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The Marly Hotel & Umi Restaurant

Taking its name from Chậteau de Marly, built in the 17th Century for the leisure activities of Louis XIV and his family, The Marly says it all. This five-star hotel with its contemporary beach ambience is located in Camps Bay. The hotel offers eleven spacious suites, offering either sea- or mountain views; mirrored contemporary en-suite bathrooms; and state-of-the-art amenities for today’s discerning traveller. The luxury and deluxe suites have jacuzzis, outdoor showers and large, welcoming balconies. Among the hotel facilities are a private, pool-terrace bar and courtyard, 24-hour room service and a bath-butler service.

Umi, a modern Japanese restaurant, with seating capacity for 200 guests, will satisfy diners looking for tasty, healthy, in-house eating options. It boasts Camps Bay’s newest, chicest, 80-seater bar that overlooks an outside terrace. A high-tech conference venue will satisfy the business requirements of top executives and their teams.

The hotel and restaurant is located in the heart of the Camps Bay strip, so it’s spot-on for those wanting to be “where the cool people are”.

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Cavalli Wine Estate and Stud and Equus Restaurant

Situated between Somerset West and Stellenbosch lies Cavalli Wine Estate and Stud Farm. Just 45 minutes from Cape Town, this gorgeous new property offers a multitude of products; wine tastings, art gallery, fine dining, an event venue and exquisite views of the vineyards and Helderberg Mountain.

The newly opened Equus Restaurant offers fine dining, superb eco-design and a relaxing outlook over the vineyards and lake. Cavalli’s approach to cuisine can be described as “a contemporary take on the classics”, encompassing a combination of freshness, flavour and flair. Real, humble food cooked textbook style, paired with an expertly crafted wine list and selected whiskies.

Cavalli estate aims to encourage the local arts through its platforms of public sculpture spaces and an art gallery within the Restaurant / Function complex. The Gallery will retain a permanent installation showcasing classic South African artists, as well as a rotating exhibition of other notable works within the Cavalli Private Collection.

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Bennet Street and Gold Restaurant

One of our favourite venues in Cape Town, Gold Restaurant, has announced that they have taken over management of the adjacent venue, Bennett Street. This versatile function space can comfortably hold 200 guests banquet-style and can be operated independently of the restaurant. For larger groups of up to 2500 guests, the entire complex, including Bennett Street itself, the road after which the venue was named, can be closed off to create a “street-party” atmosphere.

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.

Solms-Delta is located 15km outside the village of Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the wine estate produces classical wines with a difference… In fact everything about Solms-Delta is different.

What we say: Lucy and I both agreed that this estate is offering something unique. The tours offer an interesting CSR component and the food, whilst not sampled, looks delicious, and with the Cape Malay twist – definitely something our clients will enjoy. The wine and food pairing is sufficient for a light lunch and extremely good value for money. For larger groups, there are 6 tours that we can rotate the group, depending on the interest, and the local musician adds a fun element. We heard him tuning up and he sounds great!

Fyndraai Restaurant has a very unique and local twist on popular Franschhoek restaurants. It offers a modern take on traditional Cape cuisine whilst showcasing the history of the area. For those wishing to picnic in the Cape Winelands, the estate offers appetising picnic baskets from Fyndraai restaurant with delicious vegetarian options. Contents typically include basil pesto marinated farm vegetables with chive crème fraiche; bacon and onion potato slaai with vinaigrette; smoked Franschhoek trout with caper berries and fresh cream, and chicken tandoori with cucumber and honey mustard yoghurt. Private picnic spots are spread out along the estate’s riverside forest.

The wine farm estate also features a museum that explores the slave heritage of the area, and six special interest guided wine farm tours that exceed the conventional wine tasting experience.

Cape Food and Wine Pairing Tour

A guided food and wine experience at Fyndraai, the farm’s restaurant in the old wine cellar. Experience the diverse culinary traditions of the Cape paired with eight Solms-Delta wines.

History, Archaeology and Wine Tour

Solms-Delta’s rich and bittersweet history is brought to life on this tour of archaeological sites, artifacts and gracious Cape Dutch buildings.

Social History and Wine Tour

Solms-Delta has been at the forefront of redressing the social and economic legacy of South Africa’s past. This moving tour highlights how the farm is improving quality of life for its residents.

Cape Music and Wine Tour

Learn about the development of Cape rural and vernacular music and experience demonstrations by the farm’s resident musicians of the beat, rhythm and dances that make it so unique.

Natural Heritage and Wine Tour

A wholesome walk through vineyards and indigenous forest along the Dwars River. Learn about our bird-life, historic trees and the farm’s developing culinary fynbos and renosterveld garden as well as its interesting viticultural practises.

Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Tour

From vine to wine, enjoy a guided experience that takes you through the vineyards to the secrets behind the cellar door, and finally to tasting the finished product – the award-wining Solms-Delta wines.

Fun Farm Walk & Wine

Something for the more energetic and fit! Escape from city life and take a 5km walk around the farm. Start off with a welcoming glass of our (low alcohol) Cape Jazz Shiraz – a celebratory stirrup cup! Then enjoy a brisk walk through the vineyards and along the beautiful Dwars River.

A Taste of our Food Heritage

The restaurant’s menu is a fusion of three culinary traditions of the Cape – it does not fuse or ‘re-invent’ these traditions, but rather allows you to experience them just as they would have been prepared in the past. Come and taste all three – authentic Boerekos, Cape Malay and Veldkos dishes.

Capacity: Restaurant 80 delegates / Picnic 150 delegates


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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