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Tia Maria Coffee Project

As the global love for coffee booms, coffee lovers around the world are now enjoying their favourite drink from morning cup through to evening cocktail. And research shows that almost half of cocktail drinkers regularly choose flavoured cocktails including those mixed with coffee.

Tia Maria is leading the coffee cocktail trend with the Tia Maria + Coffee Project, giving coffee connoisseurs the opportunity to sip on innovative coffee cocktails thanks to recipes crafted by renowned mixologists and expert baristas. From the classic Espresso Martini, to new and innovative serves like the Tia Maria Popcorn Frappe, coffee cocktails have never been more in demand.

Tia Maria Brand Ambassador, Matteo Fabbris says; “There’s an increasing love for coffee cocktails, which can be seen at world-class bars in key cocktail cities, while artisan coffee houses are now serving cocktails through the night as a café nightlife culture continues to emerge. The bartender and barista play a very similar role so it’s no surprise we’ve brought the two together to drive this new coffee revolution.”

No other liqueur can make a coffee cocktail quite like Tia Maria, an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh Arabica coffee beans roasted to perfection, complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Tia Maria is made using a blend of 100% Arabica coffee, among the best in the world, providing strong character, a full-bodied taste, and a sweet tendency. The beans are expertly roasted, ground and left to macerate to produce this exceptional coffee liqueur.

Flavio Lasalandra, International Marketing Director at Tia Maria, adds; “With the taste for coffee at an all-time high, coffee cocktails have never been more popular and Tia Maria is certainly happy to be leading the charge. We’re urging all coffee lovers out there to unite and join us.”

To view the rest of Tia Maria’s innovative cocktail recipes you can visit their website here.


Award Winning Artists on show at No5 on Hudson
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No 5 on Hudson is exhibiting a selection of eye-catching new works. Gallery owner Sandy De Bruin has hand-picked pieces by diverse local artists.

Liffey Joy is a mixed media artist born in the UK. She uses materials such as ink and salt to create monochromatic works. She focuses on materiality and makes use of multiple media. She veers towards using those with unpredictable characteristics - embracing the unknown and playing with these chemical, and sometimes alchemical, reactions.

Tanya Truscott is interested in the relationship between the visible world and the pictorial world of the flat canvas. She uses layers of oil paint to create depth. Working without a plan allows her to explore intuitive mark making and the role of colour in a non representational manner.

Laura Wenman paints landscapes, figures and still lives, but leans towards portraiture. This award-winning artist’s preferred medium is oils because of its versatility. Her style, which is impressionistic at the moment, tends to interpret her subjects, rather than produce a frozen image. 

Lesley Charnock is drawn to the tonal values of bright sunlight and deep shadows. “I try to capture the vibrant colours I see with confident brush strokes and lavish use of the palette-knife,” she says. Her creations move from impressionistic to the more abstract. She is fascinated by how the temperature, value and hue of the paint changes in relation to colours around it.

Nicole Pletts has been studying art since 1997. She prefers working in oils, but also loves watercolours. A versatile artist, she paints a variety of subjects. Nicole has more recently been exploring florals to get in touch with ‘peace, gentleness and femininity’.  

One of South Africa’s leading artists, Fiona Rowett’s work is characterised by rich, abstract forms which emphasise shape, texture and colour. She uses techniques of layering and scratching paint. This George-based artist’s passion lies in delving into invisible worlds to reveal ‘concealed beauty’. 

Although 5 on Hudson is committed to highlighting the work of female artists, it represents both men and women. Brandon Borgelt has always had an interest in animals, collecting weird and wonderful pets. Initially dabbling in clay and photography, he became inspired to sculpt. Brandon is fascinated by the human form, and strives to capture beauty in his bronzes.

Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate Danielle Alexander draws inspiration from Neoclassism and Baroque imagery. She uses images of linen as subject matter, using the folds of the drapery to communicate tension and drama. Danielle also often works with crete stone, polyfilla and plaster to create textured paintings.

Sharleen Boaden creates impressionistic paintings from her studio in Ballito. Soft, romantic brush strokes, best expressed in florals and whimsical figures, make her creations instantly recognizable.  She paints mostly with oils, but is not limited to any medium.

Artist Lyn Northam has been the recipient of many awards, including the SASA Best Watercolour and SASA Best Oil Award. Her concerns lie with the challenge of capturing shifting light and seeing colour in shadows. She is inspired by the beauty in nature and the world around her.

Former Miss South Africa, Sandy De Bruin’s passion for Fine Art leans towards oil painting, often inspired by her travels. Her focus is on the ability of artwork to make one feel various emotions, as well as to how these artworks translate into our living spaces and environments.


No 5 on Hudson is at 5 Hudson Street, De Waterkant. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. For more information, visit, call 021 418 2783, or e-mail

EmpowerMe Celebrates Women at Shimmy Beach Club this Women’s Day

Over two hundred women joined together this past Women’s Day at Shimmy Beach Club to celebrate their empowered inner queen. Inspirational talks, delicious cocktails, live music and good food; combined with the incredible spirit of feminine unity, encompassed this more-than-memorable occasion set in Cape Town’s premium water-side venue.

Arriving to uplifting beats played by DJ Rene, guests enjoyed delectable sushi and welcome canapes that circulated throughout the venue. With an abundance of cocktail options, guests had their pick of Chambord Kir Royal, Tia Maria, Disaronno Sour cocktails, Graham Beck MCC or a zero alcohol option of The Duchess drink. Furthermore, guests were able to indulge in a few luxury brand pop-up stores, namely Lolaromon, Alessia Boutique, Beach Cult, Kokodakota, Pure Romance, Olivia Lincoln Leather Handbags, Gypsy Collection Jewellery and Princess D.

This one-of-a-kind event, hosted by KFM’s charismatic Mamohau Seseane, celebrated the multi-faceted modern female with an afternoon of inspiring talks by experts in their field. Each speaker came with a message to inspire, motivate and empower. Together they aimed at touching on each aspect that makes up an empowered woman’s life.

The topics ranged from health, beauty and fitness, the power of positivity and confidence, to personal style, finance and productivity. Speakers included: Skin Renewal’s aesthetic specialist, Dr Shahra Sattar; health and fitness guru and owner of Warrior Warehouse, Emma Jooste; personal styling team, Beautifullyou; NLP practitioner Nepheritie Jade; confidence coach, Abigail K, and ending with financial advisor and also the ‘Empower Me’ founder - Janine Brink. 

Set in Cape Town’s most picturesque seaside venue, guests enjoyed a two-course lunch while overlooking the glistening ocean. The perfect sunshine weather complimented the all-white feminine outfits which sparkled with a royal touch of gold.

All the women, including special guests, media and celebrity attendees, shone like queens at the event.

Guests were spoilt with the chance to win in the luxury lucky-draws. Over and above this they all went home with goodie-bags filled with gifts and vouchers from Dr Organic, the Red Gallery, Versace, Pure Romance, BOS ice tea, Choose Me Intimates, MUD make-up, Beach Cult, Zando, Chocolate by Tomes, Jekyll & Hide, Beautifullyou, Shimmy, Fairlady, True Love and Sarie magazines.

The highlight of this grand occasion is that R10,000.00 was raised through ticket sales by ‘Empower Me’ in aid of their ‘Princess D Menstrual Cup’ outreach programme. Menstrual cups and other female necessities will be donated to underprivileged girls who are missing on average 20% of their school year due to being unable to afford basic sanitary necessities.

To join the ‘Empower Me’ network and for more information on upcoming events check out their website: 

Receive a complimentary Nespresso Coffee with your Winter Set Menu at The 41
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Embrace this winter with The 41’s indulgent lunch or dinner menus and receive a complimentary Nespresso coffee, either an Americano, Espresso, Cappuccino and a glass of red or white wine.

Guests will be served delicious Mediterranean style dishes like Chefs creation, crispy spiced calamari with smokey, pureed hummus and the Herb-roasted free-range chicken with smashed baby potatoes and mushroom ragout. For dessert, delve into their Vanilla Panna Cotta served with fresh strawberries, balsamic and basil syrup. 

Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime pick-me-up or an after-dinner refreshment, The 41 has it covered.

The Winter Set Menus are available at The 41 every day for lunch or dinner until end of August and is subject to availability. Chef Aristotle may change items on the menu depending on the availability of fresh products and occasionally we sell out of some of the more popular dishes. If they do, they do their very best to offer you the nearest alternative.

Order two courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R180 or three Courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R220.

Red Wine Options: Cape Uncorked Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2015

White Wine Options: Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Nespresso coffee: Espresso, Cappuccino or Americano

The 41 Celebrates Women's Day
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The 41 will be celebrating this Women’s Day with a brunch on 12 August. Close off this Women’s Day weekend with the ultimate leisurely Sunday afternoon.

For R 195, guests can enjoy a three-course tapas meal while enjoying Ibiza Beach Bar Beats by DJ Anthea Scholtz. To make sure that ladies feel extra special, The 41 has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot, offering all a glass of bubbly on arrival. The 41’s happy hour starts from 15:00 until 17:00, so extend the celebrations watch the sunset while sipping on The 41’s bespoke sundowners.

The 41 is a premium restaurant based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. With an extensive, multifaceted menu, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary experience. The chic, minimalist setting with dark hues creates an atmosphere of understated opulence.

Bookings for the Women’s Day Brunch at The 41 are essential and can be made via or by calling 021 437 0558.

Seasoned - Friday Nights at Shimmy Beach
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Your Friday night just got tastier with the launch of Shimmy Beach Club’s new weekly dinner offering. Seasoned celebrates food that is made for sharing, with a relaxed potluck-style dining experience in their 220-seater restaurant, with high ceilings and ocean views. To add some extra flavour to the experience, Shimmy resident DJ Sox will be laying down the tunes on the restaurant decks, with a live instrumental accompaniment that will change each week. This is Friday, perfectly Seasoned. 

The menus on offer are designed for groups of four and upwards and will consist of a themed range of dishes that will change each week. Whether it’s a Mexican fiesta-style spread, slow roasted lamb with all the trimmings or an Indian curry banquet with fresh sambal on offer, it will be delicious comfort food that’s made for sharing, grazing and wiling away the time with great company.

Beach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club
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Serving up your Sunday with ice-cold margaritas deals, inflatable fun, Shimmy sushi platters specials and a beaching line-up of live DJs all day. 

Sand between your toes, an icy cold margarita in your hand, sushi platters for days and musical bliss emanating from a line-up of Cape Town’s finest local, as well as international guest DJs. Welcome to Beach House, every Sunday at Shimmy Beach Club.

Beach House is the chance to decompress from the weekend revelry in an idyllic ocean side setting, with a slow build of house music beats that will bring you right back into the moment. Relax on a lilo, dance in the sand, sip on a margarita and forget that tomorrow’s Monday, because this is the way to really make Sunday count.

Shimmy has specially designed a Beach House menu that will sooth both taste buds and any inkling of budget-related woes. And with NO COVER CHARGE, there is no need to spend your Sunday anywhere else.

For table bookings, call 021 200 7778 or email

Follow the EVENT PAGE for weekly line-ups and updates.

Please note that regular lunch and dinner bookings will operate as usual.

Voting is Now Open for the Fourth Annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards is an annual hospitality awards program culminating in a grand gala evening, celebrating the finest establishments throughout South Africa. Founded by Granadilla Media, Creators of Discount Traveler South Africa and The Traveler Mag SA, the esteemed ceremony enters its fourth year, continuing to promote in- and out-bound tourism in South Africa.

Entries for establishments are free with automatic nomination upon listing on Discount Traveler South Africa. There are ten categories in which establishments can compete to receive the title of Top Destination in their respective star gradings: Backpackers, Bed & Breakfast, Caravans and Camping, Country House, Game Lodge, Guest House, Hotel, Lodge, Self-Catering and Farm Accommodation.

“We are passionate about continually celebrating the efforts of the people behind the scenes, championing to make the tourism and hospitality industry as paramount as it is,” says Managing Director of Discount Traveler South Africa, Jonathan Pepler.

Last year, each finalist received a certificate as well as advertising in The Traveler Mag to the value of R 10 000. 35 auspicious establishments walked away with the title of Top Destination in their category and star grading. Winners each received an additional R25 000 in advertising and an Authentically African trophy hand-crafted by Rialheim ceramics. SABRE, leading provider for distribution, operations and marketing solutions to the hotel industry, awarded one lucky establishment with a trip to the Sabre Technology Exchange in Europe. Volkswagen Mosselbay gave away a VW Kombi for a year and David Green gave away four uniquely crafted time pieces. All attendees to the annual awards ceremony gala dinner received goodie bags brimming with gifts from Rialheim Ceramics, Romatex Hospitality Textiles, Inn-Addition Amenities, and Amarula.

Public voting is now open for guests, patrons and supporters to cast their votes on both the Discount Travelerand Top Destination Awards websites. Voters can win incredible prizes, including one of four uniquely crafted David Green time pieces, valued at R 4 000. Voting closes on 1st of August 2018.

Why PR is essential for the hospitality industry

January 2018, a new year, a fresh start for many. For hoteliers this marks the centre point of the hospitality season, and a good time to consolidate strategies for the year ahead. Being such a highly competitive field, an effective public relations (PR) strategy is paramount, as this will enable long term, sustained messaging to assist in keeping the establishment top of mind.

With new developments constantly on the rise increasing rooms for occupancy, compounded by a shared economy with the likes of Airbnb, the hospitality industry, globally, is extremely competitive. Hotel public relations is a highly effective marketing tool for generating visibility and telling the story of the guest experience and connecting with your audience.

South Africa, and Cape Town more specifically, enjoys a consistent ebb and flow of tourism and a generous influx of locals visiting the Cape to relish its yield of world-class vineyards, beaches and restaurant offerings. However, with a recent drop of 28% in the travel and tourism sector, largely due to the repercussions of our drought, the time for hoteliers to sit up and get proactive is now!

Says Jade Allen, Managing Director of hospitality and lifestyle communications agency, Red Carpet Concepts: “Formulating a six to 12-month forecast is essential for establishments to align strategies with their consumers’ interests and curiosities. Announcements, news releases, and events should be carefully spaced apart so there is no period of inactivity through the year. A strong PR partnership, with a field specialist, is highly recommended for the conceptualization, curation and implementation of a long-term communication strategy. Taking into consideration seasonal temperaments and travel climates an equipped PR agency will assist in measuring and tapping into consumer interests to help drive campaigns and secure desired results.”

High and low seasons must both be accounted for, with packages and season specials to attract bookings even during the slow months. Corporate or family packages, couple’s getaways and local travel specials are always a win. Off-season is also an opportune time to invite travel and lifestyle media to stay at the establishment and fully experience everything it has to offer in order to report on their first-hand experiences. Readers tend to gravitate towards reviews rather than advertisements as they carry a greater weight in integrity and honesty.

Other interesting topics to map out along the annual forecast to create hype and accrue bookings include: new restaurants or restaurant specials, seasonal menu launches, hotel awards, new appointments, spa specials, interior design upgrades, as well as special events and experiences. Collectively these types of talk factor topics keep the brand active and relevant in a competitive space, specifically pertaining to the luxury hotel business being predominantly service based.

“Brand journalism and content marketing must be newsworthy, relevant and drive a strong call-to-action. In the current climate of our tech driven world it is important to ensure that strategy covers traditional press channels of print and broadcast as well as the digital sphere, where social media has largely taken an upper hand in our personal and business engagements. As more traditional PR methods tend to be more timeous, online media portals, digital magazines and blogs are platforms which offer us immediate results. Thus a good mix of sustained messaging across a multitude of platforms is essential for sustained messaging” adds Allen.

Gaining visibility in the hospitality industry means being creative in what you plan, as well as what you promote. Content curation or content creation must be meaningful. Hoteliers should be investing in placing stories with press releases, diary listings, social media and direct marketing channels to enjoy a healthy return on investment. For well written, compelling stories journalists and copy writers key to the field will have a better understanding of the internal workings of the media and a good harness of what will grasp the customers’

Hospitality, Industry, PRJade Allen
Where elegance meets the ocean
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by Jade Allen

Mediterranean Dining at Its Best

The V&A Waterfront’s yacht basin recently upgraded with a tasteful (in both the literal and figurative sense) addition to its five-star setting. Nestled beside the world renowned Two Oceans Aquarium, family owned Mediterranean Style restaurant, Vista Marina, is fast catching guests’ attention with its aromatic cuisine and unsurpassed location.

Dappled amongst an array of the country’s finest hotel’s like the Cape Grace, One & Only, Victoria and Alfred and Queen Victoria to name a few, Vista is by no argument in prime positioning. Overlooking the luxury yachts, Vista’s alfresco dining option, along with its vast indoor venue (reminiscent of the inside of a grand, modern luxury liner) both offer breakfast, lunch and dinner seating.

“We’re a family owned and run business. It’s important for us, to ensure that all our guests feel welcomed when they come to Vista Marina. Through our combined heritage we naturally gravitated towards Mediterranean cuisine, the energy of the Mediterranean, clean flavours and fresh product, that’s what we want our guests to experience,” says Vista Marina owner, Thelma Francisco.

Vista Marina doubles up as both restaurant and multifaceted function venue for premium private and corporate functions, having hosted an array of events from The Audi South African Wine Awards to The Red Carpet Fashion Show and the Bokeh Film Festival, to name a few.

Inside, the restaurant can seat 120 guests, making use of the stage table for presentations and live performances. The stage table can also be used for smaller groups and can seat a maximum of 16 guests. For groups of 50 guests or less three main course dining options are made available. Groups of 50 or more have a choice between two main course options preselected by guests in advance. Cocktail style events can comfortably host 200 guests inside with a substantial selection of delicious canapes to choose from.

Adjacent to the restaurant, is the glass enclosed conservatory deck with panoramic views of the Marina and Table Mountain, perfect for breakfast, brunch, high tea or cocktail events, and can host up to 200 guests. For a super-premium VVIP experience, the Vista Marina Blue Room is ideal for lavish private dining - a long wooden table, seating twelve guests in navy blue velvet wing back chairs. An opulent gold and black handmade crystal chandelier suspends over dining area, offering a somewhat royal dining experience with a nautical flair at its finest.

“We are honoured to be elected as the official after party venue for the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) this March, 2018. The finest jazz artists from around South Africa will be visiting and performing at our venue” remarks Francisco. “We also have an array of other very exciting events lined up throughout the year. In addition to our monthly Deetlefs Date Nights featuring Ricky Botsis, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter weekend and Christmas in July (during the first half of the year) we’ll also be hosting regular performances with various musicians, jazz artists and djs throughout. Other exciting events we have lined up include food and wine pairing evenings during winter, where our chef and leading winemakers will curate beautiful five to eight course tasting menus.”

The Mediterranean inspired menu at Vista incudes dishes such as the Linguine frutti di mare dressed with succulent mussels, prawns, baby calamari and the freshest catch of fish in a putanesca sauce; St Tropez bouillabaisse with line fish, black mussels, prawns, baby calamari, doused in a classic bouillabaisse broth topped with crostini; or the classic hake and chips with a fresh Greek side salad. “My personal favourite, and a dish that is close to my heart is the slow roasted lamb shank with crispy roast potatoes and cucumber riata. It’s an age-old recipe passed down through my family from generation to generation” says Francisco.

Other dishes that stand out on the menu include the lamb chops plated with polenta gnocchi, roast veg, wild mushroom and garlic jus; woodfired lamb or chicken souvlaki in a honey and herb marinade served with cos lettuce, grilled veg, olives, pita bread and tzatziki, and a selection of gourmet pizzas for something easy and on the go. On a sweeter note, the traditional Greek dish - Baklava with pistachio ice cream, and Vista’s salted caramel, popcorn semifreddo with honey roasted brazil nuts.

The venue lends itself ideally towards the corporate sector for quiet lunch meetings and functions, with the convenience of being in the central Waterfront vicinity, yet slightly out the major hustle and bustle. Though, being right beside the Two Oceans Aquarium it doubles up as a great family destination too. “We have taken family dining into consideration with a delicious assortment of kiddies dishes” adds Francisco. “It’s such a great outing for families to experience the excitement of a world class aquarium excursion before relaxing beside the sea for a hearty meal right next door.” Two Oceans Aquarium ticket holders are also privy to 10% off their bill.

Adding another element of luxury to this sea-facing, Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, is the Vista Marina yacht, which accommodates up to 12 pax at a time. The yacht can be hired in advance for cruises around the Atlantic Seaboard, with private catering and beverages provided by Vista Marina.

To experience this St Tropez style setting for a la carte dining, private or corporate events or a trip on the Vista yacht, contact or call 021 814 4510. 

Hospitality, LifestyleJade Allen