Great summer destinations

Summer is about to start, and with it many of us just want to get away to some place where we can shake off the year that was. And have some fun under the summer sun. So below we have listed some truly great summer destinations for you.

AM Milner Boutique Hotel, Pretoria

 

If you are going to be in Gauteng, AM Milner is an award-winning 5-star chic boutique hotel located along a peaceful, jacaranda tree-lined avenue in the upmarket Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof. Although there are shopping malls close by, you may at the same time experience the peace and tranquillity of nature that surrounds you.

Characterised by the beautiful jacaranda trees that burst into violet bloom in late spring, AM Milner is situated among some of the most exclusive private homes in Pretoria, which are favoured by ambassadors, diplomats and other eminent residents.

The luxurious property is flanked by two 18-hole championship golf courses, upmarket shopping malls, office parks, a nature reserve that offers hiking trails, night drives and mountain biking, as well as nearby day spa facilities.

AM Milner offers 7 luxurious suites that are equipped to cater to the needs of even the most esteemed local and international guests. The splendour of the property, the convenient location as well as the excellent service that you are guaranteed to receive at AM Milner have made the property a sought-after destination for both executive and leisure travellers.

Hunter’s Country House, Garden Route

Fragrant and colourful, Hunter’s Country House’s flourishing gardens create an idyllic setting for this luxurious retreat near Plettenberg Bay in the heart of South Africa’s fabulous Garden Route.

Hunter’s Country House combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort, impeccable service and warm hospitality…far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities.

One of the first things guests notice about Hunter’s is its sense of “home” away from home. It starts at the beginning of the driveway with enticing views into secret gardens alive with butterflies and scented air. Pulling up to the House, the team that will welcome you and the House itself, just seem to embody a feeling of family and belonging – a coming home.

The individual thatched cottage suites are plush and peaceful, tastefully decorated in a restful palette, accented with a romantic touch. A privately positioned patio and garden makes for tranquil relaxation, reflection and reconnecting.

Each of Hunter’s 6 luxurious room types are individually designated and decorated with their own distinctive atmosphere. All have patios and gardens, and certain suites have their own plunge pool.

Enjoy refined country style dining at Sage @ Hunter’s or in one of the beautiful seating areas around the estate, and choose from the set menu with choices. For a casual lunch or dinner a la carte style, our award-winning Zinzi Restaurant is just a stroll from both Hunter’s and Tsala. Tsala offers a third option – it is the exquisite glass-walled dining room, which offers a la carte for lunch and dinner.

You can soak up the sun, read, enjoy a glass of wine or share your adventures with your family and friends. Explore the Hunter’s Estate taking-in the indigenous gardens and abundance of birdlife. Furthermore, you can enjoy a large pool with loungers to relax on, formal lounge and library with a fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room pamper treatments and a designated play area for children up to 6 years old.

The ultimate family destination – something for everyone!

 

Visit Knysna!

The team at Knysna Tourism have invited all South Africans and foreign visitors to visit their fabulous town surrounded by forested mountains, rivers, a large lagoon and the Indian Ocean. The town and its surroundings offer the perfect summer break.

Known as the jewel of South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, Knysna is the perfect destination for a holiday and its location is ideal for exploring the surrounding areas. With a host of varied accommodation available, from camping sites to 5-star hotels, there is something to suit every budget.

Make sure that you plan your holiday with enough days to explore the quaint town itself, which is a hub of craft shops, trendy cafés and flea-markets.

The famous Knysna Waterfront and Thesen Harbour Town are both popular for their numerous restaurants and shops, and are ideal spots to watch the boats go by while you sip a cappuccino or cocktail.

Revel in the scenic beauty of the natural forests and lakes, the vast estuary which flows into the Indian Ocean through two majestic rocky outcrops, the rivers and pristine beaches.

Play golf on a world-class course, take a ferry across the lagoon, sail through the heads, swim in the sea, go whale watching or bungee jumping… the choice is endless.

Nature lovers will relish the variety of activities. Try to spot the illusive Knysna Loerie (you will hear its call long before you see it), trace the prints of an elusive elephant in the Knysna Forest and delight in local flora such as coastal Fynbos and the milkwood tree.

Tourism activities in the town suffered minimal damage in the devastating June fires, apart from severe damage to Featherbed Nature Reserve and restaurant which have resulted in operations being temporarily suspended. The Featherbed Company’s other restaurants, ferries and boats – the iconic John Benn, the Paddle Cruiser and the Heads Explorer Catamaran – were not affected and are fully operational.

A number of accommodation establishments were destroyed or damaged but Knysna & Partners tourism board assures visitors that there is still plenty of accommodation available and the surrounding areas are ready to pick up the overflow.

The popular animal sanctuaries between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, including Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre are all operating as usual. In addition, SANParks’ picnic areas at Jubilee Creek and Diepwalle and the camping sites in Diepwalle are open and unaffected by the fires.

Simola, Pezula and Knysna Golf Courses are also open.

The town of Sedgefield is also welcoming visitors and has not lost any accommodation establishments. All tourist activities in the area are fully operational including the popular Scarab and Wild Oats Famers’ Markets.

These are the top 10 recommended activities in the greater Knysna area:

  1. Cruise the lagoon on a ferry, inflatable boat, yacht or kayak.
  2. Explore the indigenous forests by foot, mountain bike, non-motorised scooter or jeep.
  3. Enjoy the rush of adventure activities including whale watching, surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping.
  4. Indulge in local food and craft beer at numerous restaurants and markets.
  5. Play golf on three world-class courses.
  6. Participate in exciting annual festivals and events.
  7. Get up close to elephants and other animals at numerous wildlife sanctuaries.
  8. Soak up the sun on a pristine beach in Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay or Brenton.
  9. Learn about the rich culture and history of the area on a guided walk tour.
  10. Book a community tourism experience for a home-stay or township tour.

AM Lodge, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

AM Lodge is an exclusive, award winning, five-star lodge that is situated in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa’s most northern province. With exclusive all-inclusive packages, AM Lodge offers an intimate African experience to individuals or families of all ages who are looking to immerge their senses in the heartbeat of Africa.

This luxury lodge hosts a maximum of 22 guests in the utmost luxury and style. Six suites offer complete seclusion as well as private and stunning views. Two completely secluded suites with private plunge pools provide an even more exclusive  and luxurious African safari experience.

The fully self-contained AM Villa, a few minutes’ drive from the main lodge, is the perfect option for families or groups. AM Villa can accommodate 6 guests in three en suite bedrooms with its own private chef, private butler, private vehicle, as well as private dining and sitting areas with a magnificent view onto the bush and over the Klaserie Dam.

AM Lodge tailor-makes guests’ itineraries according to their preferences,  while offering world-class accommodation, experiential dining, Big 5 experiences, bush walks, game drives, as well as world-class spa and gym facilities.

AM Lodge is home to AM Spa Hoedspruit, which has been crowned as the global winner of the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016 within the Luxury Safari Spa division. The lodge has also been awarded as the continent’s winner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016 within the Luxury Bush Lodge category as well as the provincial winner for the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016 Best Lodge in Limpopo awards.

The property is located on a private reserve in the Klaserie region at the border of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, approximately 4 ½  hours’ drive from Johannesburg, or 15 minutes from Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit which offers direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Indaba Lodge, Richards Bay

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Meerensee and only 2 hours north of Durban, the Indaba Lodge Richards Bay is sure to delight both the business and leisure traveller.

In keeping with the harbour city of Richards Bay, which seamlessly combines industry and tourism, the 66-bedroom Indaba Lodge and its 6 spacious self-catering apartments, are ideally located for both the corporate and leisure traveller. The lodge is within easy reach of the CBD, airport, harbour and waterfront, and a mere 5-minute walk to Alkantstrand Blue Flag beach.

On arrival at Indaba Lodge Richards Bay, one immediately appreciates the deep shade created by the towering leopard trees which frame the modern façade of the hotel.  A warm welcome with friendly smiles and an ice-cold beverage awaits you as you enter the cool, spacious interior of the hotel before being whisked to your en-suite room.  All rooms are non-smoking and accommodation is stylish, well-appointed and fully air-conditioned – a must to beat the muggy humidity of the summer months.

A new addition to the hotel complex is 6 spacious self-catering 2 and 3-bedroom Mediterranean style apartments – perfect for the corporate travellers or leisure family groups who want to stay longer, and ideal also for fishing enthusiasts from Durban and up-country to enjoy the rich fishing waters that Richards Bay is renowned for.

The apartments also boast boat parking and washing bays, rod and tackle lockers with built in deep freeze for storing bait and an onsite Anglers Shop, Fish Zone for all your requirements and great tips on best reefs to fish.  On that note, for those who would like to experience deep-sea fishing but don’t own a boat or have a “friend with a boat”, we can highly recommend booking a charter with local aficionada Andre Nell – a brilliant experience from only R950 per person (minimum 4 people) with guaranteed quotas. Call Andre on +27 (0)72 639 9366 for more info.

The Indaba Lodge Richards Bay also boasts The Retreat Spa – a wellness sanctuary specialising in a variety of beauty, wellness and massage therapies. This tranquil spa with its secret garden and bubbling water features is the perfect place to indulge in a little “me time” pampering as the professional team soothe away the daily stresses of life. With tailor-made beauty packages on offer including a blow-dry bar, you will leave the spa looking and feeling like a million dollars – for more info see www.theretreat.co.za or call Erika on +27 (0)35 753 1161 to book.

Feeling peckish?  No need to leave the comfort of the hotel with the popular Trevally’s Restaurant offering a seasonal dinner buffet and delicious bistro-style a la carte menu which will please even the most discerning guest.  For a more informal option, enjoy a delicious light meal on the deck or a craft beer or sundowner cocktail at our ice-top bar.

The Indaba Lodge also boasts a pool deck with braai facilities – perfect for a casual gathering or to prepare that freshly caught Dorado from your deep-sea fishing trip.  Braai packs and traditional accompaniments can be arranged with the kitchen.