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The Cape Peninsula is one of the “must sees” in Cape Town for both leisure travellers and incentive groups. We often get asked about exclusive lunchtime function venues to incorporate in this day. We do make use of Buffels Bay, a secluded beach, located in the Table Mountain National Park, at Cape Point.

Our product team recently discovered an additional option – brand new picnic venue, which we are very excited about called Middle North Battery, located on Red Hill. This is the spot where they fire off the cannon for special occasions. There are old bunkers behind where the cannon is situated, which one can go and explore. Definately the place to be for the perfect panoramic view of the navy capital  – Simons Town and its harbour.

As an added experience the gentleman that runs the museum will give guests a talk on the history of the area and possibly even get them to fire the Naval cannon. Untitled

There’s never a bad time to visit Cape Town. In recent years the city has received a deluge of accolades paying homage to its undeniable natural beauty. This year the city is destined to get even prettier as it takes on the title of World Design Capital for 12 inspirational months. Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects, and further regeneration of former industrial districts such as Woodstock and The Fringe, now the stamping ground of trendy shoppers and gourmands. The main goal of the design team, though, is to bridge the gap between Cape Town’s disparate population, so venture on a tour out of town to see how innovation is turning things around in the disadvantaged townships, then explore suburban sights on the swanky bus system that’s finally making Cape Town feasible on public transport

The Table Bay hotel is currently refurbishing the Conservatory Restaurant, and will open the doors for the new Brasserie and Wine Bar, ‘Camissa’ on 1 December 2013.

Camissa is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town meaning “The Place of Sweet Waters.” The brasserie and wine bar will be a combination of many facets; a wine bar, brasserie, Captains private dining area and atrium lounge. The design, an authentic interpretation of a typical Brasserie with cast iron table and hints of art deco styled lighting and artwork. The new Wine Bar is adjacent to the restaurant, seen through a window which will be created in the Union Bar, the domed ceiling will accentuate arched shelving displaying a selection of wine and a beautiful wine tasting table.

I am the first to admit that it takes  a lot to impress me when it comes to hotels and venues. When I am, its always such a pleasant surprise. I attended the launch of one such a venue, Babylonstoren, in the Cape Winelands. The organisers, my good friened Joy from Rovos Rail, being one of them could not have asked for more perfect weather. Blue skies, bright sunshine all added to the magic. Upon arrival we were welcomed with home made ice cream and sage and orange iced tea… and serenaded by a sole accordian player. This set the scene for a relaxed and joyful day with old friends and industry players.

We were given some time to stroll through the 2.5 hectare, historical vegetable garden (dating back to 17thC), the clivia garden which contains 7000 clivia plants and the 14 cottages. Along the way we were treated further to plump strawberries and a delicious station serving roasted pecans, cheese, parma ham and probably best biltong I have ever had, and of course a lovely glass of chilled sauvignon blanc. The cottages are large and all look onto the formal gardens. The interiors are contemporary, with white and sandalwood being the dominant palette.

After a leisurely stroll we made our way to Babel Restaurant where we were treated to further delicacies, such as duck pancakes and plum sauce, marinated guava’s and delicious baguette sandwiches.

Babylonstoren the hotel opens officially in first week of December and the restaurant opens 10 November. I urge you to go take a look, stay a while and enjoy the magical atmosphere.

Last night I attended the media launch of Madame Zingara’s latest venture – The Love Magic Tour. For too long this fantastic venture has been missing from our shores and I, for one, am very happy to see her return. No longer located at the foreshore, this beautiful, imported “tent” is now located at Century City, opposite Canal Walk.

Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams is the grande dame of burlesque style. A dinner cirque spectacular that enchants and inspires all who pass through her stained glass doors.

Housed in one of the last remaining Mirror Tents in the world, Victoria is a twenty five metre velvet big top that has toured the globe for the last eighty years. Her ornate majestic mirrored column’s and beveled booths transport one back to a by-gone era where cirque and magic ruled the world.

With all kitchen facilities on site no aspect of hospitality is ignored, from superbly trained glitter dusted waitrons to the incredible acrobatics one begins to understand there are no boundaries to the night.

The standard of food and service has not dropped and they still have their, now famous, chocolate chili fillet and even more delicious the Norwegian Salmon.

With a mixture of firm favourites, who cannot forget the 3 Tonnes of Fun,  and a whole new troupe of entertainers, the show delights you from beginning to end. Without giving too much away the final act will have you gasping in amazement! With the height of a classic big top this velvet cathedral transports one between the known and the unknown.


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