You deserve a holiday – it’s been quite a year – so why not live the luxe lifestyle at an A-list holiday spot?
Only a four-hour plane ride from Johannesburg and Durban, a trip to Mauritius need not break the bank. With crystal clear turquoise waters and abundant greenery, the island offers breathtaking beauty and a slice of pampering in paradise.
Accommodation: High end
Le Touessrok Hotel.
A member of the ExclusiveCollection, Le Touessrok provides untold luxury and many of the rooms have a 24-hour personalized butler service. You can also enjoy free watersports, a spot of golf on courses that overlook a private tropical island, choose one of four white beaches to tan on and two pristine pools to lounge beside.
Cost: Flight Centre package: R26 795*
Includes six nights at Le Touessrok on a bed and breakfast basis, and return airfare from Johannesburg to Mauritius. Deal ends: 30 November.
A B&B in Pereybere boasts affordable luxury: superior rooms with breathtaking sea views and spacious self-catering accommodation are only a 20-second walk from the beach.
Tel: (230) 263 5104
Rovos Rail: African Train Journeys
Beckoning to a bygone era of luxury, Rovos Rail offers train rides throughout Africa, departing from Pretoria and Cape Town. Tours run to multiple destinations – Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, George, Victoria Falls, Dar Es Salaam, Namibia – and prices are all inclusive.
The train: With refurbished Edwardian carriages, Rovos Rail trains allow travellers to step back in time as they traverse stunning African landscapes. Air-conditioned, wood-paneled suites with en-suite bathrooms offer five-star luxury. Gourmet food is served throughout the day.
Contact: Rovos Rail
Tel: 012 315 8242 or 021 421 4020
With sprawling deserts, stunning beaches and groundbreaking architecture, Dubai is the crowning glory of the United Arab Emirates.
Accommodation: High end
Voted as the best hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab is six-star slice of solid gold opulence. One of the world’s tallest buildings, the sail-shaped structure stands prominent among the Arabian coastline. Guests enjoy personalised menus and private butlers.
Approximate costs: R13 657 a night*.
Tel: +971 4 3017777
Situated along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast atop limestone cliffs, Ravello is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and has long been a favourite with celebrities and literary figures, so you’re bound to experience Italian class at its best.
Part of the Orient Express Hotels Group, Hotel Caruso offers unparalleled Italian luxury. Vintage Neopolitan-style rooms provide access to a rich history, and personalised service makes your stay one of supreme comfort. Views are spectacular, especially from the breathtaking infinity pool.
Approximate Cost: Prices start at about R10 200 a night (double room)*.
Getting there: Fly Virgin Atlantic Johannesburg to Naples. Ravello is an hour’s drive from Naples International Airport.
Contact: Hotel Caruso
Tel: +39 089 858 801
Sail to some of the most beautiful islands of the Western Caribbean on a luxury cruise liner where all meals, entertainment and activities are included in the price.
The Ship: Royal Caribbean International’s ship Liberty of the Seas has been in operation since 2007. Endless on-board facilities include a H20 ZoneSM water park, a surf park, ice rink and day spa.
Destinations: During the seven-night cruise departing from Miami, stops include Labadee, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Approximate Costs: Flight Centre special: Prices start at $690 (R6780)*. Book before 12 December 2008.
Extra: Flights from Johannesburg to Miami: R14 500* (Air France or SAA), return.
(* All prices correct at time of deployment, but are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations without warning. Call the relevant travel agent before you book for up-to-date costings and availability)