A cautionary travel tale

It is a universally known fact that very few things will beat an English or European Christmas. While it’s not always cold enough to snow, the Brits – and their European counterparts – know how to lay on the festive spirit.

Two years back I celebrated Christmas in Italy and New Years in France. It was as epic as it sounds. This year, I am fortunate to be in the UK over the festive period. Ever the planner, I booked my economy class flight on British Airways at the end of October so that I could secure my visa in good time.

The Cowboy argues that we should have gone Business, if just to save my constant back lower issues. I was not being cheap, it’s just…have you seen the price of a Business or First class ticket lately? Being budget conscious, my poor Randelas are better spent on my destination activities.

Today I can kick myself. British Airways have a ridiculous offer of 40% of their Club World fares. This means that the price of business class seat is cut to R32 014 return on direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Better yet, if you’re planning to do a Euro Christmas, you can add this to your itinerary.

I am gutted.

Things is, while economy does the job, Club World offers flat beds, delicious menus and wine lists, as well as Club Kitchen, which allow travellers to help themselves to snacks after the main meal service. Uuuurgh. Deserving of a damn princess, right?

So, listen…this is my cautionary tale. The sale starts today and end on Thursday and is valid for travel between 2 December 2014 and 28 February 2015. Do the maths – this is enough time for you to book your flight, get your UK visa and get your swag on in Business.

I know. You can thank me later.

Christmas in Regent Street, London
Christmas in Regent Street, London


There’s something exciting about finding the new summer ‘spot’…you start imagining lazy, sunny, cocktail-drenched afternoons. My newest find not only promises decadent, languid Summer afternoons, but sultry evenings too as it sports the most incredible 360 degree rooftop view.

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Situated on the rooftop of the five-star Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa, the VIP Sky Bar features a heated pool, two bars and unique table service packages. It’s the perfect setting for its exclusive champagne specials, delicious sushi and daily cocktail specials.

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I attended the launch a few weeks back – the menu for the evening included sushi and oysters, while Peroni and Nitida’s Methode Cap Classique was the evening’s drink of choice.

Stuck for something to do on Halloween?

Well, say no more… VIP Sky Bar celebrates Halloween After Dark in gruesome chic style on Friday, the 1st of November at the five star Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa. Come witches, soothsayers, vampires and vixens, indulge in delicious treats, themed cocktails and bloody good drink specials amidst pumpkin lanterns and other enchanting elements.

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This eerie evening of deep house electric-entertainment promises to rowel up the appetites of even the most vampirish socialites.

the Line-up includes Dave Ireton, Shane Renew, Miss Taryn Pickett, JanuaryOne and Brendon Geary.

You will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail on arrival and the bar will be offering Nitida wine by the glass specials and R 10 tequila shooters throughout the evening.

For entrance to this year’s rooftop Halloween After Dark celebration, kindly email allie@redcarpetconcepts.co.zabefore 12pm on Thursday, the 31st of October.

For table bookings, guests may contact allie@redcarpetconcepts.co.za with a request for one or more of the following packages:

  • Nitida Package: 36 pieces of sushi & 1x bottle of Nitida wine – R 500
  • Grey Goose Package: 36 pieces of sushi, 8 oysters, Grey Goose & Cranberry Juice – R 1 000
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Package: 36 pieces of sushi, 12 oysters & Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne – R 1 500\

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 For more information on VIP Sky Bar events and specials, kindly visit the Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/pages/VIP-Sky-Bar or follow @VIPSkyBar.