Staying at Holden Manz wine estate

Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
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Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
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Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate
Staying at Holden Manz wine estate

Just over an hours drive out of Cape Town tucked away at the foot of the Franschhoek mountains you will find the peaceful and beautiful Holden Manz. A small estate with vineyards that surround you. The estate might be small but you won't run out of activities and you are sure to leave relaxed and longing for more. 

The guest house is eclectic and decorated with an impressive art collection that you could get totally lost in. I have yet to see such an extensive variety in a personal collection. With many local artists, I found myself with wine in hand meandering from one piece to the next. 

The rooms are spacious and have an old charm to them. With king size beds and fluffy duvets getting up in the morning wasn't particularly easy! I could have slept in for days. The bathrooms are spacious with double basins and of course a huge tempting bath that I couldn't enjoy with the drought! 

With a perfect nights sleep in the bag, you could make your way to the spa and get engulfed in the ultimate luxury. The spa offers all treatments and prides themselves on supporting amazing natural local brands. I tried out the full body massage as I always do and it was so much of yes! Be sure to book if you visit!  

Post bliss visit the restaurant where the art takes shape in the gorgeous plates from the kitchen. Each plate has been well thought out and the food is almost too pretty to eat! Almost. If you find yourself there then the duck didn't disappoint and neither did their wines. My favourite? The Chenin Blanc of course! 

After lunch, I made my way down to the river and enjoyed a walk around the estate. With towering trees and surrounding mountains, you can't help but exhale. Which is never a bad thing. Breathing in the fresh country air can only be food for the soul! 

The staff are always on hand with a friendly smile and will attend to any of your needs. If you feel like exploring, the main town of Franschhoek is five minutes away. Strolling through the village is always fun if you want to venture out. Be sure to try the beer and wine tasting as well as any of the amazing restaurants. If not you will always have a home away from home at Holden Manz. 

-Melissa 

 

 

A Guide to the Ultimate Girls Day Out In Cape Town with She Said & The Truffle Journal

she said and the truffle journal

So you have 24 hours and you need to know what to do in Cape Town? Although I am lucky enough to live here, Anna-Belle my mate from Joburg is often down and I love showing off this amazing city! Its been really awesome being an entertainer and sharing all this amazing city has to offer! So we decided to put together a little list of things to do on a girls day out. Whether you are a tourist in Cape Town or local there is plenty for everyone and who says the perfect date cant be with one of your besties? Here is our list of activities that we get up to when we have time together!

The Oranjezicht city farm market on a Saturday

The market sadly only runs on a Saturday but if you find yourself available you won't be disappointed. Breakfast starts early and if you get there around 8:45 then you will miss all the crowds and get to tuck into local, fresh, artisanal food that will leave your belly in a very happy place! With each store offering something unique and different you should be prepared to do some shopping and pick up yummy gifts for family and loved ones! It is also a great place to get a snack (which we are all about) for a picnic on the beach. 

oranjezicht city farm market
oranjezicht city farm market
oranjezicht city farm market
oranjezicht city farm market

Jiva at the Taj

No date would be complete without a five-star massage at the famous and beautiful Taj hotel spa, Jiva. I honestly have never been so relaxed. The spa is five-star and the staff has hands from heaven. You will be engulfed in relaxation. With a fruit platter and detox tea post-treatment plus your very own prayer beads as a gift, you will leave feeling like you were on a months holiday in Seychelles. The hotel as such is simply spectacular and an institution of Cape Town. With the company gardens on the doorstep of the hotel, you can take a walk and explore them whilst feeding the friendly squirrels and overlook the splendor that is table mountain! 

Taj hotel
Taj hotel
Taj hotel

Visit the top of Table Mountain

The view is always better from the top and in this case its a guarantee. Table Mountain is the 7th natural wonder of the world and is truly amazing! You can catch a cable car up or hike up and catch the car down. Either way make sure to plan, book online here and take your sunblock and water. You can go up early or catch the sunset from the top. The views are breathtaking and really something to marvel at! Exploring the top of the mountain is amazing so make sure you give yourself some time at the top! 

table mountain
table mountain
table mountain
table mountain

Visit Clifton beach

From the very top of the mountain to the bottom of the beach. Cape Town has it all. The pristine beaches will leave you feeling like you are in Monaco. With blue flag beaches, Clifton is well known for its ice-cold water and its magnificent sunsets. You can pack a picnic basket and blanket and enjoy the best view in the world. Summer or winter you won't be disappointed! When I watch the sunset's I truly realize how lucky I am to call this place home. It is such a great reset from the hustle of life! 

clifton beach
clifton beach
clifton beach

Pop into the Mojo market for lunch or dinner

The Mojo Market is one of the hippest and happening spots in the Sea Point revival. It is a market filled with different food and clothing stores. It has a little something for everyone. If you want to stick to healthier food and plant-based or indulge and get ribs and ice cream you will find it at the Mojo Market. It's a great spot to meet up with friends and have a beer and a catch-up! 

mojo market
mojo market
mojo market

Catch a Yoga class 

Cape Town has some amazing Yoga studios and it is always a treat to have a flow together. Working up a sweat and letting go of our day is one of our best things to do. Yoga always makes me feel better and lighter. A perfect way to end the day. With classes scheduled throughout you can pick a time slot that works for you! Some studios are Unraveled Yoga, Wild Thing, Hot Dog Yoga and The Yoga Life! 

yoga

Dinner at The Short Market Club

As part of the Luke Dale Robert collection of amazing restaurants, The Short Market Club is one of my favourites in Cape Town. The tasting menu is sublime and the wine perfection. A true highlight that shows off the amazing food experience that we have here in Cape Town. Reservations are a must however, you can take a chance with a walk in. 

short market club
short market club
short market club

No matter where you find yourself. Love your friends, be kind and celebrate friendship. It is something to be so grateful for because, in the end, they are the family you choose! 

If you want to see how much Anna-Belle loves Cape Town then click here. 

-Melissa

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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing

AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
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AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing
AfrikaBurn - Art, Dust & Dancing

We are in the universe and the universe is within us. Every atom in your body came from stars that exploded and we are made of stardust. So don't be so small. 

Look up into the night sky, you are a part of it. We are children of the stars. So at the moment where you forget this, in the moments where you doubt yourself or think that you can't. In the moment where you think that you are insignificant. Just remember that you are so gloriously wonderful. That you have the ability to love, be kind, communicate and uplift. You can lend a hand or change someone's day around by smiling. You can give, offer and contribute for the better. Focus on the right, not on the wrong. Create a safe space for others to be vulnerable and to be able to show you their souls. You can create, inspire and move your body to the music. You are able. So be willing because many out there aren't. Stop complaining and start doing. 

How do I know this all? I've seen it. In a magical place filled with art, dust, and dancing. For those that moved with me, thank you. I couldn't have asked for a better Burn. AfrikaBurn you have my heart.

"As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul" - Hermes Trismegistus

Until next year, namaste.  

Abalone Pool Villas, Paternoster

Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster

Picture pristine beaches, luxury seaside accommodation, your own sapphire blue private pool overlooking the ocean, set in a quaint fisherman's village made up of whitewashed dwellings and you have Abalone Pool Villas in Paternoster. I experienced this amazing accommodation through Miles For Style. An online platform in partnership with SAA voyager where you can shop products, experiences and of course accommodation. The cool part? You can use Voyager miles to shop or earn them when you shop! 

Situated a two-hour drive outside of Cape Town this gorgeous fishing village makes you feel as if you have stepped into a simpler time. Everything here moves slowly and a long walk on the beach or a lazy afternoon activity is just what the doctor ordered. 

The villas are self-catering and come with a private butler that will attend to your needs. The stay includes breakfast and can be (on request) set up overlooking the blue waters of the bay. The interior is elegant and the deep blue theme runs throughout the establishment. Each villa sleeps 4 in two bedrooms and has a private pool and braai (BBQ) area.

The bedrooms all overlook the private swimming pool with stack away doors that welcome in the sea breeze. With king size beds, air conditioning and big bathrooms what’s not to love? 

With award-winning restaurants a stone's throw away you will be spoilt for choice should you choose to wander out for dinner and lunch. I made my way down to a popular spot called Gaaitjie (bookings essential) which is on the beach and boasts some of the best views in my opinion. definitely, request a patio seat. 

Be sure to order the seafood as most of it has been freshly caught that morning by the local hardworking fisherman. Washed down with crisp white wine you will feel as if you are sitting in some delicate version of heaven while taking in the views and sunshine. 

With whale watching, beach visits, and west coast park day tours you will have plenty of activities to choose from or take a load off and simply soak in all the relaxation poolside or visit Abalone House & Spa, the sibling boutique hotel of the Abalone Pool Villas. They have a spa for pampering and I recommend a full body massage to work out all the city knots. 

Paternoster is a special place on the west coast and two days will leave you feeling as if you had a full week’s break on an island somewhere in the Mediterranean.

If you do it in the comfort and luxury of Abalone Pool Villas then you cannot go wrong! 

-Melissa 

*This blog post is sponsored by Miles For Style and Abalone Guest house. All opinions are my own. 

A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley

A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley
A night at Bosjes, Breede Valley

A little over an hours drives outside of Cape Town tucked away at the foot of mountains in the breede valley you will find Bosjes Estate. A magnificent property with landscaped gardens and their own architectural feat, the chapel. 

I was lucky enough to visit this gorgeous property and enjoy a night at the homely guest house. With its old Dutch charm the building is welcoming and contrasts the modern design of the restaurant and chapel. 

The interior is chic with pops of colour and rooms elegant with a gorgeous fireplace to keep you warm should you visit in the winter months! The rooms have a large king-sized bed and are fitted with black and white sophisticated bathrooms. The artwork in the rooms are beautiful and you cant but notice the attention to detail throughout. 

The wonderful thing with the guest house is that you can arrange to have a braai (BBQ) set up outside at the pool and enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars with a view of the mountain range. The ultimate relaxation. It is also a wonderful way to enjoy a truly South African experience in ultimate comfort. Breakfast is served bright and early in continental style. 

As a mid-morning treat, go and experience the teetuin (tea garden) which is simply fantastic. The gardens have been so well thought out and the detail is amazing. Each plant has a meaning and each area a plan for long-term growth. You can explore the gardens while sipping on tea or indulge in an over the top milkshake. The Chapel is what Bosjes is most famous for. With its recognizable architecture and its magnificent position on the estate, I am not surprised. It is rather breathtaking.   

The Kombuis is the onsight restaurant and with Kim Cox as the head chef, she has put together a hearty and tasty menu. The food is fresh and based on seasonal produce with a fun bistro flair to it. 

If you find yourself in need of a wedding venue or just a night away then taking a drive to Bosjes will be very worth your while! 

-Melissa 

*This blog post is sponosred by Bojes. All opinions are my own.