The Cobra is my personal favorite car. The original 289 Cobra is the car I respect the most.
Aside from being a sexy (so sexy!) two seater car that hugs the road and roars with power, the Cobra can accelerate to 160 km/h and brake to complete standstill in 14.5 seconds (please don’t try it, that was merely to illustrate the immense engine this vehicle has).
Cape Cobra Hire have several vehicles in their garages, they are all in top form and beautifully and lovingly maintained and serviced.
You will feel like James Bond (or a Bond villain, whatever tickles your fancy) for the duration of the experience, and it’s wonderful.
Book one for a day or more, take it through its paces, up to Hermanus and back, or pop around to Clanwillian and revel in the feeling of the open road with the wind in your hair. The Cape is stunning, and there are so many ways to experience all her beauty, this being a very, very good one 😉
So, you’re in SA, staying in one of our luxurious abodes, enjoying the best the city has to offer. While you’re at it, why not commute in style? This week we’re looking at planes, trains and automobiles to add luxury to the exploration of The Cape.
Join us at the Twelve Apostles Hotel for high tea with a difference. First of all, what makes this venue amazing is that it is the only building along a 10 kilometer stretch of unbroken pristine cape coastline, roughly halfway between Camps Bay and Llandudno.
With these uninterrupted views of endless ocean as a backdrop, let’s take a peek into the menu. Order a tea stand for two, a beautiful array of dainty traditional light finger foods, scones, pastries and sandwiches. Add to this some seasonal dainty sweet treats (such as red macaroons with chocolate filling and strawberry mousse) and a vast selection of fragrant teas and coffees.
You can enjoy these either from the comfort of the luxuriant deep plush couches of the Leopard Bar or you can meander out to the huge veranda if you feel like the sensation of some fresh sea spray on a choppy day.
Off the back of the successful 2016 iteration of this event The Grand White is back this year to bedeck, bedazzle and wow. As the name implies, the theme and dress code is white (with a touch of green), which leads to a very visually pleasing luxury picnic at a secret location in the Mother City that’s only revealed to ticket holders on the day via sms.
This is yet another amazing and inventive way in which we Capetonians find our day in the sun. Once at the venue you will have the option of renting some of those picnic essentials such as picnic baskets, tables and chairs; unless you have your own, which you are more than welcome to bring along. The entertainment will be a selection of local acts (music and comedy) and the food promises to be delicious.
As difficult as it may be to describe an event that is still shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain. As a concept event, where the goal is to have an inspired and unencumbered day of frivolity and togetherness, The Grand White consistently delivers an experience that is unforgettable. Tickets are limited, get them here.
Dates:Cape Town – 4th of March 2017
Time: On the day, 2pm – 10pm (with the opening ceremony and champagne pop at 4pm).
Having worked up quite an appetite during the tour and wine tasting we were welcomed to the Red Table by Roy the friendly day manager, who promptly brought us the head chef Edmore Ruzoza for an introduction and a run through of the menu. Chef Edmore has that glint in his eye that true foodies have, people that can talk excitedly about something like mushrooms for hours. He crafts his meals with joy and honesty, bringing the best out of fresh seasonal ingredients. We listened to all his recommendations and had the following:
For starters, we had the Harrisa Prawn Salad with Avo and mixed greens, the prawns were infused and cooked perfectly, and the portioning was ideal. We also had the Pumpkin & Parmesan Fritters with crispy bacon and brown butter, an item that feels like a bit of dessert, and a lot of delicious.
Mains were the braised pork belly, with a deliciously smooth celeriac puree, caramelised red cabbage and sweet roasted pear. Also, we had the line fish (kingklip on the day) which was succulent and fresh, with greens and roast new potatoes.
The view from the front of the manor house is incomparable and we wouldn’t trade that moment in the sun, with a full belly, wine in hand, for anything in the world.
Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience.
Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end.
The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction.
One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces.
Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations
We were greeted at the visitor centre with a glass of chilled bubbly (Cuvee Brut) and browsed along the beautifully laid out information area and thoroughly enjoyed the air conditioning, a welcome respite from the 37 degree heat. Shortly we were introduced to Annetjie Hopkins, our guide for the tour and the tasting. Annetjie is amazing, so knowledgeable, warm, funny and welcoming, she took us and 5 others in tow and off we were.
We will highlight a couple of key points that we found fascinating, and leave the rest up to you to go and explore. Every part of the process of wine making is represented and actively engaged in on this fully working winery, from seed to vine to barrel to bottle. The entire process spins off other industries from grape seed oil manufacture, composting of plant waste and repurposing of barrels to be used for brandy ageing, that there is virtually no waste. Generations upon generations of wine masters and their families have thrown themselves passionately into crafting beautiful wines here, and it shows.
The smell in the main cellar is something magical, almost church like, with all the natural wood and history ingrained in the structure itself. Annetjie explained the differences between all the types of barrels (German, French, Romanian and much more) and we had a peek in the wine masters “playground” where new methods and varietals are blended and perfected.
*Sidenote, take time to admire the craftsmanship in the elaborate carvings on selected wine barrels on display.
Discover the best of the Cape Winelands, Nederburg.
We recently had the good fortune to be invited to the Nederburg Wine Estate, where they rolled out the burgundy carpet to us and took us on a cellar tour, a tasting and lunch at the amazing Red Table restaurant.
This week we will showcase all three of these activities at the estate of this icon of South African wine. Nederburg is synonymous with South African wine, and has a place in the hearts of most locals, for good reason.
South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, but we will “fast forward” to 1791 when Philippus Wolvaart spent 5600 guilder for the parcel of land between the Berg and Palmiet rivers. This was the first pebble in what was to become a landslide of internationally award winning wines, wrought with ingenuity and passion, from the heart of this lush Eden in Paarl. He immediately recognised this “far flung” location (66,5 km from Cape Town, two days cart ride at the time) for its potential in viticulture, and built the foundations for an epic journey of grapes, discovery and wine.
If you are in need of a relax and refresh, an un-knotting of your muscles and a re-invigorating of your skin, here is a selection of spa experiences that are top notch wellness extravaganzas.
12 Apostles Spa
This award-winning family-run hotel and spa is tucked between our iconic Table Mountain and the azure Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by a national park. This last fact is what makes the location so tranquil, its isolated, yet central nature. The treatments are a combination of ancient practices and modern therapeutic methods. For an out-of-body sensation, try their signature “Sunset Mountain Serenade”, a 90 minute partner therapy with hot stone or aromatherapy treatments in their outdoor gazebo, with breath-taking views. This includes oysters, strawberries dipped in chocolate and sparkling wine to be enjoyed in the Spa.
On its own private island, surrounded by water and lush vegetation, this beautifully crafted spa shows its African roots with pride, whilst still being distinctly modern and simply beautiful. The treatments zone in on body parts and body states, from facial to pre-natal, general wellness to gender specific options. This oasis is located in the heart of the One & Only in the V&A Waterfront.
Cayenne Spa is The Pepper Club’s top-of-the-line 8th floor private spa offers a fantastically eclectic mix of treatments from a range of well trained and professional therapists. You must try the African Indulgence Signature Package, which includes the famous Intonga Stick Massage, a unique full body experience. Performed with both the hands and African Bamboo wooden sticks, this treatment provides a deep tissue and stress relieving massage.
Two Views Beach House is easy-going yet opulent lifestyle in the midst of light beach house and driftwood décor. It is designed to lure you outside, to feast on views, bask in the sun and cool off in the pool(s).
The interiors effortlessly open up to the outside via concertina doors, inviting you to the poolside bar(s), or the Robinson Crusoe style flotsam and jetsam cabins.
With Table Mountain to your back, and the vast ocean at your feet, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you are sharing this amazing vista with others as a result of the sheer size of the property.
There are 8 bedrooms, all but two with their own en-suite, satellite, Wifi and all the usual and necessary modern conveniences. Accommodation Hunter currently have an availability for this property over peak season (January 3 – 11 2017 ) and are offering a fantastic seasonal rate of R16,000.00 a night for these dates. Folks, I think it’s time to re-route your travel plans and head to Camps Bay to enjoy the world’s favourite travel destination in style.