Birkenhead House, Hermanus – South Africa

Hermanus and Birkenhead House

After your adventure in the bush, after you’ve downed several bottles in wine county and after you’ve thoroughly explored Cape Town… you’ll need a vacation.  There is no better place to unwind and reflect on your amazing South African journey than at Birkenhead House in Hermanus.

An hour and a half drive, from Cape Town, will bring you to the charming town of Hermanus.  You’ll definitely find enough to do to keep you busy here.  Situated on Walker Bay, it is one of the best places on earth for whale watching, close encounters with Cape Fur Seals,  as well as Great White Shark cage diving (an absolute thrill just down the road in Gansbaai).  Beyond the thrill of seeing these great animals of the sea, there are a myriad of other activities for the nature lover, including an all time favorite – laying out on one the spectacular beaches!  Of course there is enough in town to keep you busy as well.  Great galleries, local markets and restaurants will keep you occupied.  But, don’t forget that the reason you are coming here is to relax.

So you’ve read a bit of what you can do while you are in the area.  But, you may discover that you won’t be in such a hurry to get through your list once you arrive to Birkenhead House. It’s not a hotel, it’s a home.  In fact it’s like staying at your best friends place at the beach… that best friend that has exquisite taste and tends to your every wish.  The vibe here is chill.  Though you are in luxury, the atmosphere and staff are laid-back.  Lounging all day on the deck or kicking your feet up in the one of the many intimate living areas is totally normal and encouraged.  Here, you’ll fall asleep to the sound of soft waves in one of the eleven beautifully appointed rooms.  You’ll enjoy delicious meals and local wines as you wish, as the hotel is all inclusive.  Best of all, you’ll have time to relax and reflect while floating in their infinity pool which overlooks Walker Bay and beyond.  The sunsets here are magical!

Welcome to Hermanus and Gansbaai.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds, including this beautiful region!

Learn more about cage diving with the Great White Shark and why Marine Dynamics is our preferred supplier.

Birkenhead House.  Let us plan this bit of bliss into your South African holiday.  www.edenforyourworld.com.20140201-154703.jpg20140201-154710.jpg20140201-154717.jpg20140201-154723.jpg20140201-154730.jpg20140201-154736.jpg20140201-154744.jpg20140201-154751.jpg20140201-154757.jpg20140201-154804.jpg20140201-154809.jpg

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Cape Town – South Africa

 

Cape Town

There is a reason that there is a buzz in the air about Cape Town… it’s because it is awesome!  And, now may be the best time to visit it yourself.  It’s in the midst of a huge transformation that you don’t want to miss… and it’s always better to go before everybody else does.

The 2010 World Cup really put the city on the map for world travelers, when government invested hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure and the private sector matched them in upping the scene for visitors by refreshing neighborhoods and an creating new restaurants and hotels.  The spark that was lit four years ago has continued to burn under the the feet of entrepreneurs, artists and investors.

The city is a buzz of activity.  With a jaw dropping setting, wonderful weather, friendly locals and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Cape Town is on every must see list of 2014!

Read more about why CPT is so hot right now.

52 Places to Go in 2014 – NY Times

Good Timing – LA Times

World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has several distinct neighborhoods.  Make sure to make your way out of the beautiful, but touristy, Waterfront area to explore the one’s that peak your interest.  Find great shopping and cafes in the Lower Kloof area, or stroll along the up and coming De Waterkant for great jazz and galleries, or make it down to Camps Bay to play at the beach with all the beautiful people of Cape Town.  Whatever you do, don’t miss Saturday in the Woodstock neighborhood at the Old Biscuit Mill market and design center.  Trust us… go early, go hungry!  The city is full of delicious places to eat and drink, but expect to make reservations far in advance for the hot spots.  Locals love to eat out as much as visitors and getting a table at the in spot may be harder than you think. But, that’s why you have us, right?

There are a handful of wonderful five star hotels to choose from as well.  Each has it’s own unique vibe and each has a sense of place.  We enjoyed visiting three of these top hotels during our visit.  We’ll help pick just the right one for your stay.

Cape Grace in the Waterfront.

Mount Nelson Hotel in Tamboerskloof.

The Twelve Apostles just outside of Camps Bay.

Go see why life is “lekker” in Cape Town!  lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds.

Lets start planning your visit!  www.edenforyourworld.com

Here are a few photos to entice you.

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La Residence, Franschhoek – South Africa

La Residence

We can safely say that we’ve stayed at some incredible properties around the world… and, we can now say with confidence that La Residence is among the best of the best!

La Residence is located in the quaint town of Franschhoek, just about an hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa. Perched atop a hill, surrounded by it’s fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and vineyard, the hotel’s suites offer stunning views of valley’s landscape. La Residence houses eleven unique suites in it’s main building and five free standing villas (each with private pools). Each room’s interior is decorated with a different color palette and in it’s own style. They’re opulent, yet warm and comfortable. And, the beds… they’re amazing! It’s hard to choose a favorite here, as they are all so beautiful and special in their own way. It’s like choosing a favorite child, as you love them all. The small thoughtful details throughout the property convey a sense of place and belonging.

It may be hard to step away from the property, but there is much to explore in the region. Wine, of course, is the number one attraction for foreign and local visitors! There are over eight hundred wineries in the area surrounding Franschhoek and the nearby town of Stellenbosch. One can spend months exploring this beautiful area and tasting their way around the fantastic wineries. But, there is so much more to do as well. This is a great destination for the art lover, the shopper, the hiker, the biker, the golfer and the foodie! There is definitely plenty to keep everyone happy.

The location is great, the hotel is absolutely beautiful, but, it’s the staff that really brings it all together at La Residence. They are absolutely fabulous. Every encounter with each member is a pleasure. The perfect mix of great service and great personality.

Most recently, 2013, the hotel was voted “Best Hotel in the World” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. See why La Residence is repeatedly on the top lists of hotels around the world. Watch the video.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds, including the gorgeous wine region!

Contact Eden For Your World to plan your stay at La Residence.

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Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve – South Africa

The Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane, located within the private Thornybush Game Reserve (along Kruger National Park) is the safari experience one dreams of…

Tucked quietly into it’s natural surroundings, the sumptuously appointed colonial style lodge is a paradise for those seeking an exclusive experience. With six stand alone suites, two royal suites, and it’s Africa house villa, the lodge is perfect for couples, families and V.I.P.’s.

Guests will surely see the “Big Five” here. The lodge boasts some of the countries best and most acclaimed rangers and trackers who unveil the nearly 38 thousand acre reserve to their guests. But, what really sets the Royal Malewane apart is the atmosphere that the richly appointed furnishings and superior service impart on it’s guests. No detail is missed, no thoughtful attention is left behind in the bush. They’ve thought of everything for you already! One feels as though they have stepped back in time, to experience the luxury and romance of the safari as it was.

The Royal Malewane – contact Eden For Your World to begin planning your experience.

A video voyage of Royal Malewane.

Saving the Rhinoceros

With the horrific increase in Rhinoceros poaching in recent years, new innovative measures are being taken to curb their needless slaughter. Last year, In South Africa alone, nearly one thousand rhinos were lost to poaching. Royal Malewane is on the forefront of efforts to protect these animals and to make their horns useless for the market that covets them. The latest method of deterring poachers is Rhino Horn Devaluation, where poison is injected directly into their horns, leaving them useless for trade. Handling or use of the horns by humans proves fatal. Bravo RM, and thank you!

Rhino Rescue Project

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Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park – South Africa

Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita, meaning “miracle” in the Shangaan language.

Singita Lebombo and Sweni are located in Kruger National Park (eight million acres or about the size of Israel), but within their own private consession. Nestled along a river facing craggy rocks, Singita Lebombo is like a mirage. But, as a guest, one soon discovers it is in fact a reality of luxury and contemporary high design in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Thoughtful details in design and luxurious amenities do not detract from feeling part of the vast wilderness. Each of the lodge’s fifteen stand alone suites and it’s common areas provide a truly indoor-outdoor experience.

Both lodges are part of Relais & Chateau… which translate to delicious dining experiences and exceptional wine selections!

Experienced rangers and trackers show you the amazing wildlife in luxury Rovers. Comfort, style and safari mix perfectly here!

Singita Lebombo.

A video voyage of Singita Lebombo.

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Johannesburg – South Africa

Two nights at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa… Gorgeous! As is the service! The property, art collection, coffee delivery in conjunction with wake-up call and the rooms are a perfect reprieve after traveling so far.

The hotel was built as a private home in the Sanhurst neighborhood. Mr Nelson Mandela stayed here for four months, after his release from prison and wrote his book A Long Road To Freedom while staying as a guest of the owner/friend (while still a private home).

We discovered that the city of Johannesburg was founded in 1886, with along with the discovery of Gold.

The cities elevation is higher than that of Denver’s. It sits on a plateau at 5750 ft!

The World Tree Organization gives the city the honor of being home to the largest man made forest on earth.

UBUNTU.

Stay tuned for more from
Eden For Your World, as we head to safari.

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