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South Africa’s most romantic cities (for single people)

February 12, 2018

A post on South Africa’s most romantic cities is probably not a post that you’d expect to read from a single blogger. Here’s the deal, you don’t have to be in love with someone else to be romantic (you could also be in love with life or yourself). One of the many meanings of being romantic is to have an idealised view of life.

Here are South Africa’s most romantic cities as decided by me and some of the romantic spots for you to visit.

Port Elizabeth

Surely you’d expect me to put the ever so lovely and beautiful Port Elizabeth on this list.

St George’s Park

As I grow my photography portfolio, I fall more and more in love with St George’s park. I almost always choose it when I can. But I digress, my favourite part of St George’s park is the Pearson Conservatory. With its old world charm, it is easily one of the most beautiful places in Port Elizabeth.

It’s probably not the safest to go to on your own. Unless of course, you stick to well-lit walkways or stay in one of the busy areas during daytime. What’s romantic about it, well one sunny Sunday take a walk in the park. Surrounded by beautiful shrubbery, trees and lush landscape (well it was lush before the drought, and even though it’s not as green as it used to be, it’s still beautiful).

Pollok Beach parking lot

Initially, I was hesitant to share this beach parking lot. No dirty thoughts now. Back when I was at university I used to occasionally come here to be on my own. Back then Something Good was still closed and run down, and the parking lot was for the most part empty with the exception of a few misfits and dodgy blokes. The beach at the parking lot was and still is, a moody beauty. At the start of the beach is a beautiful rock formation, which contained a blowhole. For the most part, I stayed in my car or stayed close to the entrance of the beach. But I enjoyed visiting this beach to be alone but surrounded by beauty. I had such a feeling of contentedness when I used to visit it back in my varsity days. These days its safe to visit, thanks to Something Good reopening the parking lot is always full, so it no longer has that feeling of serenity, but the views are still just as beautiful. Also, Something Good makes some of the best coffee, gelato and milkshakes (it’s one of my all-time favourite restaurants).

Cape Town

Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in South Africa. At one point in my life, I even wanted to move there. In my opinion, PE is similar to the Mother City, with the exception of it being smaller, with less traffic and parking (and the average person can afford to buy a house over here). These days I prefer it as a holiday destination, nevertheless I am always on the lookout for Cheap flights to Cape Town. One of my regular sites to check out for them is Travelstart.

Here are my picks on some of the most romantic spots in Cape Town, which puts it on the list as one of South Africa’s most romantic cities for me.

The Lindt shop at the V&A Waterfront

I remember the first (and only) time I went to the Lindt shop at the V&A. It was much like walking into a dream, a sweet dream filled with decadent Swiss chocolate. Eating your body weight in chocolate, which is simultaneously the best and worst thing about it. Nevertheless while wandering around this chocolate shop, I was hopelessly in love, with life. I bought so much chocolate this day guys (mostly as gifts) and the super friendly sales assistant gave us heaps of free tasters. My best friend also got to create his own slab (side note, if you do have a partner and don’t know what to get them for a gift, take them here).

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch is quite something else. I’ve been to the gardens twice and would love to go again. There’s just a sense of serenity and beauty that puts me in awe of the place. Yes it’s great for picnics with loved ones and all that jazz. But have you sat down on a patch of grass, alone and been so inspired by the beauty of nature. The views, combined with the whistling of birds and rattling of leaves in the wind, put me at peace. With myself, and with my Creator.  If you are in Cape Town for one day and can only visit one place. Forget Table Mountain, forget the winelands, visit these gardens. It is arguably the most romantic place i have visited in the Mother City.

I’ve only selected two cities, but there are many other romantic and beautiful towns in South Africa. What are South Africa’s most romantic cities according to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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This post was created in collaboration with Travelstart. All views are my own.


Beauty Reviews

A System Professionals and Salon Nouvo experience

February 9, 2018

Late last year I attended the Port Elizabeth media launch of System Professional hair products at Nouvo salon in Walmer. I also received a few products to try and I’ll review them at the end.

System Professional products allow dull and limp hair to be reborn and feel like virgin hair. According to the brand, each individual has a hair energy profile that is as unique as our fingerprints (even if you’re a twin). So basically because each person has a different hair profile, different products will work for different people. The products work towards rebuilding your energy profile and this is done through an Energycode mapping.

the truth about split ends

After the launch, I visited Nouvo for to do an energy code mapping.  The consultation for the Energycode mapping is relatively seamless. I was asked a few questions about my hair history (guys I have put my hair through a lot), routine, what I love about my hair, and my lifestyle. My scalp was also assessed, all of this information is put into an app and it gave us my personalised Energycode, which is:

H1 + S2 + S3 + X4L + R6

Based on my Energycode I was recommended to use the following System Professional products: Hydrating Shampoo (R 325.00), Smoothen Conditioner (R 385.00), Smoothen Mask (R 495.00), Liquid Hair (R 895.00) and Repair Perfect Ends (R 495.00). I was given the first three items to use at home. After mapping my hair, I was also given a complimentary wash and blow at the salon (I felt like a million bucks and got so many compliments on my hair).

Although I do not have dry scalp, my scalp is a bit on the drier side, which is why they recommended the Hydrating Shampoo (it does, however, contain sulphates). To help minimise frizz I also got the Smoothen conditioner and mask. These products definitely help straighten my hair, I cannot curl my hair if I used either. The mask also helped moisturise my dry ends a lot, however, it should not be used anywhere near my scalp or else my hair became a greasy mess.

The Liquid Hair and Repair Perfect Ends were advanced treatments, although I didn’t receive them, the stylist used it on my hair at the salon. The Liquid hair is a molecular hair refiller. My hair was chemically straightened, bleached and dyed (multiple times) so the length was quite damaged. The Liquid hair makes the hair feel and look smoother and lasts up to 5 washes. The Repair Perfect Ends is a serum-like lotion that seals split ends (at the time I did this, I had a ton and refused to let go of my length). I was super impressed with the Liquid hair treatment, as I actually had a noticeable difference once the treatment wore off after multiple washes. It gave my hair a sleekness and natural sheen.

I’m close to completing the shampoo and conditioner. I only use a tiny amount of the mask when I use it, so the tub is almost still full. Also, did I mention that it smells lovely?

The products are used by the stylists at Nouvo and can be purchased at the salon.Nouvo is situated at  134 Villiers Rd, Walmer and is a real treat. As an upmarket salon, I feel like they don’t only ensure that their clients look great leaving the salon, they also ensure that they feel great while in the salon. There’s massage chairs in the wash room and they also give amazing head massages while washing This was the second time I went to Nouvo, the first being years ago, probably a few months after they opened. And although the stylists that helped me were different, one thing was consistent, I felt so relaxed leaving the salon.

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Featured imaged by me, first and last images in blog post via Pixabay.

Beauty Reviews

Go Beauty & Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio Review

June 9, 2017

This is not your standard beauty review. I was recently asked by Go Beauty to review Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio. The Port Elizabeth based studio specializes in natural holistic and alternative treatments.

Go Beauty

Nicknamed, the Uber for Beauty, the Go Beauty app and website is designed to make your life simpler. GoBeauty started as a service on the cellular app WeChat. If you’re like me, and never really got into WeChat, you’ll be happy to know that Go Beauty now also has a website, where you can do your bookings. Sign up is super easy as you can use your Facebook account, which is what I did.

Whether you need a manicure, pedicure or massage, all you need to do is type in the treatment you need, where you are and Bob’s your uncle. The app and website pulls up a list of salons, spas and studios that offer the service you need in the area that you are in. All you need to do is select a service provider, the treatment and time or date. The service provide will then call you back, or message you to confirm the appointment or suggest an alternative time or date. Sounds easy, right?

My phone is broken and I’m currently using a back up phone that does not have enough space for more than 4 apps and it’s memory is slower than Windows 95. So downloading the app was out of the question for me. The website is easy and simple to navigate. I easily setup my account and popped Usha of Soft Touch Wellbeing a message. Usha got back into contact with me and we decided on a time and date.

soft touch wellbeing

Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio

Situated in the central suburb of Newton Park, Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio is a beauty salon that focuses on holistic health. The studio was previously in 4th Avenue, but Usha had decided to scale down the business. Since September 2016 the studio has been situated in a cosy space at 39 Gerald street, Newton Park and she is now the only therapist. Despite being a stone’s throw from 3rd Ave, the large garden on the premises is very calm and relaxing.

soft touch wellbeing

As I’ve never been to a holistic salon or spa before, I didn’t know what to expect from the treatments offered at the studio. So I decided to have a chat with Usha first and out more about her studio. Usha has been specialising in holistic treatments for 16 years and swears by the treatments that she offers. And they clearly work, she looks 20 years younger than her actual age!

Massages and more

Massages are the most popular treatments at Soft Touch Wellbeing. The Meridian Massage is the most popular of the massages. It clears blockages and balance the body’s meridians. This massage is said to help achieve wellness in your body. According to Usha, when she massages a client, she tries to find the cause of any aches and pains her clients may have. She also offers reiki, bamboo and lymphatic massages as well as may others.

soft touch wellbeing

What I found most interesting was the crystal treatments and the salt lamps she had on sale (pictured in the header). We ended up doing an impromptu Angel reading, which is also one of the services Soft Touch Wellbeing offers, and I found the results to be quite fascinating. I won’t be sharing the reading, as I feel that it’s kind of personal and I’m still wrapping my head around it. It is also quite clear that Usha is quite passionate about her treatments and helping her clients. So it comes as no surprise to me that Soft Touch Wellbeing has a 5 out of 5 star rating on Go Beauty.

I plan on returning to Soft Touch Wellbeing to experience one of their massages. I’ll keep you updated when I do. For more information on this salon visit the Go Beauty site or app.

Places to eat

A taste sensation at Radisson Blu’s Tabu restaurant in Port Elizabeth

March 11, 2017

I was recently invited to the Radisson Blu’s Tabu restaurant in Port Elizabeth to taste and experience their new menu. It’s been a while since I last wrote about the hotel, and although I have been back to the restaurant since my last post, it was before the renovations. The restaurant is not just open to hotel guests, it’s also open to the public.

Situated on the first floor of the seaside hotel, Tabu restaurant epitomises style and chic, with a touch of elegance and luxury. The restaurant over looks the hotel’s pristine pool and  coastline along Pollok Beach. The media launch was perfectly timed for us to see the last rays of the day, as the sun set across the ocean.

tabu restaurant

The evening soon set itself apart from other events that I’ve attended in the city. The launch was broken up into stages: starters, mains and desserts. Sounds like most restaurant events, but boy it was not like other restaurant events. The theme was taste the world, so each stage had a country as a theme.

Starting with Italy

Starters were served in Tabu restaurant, while guests were entertained with live Italian music. I had the mussels, the tabu salad (pictured above) and the prawn bisque risotto. Each dish was small, so that guests could try multiple dishes without getting stuffed. That way you can try more dishes in the next stages.

Let me tell you about the prawn risotto, I could probably ramble for days about this dish. It’s made with queen prawns, orange and vanilla, bisque sauce, pecorino cheese, spring onion and basil. It’s so smooth, and creamy and it’s flavours just blend so well. When you visit Tabu, you must try this dish. Just trust me.

Pictured below is the Norwegian salmon.

tabu restaurant

Homegrown mains

If it’s not clear to you by now, the Radisson Blu and Tabu restaurant know how to put together a lavish occasion. Once the starters were finished, we were whisked off to the roof of the hotel for the mains. The elevator does not reach the top of the roof, and walking up the last flight of stairs, left me feeling like I was in action film. We weren’t told where we were going, or what was waiting for us. In true Radisson Blu style, they turned Mission Impossible into Mission Possible (sorry for the dad joke, I just couldn’t resist) and transformed the normally off limits roof top with a tent and South African decor. The views were spectacular. Having dinner while listening to the sounds of Umle and looking at the city lights below, was absolutely breath taking.

tabu restaurant

For mains I had the lamb rack and vegetable stack. Many people said that the lamb rack was their favourite dish of the night, but I have to disagree. Although it was delicious, it cannot compare to the prawn bisque risotto. I’d drown myself in that dish. The vegetable stack was also very good. It came with different veggies, toasted hazelnuts and goats cheese.

Desserts fit for a president

When we done with mains, I thought there was no way that they could top this with the desserts. I was wrong. The last stage was French themed last stage, and was based in one of the presidential suites on the 17th floor. The views rivalled that of the roof, and the suite epitomised luxury.

tabu restaurant

I am not ashamed to say, I tried most of the desserts and I regret nothing.  Amongst the sweet offerings was cheesecake sundae, blueberry and almond tart, chocolate log, tiramisu and a rosy pear pudding (pictured above). What stood out for me was the cheesecake sundae and the blueberry and almond tart. The chocolate log was also tasty, and a must for any chocoholic.

What impressed me the most was all of the new ideas that the Radisson Blu staff are bringing to both the restaurant and the city. Beginning March 2017, Tabu restaurant now hosts a high tea on the first Sunday of every month. They will also be hosting a buffet the last Sunday of every month as well.

Hope to see you there!

Things to do & Places to visit

Tips for finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth

December 19, 2016
accommodation in Port Elizabeth

The skies are bluer, air warmer and days longer. Summer has officially arrived in Nelson Mandela Bay. If you’re coming to the region, but haven’t yet found accommodation, best you read this post and get booking soon! Here are some nifty tips on finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth. These will suit your budget and holiday plans.

Where you’d want to stay would be dependent on whether you’ll be coming for business or leisure and what your activities will be. Port Elizabeth like every other coastal city gets crowded in the summer with visitors from other countries and provinces.

To make the most of your experience, it’s best to ensure that your choice of accommodation in Port Elizabeth is aligned with the activities you plan on doing. If you’re visiting the Bay, you should choose accommodation in or nearby the area where most of your activities will be taking place. You’ll save on petrol and you’ll have more time to focus on having fun.

How to book accommodation in Port Elizabeth

You can easily book your accommodation for your next trip, online over here on the AccommoDirect website. As you can see, AccomoDirect offers a number of different options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest lodges. Each listing lists the different services that the facility offers. You can also find award winning facilities on their site. If you’re heading to PE soon, here’s some tips on finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth for your next trip.


Humewood Water Park

For the beach dwellers

The city has a number of public swimming beaches. Some of the most popular beaches are King’s Beach, Hobie Beach and Pollock Beach. These beaches are all found in the suburbs of Humewood and Summerstrand. These beachfront suburbs have a plethora of options for accommodation in Port Elizabeth. During the year these suburbs have relatively low traffic. However during summer it is busy, which is why it’s best to stay in the area. You won’t need to leave either suburb as grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment facilities are all in walking distance. Exploring a place by foot is the best way to discover new things about the area.


For business trips

There’s a variety of options for people travelling on business trips. The beachfront strip is home to many of the city’s larger hotels and guest houses. The beachfront is often a popular choice for accommodation for business trips. However, many superb boutique hotels, lodges and guest houses can also be found in the central suburb of Walmer and the surrounding area. Much like the beachfront suburbs, Walmer has a number of amenities in walking distance.


Houses by the Donkin Reserve

For art and history lovers

The CBD of Port Elizabeth has a lot of history and culture. The area is home to heritage sites, including the iconic Route 67 and the main public library. Using public transport in this area is easy, as it contains main taxi routes, is close to the city’s main bus station and train station.

If you want to spend your days soaking up the city’s history, heritage and wandering around art galleries, then Richmond Hill is where you’ll want to stay. Here you’ll find the renown Stanley Street, with it’s strip of popular restaurants and stores.


The Donkin Reserve

Situated next to Richmond Hill and the CBD is St George’s Park. Much like the former suburbs, St George’s Park is rich in history, as it contains (amongst other things) the oldest park in the city. The area is home to the famous Park Drive, which contains galleries, the Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Settler’s Park nature reserve and quaint coffee shops. The park is the second oldest park in the country and it is a woodland with gorgeous walkways, monuments, the city’s largest stadium and an open air theatre. If you’re looking for accommodation in Port Elizabeth that is central, but without the buzz of city life, stay in St George’s Park.  In addition, there’s so many things to do in St George’s Park that you won’t need to leave.


The Pearson Conservatory in St George’s Park

More about AccommoDirect

AccomoDirect can help you book accommodation in Port Elizabeth without hassle. They list various facilities in these areas, many other suburbs and areas in the region. As one of South Africa’s largest accommodation portals, AccomoDirect has over 20 000 accommodation listings across 2 000 destinations and has 10 000 reviews on it. Browse through their easy to navigate site to find accommodation for your next trip.

Click here to find out more about AccommoDirect.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AccommoDirect. All of the views expressed and photographs used in this post are my own.