Lobby – Singita Boulders, Sabi Sands South Africa


Singita Boulders


Singita Boulders – Sabi Sands South Africa

Singita Ebony is done in a more traditional style, warm colors and lots of English Safari antiques and decorative accessories. Singita Boulders is more contemporary, walls are stacked boulders, and the color palate is soothing blues, taupes and greens. Both have an appeal and the staff in each is above par.

Recipes from the Road- Royal Malewane’s Apple Tart

Royal Malewane's Apple Tart

YUM! It was delicious!
Courtesy of Executive Chef Nathan Macke.
More to come! Thanks Nathan

Recipes from the Road- Pumpkin Soup from Leadwood Lodge


Pumpkin Soup SABI SANDS

Leopard Sabi Sand Reserve


Bath – Exeter Leadwood Lodge


Rooms Exeter Leadwood Lodge – Sabi Sands


The Glamorous Royal Malewane – Thornybush Reserve South Africa

We are continuing our adventure with a visit to the grand dame of luxury camps, Royal Malewane. Located in Thornybush private Reserve, adjacent to greater Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane is the the standard all luxury camps wish to reach.
Family owned, the glamorous Royal Malewane offers unparalleled service, food, and the number one Spa in South Africa. Liz Biden is a very hands on proprietor; one sees her touch everywhere. Most of the staff have been there since the opening 13 years ago, which makes for a pleasant return. When they say welcome back, they mean it!

Stunning new hotel in Ireland, Ballyfin – picture courtesy of Ballyfin Ireland

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Recipes from the Road: Malva Pudding- Singita Grumeti Camps

Singita Sasakwa- image courtesy of Singita

Singita Sasakwa- image courtesy of Singita

Amanzo’e- Picture courtesy of Amanresorts

Amanzo’e – Picture courtesy of Amanresorts

Delta to cut back on Transatlantic Flights


Hammered by the weak euro and the risk of spikes in fuel prices,Delta Air Lines is cutting back on trans-Atlantic flights and shifting its focus southward. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, just after opening the Atlanta airport’s new international terminal with additional gates, the airline is cutting five percent of its trans-Atlantic capacity. Delta will also cut one to two percent of Pacific flight capacity, for capacity cuts totaling three to four percent, deeper than the two to three percent cuts the company had previously planned. 

At the same time, Delta is expanding its New York service southward with more flights to 10 destinations inFloridaBermuda and the Caribbean from JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport

The new flights, which will begin in late 2012 and early 2013, are in addition to Delta’s previously announced expansion at New York-LaGuardia, where the airline is adding more than 100 new flights to 26 new destinations this summer.

When its full schedule is implemented, Delta will operate more than 260 daily flights between LaGuardia and more than 60 cities, exceeding any other carrier.

Delta reports it is also optimizing its schedule at JFK to facilitate convenient connections to international flights. JFK is a major global gateway for Delta, which operates nonstop flights to more than 45 international destinations from the airport.

Wellesley Knightsbridge opening in London 2012

I am delighted to hear that Stefano Lodi and his team are opening a fabulous new hotel in London – December 2012.
Located on one of London’s most prestigious addresses in Knightsbridge is the site for a new 36 suite luxury hotel scheduled to open on 1st December 2012, which will parallel the very best of hotels in the world.
The Wellesley, is located at 11 Knightsbridge, managed by City and Country Hotels and is being developed by Rhimesong at a cost of £36 million, the property was formerly commercial offices.
The hotel will take on both a contemporary and classic style with interiors created by award-winning design experts Fox Linton, combining the building’s 1920s art deco history and glamour with stylish contemporary touches. In addition to its 36 suites, the hotel will incorporate a Cigar Lounge and Terrace, The Crystal Bar, The Oval Restaurant, and the Jazz Room.
Can’t wait to see!

At the bottom of the world

Suites with plunge pools. Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

Suites with plunge pools. Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in St Jean Cap Ferrat

Another fabulous hotel I visited was Grand hotel du Cap Ferrat in St Jean Cap Ferrat. Old world service, gorgeous rooms and public areas, a delightful pool at the bottom of the property that can be reached by a finicular. A Terrace restaurant that was so peaceful. Gardens again were beautiful. Their spa was awesome by the way- it leads out into it’s own private garden.  They have also done fabulous renovations and I am posting pictures of some of the rooms.

Suite Hotel du Cap

Cap Estel, Eze France

Lobby of Cap Estel, Eze


Nice place to have margaritas

One of the rooms

Las Alamandas