Luxxrs visited Cape View Clifton | Cape Town

We are very pleased to list Cape View Clifton – the luxury boutique hideaway in Cape Town as one of the luxxrs accolade hotels.

When it comes to high-luxury hotel experiences, Cape View Clifton in Cape Town is the epitome of luxurious wanderlust. Sumptuous, supremely elegant yet exuding a deliciously down to earth homely vibe, this boutique hotel is impressive.

Family owned since 2009, Cape View Clifton is a charming and stylish townhouse overlooked by the Twelve Apostles, divinely nestled into the cliffside above Cape Town’s most exclusive coastal areas. At the base of Lion’s Head, Cape View boasts stunning views over Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Jessica Latimer, founder and design mind behind Cape View’s classical and colonial decor, explains that Cape View was converted from run-down, dilapidated self-catering apartments to its understated luxury state and the results are truly pleasing. We note the Art Deco architectural features as well, a cross between Malibu, the Hamptons and chic French styles. From the art work to the furniture, from the selection of books in the lounge library to the choice of soft and appropriate lounge music playing to suit the time and mood of day, everything is designed to make Cape View guests feel at home in a comfortably un-intimidating luxurious way.

The hotel is terraced over 5 levels, typical of Clifton architecture and the views from each of the floors are breathtaking, unforgettable, clear and open across the ocean and the beaches. At different levels of the hotel, you will find wooden ‘Deauville’-style decks beautifully poised out to the ocean with loungers, the most impressive being the pool deck at the breakfast and lounge room level.

The rooms at Cape View Clifton are spacious, bright and all with sea views. Jessica talks to us about finding inspiration in nature and the environment and emphasises to us how important it was to her during the design process that the interior complement and seamlessly echo the magnificent backdrop of the Cape coastline. As she puts it, her style emphasis is on calm, tactile and serene surroundings that complete, not compete with the incredible outside landscape ultimately inviting the view in.

Jessica also tells us she played with texture and calming palettes to create a neutral ambience. Indeed, the soft furnishings throughout the house combine rich cottons, soft cashmere throws and deep comforting carpets while white washed panelling reflects the beach vibe. Jessica explains that the benchmark of her design interpretation is to give an element of surprise by making use of old vintage or antique pieces that are reworked to remain classic with a contemporary edge. Indeed, the furniture, art work and design pieces reflect this ethos.

The rooms at Cape View have a modern sense of style that takes its cue from the well-chosen play on textures and colours. The bathrooms resonate ‘belle époque’ luxury with the white Parisian style metro tiles, double retro sinks and large showers.  The design is complemented beautifully by the fine and fragrant Africology products on offer. Each room is discretely complete with full wifi access, high tech audio visual appliances, desk, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities. Up to date fashion and design magazines are conveniently displayed for guests’ benefit.

In the morning guests are invited to the stunning breakfast and lounge area at the pool deck level. Friendly and welcoming chefs Promise and Celeste cook the most beautiful breakfasts such as bacon stuffed French toast and salmon and spinach croissants. Guests have full access to an honesty bar stocked with a wide range of South African wines and other drinks and snacks available at any time. Lunches and dinner may be ordered by prior arrangement however, and with Cape Town being the gastronomic Michelin-standard playground it is, the recommendations made by Mandy, the hotel manager are all amazing.

Cape View has been successfully designed to meet the needs of both Business travellers and holiday-makers. Functionality and amenities are camouflaged with great results by the design and layout. It is a perfect Business pied-à-terre without feeling like a Business focussed hotel. The hotel subtly caters for all manner of guests – an art in itself.

The Details:

Cape View Clifton concept goes beyond a ‘home from home’ – it is the most tasteful, luxurious, comfortable boutique hotel where all the needs of their guests have been considered and catered to. The discretion, efficiency and kind intentions of the staff add to this effortlessly chic hideaway. Cape View successfully combines what founder Jessica describes as “the personal feel of a private home” with the “subtle sumptuousness of a stylish guesthouse without any pretentiousness”. It is a home that does not compromise on contemporary luxury.

The Amenities:

Bar/Lounge
Fitness Centre
Swimming Pool
Full concierge service
High speed wireless internet
Parking
Africology amenities in all rooms
Breakfast (Lunches and Dinner by prior arrangement)
Honesty Bar

In rooms: television, DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi, desk, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and tea- and coffee-making facilities, hair dryer, international adaptors.

Reservations and Information:

+27 (0)21 438 8748
reservations@capeviewclifton.co.za

232 Kloof Road, Clifton
Cape Town, South Africa

Small Luxury Hotel in Pietrasanta, Italy

  • 17th-century palace, located in the charming region of Versilia
  • Features Italian frescoes dating from the 1700s
  • Individually designed rooms and suites with marble bathrooms and original 20th-century artworks

Albergo Pietrasanta

A striking 17th century palazzo with a superb collection of modern art, Albergo Pietrasanta is set in the medieval town of Pietrasanta, renowned as an international centre for marble sculpting. Comprising two magnificent buildings with 18th century frescoes, the palazzo has a beautiful sunlit courtyard, a pretty breakfast conservatory and a gymnasium.

The entire place exudes a sense of comfort and tranquillity. Attractive arched windows, ceilings with hand-painted frescoes and an impressive modern art collection blend perfectly together. Each bedroom is different, classically furnished with extra touches such as vases of fresh flowers, bowls of fruit and books.

Spend some time in the romantic courtyard where attentive staff will bring you snacks and drinks under ancient palm trees. Step out to the monuments, sculptures and cafés of Pietrasanta or take a bike ride to the nearby beaches.

  • 20ROOMS
  • 1RESTAURANT
  • 3FLOORS

Kids of the 1% can now enjoy Alice in Wonderland themed tea parties while cruising in a private jet

Alice’s famous adventure in Wonderland may have begun with her falling down a rabbit hole, but VistaJet is taking a slice of her journey to the skies. The charter plane company has teamed up with Sharky & George –an event planning duo that are famous for their epic kiddie parties – to offer Mad Tea Parties on board a private jet!

These Alice in Wonderland inspired parties come with a starting price of $4000, and that doesn’t count the $12,000 you need to actually charter the jet!

The experience includes actors dressed as characters from the world famous kids’ book. These trained entertainers also engage the kids in games and activities that are tailored to their ages.

From attempting arts and crafts to sampling sweet treats all inspired by the world of Wonderland, there’s never a dull moment for kids in this party plane.

You can also opt for a Kingsman themes adventure or opt to make your movie in-flight!

While private jets with parties for kids may seem like a niche concept, Matteo Atti, executive vice president feels like they are meeting a gap in the market.

“Given that one in every four VistaJet flights has a child on board, we saw the opportunity to build something incredibly special for our younger passengers,” he told Bloomberg. “If you can trust us with your family, you can trust us with anything,” he says.

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Your Golden Chariot awaits!

Declared “Asia’s Leading Luxury Train” at the World Travel Awards 2013, take this fascinating journey that spans across vast empires of the south of India’s rich historical and cultural background.

Embark on a luxurious and magical journey, alighting at some of the greatest and spectacular cities and villages that South India has to offer covering 3 states over a course of 8 days The Golden Chariot seeks to enthral you in a journey that spans through a vast majority of its incredible empires forever seeped in its rich culture, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood. Behold Temples and Palaces, experience the art and Raj architecture and marvel at unforgettable sunrises at the Point of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Take a safari in the heart of the Jungle in Maharajas, visit the magnificent Royal Palaces in Mysuru, alight at Badami to tour the cave temples and Shravanabelagola to discover the Temples that have existed for centuries and finally stop at Goa to relax and enjoy this beach paradise Brimming with Royal amenities to suit and pamper every need the Golden Chariot gives you the ideal way to relive history and feel like a Sultan. Boasting 18 coaches designed to suit every need from explorer to honeymooners and business conferences to wedding ceremonies on board this train you will feel like a Raj.

As the Golden Chariot seeks to enthral you in a journey that spans through a vast majority of its incredible empires with breath-taking views take advantage of the on-board restaurant serving sumptuous Indian and Continental cuisine fit for a Royal palate accompanied by fine wines and Champagnes from around the world. And after a hard day sightseeing board the train and indulge in a relaxing experience at the Elixir the on-board Spa that offers traditional and age old Indian massages. And for those who really feel the need, the Golden Chariot also has a well-equipped gym.

Info: goldenchariottrain.com

Review: Gigi Morelli

19 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibia, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Chosen’ Honeymoon Spot

The west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Giant moving sand dunes. Sandwich Harbour - part of Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has chosen Namibia as their honeymoon destination, a source has “confirmed” to Travel + Leisure – an excellent choice we say.

Here are 19 facts about the staggeringly beautiful African destination…

1. There’s a lot of space

The name ‘Namib’ translates as “vast place”, which is apt given that Namibia is one of the least crowded destinations on the planet. Only Greenland, the Falkland Islands, Mongolia and Western Sahara (in that order) have fewer people per square kilometre.

2. Nearly half of the country is protected

Namibia takes conservation seriously. In fact, more than 40 percent of the country is under conservation management. It was also the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution. Hence its bountiful wildlife.

3. It’s the only African country with a female leader

Namibia elected its first female leader in 2015. Saara Kuugongelwa is the country’s fourth prime minister and the only female leader on the continent. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa, was the President of Liberia until January 2018, when she was replaced by former footballer George Weah.

4. More cheetahs live there than anywhere else

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the fastest land animal on the planet, Namibia is the place to go – for it is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming cheetahs. Etosha National Park is probably the best place to see them, though eagle-eyed visitors might spot them throughout the country.

5. It has Hollywood connections

Namibia’s dramatic landscapes, which range from desolate deserts to shimmering salt pans, have been used as the backdrop for numerous big budget blockbusters including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Flight of the Phoenix (2006).

6. It was formerly known as South West Africa

The country became Namibia in 1990 when it was granted independence from South Africa, which had taken over the territory during the First World War. Prior to that Germany was in control, and they committed what is considered the “first genocide of the 20th century”, killing tens of thousands of Herero and Nama tribespeople during their brutal occupation. The German government formerly apologised for the genocide in 2004.

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7. The German’s inspired subversive tribal dress

In what is considered a mass act of subversion, some Herero men and women continue to dress like the German colonialists who tried to eradicate them. Tribesmen and women still cling to the 19th century apparel of their suppressors in a bid to protest and raise awareness about their bloody history.

8. There’s an intriguing story behind the country’s shape

Ever wondered why Namibia has that weird panhandle? Well, when the United Kingdom and Germany were carving up southern Africa they struck a deal: the former would give the latter what’s now known as the Caprivi Strip, in exchange for land elsewhere. The Germans accepted, believing the panhandle would give them access to the Zambezi River and a route to Africa’s east coast. There was just one problem: the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls, lay in the way. The Germans, it transpired, had signed a bum deal.

9. It’s home to the world’s oldest desert

We’re talking about the Namib Desert, which, at 80 million years old, is the most ancient desert on the planet.

10. It has the highest sand dunes

Namibia lays claim to the highest sand dune in the world. Rising dramatically from the Namib Desert, the impressive mound – known, rather boringly, as Dune 7 – tops out at around 383m. As a point of reference consider this: The Shard in London is 310m tall.

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11. And the largest underwater lake

Dubbed Dragon’s Breath Cave – on account of the humid air that rises from its entrance – this gargantuan grotto is home to the largest non-subglacial lake in the world. Discovered in 1986, the cave can, alas, only be explored by professionals because of its treacherous typography.

12. There’s an eerie ghost town

Once a well-heeled mining town, Kolmanskop was abandoned in the Thirties when the diamond rush took prospectors elsewhere. The Namib Desert slowly started to reclaim the middle-of-nowhere outpost, which is now a popular tourist attraction.

13. And a spooky Skeleton Coast

Few places provide such a stark reminder of the power of nature than Namibia’s Skeleton Coast; a brutal place where the roaring swell of the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the vast nothingness of the Namib Desert. The bushmen hunter-gatherers who once roamed light-footed over these bone-dry gravel plains and shifting sands called it “the land God made in anger”.

The coast here is littered with rusting shipwrecks, which were surrendered to the desert by the broiling swell of the sea. But pockets of it are being tamed – a luxury  hotel shaped like a shipwreck is coming to the area soon.

14. The capital has some interesting street names

The highways of Windhoek pay homage to both communist dictators and controversial African presidents with the likes of Fidel Castro Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue.

15. It looks incredible from space

The Namib is littered with impact craters, such as Roter Kamm – shown here – created by a meteorite the size of an SUV that struck between four and five million years ago. They look pretty awesome from space.

So too do the desert’s vast dunes.

16. There’s an epic train journey

The Desert Express covers 220 miles from Windhoek through Namibia’s central highlands, across savannah, desert and gravel plains to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. A longer safari option includes Walvis Bay and game drives in the Etosha National Park. Book through Expert Africa.

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17. Pedestrians can be breathalysed

Pedestrians in Namibia were once warned not to “drink and walk” after it was revealed police will breathalyse anyone involved in a collision with a vehicle. The Windhoek City Police announced it would start treating pedestrians in the same way as they would drivers in a bid to crack down on alcohol-related accidents.

18. It’s one of the thirstiest nations in Africa

Namibia is one of the thirstiest nations in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. By its reckoning only Gabon and South Africa record higher rates of alcohol consumption – although it must be said Namibians tuck away much less booze per capita than most European nations.

19. Donald Trump can’t pronounce it

Last September, the US president incorrectly referred to the country as ‘Nambia’ not once, but twice, at a meeting in New York which consisted of leaders from Ghana, Namibia and Uganda. He was promptly torn apart on social media as a result of the blunder. Oh, Donald.

This article was written by Telegraph Travel from The Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network and sponsored by The Telegraph.

Four Seasons Hotel Megève launches Helicopter Ski Safaris to give guests the ultimate luxury skiing experience

Have you ever visited a ski resort and wished you could see some of the other nearby slopes while you’re there? After all, if you go to the trouble of packing your attire and assembling your gear, it only makes sense that you make the most of your mountaintop experience.

Until recently, this idealistic concept was simply a pipe dream. Now, France’s Four Seasons Hotel Megève is changing the game.

Starting December 15, 2018, guests can take part in luxurious Helicopter Ski Safaris that allow them access not only to the gorgeous slopes that frame the new resort, but also to nearby ones at the Chamonix, Courchevel and Val d’Isère resorts among others.

The result? An all-inclusive tour of the Alps from the vantage point of a soaring eagle high above the summits.

While this is an incredible package deal, it’s far from standardized. Rather, staff at the Megève’s Ski Concierge will tailor the trip every day according to the weather and snow conditions, so guests are always guaranteed a safe, exciting and rewarding skiing experience.

As you glide above Mont Blanc and its neighboring pikes, be sure to bring your camera along. The views are nothing short of breathtaking, even if you’re more comfortable on the bunny slope than a black diamond.

Rates for the Ski Safari begin at EUR 1,310 per night, which equates to around $1,500 USD, for two guests staying in a Megève Deluxe Room. If you book a weeklong trip, you’ll get the privilege of going on three helicopter excursions. Five nights gets you two trips, and three-night visitors are treated to one.

Flying not your thing? No problem.

You can convert the value of the helicopter journey into an equally invigorating adventure on the ground. From dog-sled rides to snowshoeing, you’ll have your pick from multiple exhilarating treks, all of which allow you to see the same terrain as your thrill-seeking buddies high above you. As a sweet trade-off, you’ll even get to enjoy a picnic lunch in a top-scale mountain refuge to refuel before you hit the slopes.

So what are you waiting for? Book your package today and set forth on one of the most luxurious skiing adventures in the world.

You can choose from the Mont Blanc Ski Safari, which centers on 15-minute rides to Chamonix, Flaine or Courmayeur resorts; or the slightly longer Alpine Ski Safari flight, which takes visitors on a 30-minute trip to Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel or Val Thorens.

Available until April 15, 2019, there’s not much time left to pack in this trip of a lifetime. Make your reservation today and take your love of skiing to new heights!

Modernity meets antiquity in the charming walled city of Bergamo Alta

LUXURY HOTEL IN BERGAMO

  • Modern yet classical style from architect Adolfo Natalini
  • Spa with Finnish sauna, steam bath and rest room with a wall of salt
  • Chef Antonio Cuomo creates Italian dishes with fine local produce

RELAIS SAN LORENZO

Following an extensive renovation, Relais San Lorenzo Hotel is now a stunning blend of the contemporary with the historic. With 30 cleverly conceived rooms and suites that overlook the tranquil cloisters and the neighbouring church, as well as a sensual spa, a gourmet restaurant, a bar and a terrace, this delightful hotel is a peaceful retreat set in one of Lombardy’s prettiest towns.

The sense of history at Relais San Lorenzo Hotel is all around which, accompanied by the contemporary touches, provide a superbly comfortable and relaxing environment throughout. Various shades of brown and cream create a warm and sophisticated feel in the rooms and suites.

Step out of Relais San Lorenzo Hotel onto Piazza Mascheroni and wander through the winding streets of the walled city. Walk to the Piazza Vecchia surrounded by beautiful Renaissance architecture and the Cittadella. Then, visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore before going to the Accademia Carrara to see works by Lorenzo Lotto, Moroni, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and Dürer. Return to the hotel and sit on the terrace with a drink and admire the views of the lower city.

  • 30ROOMS
  • 1RESTAURANT
  • 2FLOORS

Visit & Text: Gigi Morelli

A luxxrs Visit At Luxury Hotel In Lindos, Rhodes

  • A secluded hideaway, built into the rocky hillside
  • Private balcony terraces overlook the sea
  • Delicious gourmet food with a choice of two restaurants

LINDOS BLU

Overlooking a stunning turquoise bay and built into a rocky hillside, Lindos Blu Hotel is a tranquil oasis just outside the picturesque village of Lindos. A sophisticated, adult-only hideaway, it has a series of terraces with steps and lifts that lead down to a sandy beach, villas and maisonettes with private pools, two excellent restaurants, a penthouse sun-terrace, indoor and outdoor pools and a fabulous spa.

Each one of the rooms, suites, villas and maisonettes has the most astounding views of the sea. Sit on your balcony or terrace and feel the gentle sea breeze as you enjoy breakfast and anticipate a glorious day of sunshine and pampering at Lindos Blu Hotel. With its modern design, large, glass sliding doors ensure magical sea views from every angle throughout the property.

Discover the quaint village of Lindos and wander through its cobblestone streets. Visit the archaeological site of the acropolis, high above the village and return to Lindos Blu Hotel for a soothing massage in the spa. In the evening, enjoy a romantic dining experience in the Five Senses Restaurant and settle with a brandy in the cozy lounge Bar before retiring.

  • 70ROOMS
  • 2RESTAURANTS
  • 3FLOORS
  • Adults Only
  • Beach Pool

We present 10 Alternative Cities In Europe

Europe’s best kept secret cities!

These incredible hidden gems in Europe are just waiting to be visited! Add these to your Interrail itineraries, or just snap them up on a weekend city break. Either way, discover all that Europe has to offer with these off the radar cities.

Portofino, Italy.

The small fishing village on the Italian Riviera is home to many unknown treasures. Not just a quaint and picturesque town, Portofino houses ‘Christ Of The Abyss’, a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ. The lux Mediterranean area attracts some serious boating culture with Super yachts a frequent occurrence.

Piran, Slovenia.

Quite probably one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean. The idyllic town of Piran sits perfectly on the tip of this Slovenian peninsula. It’s in a picture postcard position along the Adriatic coastline, filled with narrow streets and quaint architecture.

Hvar, Croatia.

This Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea offers tourists and travellers its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and finally the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era. Hvar town combines a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich culture, and historical heritage.

Dinant, Belgium.

The city of Dinant is situated in Belgium’s Walloon Region. On the banks of the Meuse River and backed by steep cliffs it is a beautiful city to visit in both Summer and Winter months. Many visitors are drawn to the area for the network of 2,000km of signposted trails, a great river, the Meuse, offering a wide range of activities, and a rich historic past.

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Not only is Sveti Stefan an unusual and unique town in Montenegro but in the whole Mediterranean. It stands along Budva’s Riviera, attached to the coast by a narrow isthmus. This charming seaside hideaway pairs cobbled lanes, shaded courtyards and 600-year-old red-tiled roofs with three pink-sand beaches. The perfect secluded getaway!

Ploumanac’h, Brittany in France.

The secret seaside destination in France that no one knows about, Ploumanac’h. The entire shoreline of Brittany is extravagantly indented, with each little inlet concealing another wooded cove or sandy beach. In the section known as the Côte de Granit Rose, or “Pink Granite Coast”.

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia.

Macedonia’s most intriguing destination. Rich with an atmospheric old quarter which cascades down a graceful hill, crammed full of beautiful churches and topped by the bones of a medieval castle.  Traditional restaurants and lakeside cafes line Lake Ohrid’s cobbled.

Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Distinguished by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. In Maastricht’s cobbled old town, is the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk, and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius houses a significant collection of religious art.

Matera, Italy.

Southern Italy is home to Matera, a province in the region of Basilicata. The town of Matera is actually the third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world. Therefore, history and culture run deep in their way of life. Matera’s incredible natural caves in the tufa limestone have been exposed as the Gravina cut its gorge.

Sibiu, Romania.

Situated in Transylvania, Sibiu is known for its Germanic architecture in its old town. Packed with aristocratic elegance and noble Saxon history. Renowned composers Strauss, Brahms, and Liszt all played here during the 19th century. Sibiu has always stayed at the forefront of Romania’s cultural scene.

 

 

Take a look at Le Spa – an all-new wellness space at Four Seasons, Paris. that will offer “haute couture” therapies

A Luxury hotel is defined not merely by its hospitable staff, but by the quality of amenities it has on board for guests. Understanding and imbibing this well is Four Seasons that recently unveiled an all new luxury spa at the grand Hotel George V Paris. The premium spa cum wellness center includes a range of new offerings, each promising to rejuvenate your mind and leaving you asking for more!

Spread over an area of 720 square meters, Le Spa as it is called, includes a 17-metre swimming pool with a hydro-massage water experience circuit heated to 34 C (93 F), a 90-square meter cutting-edge fitness room snug with optimum technology based equipment, and a stylish hair salon with two hair dressing stations and a plethora of styling treatment to choose from. It also boasts of signature experiences such as a Kobido traditional Japanese facelift, an Alaena organic certified bio anti-ageing treatment, and a Dr Burgener escape (an exhaustive antioxidant treatment) designed especially for guests. Le Spa also offers a range of Swiss Perfection therapies that are developed to treat signs of ageing by stimulating cell regeneration.

The ingenious wellness center is further created by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon with carefully chosen color palettes, that are both warm as well as soothing for the eyes. A dedicated wellness center with the best of Parisian excellence and International therapies, Le Spa is certainly a Four Seasons stalwart that deserves to be checked off your bucket-list!

Review: Timo Anderson

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