Hotel check: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

BACKGROUND: Crowne Plaza Nairobi opened in 2010, back when there was a dearth of internationally-recognised hotel brands in the Kenyan capital. Nearly a decade...

Flight check: British Airways A380 Business Class

BACKGROUND: Celebrating its centenary this year, British Airways offers 18 weekly f lights direct to London from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, having added...

Hotel check: Lincoln Plaza London Curio Collection by Hilton

BACKGROUND: Lincoln Plaza London is part of Curio Collection, Hilton’s smaller, upscale brand with around 60 properties around the world. This 129-room hotel shares...

Flight check: Ethiopian Airlines A350 900

BACKGROUND: For years, Ethiopian Airlines has been considered a success story – if not the success story – of African aviation, and is the...

Train check: The Blue Train

BACKGROUND: The luxurious Blue Train has its origins in the Union Limited and Union Express, which carried passengers between the mail ships of Cape...

Flight check: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 – Business Class

BACKGROUND: With its hub at Changi International Airport, Singapore Airlines flies to 62 international destinations in 32 countries. The A350-900 – with its ultra-quiet...

Hotel review: AC Hotel New York Downtown

BACKGROUND: One of two AC Hotels in New York (the other is in Times Square), this one opened in October 2018. AC Hotels are...

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...