Thursday, 22 September 2022

FLAMES RESTAURANT REVIEW - FOUR SEASONS WESTCLIFF JOHANNESBURG

If you haven't read my full review of Four Seasons The Westcliff, what are you waiting for? During my stay I also visited the acclaimed Flames restaurant at the hotel. Here's my experience of the dinner and breakfast at Flames.


 

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Monday, 12 September 2022

FOUR SEASONS THE WESTCLIFF JOHANNESBURG - HOTEL REVIEW


In August 2022 I got to experience world-class, 5-star luxury right here in Johannesburg, at Four Seasons The Westcliff. This hillside gem overlooks the Rosebank and Johannesburg CBD skylines.


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Thursday, 11 August 2022

SIBAYA LODGE HOTEL REVIEW - SIBAYA CASINO AND ENTERTAINMENT KINGDOM

On a recent trip to Durban I spent a night at Sibaya Lodge located just next to Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, north of Durban. With a touch of Zulu elements in the decor and style, Sibaya Lodge is a fantastic North Coast getaway that offers great value for money. It's designed to reflect the royal heritage of KwaZulu-Natal. As a KZN born and bred, I can confirm that it in fact does reflect the Natal vibe. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, I can't think of a better way to enjoy the warm KZN weather. I couldn't believe my stay was in the middle of winter!









MY VERDICT: Family-friendly bed and breakfast accommodation that reflects the feel of KZN with Sibaya Casino easily accessible

 

Set on one of KwaZulu-Natal’s rolling green hills, Sun International’s Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom commands a magnificent 360 degree view of the Indian Ocean and the lush subtropical vegetation surrounding the 48 hectare North Coast property.

The architecture of the property, with its casino, two hotels and entertainment area, pays contemporary homage to the proud heritage of the Zulu kingdom and its brave warriors.

Sibaya offers world class accommodation for business and holiday travel. Stay at either the 118-room Sibaya Hotel or the 36-room luxurious boutique Royal Sibaya. All rooms have sea, pool or garden facing views.



Location


Sibaya Lodge is conveniently located next to Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in northern KZN. At a 12km drive, it's just a stones throw away from King Shaka International Airport. It's an 8 minute drive away from the hub of Umhlanga and Umhlanga beach and just 5km away from the seaside town of Umdloti. It'll take you about 25 minutes to get to central Durban and 30 minutes to Ballito.



Room, Facilities & Food


Sibaya Lodge's 118 air-conditioned rooms have sea, pool and garden views and are a spacious 28m2 with either a queen bed and sleeper couch or 2 double beds. The rooms are fairly simple with your bed, couch, TV, cupboard and tea/coffee station. It also has a large bathroom with a big, open shower (I love really spacious showers!). The room had carpets and warm lighting which made it feel homely.



The best part was the view I got from my room! It featured sliding doors and a Juliet balcony which led out to a beautiful view. I could actually see part of the Umhlanga skyline and even all the way to Durban Point.

In terms of facilities, the lodge has a lovely pool area as well as an outdoor gym. There's also free parking, if you drive there, and free wifi.

I had breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast hall overlooks the pool area. The breakfast selection was a standard buffet, with hot and cold breakfast options you can choose from.



Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom


For vibrant entertainment there is the casino with both smoking and non-smoking sections. Chose from the latest technology slot machines including touch-bet Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker, or opt for real Tables games. 


Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is a stones throw away and has amazing restaurants like Butcher's Block and Jewels of India, along with a variety of fast food places. You can also of course make use of the casino if that's your kind of thing, or have a go at the arcade.





Butcher Block Sibaya


I had dinner at Butcher Block Steakhouse Sibaya during my stay. Butcher Block was absolutely exceptional and I would highly recommend. Known for its steaks I of course couldn't resist. I went for the Blue Cheese + JalapeƱo steak under Butcher's Choice, while my brother ordering the Surf + Turf. Both options were incredible with the steaks having been prepared perfect Medium Rare just as requested. Can we just take a moment to appreciate perfectly executed steak? Incredible! I also indulged in a Cherry and Cranberry Wine Spritzer as well as a Blueberry Daiquiri. Of these, I would highly recommend the Blueberry Daiquiri.


For us Joburgers, Sibaya Lodge is a great option to get out of the city and enjoy the balmy KZN weather. You also won't have to spend much on your Uber as it's so close to the airport.




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Monday, 2 May 2022

FAIRWAY HOTEL, SPA AND GOLF RESORT - HOTEL REVIEW

This weekend I had the pleasure of staying at the Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort at the Randpark Golf Course in Johannesburg. This hidden gem comes as a complete surprise as it's tucked away in the residential suburb of Randpark Ridge. It's a piece of luxury and escape in a peaceful area.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022

ALMOND AND RASPBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK RECIPE

Mother's Day, on 8th May 2022,  is a great time to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Get more from your Mom’s Day treat with this delicious recipe.




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Sunday, 17 April 2022

KEEPING YOUR PET HEALTHY AND HAPPY

A pet is more than a loyal companion; they’re an important part of the family and truly make a house feel like a home. 


To ensure your pet’s health and happiness, here are some tips on how to take care of your pet

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Sunday, 3 April 2022

WHERE TO ENJOY YOUR EASTER LUNCH - RECREATE YOUR SEAT AT MZANSI'S TABLE THIS EASTER HOLIDAY

Easter is around the corner and that means plenty of South Africans are eagerly awaiting some much-needed time off and a delicious Easter lunch. With time off and food being a winning combination, there is one key ingredient missing – a stunning location. Of course, your dining room table may be a fine piece of wood, it’s got nothing on the setting that Mzansi can provide when creating your seat at the table. 

In Mzansi, we have the world in one country so there are always plenty of options to recreate your seat at the table. 




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Saturday, 26 March 2022

NATIONAL NOUGAT DAY WITH SALLY WILLIAMS AND NETFLORIST

Life can get quite hectic. If we’re not trying to meet work deadlines, helping the kids with homework we know absolutely nothing about, we’re keeping abreast of popular series so we don’t read or hear any spoilers! Don’t you fret. Throughout the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s always a sweet, soft spot in every special moment. Do you want to know how you can find the sweet spot amidst the chaos? ‘Nougat’ it!  


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Sunday, 13 February 2022

NEW AND IMPROVED HANDY ANDY LOOK AND FORMULA

Unilever has recently launched the redesigned look and formulation of the much loved Handy Andy creams. The renovation of the Handy Andy cream features a new modern look, improved product formulation and an innovative packaging solution in keeping with Unilever’s Clean Future strategy. The Clean Future strategy details how Unilever intends to incorporate sustainability-oriented ideas into its product formulations and packaging to decrease its carbon footprint.



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