2011 has been another whirlwind adventure. It’s been packed full of travel, worthwhile causes and awards. Here’s our 2011 what we go up to cheat sheet.
We appeared in the 2011 UK Condé Nast Readers Travel Awards, the 2011 Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards and placed 10th overall in the African and Middle East Lodge and Resorts category. In addition we made the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012 in the Best for Food category.
Le Quartier Français introduced a new Petite Garden Suite and a wheel-chair friendly Auberge Room to our line-up. All our Auberge Room bathrooms received a serious facelift – think more Dolly Parton than Joan Rivers– and we completely reimagined the The Tasting Room. Oh and our mini-bars went totally local. Nice!
The Tasting Room was included in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants for the 7th consecutive year. We also placed third in the recent Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant Awards. This year marks the 8th year we’ve made their list. 2011 will also go down in history as the year when our Tasting Room team met, experienced and survived the now legendary Dr. von Paris.
Margot Janse – our talented Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef – appeared as one of only four guest chefs at 2011 Savour Tasmania. She also took time out of her busy schedule to cook in Holland and help raise enough money for our Isabelo initiative to feed 100 pre-school children, five days a week, in 2012. In addition Margot and Neil Jewell cooked for the Peninsula School Feeding Association and raised much-needed funds for hungry school children throughout the Western Cape.
Tina and Neil showcased their unique and perennially popular Bread & Wine Bread Baking and Charcuterie courses in Australia. Neil also cooked for a full house in the UK. In fact his cooking courses were rated the highlight of the 2011 UK cooking class calendar.
Lastly at the beginning of December we launched our baby sister hotel, Delicious. This offering unpacked the traditional hotel offering, giving the guest everything they need without the additional wallet-lightening add-ons. If the reviews are anything to go by it’s already changing the face of South African hospitality.
It’s really been quite a year!