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Cover image: Banyan Tree, PhuketWelcome to the latest issue of our regular travelmagazine packed full of interesting ideas anddestinations to inspire your holiday plans.It is certainly clear from the number of new hotel andresort openings featured in this issue that the hospitalityindustry is bucking the “global slowdown”. Of course,those that want to get an early taste of a new propertywill benefit from attractive opening offers so do nothesitate to ask about these if one of our features takeyour fancy.Taking a short break to one of Europe’s grand cities is anincreasingly popular additional travel treat for manypeople. Both Venice and Florence are classic year roundfavourites and easily accessible with flights from mostUK airports. A worthy alternative, with a huge culturallegacy to explore, is the jewel of Imperial Russia, St.Petersburg. In contrast, those wanting to escape thefrantic urban pace will yearn for a hilltop retreat like thewonderful Valldemossa Hotel in Northern Mallorca.As is customary with our winter issue we recognise thatmany of our readers will be interested in suitable winteror year-round beach destinations and in this issue weaim to please individuals, families and couples withfeatures on the Caribbean, Maldives, Southern Californiaand Thailand.Finally, continuing on a recurring theme of great trainjourneys we feature the ultimate African rail adventurebetween Cape Town and Dar es Salaam.I am sure you will agree that there are a lot of great ideasfrom which to plan a great escape, so sit back, have agood read then give us a call to discuss your perfectholiday...Mandy GilesManaging DirectorCONTENTS ISSUE 2, 201112Published by Travelspeak Limited - 020 8944 605083 European News4 Treasures of Italy6 At Home in Valldemossa8 Majestic St Petersburg10 The Cayman Islands12 Per Aquum’s Niyama1614 Phuket Perfection16 Rosewood’s Caribbean18 California Dreamin’20 Epic Rail Adventures in Africa22 World News18For all enquiries please call: 01494 733633or visit our website: www.worldbydesign.co.uk


European & Mediterranean NewsRural masterpiece in the heart of the Chiantiregion of ItalyThe Canny TravellerSleepHydrateEat LightlyExerciseTake it EasyThe Castello di Casole Hotel is a41-Suite boutique hotel,situated on a private estate of1,700 hectares in the centre ofTuscany. The property isconveniently located only 20minutes southwest of Siena, 45minutes south of Florence andwithin easy reach of the Chiantiregion, San Gimignano,Volterra and other historicallocations. The estate is verymuch a working farm in theclassic traditions of Italy, hometo more than 100 acres ofvineyards and 30 acres of olivegroves, where signaturevintages are harvested andpressed for guests.Guess whowas first onthe slopesthis winterski season?There always seems to be a lot of things totake on a winter sports holiday. but didyou know there is a clever solution -entrust all your suitcases and equipmentto the UK’s favourite, specialist courierservice, First Luggage, who will handle allthe irksome transportation so that it iswaiting for your arrival.www.firstluggage.comWining and dining in the heart of ProvenceDomaine de Verchant, Near MontpelierSitting out in their stylish al fresco restaurant serenaded by cicadas and surroundedby 20 hectares of extensive parkland and vineyards, it’s almost impossible tobelieve that the Domaine De Verchant lies just 10 minutes drive from the vibranthistoric centre of Montpelier. A perfect stop for Brits driving to the Côte D’Azur buteven better as a sophisticated retreat from which to explore Provence and the coast(just 15 minutes from the sea and 1 hour from Les Beaux de Provence) and indulgethe senses. The Domaine oozes "detente" from its superb spa complex to theelegant contemporary chic of its guest rooms, suites and apartments, just 22 intotal. The modern decor harmoniously blending into the traditional setting with adefinite "savoir faire".www.domainedeverchant.com- Remember your SHEET to avoid Jet Lag on long flightsTry to go to bed a little earlier a few days before you travel and get as muchsleep as you can during your flight.Many side-effects of jet lag are the result of dehydration, so avoid alcohol,coffee and tea. Drink plenty of water during your flight.Eat lightly on your flight and forego rich or exotic foods on the first few days ofyour trip so that you can use your energy to adjust to your new surroundingsrather than to digest your food.Exercising on a long flight will help alleviate such common discomforts asbackaches, swollen legs and feet and general fatigue.Take it easy on the day you arrive so that you can take advantage of your trip ata leisurely pace and establish a routine in sync with the local time.3


FlorenceFlorence is renowned for being the ‘cradle of theRenaissance’ and where the museums, churches andpalaces house some of the greatest artistic treasuresin the world. Politically, economically, and culturally it wasthe most important city in Europe for around 250 yearsbetween 1300 and 1550.Florence is the ideal gateway to the beautiful landscape ofTuscany and the city itself lies surrounded by rolling hillsand is dissected by the waters of the mighty Arno. One ofthe quintessential focal points is the Ponte Vecchio whichspans the river linking the newer quarter of the Oltrarnowith the historic old town of Brunelleschi’s Duomo, theUffizi Gallery and the Basilica of Santa Maria de Novella. Toeach side of the walkway the bridge houses numerousjewellery shops reflecting a city that is a shopper’s paradise.Whether it is culture, couture or even the cuisine, the visitorto Florence will marvel at the rich variety on display as wellas a sumptuous choice of prime accommodation...Hotel LungarnoLike a luxury yacht floating on theArno River, Hotel Lungarno is like ahome away from home, a stonethrow away from Ponte Vecchio.Florence and Tuscan hospitality areexperienced at its finest in thissplendid setting offering stunningviews on the master works of theRenaissance.Lungarno SuitesSpacious and intimate apartments,the attention of a charming hotel,and a wonderful view of the PonteVecchio, San Miniato, the BoboliGardens, and Palazzo Pitticharacterize the contemporaryelegance and ease of the LungarnoSuites. Fully equipped kitchensmake these an ideal family option.The Lungarno CollectionContinentaleA vibrant and dynamic yet romanticdesign hotel in Florence, beautifullyevolved in the energy of the 50’s.The Hotel Continentale is the placeto see and be seen, a catwalk forfashion and desire in the heart ofFlorence.Gallery Hotel ArtRefreshingly minimalist in style, thiscontemporary hotel is a lovelycontrast to the Renaissance city thatsurrounds it. Its interiors embody anEast meets West, with clean-cut linesfrom the Orient and sumptuousMediterranean furnishings filteringthroughout the guestrooms andpublic areas.5


At Home in ValldemossaA special retreat in a most picturesque Majorcan locationThere is a distinctly seductive and relaxingatmosphere when visiting the incrediblybeautiful village of Valldemossa in NorthernMallorca, a place with a particular draw for romantics.It was here that the Polish composer, Frédéric Chopinand his French mistress, the writer George Sand, spentthree idyllic and creative months, over the winter of 1838and 1839, when they rented rooms at the Carthusianmonastery. This building along with a former palace arethe focal point of the striking village skyline. Chopindescribed the area as “The most beautiful place in theworld” whilst it was the inspiration for George Sand’smost famous book , “ A Winter in Mallorca”.Valldemossa is located just 17 kilometres away fromPalma, in the middle of the valley of Sierra deTramuntana, 400 metres above sea level. Part of thevillage goes up into the mountain slope, creating steepstreets and beautiful natural panoramas. Thesurrounding landscape, a walker’s paradise, is richlycloaked by lush forests, with olive and almond trees thatare irrigated by the abundant springs in the area.Overlooking the village and sharing the inspirationalviews lies the luxury boutique Valldemossa Hotel. Amember of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family ofhotels, this refined residence has just 8 junior suites and4 superior double rooms, each uniquely decorated andnamed after famous Valldemossa patrons, offeringguests an intimate enclave with the emphasis placed ona very personal and friendly level of service.The manicured gardens and outdoor spacessurrounding the hotel buildings feature a series ofbalustraded terraces and striking walls studded withmallorcan stone, some concealing enclosed courtyardsof feature suites. There is a large outdoor pool which ispopular in the summer months whilst in cooler weatherguests can escape to the hotel’s spa which also featuresan indoor pool.As befits a property that has a particular appeal tocouples, the hotel is also a popular venue for smallwedding ceremonies, which are often held in a vinecoveredpergola below the swimming pool area.Life at Valldemossa should be taken at an idling pace,waking to birdsong, followed by a hearty breakfast onthe main terrace taking in the panoramic views,enjoying a refreshing light lunch by the poolside andfinished in style with a romantic candlelit dinner for twounder the stars with the village lights twinkling in thebackground.6


Majestic St PetersburgThe jewel of imperial RussiaSt Petersburg is a city of architectural finessethat defies its northern latitude and was builtover 44 islands within the mighty Neva Riverdelta system. This in turns flows into The Gulf ofFinland and the Baltic attesting to the city’simportance as Russia’s principal western port and itslegacy as Imperial Russia’s “Window on the West”.It was from here in 1703 that its founder, Peter theGreat, assimilated the achievements and fashionsof the great western nations to create what isundoubtedly one of the world’s most beautifulcities resplendent in grand buildings of whitecolumns and baroque decorations. In the heart ofthe city, none of the buildings are more than fivestoreys and while they may have been built indifferent styles, they all embody an aspiration forgrace and harmony.Where Paris shines in the exactness of Hausmann’sboulevards, so too St Petersburg displays an opengrace where the contours of the river Neva and hermany canals support heavy brown graniteembankments that provide a solid base for theairy palaces, intricate churches, museums andtheatres that proliferate the banks above. Indeed,whilst many buildings have truly monumentaldimensions like the grand Hermitage (possibly theworld’s greatest museum), there is a balance that iscleverly maintained with her elegant open spaces.Even the bridge railings are small masterpieces ofornate metalwork.The visitor to this fine city will be rewarded with acultural banquet with over 50 museums, 20theatres and concert halls as well as somespectacular imperial palaces. The city is best visitedbetween April and November.8


Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St PetersburgLandmark property set to open in 2012 as city’s first truly five-star hotelOne of the most eagerly awaited new hotel openings in StPetersburg is the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palacescheduled to take place in 2012.Within a nineteenth-century Russian royal palace, its entryguarded by two marble lions, Four Seasons reveals arestored treasure in the historic Admiralteysky District –just two blocks from the Hermitage Museum.St. Petersburg’s most lavish five-star luxury hotel features177 guest rooms, including 26 suites, embellished byviews of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Alexandrovksy Gardenand the landmark Admiralty. Two signature restaurantscreate see-and-be-seen buzz, while a glass-topped spahelps relax and restore. The beauty and history of ImperialRussia feel current and fashionable – coming to life withat-your-service Four Seasons care.9


The Cayman IslandsBarefoot luxury you can afford.The Cayman Islands, which lies to the northeastof Jamaica, is the dream destination forthose seeking the independence offered by afirst world tropical country that begs to be explored.Beyond the sugar white sand of Seven Mile Beachlies 76 miles of breathtaking, pristine coastlineinterspersed by traditional villages. The combinationof a sophisticated Caribbean lifestyle and a multinationalcommunity spirit weaves its spell on allwho visit, many of whom return year after year.Visitors won’t find all-inclusive resorts on GrandCayman, but they will enjoy a consistently highquality of accommodation, food and service.Although five star glamour comes no better than onSeven Mile Beach, quality doesn’t have to comewith a high price tag, and prices drop markedlybetween May and December. Several easy-going,delightful properties are within a stone’s throw ofthe beach, both along Seven Mile Beach or furthereast in sleepy Bodden Town. These fit the billperfectly for a family or couple seeking a week ortwo of sun, sea and sand along with enoughactivities to try something different every daywithout breaking the bank. Some properties, suchas the Sunshine Suites offer a semi-self cateringoption and with great supermarkets, a fish market,wine and beer shops and even a weekly Farmer’sMarket, visitors can be as self sufficient as they like.For the ultimate barefoot chill-out, there are almost100 beachfront villas ranging from bijou cottages tosix bedroom mansions; large families and groups offriends will love the flexibility and comparativeaffordability that villa living offers them. Eating-in iseasy, and those wanting to eat out are spoilt forchoice. Grand Cayman has over 150 restaurants andalthough gourmands are never disappointed, thelaid-back allure of the local beach bars andCaymanian cafes is hard to beat.10


The attractions are just as diverse, from swimmingwith stingrays in open water to visiting the pricelesscollection of cars at the Cayman Motor Museum.Most importantly, the acclaimed marine life is freefor all to enjoy, with world-renowned snorkellingand diving right offshore, and endless watersports.The boat can be pushed out with a trip in theAtlantis Submarine, but for nature at its mostbeautiful it is hard to beat the tranquil 65 acreQueen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Grand Cayman’slush interior, roamed by the giant Grand CaymanBlue iguana.The real magic of the Cayman Islands is that thereare three of them, and for those wishing to escapeto a true paradise lost, a 40 minute, £80 return flightis all it takes to get to rugged Cayman Brac, or heridyllic little sister, Little Cayman, which at 10 milesby one is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe discoveryand one of the last truly wild islands left in theCaribbean.11


Seductive Modern RelaxationPer AQUUM’s new offering in the Maldives offers an inspired, cutting edge resortInspirational and award-winning Per AQUUM have ahabit of creating “world firsts” in luxury hospitality.At Huvafen Fushi they presented the world’s firstunderwater spa with their iconic first venture in theMaldives. So it is no wonder that many “barefoot”devotees have been waiting with great anticipation toexperience their latest creation, NIYAMA, newlyopened and spread over two pristine islands in thesouth-western Atoll of Dhaalu in the Maldives.NIYAMA breaks the mould and pushes theboundaries of conventional Maldives island retreats.The intention with the holiday experience is tocreate a stimulating environment where modernstyle is merged into the natural landscape. Diverseentertainments attend to the varying moods ofaspirational travellers who are looking to balancetranquillity with a sense of discovery, stimulationand fun. The Maldives may be viewed as romanticisland hideaways but Per AQUUM ensures that thetech savvy will not feel disconnected.For instance, the accommodation, which comprises87 beach and overwater studios and Pavilions, featurethe latest in entertainment technology whilstdrawing on spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.Most with their own private pool.NIYAMA aims to challenge the conventional with itsculinary exhibitionism. A range of venues and ideasmark this truly innovative approach including theoffshore signature restaurant, Edge (see separatepanel below). Epicure offers an interactive diningexperience with live cooking stations with vibrantand fresh selections for breakfast, lunch and dinnerwhilst Tribal has been designed as a modern daycampsite with an eclectic choice of dishesinfluenced by the cuisines of South and East Africa,Asia and South America - A rustic but luxury campfire experience. Even housebound pleasures aresupremely catered for with Deli in, where eachguest accommodation is stocked with a fridgebrimming with gourmet deli items; cheeses, olives,cold cuts, wines, making it easy to nibble on lightbites between meals.There are also plenty of activities tokeep the inner child occupied withremote control vehicles, Nintendo-Wii, weekly movie nights, watersports, PADI dive courses, coralrehabilitation and a fleet of Dhonis -traditional yet luxurious Maldiviansailing boats. For those seekingspiritual rebalance the path is alwaysopen to LIME spa.NIYAMA is the third property in theiconic Per AQUUM portfolio;following in the award-winningfootsteps of Huvafen Fushi Maldivesand Desert Palm Dubai.Dine on...500 metres offshore (by boat), a vibrant dining experience awaitsguests at Edge, NIYAMA's signature restaurant and loungefloating on the calm lagoon surface. Then, party the night awaywhile DJs spin just six metres below at Subsix, the world’s firstunderwater club. Here guests will find emerging and establishedartists from around the world playing at NIYAMA Live....and dance below the Lagoon12www.niyama.com


24/7 at LIME SpaFollowing the success of LIME spa at both HuvafenFushi and Desert Palm Dubai, LIME Spa at NIYAMAwill break new ground in the Maldives with a 24hour service, while gym fans will enjoy the 24 hourgym, Pump.LIME Spa includes 8 treatment rooms,sauna, steam room, pool andcold plunge pool,contemplation gardenand a complimentaryjuice and tea bar.Alongside the regularmenu, guests canhave the speciallydesigned After DarkTreatments, speciallydesigned for jet lagand insomnia.13


Phuket PerfectionThe balance of the ideal all-round resort offers both families and couples the perfectbeach holiday at the newly opened Angsana Laguna Phuket.www.angsana.comWith the timely opening in December 2011 ofThailand’s newest luxury beach resort,Angsana Laguna Phuket, we expect there willbe many discerning couples and families who will want tohead east to enjoy some rest and relaxation at Asia’spremier beach resort whilst the weather is at its best.Located on the shores of Bang Tao Bay in the northwestof Phuket Island in Southern Thailand, Angsana LagunaPhuket is just a 20-minute drive away from PhuketInternational Airport and Phuket town. It is part ofLaguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, whichconsists of five luxury hotels, six palm-fringed lagoons,600 acres of parkland, three kilometres of pristinebeach and an outstanding array of recreational anddining facilities. Consisting of 409 rooms, suites andresidences with room sizes starting from a generous40 sqm space, this is a luxury everyone can afford.Families will be spoilt for choice at this new luxuryresort – there’s a unique Treehouse kid’s club, TheElephant Pavilion where two baby elephants visit thekid’s club each day and swimming pools galore for thechildren. A championship golf course and plenty ofwatersports will keep energetic fathers occupied,whilst mothers can catch up on yoga or much neededR&R at the award-winning Angsana Spa. The wholefamily can be as active or chilled out as they wish onthe beach – considered one of most beautiful , duvetsoft, white sand beaches in Thailand.For couples and honeymooners, there are huge Loftsuites on stilts overlooking the lagoon. The PoolResidences are ideal for families or groups of friends,each with their own swimming pool. The Beach Bar willbe a hot spot to relax at in the evening over a cocktail,listening to good music or the lapping of the waves.Angsana Laguna Phuket is the flagship resort of theAngsana brand of hotels and resorts worldwide. Thisstylish resort, combines traditional Thai architecture withwaterways and canals, and being a new property, it’svery contemporary, using natural materials and fun,modern colours.There’s also plenty to explore outside of the Resort -being in the secure, integrated complex of LagunaPhuket means guests have access to over 30restaurants, a shopping village , the sister resort ofBanyan Tree Phuket and much more.14


Rosewood’s CaribbeanChic island resortsThere is no doubt that onceRosewood Hotels & Resorts isinvolved in the management of aproperty that they will elevate theenjoyment factor to new heights.In the Caribbean they lend their name andexpertise to a superb selection of propertiesincluding perennial favourites to UKtravellers with Jumby Bay in Antigua andLittle Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands.Both these iconic resorts have a longstanding history. Incredibly, Little Dix Baydates back to the early 1960’s and was thebrainchild of Laurence Rockefeller, who hadthe foresight to develop a resort in animportant yachting anchorage.Jumby Bay was developed later in 1983 as aprivate island resort, where formerly it hadbeen used variously as a home foremancipated slaves and later as a sheeprearing station. The wild sheep seenroaming on Jumby Bay today aredescendants of those sheep.16


Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin GordaBeach drops, childs play and splendid isolationLittle Dix offers a really unique combination - a luxurious islandhideaway that is perfect for the children too. A sweeping half-milecrescent beach and spectacular manicured gardens create a wonderfulsetting for this charming resort on the beautiful and underdevelopedisland of Virgin Gorda in the BVIs. Indeed, one of the true pleasureswhilst staying at the resort is the chance to be dropped onto one of themany pristine beaches and islets around Virgin Gorda that can only beaccessed by sea and for which the resort offers a complimentary watertaxi service. Discover your own private space and chill out!The rooms and cottages, which are located either on the beachfront orset back within the beautiful gardens, offer great character and excellentfeatures, including a balcony or terrace and easy access to the beach.You’ll also find one of the best spas in the region and an outstandingchildren’s club. The resort's three dining venues specialise in freshCaribbean cuisine, including the open-air Pavilion, the intimate SugarMill, and the Beach Grill, which serves light-fare on the white sands.Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, AntiguaAll-inclusive luxury on a Private Caribbean IslandFollowing a $35 million refurbishment in 2010, Jumby Bay has re-openedits doors. The resort is on a 300-acre private island just two miles north ofAntigua and is only accessible by boatThis luxurious all-inclusive hideaway features 40 suites and 11 two, three andfour bedroom villas with their own pools. Each suite comes complete with abicycle for each guest or a golf cart for the villas. Amenities includesumptuous Italian linens and 42" flat-screen TV with Bose sound system andwireless Internet. Urbanites will also approve the Nespresso coffee machine.There are three restaurants offering a range of Caribbean andMediterranean cuisine and the original 230 year old manor house is hometo one of the restaurants. Accommodation is on an all-inclusive basis whichincludes all meals and drinks by the glass, including the excellent HouseChampagne.Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports including snorkelling, waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing off the island’s pristine white sand beaches,which are also home to the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Turtle Project.17


California Dreamin’The great outdoors in Southern CaliforniaSouthern California can lay claim to the mostconsistent year round mild weather.Temperatures rarely waver outside a magicalband of between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit andhumidity is low. It's hardly surprising that the lifestylehere is based around outdoor activities. There are120 kilometres of coastline beaches, it's a sailingmecca and the area boasts over 80 golf courses.San Diego is California's second largest city, thestate's oldest and the birthplace of all that isCalifornian. Many of it's key attractions are within ashort distance of lively downtown, San Diego'sattractive bay front area. Must do’s include theworld-renowned San Diego Zoo, Spanish ColonialBalboa Park, SeaWorld, the Gaslight District andeven a visit to the venerable, but retired liner,Queen Mary in neighbouring Long Beach. Jump onan Old Town Trolley for a city tour or take theTijuana Trolley (and passport) for a day trip southacross the border into Mexico!North of the city the coastline continues to reflect thepervading laid-back, beach culture of SouthernCalifornia culminating 32 miles north of downtownSan Diego in the prestigious coastal resort city ofCarlsbad, one of the most affluent communities in theentire USA and home to some of the finest seasideresorts on the coast. So even unfortunate outsiderscan experience a few weeks of the golden life!Palm Springs’ most famous resident, Frank Sinatra,Family FunLa Costa Resort & Spa,CarlsbadIconic LandmarkHotel del Coronado, Coronado Island, San DiegoBuilt in 1888, this classic beachfront tour de force has longbeen heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beachresorts and was designated a National Historic Landmark in1977. Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination ofmodern luxury touched with the charm and grace of a greatdame. Popular both as a family venue and a romantic getaway.Nestled on 400 lush garden acres inCarlsbad, minutes from awardwinningbeaches and LEGOLAND.This idyllic and newly renovatedSouthern California resort is acharming Spanish style village, whereyou can do it all or do nothing at all.La Costa is a wonderland of activitywith two championship golf courses,17 tennis courts, 6 swimming poolswith water slides, shopping, diningand an award winning spa.18


spent 50 years of his life enjoying the striking andcontrasting natural landscape and it is not hard toappreciate his enthusiasm. High mountains encircleon three sides giving way on the open side to thegreat Colorado-Sonoran Desert. This geographyensures an extremely dry climate with a reputed354 days of sunshine and very little rainfall. The restis the legacy of the Great American Dream andmuch irrigation.In the early years of the 20th century itwas a popular health retreat, then inthe 1920’s the stars of silver screenHollywood lent their patronageand built expensive homes afterwhich the whirlwind transformationcontinued apace to the point thattoday’s string of communities,glitzy resorts and over 110 golfcourses presents an urban oasisthat is the recreationalcapital ofSouthernCalifornia, where the“Great Outdoors” isenjoyed from thevalley floor to themountain tops.Desert CoolRancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa,Palm SpringsRancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa – thePalm Springs hotel of choice forfamilies, couples, and stylish sunchasers of all ages. Whether seeking a“cool” escape to relax with friends or a“cool” adventure where aquatic funhas no limits, this captivating PalmSprings resort spa is the place to be.Emerging from a $35 milliontransformation by KSL Resorts,Rancho Las Palmas is theembodiment of new desert cool.19


Epic Journeys acrosBreathtaking rail adventures on board Rovos RailCecil Rhodes may have dreamed of an unbrokenrailway link between Cape Town and Cairo but his19th century plans dissolved like his rail track in thewilds of the Congo (Zaire). Today, it remains an unfulfileddream, but fate would have it that the need to locate anorthern sea port for the mineral wealth of land-lockedBotswana saw the construction of the Tazara Corridor linkfrom Lusaka to Dar es Salaam on the east coast of Tanzania. Itwas a monumental achievement funded by the People’sRepublic of China in the early 1970’s.Several times a year the liveried coaches of the luxury trainoperator, Rovos Rail, embark on a spectacular 12 night railodyssey between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam that mustsurely rank as one of the world’s epic train adventures.Travelling in the height of luxury the trains consist ofbeautifully restored South African coaches with two lounges,two restaurant cars, private sleeping compartments, eachwith private ensuite facilities. With daily stops for sight seeingtours the true magnificence of the unfolding landscape of thedark continent can be truly appreciated in a manner thatepitomises the pursuit of classic travel and the fulfilment tosome extent of Rhodes’ great dream. Sadly, the onwardjourney to Cairo requires other modes of transport but aspecial Rail, Air & Nile Cruise super itinerary is also availablewith Rovos Rail.Rohan Vos - A man withextraordinary drive and passionRovos Rail is the brainchild of SouthAfrican businessman, Rohan Vos, alatecomer to the world of trains. Hewas involved in the motor sparesindustry when one of his staff got himinvolved in a steam train restorationproject in 1986. Since then he hascollected and restored probably thelargest and most original train set inthe world. The rolling stock dates fromaround 1911 to 1930 and now runs onprivate tours all over South Africa, aswell as trips to Namibia, Victoria Fallsand on up to Dar es Salaam on the eastcoast of Tanzania.As Rohan Vos has so aptly said:“Boy, have I got a great train set”.Swa20


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News from The Cape, South AfricaTo PretoriaSteenberg’s restaurants win prestigious2011 food and wine awards.Situated just 20 minutesfrom Cape Town city centre,The Steenberg Hotel is a 5star boutique property inthe beautiful ConstantiaValley. It is also now proudholder of two newAmerican Express PlatinumCard Fine Dining Awards - cementing its reputation asone of the Cape’s top gourmet and wine destinations.Out of 78 South African restaurants, Catharina’s receivedthis accolade for the 14th year, whilst trendy cellar doorrestaurant Bistro Sixteen82 made its debut onto thiscoveted list. Catharina’s also received a 6th top score inthe 2011 Diners Club Wine list Awards.Together with their teams, Executive Chef Garth Almazanat Catharina’s and Brad Ball at Bistro Sixteen82 ensure thata 5-star gourmet food and wine experience is offered atSteenberg. Dating back to 1682, with its buildingsdeclared a National Monument, Steenberg offersluxurious accommodation, amazing views, an awardwinning winery and restaurants, a lavish spa and an 18-hole Championship golf course! www.steenberghotel.comThe new 18-suite, 5-star boutique hotel“The Manor House at Fancourt” , GeorgeCape Town(Constantia)FranschhoekGeorgeKylie does “Locomotion” Blue TrainStyle in South AfricaAustralian superstar Kylie Minogue recently wow-edSouth African audiences with her Aphrodite LiveWorld Tour. During her visit she did the “locomotion”in style – travelling on the World’s Leading LuxuryTrain – The Blue Train, from Pretoria to Cape Town.“What a beautiful way to arrive in Cape Town,” said thestar. “To end this epic adventure in such a beautifulplace is just magical.” - www.bluetrain.co.zaMont Rochelle’s July 2012 Bastille daycelebrations in the Cape Winelands22There are many reasons to visit Fancourt on South Africa’spopular Garden Route – including a brand new one! Theoriginal 140-year old Manor House has been meticulouslyremodelled to reflect its heritage and the classic traditionof a bygone era, whilst offering the indulgence andsophistication of a world-class, 21st century hotel. Guestshave full access to the Fancourt Estate’s facilities as well ascomplimentary airport transfers, 24-hour butler service, aheated pool, bar, library and lounge – and newlytransformed fine dining restaurant Henry White’s.www.fancourt.co.zaAll 4 properties combine perfectly to create the ultimate“Fairest Cape Wine and Dine Escape”! Contact now foryour own personally-packaged itinerary!July marks an exciting time of year in Franschhoek onthe Cape Wine Route with the celebration of all thingsFrench to commemorate the fascinating French-Huguenot legacy of this historical town! Embrace thegourmet capitals passions in life – freedom, food,wine, music and merry-making!Mont Rochelle, just a stone’s throw from the towncentre, offers a fantastic Bastille Festival WeekendPackage for 14-15 July 2012 including 2 nights in aluxury room, with day tickets to attend the festival withentry to the food and wine Marquee plus transfersbetween the festival and the hotel to ensure the winetasting can be enjoyed fully! It also includes a BubblyBreakfast to get guests into the festive spirit!www.montrochelle.co.za


World NewsA private island resort that meets therequirements for the perfect honeymoonReaching new heights in cuisineis guaranteed at At.mosphereThe exclusive and very secluded Yasawa Island Resort & Spais situated on a remote and unspoiled island west of VitiLevu in Fiji. Just 16 luxury air-conditioned bungalows arehidden amongst the palms, just a few steps from thepristine white beach. Each thatched bungalow is decoratedin a contemporary Fijian style complete with plantationshutters, and even a private beach hut on the edge of thesands. Here guests can swim in crystal clear waters amongstthe vividly coloured corals, dine on succulent seafoodfreshly caught each day and indulge themselves in theBavari Spa – Fiji’s first beachfront spa where just the whisperof the waves and the sea breezes break the silence.Four Alternative Honeymoon HOT spotsWhilst staying in Dubai be sure to visit the tallestbuilding in the world and take in the awesome360-degree panoramic views whilst dining atAt.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the BurjKhalifa. Open for lunch and dinner there is alsoa new slant at nighttime thanks to Americandesigner, Adam Tihany, who has added somerefinements whereby the large picturewindows are transformed into giant projectionscreens by the resident DJ in anticipation of latenight music and dancing.Pure escapism atRitz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay1. A Walkway on the Wild SideThe Treehouse Suite at Ulusaba, South Africa2. Seychelles Ultimate LuxuryMaia Signature Villa, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahe3. A Touch of SpiceBerber Tented Suite,Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco4. Hot Latin SalsaJunior Suite (overlookingPaseo del Prado)Hotel Saratoga, Havana,CubaThe new Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand has beendeveloped to offer luxury sanctuaries in themost exquisite corners of the world. By thelooks of their first venture, Phulay Bay on theKrabi Peninsula of Thailand, the result is a radicaldeparture from the classic Ritz-Carlton style, andmore akin to Aman. The resort offers 54sumptuous villas with views over the AndamanSea, designed by one of the most renownednames in the industry and amongst the largestvillas to be found in Thailand. Boasting 24-hourbutler services, it also has an infinity pool, anESPA spa and 5 restaurants all located withinbeautiful gardens amid the incomparablescenery of Krabi itself.23


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