From broad beaches to soaring peaks, topography is the treasure of Cape Town. South Africa’s premier destination is at its most impressive when the Mother City’s lights glow, with memorable vistas overlooking beaches, bays and harbors and framing Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles.
In Camps Bay, the beach scenery, spectacular sunsets and sundowners lure folks to trendy Café Caprice, St. Yves Beach Club and Sapphire Cocktail Bar. Club 31 on the 31st floor of a city center office tower offers views extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape Winelands. At the chic Leopard Bar in The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Table Mountain vies with sommelier Greg’s amazing wine list and a choice of 72 martinis. Balcony views from the Jade Champagne Bar and Lounge enchant nightly, though the elite favor Thursdays.
Grand hotels stud the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar faces the international yacht marina. South African artists, including sculptor Dylan Lewis, exhibit at Everard Read gallery.
For entertainment, Artscape Theatre Centre, in city center, hosts performances featuring African dancers, the Cape Town Philharmonic and even Lady Gaga. The newly renovated Theatre on the Bay features cabaret. Sun International’s Grand West Arena hosts concerts, while at its casino there’s gaming 24/7 in the Salon Privé.
The Woodstock is a haven for those seeking mojitos, music and wood-fired pizza in a completely smoke-free environment (many other restaurants have smoking areas in compliance with a recent Cape Town antismoking initiative). Be sure to stroll the Woodstock neighborhood, where former warehouses have morphed into hip shops and galleries including Goodman, the Stevenson and the South African Print Gallery.
Foodies dine at the award-winning Test Kitchen in Woodstock and Aubergine in Gardens. Wine connoisseurs and gourmands stay at Ellerman House, where dining is exclusive to guests, or drive 40 minutes to Tokara in Stellenbosch or The Tasting Room in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands.
Late night, internationals flaunt their fantasies at The Reserve, drink artisanal cocktails at The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium and savor the warmth of Cubaña Havana Lounge & Latino Café. On Fridays, The Assembly transforms into a 21st-century disco, while on historic Long Street, folks party at bars adjacent to ethnic restaurants, coffee shops and craft markets.
Cape Town is considered the gay capital of South Africa, and the LGBT community gathers in the De Waterkant area (the Strip) of Green Point. For cabaret, there’s On Broadway; for a bar and burgers, Beefcakes Burger Bar has South Beach ’50s flair; and Cru Café and Wine Bar has superior food and service. The intimate Argentinean tapas bar Chukkachurri is also located here.
Stunning scenery, mild weather, a Mediterranean mindset, a diverse and international population and, yes, great wealth add pizzazz to Cape Town’s amazing nightlife.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying recognized United Airlines for providing a hospital-grade standard of cleanliness and safety during travel. Among the four largest U.S. carriers, United is the first to receive Diamond Certification, the highest in the new APEX Health Safety audit powered by SimpiliFlying.
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A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways partnered to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers on the Gulf carrier. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps passengers manage travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will be initially offered on select Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi in early 2021, with plans to extend the offer if successful.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection recently debuted a complete redesign, now standing as a luxurious, modern mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. At 10,540 feet, the ski-in/ski-out retreat boasts new social spaces, a refreshed lobby, a new boutique, a collection of new guest experiences and amenities, and wellness offerings. Additionally, Madeline features a collaboration with Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who helped create the hotel’s Recovery Ski Lounge.