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What’s Hot this Season: Part 2

Sep 9, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Alix-Rose Cowie, Andrea van der Spuy and supplied


Celebrated South African fashion designer Thebe Magugu says his latest collection, titled Art History, is about “piecing together South Africa’s contrasting cultural landscapes in interesting ways”. It features bold colours and prints, and a mix of fabrics. The designer has always collaborated with other creatives; for this collection, the sisters Abi and Claire Meekel created the custom prints.


Babylonstoren’s new Fynbos Cottages combine the best of what this renowned destination has on offer, with seclusion and adventure added to the mix. Set further back on the property, behind citrus orchards, each cottage comes with a set of bicycles and a golf cart for exploring the farm. And guests have exclusive access to a beautiful pool and bar (pictured above).


The Houghton Hotel has been long in the making, and the result is a world-class hospitality offering that caters to business and lifestyle visitors alike. Some of the impressive amenities it offers are an Amani Spa, FitBar Gym, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and a variety of dining options.


Reopening under new owners Hansie and Theresa Britz, Grande Roche in Paarl boasts 18 newly done Terrace Suites as well as a new restaurant. Viande (meaning meat in French), the brainchild of renowned chef Pete Goffe-Wood, will serve contemporary nose-to-tail dining in an elegant space that celebrates the farm’s centuries of heritage in an up-to-date fashion. Also in the pipeline for the property are renovations to the Studio Suites and Stable Suite, and the development of a luxury spa.

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