Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Bee Kalt Travel General Manager, Renee Weiss, and I recently flew on South African Airways direct to Johannesburg, with an onward flight to Cape Town. The food and service on the plane were excellent and they offer a good variety of in-seat entertainment to help pass the time. Unlike most domestic U.S. carriers, SAA even includes meals on their short haul flights within South Africa!

Upon our arrival in Cape Town, we were met by a representative of the Ellerman House, and driven to our home for the next three nights. The Ellerman House is a charming, boutique hotel perched high on a cliff in the Bantry Bay area of Cape Town. The location affords spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and one can hear the sounds of the crashing waves below.  This beautiful former residence houses just 11 luxurious rooms and suites. There is also an exclusive Villa which can be reserved for a more private stay. The Ellerman House has a dazzling art collection, showcasing the most important South African artists, past and present.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, with personal service and unique touches and amenities not usually included in similar fine city hotels. Here, the room rates include airport transfers, fully-stocked in room bar, complimentary laundry service, shuttle to the Waterfront, and delicious made-to-order breakfast. They even offer a pantry where guests can help themselves to a snack during the day. The rooms are beautifully decorated in soothing colors and have elegant marble baths. The Ellerman House was the perfect, tranquil place to return to after a long day of sightseeing or shopping!

Book your next stay at the Ellerman House with us and receive these exclusive amenities: Upgrade upon arrival subject to availability, a personalized Art Tour, and a bottle of French champagne! 

Bee Kalt Travel
Phone: 248-288-9600 or Toll-free 1-800-284-5258

Stay tuned for more reports from our adventures in South Africa! Coming up: the Winelands

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Non-Stop Service to South Africa

South African Airways is inaugurating new non-stop service, roundtrip from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa! This reduces the previous flying time by 90 minutes and allows for easy connections to over 40 destinations on the African continent.

To celebrate the new service starting May 1, SAA is offering a fare sale from just $1329 plus taxes and fees for travel during the month of May. Take advantage of this great rate and visit the beautiful country of South Africa!
If you caught the last season of The Bachelor, you would have seen gorgeous views of Cape Town and gone on safari with Brad the Bachelor in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. They stayed at Lion Sands, where I was fortunate enough to have stayed too! The accommodations are in individual thatched cottages, comfortably furnished and decorated in beige and white. Fabulous game-viewing, gourmet cuisine, bush walks, massages, wildlife and astronomy lectures all round out the experience. 

Call our safari experts to book your adventure to Africa today!!

Bee Kalt Travel
Telephone: 248-288-9600 or toll free: 1-800-284-5258

Saturday, April 9, 2011

An Oasis in the Desert, Cabo

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico is aptly named, for it truly is a Window to Paradise! A short drive from the airport through the dry, desert landscape brings you to this beautiful Rosewood resort. You are greeted by name upon arrival, introduced to your personal butler/concierge, and ushered to your spacious suite where a very civilized check-in is performed.
All junior suites have lovely patios, most face the ocean, and some even have private roof top terraces for lounging in the sun. If you stay in a deluxe suite, you will receive a "sheet menu" where you can choose which type of linens you prefer on your bed. I'd go for the silk!

The level of service is incomparable and shows in the well-trained staff. Complimentary cool refreshments, such as house made popsicles or frozen grapes are served by the pool throughout the day. I enjoyed the ice cold water and Evian mist delivered by the beach and pool attendants. The help-yourself jar of jelly-bellys was a hit with the guests as well.

The food is outstanding with a variety of fresh fish and other specialties prepared in a Baja-Mediterranean style. There is an excellent, well-equipped fitness center and fabulous spa to round out the offerings.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or a laid-back vacation with the family.

Book your next stay with us and receive these VIP amenitiescomplimentary breakfast daily, an upgrade upon arrival based upon availability and a complimentary margarita and ceviche tasting

Contact the travel specialists at Bee Kalt Travel today:
Telephone: 248-288-9600 or 1-800-284-5258