STM hits the road . . and hands you over!

SO STM from monday will officially be a group rather than a single!

As STM makes its way through a grueling and treacherous journey of the following

Hit the slopes!

Then onto a bit of . . .

Portugal!

And finally some . . .

bit o BARCA!

Yes yes someone has to do it

BUT more importantly STM will have a new and better spelling captain – take care out there and look after him!

Need somewhere to chill this summer?

Just as luxury resort group Six Senses was ahead of the curve with its sexy castaway fantasy resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket is a spa fantasy that lasts for days, even weeks, depending how long you want to stay. We only had four days but that was enough time to understand why this destination spa is so popular, it goes way beyond pampering. The experience starts as soon as you arrive of the private island of Naka Yai, just of the north-east coast of Phuket in Phang Nga Bay. There’s no lobby, no queues, just walk up the postcard perfect jetty and head straight for the spa for an extensive assessment.

GO SEE MORE PICS and THE ITINERARY?

GO SEE THE SIX SENSES WEBSITE?

(some more seriously cool holiday / hideaway destinations)

STM does some damage to its self at the new iSTORE

For those of you who havent seen the new iSTORE on Sandton drive – you really should go check it out – amzing modern warehouse feel with that absolute touch of Apple class – only one problem i have is their board rooms have SONY screens on the walls which would be cool other than the fact that its AN APPLE STORE! Anyway back to the point!

The STM crew hit the afternoon JHB sun to take in some Oysters and some delicious Champaz – make that 29 different bottles – YUM YUM!

THE NEW APPLE iSTORE

Now to see the goods!

ANDRE CLOUET
NICOLAS MAILLART
MOUTARD
DAMPIERRE

JUST SOME OF THE ALMIGHTY MAGICAL LIQUID FEAST!

THE GLORIOUS AFTERMATH!

STM hits PATERNOSTER!

Now for those of you scratching your head saying Patrino-what? This is one of SA best hidden gems! Just an hour and a half outside of Cape Town – it is like a combination of Mozambique and the Greek islands without all the tourists!! It is a little piece of heaven where fisherman bring you fresh crayfish and seafood everyday right out of the water onto the braai!

The entire town is pretty much rent able houses of varying sizes with a few small superb restaurants serving nothing but the freshest oceans goods!

If you dont believe me how great this place is just have a look!

And the inside is pretty awesome as well!

The amazing thing is as beautiful as it is during the day – at night you have a little braai and then settle in, build a fire inside and the views get EVEN BETTER!

CAPRICE is very cool!

I must say based on the blog Guru – Seth from 2oceansvibe.com i decided to hit Caprice for a few cocktails as part of the Camps bay leg of the tour! I was a little weary of all the hype around it but to be fair – sitting on the sidewalk having a smoke and drinking large amounts of the red bull cocktails (sorry Seth not the 2oceans one) getting to look at this for the afternoon . . .

. . . really does make me envy you boys and girls who have found out the secret of living in CT!

If you are bored of lounging around the pool at the Atlantic Suites – i do suggest you take a slow drive down the mountain – hit CAPRICE . . .

. . . have a few smokes and cocktails – besides the view you are likely to bump into some form of local celeb and chances are you will have a very cool time (just dont let your Fiancce invite the street children for dinner) – not only do you get to enjoy the abundance of beauty you will have every local street merchant pass by with new offerings of creativity! While as a JHBer this may seem a little annoying – while you are bathing in the glory of CTs sun it seems more like a private art show setup just for you to peruse!

GO ON – ENJOY IT TILL THE SUN GOES DOWN (then i must suggest you hit Primi or Col caccio on the strip – few things in the world are as good as a delicious innebriated pizza)

Camps Bay is very cool for a hangout!

There are a number of beautiful spots to stay in CT – Camps bay really is one of the amazing ones! The majestic sweeping views down over the Camps bay strip and into what seems like an ocean of infinity!

If you do ge tthe chance to come past this way make sure to stop in and stay at the Atlantic Suites! The views are unbelievable – with breakfast overlooking the whole of Camps Bay

BREAKFAST OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN - NOT BAD!
BREAKFAST OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN - NOT BAD!

And just to give you a taste of what views this amazingly luxurious place holds in store – check out the below!

But if you really want to get a feel for this place – go to their website!

Atlantic Suites Camps Bay

It really is worth it!

Photo Gallery of Atlantic Suites Camps Bay

Harbour house is a place to go!

Situated in the picturesque old world charm of Kalk Bay’s working harbour, the Harbour House has a world-class position. Built on the breakwater, the restaurant has exquisite views overlooking False Bay and the mountains beyond on one side, and the colourful harbour on the other.

From late July, the Humpback and Southern Right whales come into the bay to calf and are regularly visible to diners. In Summer our sundeck allows diners to experience unforgettable outdoor seascapes. In Winter a log fire roars in the centre of the restaurant as huge waves crash on the rocks below. The interior of the restaurant is elegant and simple, a quality reflected in the cuisine.

All meals are simply prepared, with an emphasis on allowing the flavours of the fresh seafoods to speak for themselves. The restaurant buys most of its seafood straight off the fishing boats, as they unload at the fish quay and onto our doorstep.

Day or night this place is truly amazing!

View looking over the fishing boats in the harbour below!
Or sit on the deck - light up a smoke and relax on the couches until your bottle of Pinot Noir is done - then order another!
Or sit on the deck - light up a smoke and relax on the couches until your bottle of Pinot Noir is done - then order another!

Comedy and best breakfast spots from kalk baai!

The good people of the kalk really do seem to have a great sense of humor!

But if its not comedy and rather breakfast you are into – here are two of the best – tomato, basil and olive omelet in this cool little side street cafe that makes its own fresh italian break and pastries!

OR if you feel like fresh fruit salad sitting on a lofted gravel platform overlooking the entire harbor and almost into infinity – then this is the spot you want!

STIM hits kalk baai!

This is really one of those amazing little villages you only read about – you know the ones with the old antique stores – masses of tiny little fishing boats and brilliant little restaurants filled with colorful characters!

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

The one thing you never picture is superb modern accommodation – for some reason you always think the best in these little towns still is a little shabby – DEFINITELY NOT TRUE!

Majestic Kings is an awesome set of apartments – perfectly maintained – modern with absolutely everything you need including a very short walk to anything in Kalk baai!

UNLTRA MODERN ELEGANT BEDROOM BATHROOM!
ULTRA MODERN ELEGANT BEDROOM BATHROOM!
AWESOME KITCHEN!
AWESOME KITCHEN!

And best of all . . .

GO CHECK OUT MAJESTIC KINGS!

STM hits Franschoek!

Although it is one little street pretty much with a large amount of wine consumption demos surrounding – it really is a very cool little street in the middle of no where! It kind of gives oyu the feel as if you walking down a little road in one of the small towns in Burgundy – especially if you stay at the Franschoek Country house!

A very cool double story little room with bedroom and bathroom downstairs, lounge upstairs – with a very cool view over the vineyards! The only thing spoiling it was the rather annoyed cow than was tied to the fence!

The bedrrom from up the stairs!
The bedroom from up the stairs!
THE VIEW!! and the POOR COW in the bottom right!

But somehow after a bottle of Chardonnay it jusnt isnt time for dinner right away – more like time for a bottle of Tattinger Champaz and a few Oysters to get the night going a little – find a cool little modern hole in the wall in Franschoek isnt easy but when you do HIT IT HARD! If you find yourself in this part of the world – do yourself a favour and hit this little hole in the wall on the main road – superb combo of Oysters (cherry & oysters / tempura oysters / lemon lime oysters etc etc)

VERY COOL - ULTRA MODERN - HOLE IN THE WALL
VERY COOL - ULTRA MODERN - HOLE IN THE WALL

AND OF COURSE A LITTLE OYSTER AND CHAMPAZ APPETISER BEFORE DINNER

AND OF COURSE A LITTLE OYSTER AND CHAMPAZ APPETIZER BEFORE DINNER

GO CHECK OUT THE FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRY HOUSE – IT REALLY IS WORTH A STAY!

Durbs really is cool!

Imagine cruising to work everyday and seeing the beach every morning – these dudes really do know something we city folk dont!

THE DRIVE TO WORK!!
THE DRIVE TO WORK!!

EVEN THE DURBS STADIUM IS COMING ALONG AMAZINGLY!

THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE SERIOUSLY COOL STADIUM!
THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE SERIOUSLY COOL STADIUM!

AND STM HAS A PERFECT HOME BASE FOR A FEW DAYS!

MY ROOM!
MY ROOM!

STM hits DURBS!

I must say the Durbs weather is always brilliant and as crap as it is to continually leave my home in the darkness of monday morning – it is nice to get the hell away from the cold of JHB and get to some place warm and sunny!

Now my normal crib is the Durban Hilton but due to the following IT IS FULL – DAMN BLOODY PEOPLE! (well i guess i normally book the day before which serves me right)

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So these bastards have forced me to move south to find a hotel- after my assistant was laughed at by a number of hotels who couldnt believe anyone would even try book so late while this bloody INDABA is on – she finally found – THE ROYAL PALM HOTEL!

Im not one for change really – i like the Hilton very much – the rooms are nicish – the breakfasts and dinners (i tend to hibernate in my room and work all night) are EXCELLENT and the service is always very good. But this Royal palm hotel really does kick its ass!!

Royal Palm Gateway In Umhlanga

GO CHECK OUT THE PICS

Royal Palm Gateway In Umhlanga

Superbly done KZN – GO SEE THEIR SITE

Chaos at ORT!

Travelling a fair amount lends itself to experiencing the good and bad of air travel! I have seen a few fun things on my travels to date!

FIRST there was the mysterious plane that landed with too much cargo and apparently took a chunk out of the runway – i heard stories that ranged from it was carrying a Saudi business mans ship that he wanted to sale in the cape – to it was carrying a UFO from roswell! Needless to say it closed Cape Town international for two days and left 10 000 passengers stranded – THAT WAS FUN!

SECOND – there was the woman pilot who turned the wrong way off the runway while we were watching her through the boarding gates – she got the plane stuck in the mud – which only delayed us about 8 hours BUT what was fun is they locked everyone in the airport!! AND THEY WONDER WHY MEN SAY WOMEN CANT DRIVE!

FINALLY – last night – well it ended up being last night! – i started the normal journey back from Bloem which takes roughly 50 minutes – unfortunately GOD decided to get involved. For about 15 minutes i sat frozen in my chair wandering how the news of my imminent death would be recieved – which wasnt helped by the woman screaming for mercy next to me! As the plane got tossed around the sky like a hac-e-sac i became more than a little nervous and was actually relieved when the pilot sent us to Lanseria – this didnt last long as i sat on lanseria runway in our plane next to the shrieking woman for 3 hours!! Fortunately we had 30 of OR Tambos other arrivals to keep us company! The normal 3 Hours journey ended up taking 8 HOURS and a new pair of pants!

HEY! ATLEAST IT WASNT JUST ME!
HEY! ATLEAST IT WASNT JUST ME!

Do something fun this weekend!

If you are thinking of hitting it hard this weekend – try do something fun – a little trip to London is good. Friday night flight – be there Sat morning for a little

sushi and smoothie – as you can see the weather is above average for London!!

Have a little stroll around kensington high street – little bit of H&M shopping maybe Virgin megastore then back to the hotel for a little rest before hitting one of the below!!

London Private Clubs

No.8 – No. 5 Cavendish Square

Member type: Party boys (and girls)
Set in a stunning Georgian townhouse in, obviously, Cavendish Square, No. 5 Cavendish Square includes three bars, a gorgeous restaurant with space for 80 diners complete with private dining rooms, a members-only nightclub, a library, and a spacious roof terrace overlooking London. Those who drink too much can enjoy a stay in one of the eight opulent boudoir-style suites, which all come with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and Italian fabrics. Near Oxford Street, it’s the perfect place to come and relax after a hard day’s retail therapy.

London Private Clubs

No.6 – Eight

Member type: City boys
Eight is a stylish, spacious hangout for stressed-out city-workers looking for a little respite. Hidden at the end of a long, dark alley behind an imposing black door, members swipe their ultra-exclusive cards across a biometric reader to be permitted access. It’s all very James Bond, which is why we love it. Inside, members are treated to a sumptuous interior set across two floors, with six private entertaining rooms, a cinema, dance floor and two well-stocked bars. All this is topped off with a selection of boys’ toys, such as Brunswick pool tables, a 60-inch plasma screen, poker tables and a punching bag.

GO SEE THE OTHER FUN ONES TO HIT!