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The Hit List: Part 2

Apr 11, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

6 FINE DINING Fyn, the much-anticipated new venture from celebrated chef Peter Tempelhoff is a celebration of Asian-inspired flavours and presentation with an earthy African foundation. The venue, a double-volume space on the top floor of a building in Cape Town’s city centre, has striking views and a dramatic, moody atmosphere. The format is a tasting menu, which is not as formal as you might expect. The food is exciting and intriguing, and the wines are just as progressive. Booking is done online.

7 STAY AND PLAY Drawing on the architectural style of two adjoining buildings on St George’s Mall in the Cape Town city centre, Gorgeous George celebrates this legacy while giving it a modern update in the form of exciting interiors that showcase South African talent. Designed by Studio A, the spaces feature art and furniture by names such as Dokter and Misses, David Brits and Porky Hefer. A bar and restaurant and rooftop pool will ensure it becomes a social spot as well as a hot destination to stay.

8 JEWEL PURPOSE The newly converted The Onyx on the Cape Town Foreshore combines hotel facilities, managed by Newmark Hotels, with apartments and penthouses. Transformed under the guidance of Cape Town architect Robert Silke together with luxury property development company Signatura, the contemporary units come in studio and one- and two-bed configurations. A restaurant on the ground floor (another is coming soon) caters to residents and visitors’ dining needs, and a gym, spa, pool and lounge on the fourth floor provide for leisure, socialising and meetings.

9 SUBURBAN BLISS Tucked away in the avenues of Bishopscourt, Arambrook is a former private residence transformed into an elegant boutique hotel. With a spectacular garden, a pool, an amazing art collection, an in-house chef and super-luxe palatial suites, it offers all you could want from a hotel, plus personal attention, privacy and peace. Arambrook is also committed to sustainable practices.

10 RIPE FOR A CHANGE A family-owned and -run hotel beloved by residents of and visitors to Johannesburg, The Peech boutique hotel recently expanded its offering to include 10 new luxury suites, inspired by sustainable design. Besides oak floors, spacious balconies shaded by trees, lavish bathrooms with enormous showers, and clever touches like a screened-off dressing area complete with vanity/desk, the rooms also feature carefully chosen artworks and beautiful industrial-meets-modern architectural detailing. Service is warm and personal, and the property is a tranquil oasis in the city.

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