Flight Check: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class B787-9 Dreamliner

BACKGROUND: March 2018 saw Virgin Atlantic announce that it was launching a second daily flight between London and Johannesburg from October. The new flight...

Hotel Check: Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

BACKGROUND: This five-star hotel is operated by South African hospitality company Tsogo Sun – which recently celebrated 50 years of operations – under franchise...

Flight check: Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class

BACKGROUND: Hong Kong became the first Asian destination to see Qantas’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on December 13 when it took over...

Hotel check: The Maslow Time Square Hotel

BACKGROUND: In 2013, Sun International embarked on a new large-scale mixed-use ‘green city‘ project in Menlyn, Pretoria. Its ambitious Time Square project opened in...

Hotel check: AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

BACKGROUND: Marriott International celebrated the opening of the first AC Hotels by Marriot in the Middle East and Africa in April. AC Hotels by...

Hotel check: 54 on Bath

BACKGROUND: Formerly The Grace Hotel, this five-star property entered the Tsogo Sun stable around seven years ago. The South African casino and hotel operator...

Hotel review: Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

BACKGROUND: Originally an African Pride hotel, the property was rebranded as a Marriott hotel in 2017. The conversion encompassed much of the décor, including converting the lobby into a Greatroom, where guests can meet, work and relax.

Hotel review: Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

BACKGROUND: The Courthouse Hotel is located in a Grade II listed Baroque building, which served as the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station...

Hotel review: Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4

BACKGROUND: The new Crowne Plaza opened in October and shares a lobby and facilities with the Holiday Inn Express T4. It’s important if arriving by taxi to not confuse this with the Crowne Plaza Heathrow or the Holiday Inn Express Heathrow, both of

Flight review: Delta One A330-200

BACKGROUND: Delta’s London-Atlanta service previously ran from Heathrow’s Terminal 4 on a Boeing 767-300. It now flies from Terminal 3, where Delta shares a...

Hotel check: Clico Boutique Hotel

BACKGROUND: Based in a 65-year-old Cape Dutch building, Clico Boutique Hotel opened in 2006 and in its original carnation was an upmarket guesthouse, offering just seven rooms. After adding a conference and function venue and two extra rooms, the

Flight check: Kenya Airways

BACKGROUND: Kenya Airways is one of Africa’s ‘big four’, along with South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. It offers three daily flights between Nairobi and Johannesburg, as well as 10 weekly flights between the Kenyan capital and Cape Town. KQ uses both the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the B737-800 on this route.