You might remember a few years ago when I announced it was one of my favourite properties in the entire world, an opinion I formed very quickly after my first visit to Ellerman House. Although officially a hotel, a visit to Ellerman is more like staying in a long lost family friends’ mansion, located in the breezy residential area of Bantry Bay overlooking the ocean. So on my recent visit to Cape Town, I checked myself back in to Ellerman to show my readers just why this is one of my favourite properties and a really unique way to spend a few days in Cape Town. Checking In: My Stay at Ellerman House With just twelve suites on offer in the house, the level of service is something more than you would have come to expect from a luxury hotel. Suite guests can enjoy complimentary airport transfers making for a seamless arrival into the city – just be sure to book your transfers in advance of your arrival. The property is situated in a residential neighbourhood overlooking the … [Read more...] about My favourite hotel in Cape Town: Checking In to Ellerman House
Ever since my first safari in Kruger National Park four years ago, I’ve been looking for new wildlife experiences to match the excitement and anticipation that comes with viewing animals like lions, leopards and last year polar bears in their natural habitat. So when I began writing my 2018 travel itinerary and the destinations I wanted to tick off this year, I was quick to place Botswana on the top of my list for a unique safari experience in the Okavango Delta. However as is usually the case with any new country I visit, I have found myself planning subsequent trips almost right away, learning that there is much more to discover in Botswana beyond the Delta, yet after a week of adventuring these landscapes, I feel as if it was a good place to start! Arriving in Sandibe Flying to Sandibe will introduce you to the landscapes of Botswana before you even touch the ground. From Johannesburg it is approximately a 90-minute journey direct to Maun, the nearest city for international … [Read more...] about Checking In to Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana
Check In To The Most Expensive Hotel In Marrakech Where: The Royal MansourExactly: Marrakech, MoroccoBest time to go: Marrakech is warm all year round. It’s the perfect destination for a winter sun holiday, although it does get cooler in the evenings over this period. I’ve also been in the summer before and it’s a scorcher!! Temperatures were well above 40 degrees Celsius! Above, Bonnie wears star dress by Silk Fred and Below, Blue dress by River Island The Royal Mansour This month I was super excited to be invited to stay at The Royal Mansour in Marrakech. It’s a property that’s been on my bucket list for quite some time. Widely acknowledged as the most expensive hotel in Marrakech, having stayed there I can see why. Here are some StyleTraveller facts about the hotel: -The hotel was built by the King of Morocco in 2010 and is designed to mimic a miniature version of a Moroccan city, complete with riads (town houses), medina (shopping … [Read more...] about Check In To The Most Expensive Hotel In Marrakech
It’s a horrifying scenario—finding a hidden camera in your hotel room or vacation rental. And unfortunately, it’s also a recently emerging trend as more and more people report this invasion of privacy. Protect yourself by learning how to check for hidden cameras in your vacation rental or hotel room. Check for Hidden Cameras: How to Look for a Camera I interviewed a Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and Intelligence expert for Advanced Operational Concepts who goes by the anonymous nickname “The Monk” (he declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of his work). The Monk has searched for hidden devices in conflict zones for the highest levels of the U.S. military’s Special Operations community. Here’s his advice for looking for a hidden camera. “There are essentially three primary methods for checking for a hidden camera: scanning of radio frequencies (RF), lens detection, and physical search. Many handheld devices that do RF … [Read more...] about How to Check for Hidden Cameras in Your Hotel Room or Vacation Rental
I just returned from a holiday-weekend stay at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. Predictably, there was nickel-and-diming aplenty, beginning with the hotel’s nasty, indefensible resort fee of $29 a night, for rooms that featured neither a mini-fridge (better to drive guests to eat at one of the hotel’s 13 restaurants) nor a coffee maker (better to drive guests to caffeinate at one of the hotel’s three Starbucks). But there was one bright spot, made all the brighter for being unanticipated. After a five-hour drive from Los Angeles, I bypassed the Luxor’s self-park entrance and instead turned into the valet lane. I fully expected to be charged for the convenience of unloading directly in front of the hotel’s main entrance, and I was fine with that. RELATED: Major Hotel Chain Nixes AARP Discount But after checking out of the hotel, with a noticeably lighter wallet, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the parking kiosk: No charge for valet parking. Of … [Read more...] about Parking Fees Coming to Vegas? Bet on It!