#grateful for a lovely day, at 19C, sunny and warm; for a busy admin and writing morning; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for a walk on my secret Bakoven path, sadly with bad litter; for a fabulous afternoon, dropping off the Tourist Guiding certificate of Martin Koch at the home of his brother Simon Koch, visiting Cape Diem Lodge in Green Point, for a constructive Anatoli status meeting, always with Dilmah tea and lovely chocolate biscuits, and for Rose Klein and Werner Klein coming to try the pre-Dinner Aperitif at Anatoli, a lovely three hour chat; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The Leeu Collection is on an acquisition trail, and appears unstoppable in expanding its hospitality portfolio, in not only acquiring restaurants and accommodation establishments locally, but hotels in Europe, their U.K.-based Linthwaite House acquired last year being followed up by a new purchase in Florence, the former Collegio Alla Querce. Continue reading →
I had read good thing about Helena’s Restaurant at Coopmanshuijs, and was left with an impression that it was a must-try restaurant. It was a severe disappointment when I had dinner there last night, especially in terms of service and ambiance. It does not match the level of the 5-star hotel in which it is located.
I had booked earlier in the day, when I walked past, surprised to find the 16-bedroom five-star hotel on popular Church Street in Stellenbosch. When I arrived just after the World Cup Continue reading →
Yesterday I had to be present as the claimant in a court case relating to housebreaking and theft of my house in Plettenberg Bay ten months ago. My 24 hours in the town were a huge disappointment in more ways than one, the lowlight being dinner at the Island Café at The Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Island in Knysna, a most unprofessionally run 5-star hotel.
I had wanted to stay at The Turbine Hotel for my short visit to Knysna, and had tried to make a booking with the gentleman answering the phone. He told me that the hotel cannot take bookings on a Sunday, and that I would have to be called back the following day. Millicent Jack from Reservations dutifully called the next day, and described her colleague as having been ‘lazy’ in not taking my reservation the day before! I could not stay there, fortunately in retrospect, as the Knysna Court advised that I could only stay at Tonquani Lodge in the Knysna Forest outside of town. An offer to pay in the difference was rejected, this being a Department of Justice directive, I was told. But that is a different story to come, the 5-star Tourism Grading Council of South Africa grading for the lodge being completely inappropriate. Continue reading →