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Private Fly

…I’m leavin’ on a jet plane / Don’t know when I’ll be back again… Hiring a private jet is only for the really rich and really famous, right? Not according to Private Fly, a private jet charter that’s ‘redefining air travel’.


Plus what makes it really special is that you can book a jet at the touch of a button on your smartphone. The official blurb: “The unique online platform and apps integrate with a live global network of over 7,000 accredited aircraft, to pinpoint the best available private aircraft at the most competitive, transparent market price. Rapid response speed enables us to arrange charters within 90 minutes. Wherever you are in the world, at any given moment, the private jet charter booking platform and/or the highly-experienced operations team are available 24/7 to process your request.”

For more information visit: www.privatefly.com

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Yelcho Lodge

I’ve been cooking up something exciting in Chile these last couple of weeks. Charlotte Pennington (from Santiago) and I have refurbished Yelcho Lodge using the talents of local craftsmen. It’s been an amazing process, and puma have been spotted twice in the last two weeks on the property!


And no wonder as the lodge is in the heart of the unspoilt wild, situated in the middle of mountains and glaciers: Yelcho en la Patagonia is located on the shores of one of the largest lakes in Chile, Lake Yelcho. It’s an ideal getaway for the adventurer traveller; plenty of fly fishing and hiking to do. But it’s also perfect for those looking to escape the hum of big cities, and to relax in pristine nature.

The lodge has been restyled and is now the epitome of cosy elegance. Rustic yet sophisticated. The food’s pretty good too! (The wine list has over 65 types of Chilean wine.)

The lodge re-opens today and it’s looking beautiful! ! Head over to their Facebook page to see the transformation in progress. For more information visit their website

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chile, Travel, yelcho lodge,
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South African Airways 48-hour Super Sale

You only have 48 hours to book! This fare is valid from Washington to Joburg, South Africa, through to 12 December 2012.

super sale (2) (429x800)

With fares as low as  $860 roundtrip. Call 1-800-521-4845 to book.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Travel, Uncategorized,
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Stars, Food, Art

Stars, Food, Art  is a culinary event by luxury hotel group, Sofitel, which takes place in Munich, Lyon, Vienna, London, Dubai and Amsterdam. The latest is at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, in Amsterdam: ‘Stars, Food & Art: The Global Edition’ on Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 November 2012.

Margot Janse will be among the 11 international chefs who will be cooking their signature dishes. Plus, Margot has the additional honour, along with Claire Clark, of being the first women chefs to be ‘exhibiting their culinary creativity’ at the event.

The goal of Stars, Food, Art is to create an event where culture, food, wines and art are united.


During the dinner this year, artist Mariska Meijers will be presenting eleven ‘gigantic mosaic Christmas tree decorations’, each of which is said to represent one of the chefs.

We’re more than sure Margot will do us and South Africa proud.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel, stars food art,
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The Queen Victoria Hotel

We recently stayed at the latest addition to the Newmark Hotel Group, The Queen Victoria. The service was impeccable, the staff were charming and they have arguably the BEST staircase in South Africa.

Here are a few of our favourite things …

We love you Vicky-baby!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Hotel, Travel,
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Multination Vacation

Multi-destination vacations have replaced the one-country-one-hotel holiday. Travellers are now looking to experience more during their travel adventures than ever before.

Itineraries that group together a range of experiences, in different parts of a country, are huge. If you’re not yet on the multi-destination itineraries bandwagon you need to get involved ASAP.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Undies and the Rolls Royce …

Last month I visited London with my mother. We stayed at the newly revamped Four Seasons which is, in case you’re wondering, sensational. It is still one of my all time favourite London hotels. Not just because of its excellent location and impeccable design, but also because of their fantastic and personable service.

While we were at the Four Seasons we made excellent use of their complimentary Rolls Royce. Nothing beats being chauffeured around London in the back of a Rolls … nothing.

In fact I’m not sure I can go back to shopping for undies in anything other than an expertly chauffeured Rolls. Wistful sigh.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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On our recent visit to the states we were introduced – not in person (thank goodness) – to something called the Viagra Triangle.

It’s apparently a well known triangle of restaurants where older mature men hang out looking to pick up younger women.

It is – according to our reliable sources – a real place. So if you’re looking to open an instantaneously successful restaurant in Chicago the triangle should definitely be on your list of top locations.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Travel,


Long live the globetrotter!

It’s good to know that, as far as trends go, travel is not dead. In fact globetrotting, including visits to lesser known countries, is very much on-trend for the year ahead.

You can expect to see your friends adding photos to Facebook of the cool, sometimes obscure, places they’ve visited or are going to visit in 2011. The only thing you’ll have to deal with, if you’re not heading out on your own adventure, is extreme trip-envy. For this there is only one cure … you’ll simply have to book an exceptional escape of your own.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Travel, Trends,
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If you’re looking to relax, and avoid the frustration of air travel, we suggest booking yourself a Traincation (vacation on a train).

Who needs never-ending check-in queues, surly security and chicken or beef when you can get from point A to point B in the lap of luxury?

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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