Bay are great starting points for beginners while Long beach, Llandudno, and Glen beach offer exhilarating conditions for advanced surfers. Then, for the adrenalin junkies, there’s the aptly named “Dungeons” surf spot, notorious for its massive, cliff-pounding waves (accessible by boat transfer from Hout Bay harbour only.) Cape Town Surfing is one of a myriad of surf schools that offer daily lessons and tailored packages for individuals and groups that include pick-ups and drop-offs. T 063 686 7524 E info@capetownsurfing.com W www.capetownsurfing.com

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Get up close and personal with the Cape’s extraordinary marine life with a full or half-day guided sea kayaking adventure. There are several companies offering such tours from various spots on the peninsula, of which Simon’s Town harbour is the most popular. And for good reason, too! Glide in the shadows of retired warships, enjoy the brisk ocean air and paddle side-by-side with African penguins. Look out for whales, seals, and dolphins, the latter two of which are year-round residents. Kayak Cape Town offers daily adventures (all year) in and around False Bay. No prior experience is needed and a professional guide will make sure you’re safe at all times. T 082 501 8930 E tours@kayakcapetown.co.za W www.kayakcapetown.co.za

SCUBA DIVING IN CAPE TOWN Contrary to popular opinion, scuba diving isn’t limited to warm, turquoise, tropical waters. The Cape’s coast is an incredibly fertile watery wilderness, making it a paradise for divers. In addition to towering kelp forests, colourful reefs, and teeming life, there are abundant shipwrecks to explore. It is, after all, the Cape of Storms. Into the Blue scuba diving agency and tour operator offers beginner and advanced courses, as well as guided fun dives in spots known for their ocean life and dramatic scenery. T 021 434 3358, or 021 433 1883 E info@intotheblue.co.za W www.diveschoolcapetown.co.za

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JET SKIING There are few things quite as exhilarating as tearing around the ocean on the back of a jet ski – James Bond just made it look so glamorous! As such, it’s little surprise that this adrenalinpumping water sport has become a particularly popular activity for Capetonians and tourists alike. Ocean Star Sailing Academy offers a variety of tailored jet-ski packages in and around the V&A Waterfront and Table Bay harbour. All participants receive a safety and operational brief beforehand and will be accompanied by an instructor on the water. T 021 418 4074 E charters@oceanstarsailing.com W www.oceanstarcharters.co.za SV

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THE NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR

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BOOK A TEST DRIVE AT LAND ROVER CAPE TOWN Some prefer to listen to their heads, others their hearts. With the New Range Rover Velar, you have the luxury of listening to both. Your head tells you, it’s a Land Rover with legendary go anywhere capability. Then take a look at the stunning exterior silhouette, the perfect waistline with flush deployable door handles and burnished copper details. Now listen. That’s the sound of your heart racing. Land Rover Cape Town Cnr Christiaan Barnard Str. & Hertzog Blvd 021 001 1713 capetown.landrover.co.za

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commander The grand touring coupĂŠ segment just got a whole lot more exciting with the release of the new Lexus LC 500. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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your fingertips. Heads Up Display and Adaptive Cruise Control are just some of the standards you can expect.

POWER MANIA It’s one thing to have a beautiful car, it’s a whole different ball game to couple brawn with the beauty. In this competitive segment, it is imperative to do so. Lexus didn’t disappoint. Exactly 351kW of strength is packed neatly under the hood. A 10-speed automatic transmission takes this V8 to new heights. 0 – 100km/h is easily achieved in 4.7 seconds.

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t’s not every day that Lexus launches a new car. The reason for this, and it’s just my opinion, is that they don’t need to. Their cars are timeless and don’t go ‘out of fashion’. When they do have a new launch though, you need to sit up and take note. This year was no different, they braced our beloved country with the presence of an absolute beast and that was the brand-new LC 500. The LC 500 is a dream car. It has guts and it has the glory, too.

HEADS ON The LC 500 was a concept car, a dream. And in this case dreams do come true. The LC 500 has a futuristic charm to it at first glance. The grille is something straight out of a James Cameron movie yet forces the idea that it belongs right here in the present day with us. This beautifully engineered creature is supported by 21-inch forged alloy wheels. The aero dynamics has been designed for ultimate performance pleasure. Moving towards the back of the car you are greeted with rear 3D-like lamps. The party on the roof gets even wilder as

carbon fibre was picked here to round the car off. As futuristic as the LC 500 is, it also has a classic elegance to it.

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST The sleek lines from the outside follow straight through to the inside of the LC 500. Functionality meets comfort and style effortlessly. With a colour scheme of black, dark rose and ochre to choose from you can custom the LC to your heart’s desire. The latest in navigation, audio and connectivity offerings will be at

OWN IT As with most things in life worth having, the LC 500 comes at a price. You get what you pay for. The LC 500 comes in with a cool R1 729 600.00 price tag. Included is a 4 year/100 000km service plan as well as a standard Lexus Distance Plan Complete. SV

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Ama-rocking No matter the journey (driving to work or hitting the plains of the Serengeti) the new Amarok 3.0 Tdi V6 will take you there and transform it into an adventure. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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pick-up like no other. The New Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 Tdi V6 delivers much-needed excitement that this category has lacked for years. The interior combined with its luxury trimmings makes it very easy to get comfortable in.

BRAVING THE OUTDOORS The Amarok is a mean machine on and off the road. Its buff posture gets the job done with ease. It’s a rugged yet refined, bulky look that works. The wheel arch extensions create a lot more presence and that’s just the cover-up for the impressive 20-inch alloy wheels on the Extreme model. The ground clearance sits at 239mm, making it a formidable contender off-road.

LOOK INSIDE The leather seats and signature Volkswagen trimmings can be found all round. The front seats are height adjustable and the sides of the seats are padded for maximum comfort. Top of the range infotainment systems comes standard in the Comfortline and Highline derivatives. It’s neatly tucked into the 6.33-inch ‘Composition Media’ radio system with a touchscreen. The infotainment setup

sports an SD card slot, USB port and AUX IN interface. The Highline Plus and Extreme models also come with a 6.33-inch touchscreen, this comes in the form of the ‘Discover Media’ satellite navigation system as a standard.

POWERHOUSE The new Amarok 3.0 Tdi V6 is a formidable force to be reckoned with. With an impressive 165Kw packed in a powerful 3.0 turbo charged diesel engine good things will happen. For an extra kick, floor the accelerator and you will kick in the overboost function which will take the V6 from 165kW to 180kW for 10 seconds. 0 – 100km/h in 8 seconds is enough to grab your attention and keep it. Loads of tar and dirt will need exploring with an 80l tank and an average consumption of 9 litres per 100 kilometres. This powerhouse is coupled with technology like an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, Hill Descent Assist, and off-road ABS to highlight a few key attributes.

STOCKING UP The Amarok 3.0 Tdi V6 165kW 4MOTION Auto Highline comes in at R679 000.00 with the top of the range Extreme model coming in at R763 600.00. True to the Volkswagen brand you will be taken care of once you leave the showroom floor. A 3 year/100 000km manufacturing warranty coupled with a 5 year/90 000km Automotion Service Plan all wrapped up with a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. SV

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SHOPPING WHERE TO GO

STOCKISTS To get the beautiful looks and trends we have showcased in this edition, head on over to the below stores to plan your purchases.

FASHION Billabong: www.billabong.com/za Chopard: www.chopard.com Espadril: www.espadril.co.za GANT: www.gant.com Handmade by Me: www.handmadebyme.co.za Jota-Kena: www.jotakena.com Kurt Geiger: www.kurtgeiger.co.za Lacoste: www.lacoste.com Luxottica: www.luxottica.co.za Old Khaki: www.oldkhaki.co.za Pichulik: www.pichulik.com Picot & Moss: www.picotandmoss.co.za Poetry: www.poetrystores.co.za

Pringle of Scotland: www.pringlescotland.com Ray-Ban: www.ray-ban.com Vilebrequin: www.vilebrequin.com

DÉCOR Bakos Brothers: www.bakosbrothers.com Block & Chisel: www.blockandchisel.co.za Crema Design: www.cremadesign.co.za Hertex: www.hertex.co.za La Grange Interiors: www.lagrangeinteriors.co.za Roche Bobois: www.roche-bobois.com sofa|company.com: www.sofacompany.com Weylandts: www.weylandts.co.za

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Double volume entrance, clean lines & lots of light pervade this immaculate home. Expansive living areas interflow seamlessly to the entertainers patio overlooking the pool & large treed garden. Open plan designer kitchen with informal dining area. Study, home media room & gym room complete the ground floor. The first storey has a luxurious main en-suite bedroom with a wood burning fireplace & dressing room, there are a further 4 spacious bedrooms & a cosy pyjama lounge opening to a covered balcony. Staff acc, triple auto garage & top notch security makes this a home that ticks all the boxes. View with Eileen O’Sullivan 082 410 7204 and Peter Stingl 076 315 0014. Web ref: 2038530 Exclusive Modern Home in Exclusive Secure Estate. Arrive in the sunlight-engulfed, double volume entrance in this brand new estate home. Offering open plan modern kitchen with walk in pantry and dining area with beautiful views over the estate and mountain range. The informal and formal living areas lead onto the enclosed covered patio and pool. 3 upstairs bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms and a pyjama lounge. With water efficient fittings, insulation, borehole and intruderpruf glass this home offers many extras. 14% VAT payable on this transaction. View with Jo 084 404 4120, Rouvaun 071 671 0821 or Phyl 082 593 1624 Web ref: 21424167 A home for all Seasons – light, bright and beautiful. Entertainers’ dream home in the leafy heart of Bishopscourt. Offering versatile accommodation and fabulous flow to outdoor entertainment areas and, for those with green fingers, a spectacular garden with borehole and solar heated pool. This is a once off opportunity to acquire a special, much loved and well priced family home in one of Cape Town’s most sought after locations. View with Barbara Manning 083 407 3656. Web ref: 2093279

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With all the secure lifestyle advantages provided by Stonehurst Estate. Family living areas opening to covered verandah and large salt water pool. Family room with fitted bar and wood burning stove. Large kitchen with center island and separate scullery and pantry. Bookshelf on landing. All living areas under low maintenance yet comfortable maplette wood composite flooring. All upper bedrooms with sliding doors to balcony. Feature main bathroom with free standing bath. Natural stone detail huge shower and views . View with Dave 083 458 3333 or Brenda 083 442 1318. Web ref: 2261690

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Paradise Awaits... With solid smoked oak floors, a wood-burning stove to ward off the winter chill, ample room for the comfortable sofa and dining table and chairs. The kitchen, complete with unusual French oak doors and Vicostone counter tops, tempts even the most disinterested to create culinary delights. Patio doors that stack back onto the deck and stream beyond extends the dining area to the outdoors. Main bedroom open to the rafters with open plan bathroom and dressing room. 4 further bedrooms (2 en suite) and work from home studio. Off street parking for up to 3 cars. View with Cyndy Minnaar 082 577 7723 and Nina Smith 082 774 4596 Web ref: 2476985 Secure Living in an Exclusive Gated Estate with Magnificent Mountain Views. Plot & Plan of 20 contemporary homes selling off plan - 6 Sold. This Open plan layout is custom built to your requirements, to encourage indoor to outdoor living. 3 Styles of Home * Verifier Security system * 3 boreholes on the Estate * Fibre Connectivity Do not miss this opportunity. With the beach, equestrian trails, shopping centres, restaurants & markets of Hout Bay on your door step plus the convenience of the Hout Bay International School, Why Wait? From R7 412 139 Incl VAT (no transfer duty) View with Terri Steyn 082 777 0748 and Anne O’ Kelly 082 491 0029 Web ref: 2302688

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Nooitgedacht Estate, Hout Bay

Simply stunning! Stylish, North facing, gated, lock & leave Security Estate in cul-desac setting. Open plan living areas; 3 bedrooms - all en-suite; covered patio; double garage and private garden. Unit 1: 211,5m2 R4 750 000 plus VAT Unit 2: 204,7m2 R4 650 000 plus VAT Unit 3: 204,7m2 R4 750 000 plus VAT Unit 4: 211,5m2 R4 850 000 plus VAT View with Herculene Visser 083 658 2686. Web ref: ND19

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The Courtyard, Tokai

A contemporary interpretation of the traditional London mews. Cavendish Mews combines 24 hour security, contrasting hues and varied materials with communal streetscapes to create a warm and contemporary environment. The 12 freehold title homes offer three ensuite bedrooms and a double garage with six of the homes providing expansive roof terraces complete with pool and spectacular mountain views. Cavendish Mews is well situated with Cavendish Square just a stroll away, while an enjoyable amble takes you to the heart of Newlands Village. View with Nina Smith 082 774 4596 and Cyndy Minnaar 082 577 7723

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THE LAND ROVER 2017 LIFESTYLE COLLECTION

ADVENTURE. IT’S IN OUR FIBRE.

Durability, comfort and sophistication – it’s at the core of every Land Rover we produce and reflected in every element of the Land Rover 2017 Lifestyle Collection. Our latest range continues the use of the Union Flag and the Union Flag logo graphic. We’ve also extended using the Land Rover wordmark across our lifestyle products as it has proven to be exceptionally popular in 2016. Our Heritage Range is celebrating one of the most iconic off-road adventures of all time: the British trans-Americas crossing by the original Range Rover in 1971-1972. As it’s a Range Rover themed collection, we’ve taken the opportunity to develop products that are slightly more premium in nature. For our youngest explorers, our forest-friends themes for boys and girls have maintained an element of the “scouting” badge theme The Range Rover collection continues delivering high-quality products in rich contrast colours, carrying the Range Rover name for the first time. We’ve also extended the range with femalefocused colourways. Visit your nearest retailer and explore our 2017 Lifestyle Collection.

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Breguet, the innovator. Classique 7147

The finely fluted gold case of the Classique 7147 houses an ultra-thin movement, the complexity is matched only by the timeless elegance of the watch. Expressing a subtle blend of finesse and precision, this timepiece is distinguished by an off-centred oscillating weight, a variable-inertia balance beating at the rate of 3 Hz, and a silicon balance-spring and escapement. History is still being written...

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