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If you think you’ll escape a trip to Spain or Portugal unscathed in the waist department, think again.
They say that the secret to living a long life lies in eating a big breakfast, enjoying a bigger lunch and having a light dinner. This has spurred the Spanish population on to enjoy one of the world’s longest life expectancies, so who are we to argue? With a healthy appetite, a sense of adventure and some stretchy trousers, you’re sure to have an epic culinary experience on the Iberian Peninsula. Here are some Spanish and Portuguese dishes to try out:
Cochinillo de Segovia
Visit Segovia for a plate of chochinillo de Segovia. It has been drawing visitors since the 20th century.
Another popular ingredient in Segovia’s traditional cuisine are the Judion beans which are an essential secret to Spanish cocido (stew).
Segovia is littered with restaurants specialising in the deliciously tender cochinillo de Segovia.
While visiting Segovia, make sure you stop at the Alcázar, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney to create the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Rabo de Toro in Seville
A Spanish twist on oxtail and one of Seville’s hunger-busting delicacies. Another favourite is Flamenquines, named after Charles V’s Flemish assistants who accompanied him to Spain.
Other than its cuisine, a highlight of visiting Seville is to see its cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
The quaint cobblestone streets of Seville are typically Andalusian in character.
Pasteis de Nata
Pastéis de Belém is a must-visit in Lisbon. Legend has it that their pasteis de nata (custard tarts) are made from a secret, ancient recipe acquired from the monks at the nearby Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
Lisbon’s impressive Mosteiro de Jerónimos is just a stone’s throw from the famous Pastéis de Belém.
Bacalhau à Bràz
There’s no city in Portugal that won’t have bacalhau (cod fish). Try Bacalhau à Bràz.
Breaking bread with Vera and Tiago
Spend time on Monte Negro (Black Hill) Stud Farm with Vera and Tiago, descendants of Sr. Jacinto, a good friend of King Charles and secret admirer of the king’s wife, Dona Amelia. The farm produces cork, olive oil and honey and rears cattle and horses. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch in the original homestead.
During a Be My Guest lunch you can witness Vera from Coudelaria Brito Paes and her beloved Lusitania horses perform.
Getting there: Direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid are operated by Iberia Airlines three times a week, although most European carriers would be able to connect South Africans to main centres in Spain and Portugal.
When to go: Spring (May) and Autumn (September) are beautiful, warm and not as crowded.
Visa: South Africans require a Schengen visa to visit Spain and Portugal.
Currency: The Euro is used in Spain and Portugal.
Written by: Renate Engelbrecht
Links: Travalgar Iberia Airlines
Images: Supplied by Natalia Rosa
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South Africa’s pre-owned luxury watch specialist is opening a new headquarter facility in the picturesque town of Paarl in the Western Cape. Since Topwatch SA partnered with global watch tycoon, Watchbox, founder and CEO, Johan Dreyer, had no choice but to expand the business into a 200 square meter facility. Housing all operations from a state of the art watch workshop to HR and finance, this will be the beating heart of the pre owned veteran.
“With the amount of growth we have seen over the past year, it was the next logical step to gather all operations into one building.” says Dreyer. Having seen a positive demand for their client services and premium pre-owned inventory , having everything in one place will allow them to open more stores across SA and focus on these key areas.
Pre owned is on the map and global growth is staggering.
The luxury watch industry saw a decline in sales over the past 4 years, but that is certainly not the case for the pre owned segment. Experts predict that pre owned watch sales will overtake the “new watch” sales (equating to $40 billion annually) within the next 5 years.
It is with this vision in sight that Dreyer decided to found Topwatch and start the pre owned watch industry in South Africa. Having the same quality control, client service and business model it was inevitable for Watchbox and Topwatch to collaborate and expand even more. There seems to be a big shift in the local as well as global luxury watch industry, with the pre-owned segment only tapping into the whole trade at this stage. Currently the pre-owned market equates to only 5% of all watches sold globally. With an estimated 500 billion dollars’ worth of pre owned watches in the world, there’s massive space for growth.
Topwatch is the purveyor of pre-owned luxury watches in South Africa and has set the standard for price and quality in the local market. Discovering them puts an end to any questions on where to buy watches in South Africa.
Retirement years are golden for many reasons – one of them being the improved lifestyle that has become the norm for modern retirees.
Lifestyles have changed dramatically in terms of how people want to live out their golden years and this has affected the way in which retirement villages are being designed and developed. As the baby boomer generation moves into their retirement years, it is clear that they are much different to their predecessors – so much so that they’ve altered the entire retirement industry model. They tend to retire later, but move into lifestyle villages earlier where facilities are far more holistic, but still retain independence for residents.
People typically look to downsize a family home when it becomes a burden to maintain. Moving earlier reduces unnecessary costs and ensures enhanced quality of life moving into those golden years. People not only book space in retirement estates, they also move in between the age of 50 and 60. They downsize their homes while continuing to work in some capacity for as long as they can. Many people use skills they’ve honed over the years to operate their own small businesses; others take on consulting or freelance work to fund their lifestyles for longer and stretch their retirement savings. Lifestyle village developments offer an independent lifestyle with additional benefits to take care of elderly residents when necessary.
Nationally, there is a rapid expansion in these developments. According to Arthur Case, the CEO of Evergreen Lifestyle, a typical old-age home no longer meets the needs of modern retirees. “Today retirees want a varied type of lifestyle that includes travel, cultural and intellectual stimulation along with sporting activities. Many retirees are still working in some capacity, so they want to be active and entertained,” he explains. In response, multi-generational estates, eco-friendly amenities and lifestyle villages have emerged, revolving around a range of activities in a vibrant community setting.
Why stop living when you can embrace a new phase in the adventure we call life?
A new timepiece from the world’s most successful partnership between a watch company and a car manufacturer, the new Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition.
The new wristwatch commemorates the extraordinary collaboration enjoyed by Bentley Motors and Breitling since 2003. Both brands share a commitment to the highest quality, exquisite craftsmanship, outstanding performance and unrivalled luxury.
Launched to celebrate Bentley’s 100 years of luxury motoring excellence, the Centenary Limited Edition is the latest model to grace Breitling’s refined Premier collection. Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, commented: “The highly successful and long-standing collaboration between Bentley and Breitling is an impressive example of how brands with shared values work together in an authentic way to enhance the performance of both.”
“With our extraordinary motoring heritage of 100 years to build on, we are now firmly focused on a future characterised by our passion for innovation. Both Bentley and Breitling are defined by their unwavering technological progress, world-leading craftsmanship and a modern and pioneering spirit.”
“The new Premier Centenary Limited Edition is a testament to our globally successful partnership of many years and to our commitment to the future.”
Breitling CEO Georges Kern said the new watch reflected the values his brand shares with the legendary British automaker: “We’re proud of our partnership with Bentley. Both companies are known for quality, performance, and design excellence, and both are built on powerful legacies. The Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is a celebration of Bentley’s history, its luxury, and its incredible racing pedigree as well as its important, intimate connection to Breitling.”
Bentley celebrated its 100th anniversary with the introduction of the Centenary Limited Edition – Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner.
Peaks as far as the eye can see, a street and snow-topped chalets. The Grand Palais is transformed into a peaceful mountain village to welcome the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2019/20 Ready-to-Wear collection. A metamorphosis imagined by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, in the atmosphere of a beautiful winter’s day, in the grand nave, a place so dear to the House.
Wearing brogans enhanced with a platform sole, protected beneath tweed fedoras, the elegant mountain dwellers seize the spirit of romantic dandies as they walk through the powdery snow. Created by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, the silhouettes of the collection are warmed by a wardrobe marked with masculine/feminine accents, a major stamp of the CHANEL style. A palette of winter white, beige, black and navy blue is punctuated with flashes of purple, fuchsia, brick and emerald green.
With houndstooth, tartan and big check motifs, a dusting of snowflakes, in chevrons or imitating astrakhan, top stitched and quilted, tweed displays its masculinity on suits with wide-cut trousers worn high at the waist, coupled with great overcoats. Fastened with a high collar or a shawl collar and mini cape, enhanced with a trompe-l’œil bolero or a faux fur lapel, sometimes embellished with martingales, straight or double-breasted, trapeze or belted, maxi pockets slit or buttoned and folded down, the coats are different every time.
The tweed jackets are trimmed with a thick wool braid, woven or left almost raw. The big soft knit pullovers alternate with sweaters embroidered with crystals and cardigans with mountain motifs. Ski outfits are mixed with urban wear: a down jacket is sported with wide-cut trousers in big check tweed, while a zip-up ski-suit comes in tri-colour tweed. Braided or adorned with a patch pocket to slip in a ski-pass, little tweed jackets are combined with a pencil skirt, and an outfit of over-jacket and wide-cut trousers in leather.
Knitted scarves in embroidered chiffon worn against bare skin, big blouses with jabots, sautoir necklaces of chains and glass beads, plastron necklaces and white pearl earrings – there’s a great softness about the collection. The desire for sophisticated comfort emanates from the silhouettes. A very feminine delicacy escapes from these maxi enveloping volumes. It flows over second skin tops, skirts and dresses in white chiffon printed with mini skiers and CC chairlifts, with scalloped collars and flounces that float to the rhythm of the body’s movements.
Romanticism abounds with the great capes in wool, the dresses with Claudine collars and tiers of rounded panels, the skirts in snowy guipure lace and the white tuxedos in duchess satin. Finally, the “snow-ball” skirts and dresses in chiffon and feathers with the bust embroidered with snowflakes in white and gold vinyl, distil the modernity, youth and dash of humour that characterise the CHANEL woman.
The bags match the tones of a season in the mountains: in black or white smooth quilted leather, supple in quilted tweed with a double C clasp interlaced with leather, a flap in faux fur or a camera case in braided shearling. Removable purses are attached to small bags with shoulder straps. Hip bags in faux fur or leather embroidered with glossy camellias alternate with gondola lift minaudières in rhinestoned resin.
Photo by Lucile Perron
Eternal and constantly renewed, identifiable and yet different every time, the allure of CHANEL illuminates winter with its daring and dazzling freshness.
Featured Image by Olivier Saillant
“The Aventador SVJ Roadster inherits all the power, performance and ground breaking aerodynamic technologies of the coupé, but with its own iconic presence and prowess,” says Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali. “It is as fundamentally exciting to drive as the Aventador SVJ but with an added exclusivity: the option of the open air. With the same extraordinary performance roof on or off, the Aventador SVJ Roadster incorporates the dynamism of the coupé with the unique spirit of a Lamborghini roadster.”
The SVJ Roadster sports the ‘Super Veloce’ for superfast and ‘Jota’ suffixes, signifying the car’s performance and track prowess: its coupé stablemate took the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record lap-time and the roadster is no less a futuristic, driver’s car. Benchmark performance comes from the most powerful series production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, outputting 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The SVJ Roadster delivers 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.05 kg/hp. The SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.8 seconds. A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 31 meters.
The roadster roof, constructed from high pressure RTM carbon fiber, is removable via quick-release levers in the cabin, and securely stored under the front hood. Weighing less than 6 kg each part, the roadster adds only 50 kg to the SVJ coupé’s weight of 1,525 kg.
The SVJ Roadster sports the Aventador SVJ’s design purity, inspired by super-fast, super-athletic, aeronautical references such as space ships and jet fighters as well as race motorbikes. Large side air intakes and front side fins increase airflow, aid cooling and reduce drag. Airflow over the roof is uninterrupted whether roof is on or off, and the overall result is an improvement by 40% of the total downforce compared to the Aventador SV Roadster version.
The V12 SVJ-enhanced powerplant, with titanium intake valve, new-shape intake runner and length, and modified intake cylinder head duct for higher flow coefficient, is visible through the lightweight carbon fiber rear engine bonnet, removable via quick release clips. The high-mounted lightweight naked exhaust produces the most emotive sound from the SVJ Roadster’s engine, adding to the experience of the roadster’s occupants.
The Aventador SVJ Roadster provides an exclusive, fun-to drive experience, especially with the roof off, on road or track. The three driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are complemented by the EGO option, allowing the driver to fully customize his preferences for car set-up and they have been optimized to work together with ALA 2.0 active aerodynamics.
The cockpit features Kombi graphics on the TFT digital dashboard display as well as showing live status of the ALA functions. The Navigation System and Infotainment System including AppleCarPlay as an option free of charge, allowing the cockpit’s occupants to manage voice activated communications and entertainment from personal Apple devices.
The specification of the Aventador SVJ is virtually limitless through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customisation program, and is available in almost 350 colours. In the interior every single leather and Alcantara part can be specified upon customer demand. The program is offered through every authorized Lamborghini dealer and it is also possible for customers to access a very exclusive area in the Lamborghini factory to create a unique car.
Mercedes-AMG is combining its top model brimming with motorsport technology with the freedom of the open-air driving experience – crowning the model portfolio of open-top sports cars.
The 430 kW/585 hp V8 biturbo, the adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering, the active aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction form the foundations for highly dynamic handling characteristics. And like the other roadster models the open AMG GT R also has the triple-layer fabric soft top with a lightweight structure consisting of aluminium, magnesium and steel.
With this latest addition the AMG GT family now has 16 members: five two-door coupés, four roadsters, two customer sports racing cars and five 4-door coupés.
“The new AMG GT R Roadster is far more than the combination of the thrilling vehicle dynamics of the GT R with the special flair of our GT Roadsters. It is the essence of two worlds, blending to deliver our brand pledge, Driving Performance, in a very special way. With our GT R Roadster we have without doubt once again developed a brand-defining sports car. It too embodies Mercedes-AMG in form, function and vehicle dynamics and enriches our GT family with a highly exclusive variant limited to 750 units”, says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo in the AMG GT R Roadster delivers an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and maximum torque of 700 Nm. This is available over a wide engine speed range from 2100 to 5500 rpm. The eight-cylinder power unit delivers muscular performance in all engine speed ranges, combined with high efficiency. A sprint from standstill to 100 km/h is absolved in 3.6 seconds. The dynamic power delivery continues right up to the top speed of 317 km/h.
This combination is just irresistible and is limited to 750 units.
Introducing the F8 Tributo, the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the company’s classic two-seater berlinetta. The name is an homage to both the model’s uncompromising layout and to the engine that powers it – with a massive 720 cv and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car and sets the benchmark not just for turbos, but for engines across the board. The 3902 cc V8 won “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and, in addition, in 2018, was awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
As these prestigious awards demonstrate, in the automotive world, Ferrari’s V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. This is particularly the case when it is mid-rear-mounted in a two-seater. Ferrari has been honing the scope of abilities of this architecture, which creates an optimal weight balance, to perfection for over four decades. The result is the F8 Tributo, which is one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever.
The new car replaces the 488 GTB, with improvements across the board, providing even better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort. The F8 Tributo punches out 50 cv more than the car it replaces, is lighter and benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise. So while the F8 Tributo offers the highest levels of performance of any car in the current range, that performance is also very usable.
The F8 Tributo delivers its 720 cv without the slightest hint of turbo lag and produces an evocative soundtrack. Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to advanced vehicle dynamics solutions. These include a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers. The steering wheel rim is also smaller in diameter to enhance the level of tactility and make the car feel even more agile. In addition, weight reduction measures have cut the car’s dry weight by 40kg, enhancing both responsiveness and driving pleasure without impinging on interior comfort.
State-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions incorporated into the car’s body help ensure that the extraordinarily powerful engine can be fully exploited. As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track and it adopts several features from the 488 Pista designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearwardangled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.
The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct, a solution that made its debut on the 488 Pista, but which has been redesigned to suit the extensive modifications made to this area of the car. The result is that the S-Duct alone contributes an impressive 15% to the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. The new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights allowed Ferrari’s aerodynamicists to incorporate new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper, the aim being to improve air flow throughout the entire wheelarch and thereby avoid having to increase the size of the braking system to cope with the car’s greater speed.
The new Lexan rear screen showcases the engine compartment and also brings a modern twist to the most distinctive design element from Ferrari’s most famous V8, the F40. The louvres help extract hot air from the engine compartment without impacting the efficiency of the blown spoiler which has been further evolved to increase downforce generated at the rear. The spoiler wraps around the tail lights, visually lowering the car’s centre of gravity and allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail, another signature of the early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the very first in the legendary series, the 1975 308 GTB.
The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rearengined berlinettas, but every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel, has been completely redesigned. The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7” passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger.
Continuing its collaboration with the street art star, the avant-garde Swiss watchmaker, launches two new models in its Formula 1 and Carrera collections at the TAG Heuer London Flagship Boutique. TAG Heuer’s Art Provocateur, Alec Monopoly, is at it again! The world-famous street artist has helped the Swiss watchmaker design two new models. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 and TAG Heuer Carrera Alec Monopoly edition
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Original and colourful, these TAG Heuer Formula 1 and Carrera wristwatches feature the little banker called Monopi wearing a red bandana over his face and throwing green cash across the dial. Alec Monopoly’s instantly recognisable signature is found in the background in yellow, blue and red. The 41 mm Formula 1 model is presented on a black rubber strap. The sporty watch features a stainless-steel unidirectional bezel with a black PVD coating that is engraved with a 60-minute scale. The watch’s bold black design is the perfect backdrop for the bright artwork on the dial to truly stand out.
The Carrera model takes the idea a step further – the eye-catching ALEC logo adorns the sapphire caseback, through which the wearer can enjoy a view of the TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 manufacture movement inside the watch. This stylish 43 mm chronograph features a case and lugs in brushed stainless steel and is presented on an H-shaped stainless-steel bracelet with an alternating brushed and polished finish. The fixed bezel, with its iconic tachymeter scale, is made from black ceramic.
TAG Heuer and Alec Monopoly first came together in 2016 when the artist was announced as the Swiss watchmaker’s Art Provocateur at Miami Contemporary Art Week. On that occasion, Alec Monopoly tagged the TAG Heuer boutique in the Miami Design District. A year later, his artwork was featured on a TAG Heuer special-edition watch for the first time. The two latest models in TAG Heuer’s product range are an extension of this creative collaboration.
Combining watchmaking craftsmanship, contemporary art and timeless style, these two TAG Heuer timepieces are sure to be a hit among street art fans and watch connoisseurs.
It’s that Oscars time of year, when as an antidote to austerity, glamour and everything synonymous with it – from shimmering ball gowns to Black Sea Beluga, glossy red lipped smiles to lush red velvet carpets and popping champagne corks to piped musical crescendos – are serendipitously, politically correct. Short of Hollywood there are not too many local venues, that are going to live up to ‘March Madness’ and illusions of white gloved, white collar grandeur, unless of course, you happen to be one of the KZN cognoscenti – or dare I say royalty, or a real movie star – in your own right. In short, if it truly is a luscious, luxurious environment, you seek to escape to be properly pampered, then look no further than The Oyster Box – otherwise known internationally as “The O.B”.
Ironically when you arrive at the threshold, of unequivocally, the most popular hotel in the country, you are met, not by imposing architecture, Doric columns and dead pan butlers. On the contrary you are confronted by a canopy of frangipani, an antique rickshaw and diminutive classic cars – all very tongue in cheek – colonial with a casual twist, like a Bloody Mary, with some added extra spice. You can’t put your finger on it exactly but you know you want more.
If you are surveying the world through proverbial rose tinted sunglasses, then take them off and feast your eyes on real red and all those time honoured features, that are an integral part of Umhlanga Rock’s La La Land: There is the recently renovated candy striped lighthouse, the vermilion stripes of which extend to the umbrellas and loungers, lining the pool deck and verdant green lawns. There are the roll out crimson awnings capping the colonial fans and wrap around verandas of every floor of this Moroccan styled building and the gleaming red leather banquettes of the Lighthouse Bar. Indeed you are swaddled in a swathe of rich red and so too the promise of all things romantic and alluring – not least of all the superlative views, state of the art spa and spectacular array of food.
Most international guests waft, like the school of dolphins, following the shoreline backwards and forwards from the pool to the restaurant and back again, dictated to only by tides and sunrise and sunset. Breakfasts are as legendary as the Oyster Box High Teas, which I consider unsurpassed. This is food glorious food and gargantuan portions of it, on tables groaning under the weight of the spectacle. I have never seen red velvet pancakes on offer, anywhere else in the world – not even in Beverley Hills on the eve of the Oscars. Pink chequered cucumber sandwiches, dipped in beetroot juice, is another recipe Buckingham Palace should borrow from Bea Tollman, who personally compiles all Red Carnation hotel menus with a passion, unprecedented by any celebrity chef. And then there are the imported cuisine artisans, like Wenxui Lui, flown in from Bejing, to flamboyantly conjure up artistic sushi platters, the ‘pearls’ in the incandescent counters of The Oyster Bar. The latter also boasts a transparent floor, conveying the submarine sensation of looking down beneath the waves, to showcase a private wine cellar and a table inviting further tastings.
In fact whatever you happen to stroll past or through in the this hotel, you will pause to engage curiously. The eclectic collection of African art, the antique objets d’arts, coffee table books, mosaics, trompe l’oeils all contributing piece by piece, to the colonial history and sensational seaside location of The Oyster Box. Baskets of the latest bestsellers and free containers of sun block are strategically placed near the pool bars. Glass jars of marshmallow fish and sherbet sweets await you on a trolley at the entrance to the cinema. Popcorn and “Umhlanga Schlings” will be served to you mid movie. This is Cinema Prestige on steroids. You don’t have to wait for Ellen DeGeneres to order the pizzas. The pizzas and cocktails will arrive as the thought arrives. Decadence around every corner.
No halcyon star studded night, at The Grill Room is complete without live music serenading you. One is compelled in between succulent mouthfuls of Garlic dusted Chardonnay Prawns to leap onto the dance floor and set it alight, faster than the flames searing Crepes Suzette.
Whilst privacy is paramount in this precinct, which undoubtedly attracts her fair share of glitterati and only the odd unruly monkey might get too close for comfort, the one familiar face impossible to ignore and to aspire to approach, is that of Wayne Coetzee, General Manger and very model of a modern major general. His staff love him, the guests love him and his sharp sense of humour and if you leave the threshold without meeting him, you have left behind more than your obligatory footprints in the sand. Coetzee is to The Oyster Box, what David Rattray was to Rorkesdrift and Isandlwana – a film star in his own right – the life blood of their respective establishments, they care deeply about and have made respective lifelong commitments to. It is appropriate, that Coetzee appears on page one of a newly launched book, capturing the essence of this iconic hotel and the vicissitudes of her indelible facade.
If there were an Oscar to bestow, for perhaps a remake of “High Society”, or a sequel to Hotel California –“Hotel Super Califragilistic” …then Coetzee and his extraordinary team at The O.B should be the red carpet recipients, for creating a little slice of heaven, along a long slither of paradise.