Always on the pulse of what’s happening – from the latest boutique hotel, stylish game lodge to hidden gem hideaway, we share inspiring insights, insider tips and personal opinion on our favourite places to stay, play, wine and dine.

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LUXURY IN THE WINELANDS – OUR TOP BOUTIQUE RETREATS

Here are our top boutique retreats to experience when visiting the picturesque Winelands, personally selected by our team for their exclusivity, uniqueness and of course their individual WOW factor!

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MONT ROCHELLE’S STYLISH NEW MANOR HOUSE COMPLETES ITS RENAISSANCE

“I left Mont Rochelle with a smile on my face and affirmed that this historic Franschhoek boutique hotel has re – joined the Cape Winelands elite!”

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The ultimate in safari luxury: Lions Sands’ Ivory Lodge

We were recently invited to go and stay at the redesigned Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands in the Kruger National Park, needless to say our excitement levels were off the scale!

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Hot Island Getaways – Our Top 10 Favourite Retreats To Romance In Luxury

Here is what’s trending in our world of hot island getaways, personally selected by our team for exclusivity, intimacy and the “romantic wow factor” making each place extra special!

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Destination Wedding Guests enjoy South African trip of a lifetime

When three American couples were invited to their friends Helande & Christian’s luxurious wedding in Cape Town (coordinated by our sister company, Wedding Concepts), they decided to combine it with a “bucket list” holiday adventure. Step in Travel Concepts to inspire, recommend and book a highly personalised and tailor made South African itinerary.

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Luxury Road Tripping Through Namibia

We pride ourselves in keeping our finger on the pulse of Southern African luxury, with this in mind we recently sent one of our travel consultants to Namibia to check out what’s new and what’s hot in the luxury space.

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The Oyster Box Hotel – A local honeymoon hot spot!

The Oyster Box hotel is one of South Africa’s oldest hotels and today this institution boasts five star hospitality and complete elegance!

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Magical Marataba

Whether you’re sipping sundowners on the deck of your luxury suite or dining under the romantic flicker of lanterns on the acacia-lined lawn, you will find this spectacular safari lodge spellbinding.

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Five white blends to try when in South Africa – Richard’s Favourite white wines of the moment

Although our wine regions may be considered ‘youthful’ in Old World terms, what South Africa lacks in antiquity it certainly makes up for in innovation. Our winemakers are consistently experimenting and, much to our delight, keep us on our toes with new innovative blends. In our MD’s humble opinion, our Chenin-based blends can rival the very best in the world, both New and Old.

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Iconic African Safaris – a Bucket List in Luxury Travel

Whether in an exclusive tented camp or a designer game lodge – a luxury safari in Kruger Park is often seen as the ultimate African journey. For those who like to experience the good life, two of South Africa’s most iconic and exclusive Safari brands, Londolozi and Singita boast the ultimate in game viewing and top-end hospitality. Our two Directors Richard and Christina tested them for you – spending a long weekend checking out how to safari in style.

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Honeymooning in Africa – Our Team’s Top Choices to Romance in Style

An African Honeymoon can be the ultimate romantic getaway with a plethora of choice all located on one continent. Our travel team have expertly selected their current top choices – ranging from dramatic desert escapes to idyllic seaside bungalows – for the latest in exclusive designer African Honeymoons. All of the locations and properties bring together the best ingredients for a romantic expedition filled with striking spaces in spell-binding locations and exclusivity.

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Camps Bay Villa Spotlight – Sasso House

Our villa spotlight this month is Sasso House. Boasting luxury and a tranquil elegance throughout, and because of its unique location on the slopes of the mountain, Sasso House has the most beautiful views of Camps Bay beach and the ocean stretching to the horizon.

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Incentive Inspiration – A Day of Love and Corporate Social Responsibility with Uthando

The Concepts Collection Team recently joined inspirational CEO James Fernie from Uthando, translated as “Love” in Zulu, on another day in the sprawling, impoverished township of Khyaletisha, immersing ourselves in some of the community projects that we help fund but also incorporate into the incentives and group activities we create for our international clients.

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Peter & Joan Roberts visit South Africa for the Perfect Holiday!

Peter and Joan Roberts recently visited South Africa for an exclusive 3 week adventure packed itinerary, meticulously planned down to the last detail by our head of travel, Mandi Johnson-Aliverti, and our Travel Team. They share their incredible experience with us…

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The Concepts Collection Featured in Management Today Magazine

Currently featured in the latest issue Management Today Magazine is an article about The Concepts Collection and the 3 companies that make up our portfolio of luxury businesses. For our international readers, we have shared this enlightening article with you and for our local followers, enjoy the article as you find out more about the real story behind The Concepts Collection.

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A Second Honeymoon in Mauritius – A week at the Stunning Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel

Located in a small bay on the Eastern side of Mauritius, the recently renovated and exclusive Le Prince Maurice Hotel’s web site promised an indulgent tropical hideaway, where stunning architectural design meets relaxed luxury. Christina & Richard Holt share with us how it was all that – and so much more!

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The Passmore Family’s Southern African Adventure

In September of this year, the Passmore family, hailing from San Francisco in California, visited our shores for a dose of some much needed adventure! As a family of hikers, we put together a highly personalized itinerary for them to ensure their visit would provide them with just the right balance of luxury and adventure.

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Whale Watching From Your Window – A stay at the Marine Hotel in Hermanus

Spectacularly situated on the cliff tops overlooking the sea in Hermanus, The Marine Hotel, the most iconic of hotels, has had a beautiful facelift since its acquisition by the Liz McGrath collection and is a real five star experience, bearing all the hallmarks of the collection- stylish design and understated luxury, fine food and excellent caring staff.