Urban Foraging Experience at Mount Nelson Hotel
Guests at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, can discover the city’s incredible natural bounty during the hotel’s urban foraging experience, gathering wild ingredients from the surrounding landscape before they are transformed into a gourmet meal back at the prestigious Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. property.
An urban sanctuary that effortlessly blends leafy tranquillity and contemporary glamour, Mount Nelson Hotel overlooks Table Mountain and boasts South Africa’s largest outdoor heated pool. The colonial-style property is set in a sprawling garden estate near the spot where Cape Town’s 17th-century founder, Jan van Riebeeck, grew fruit and vegetables for Dutch sailors who used to stop at the city on their way to search for spices in the East.
Harking back to this plentiful past, the three-hour urban foraging experience takes in spectacular views of the city as guests uncover culinary treats in one of three beautiful locations: black mussels, giant sea snails and seaweed on the Atlantic coast; edible plants, nuts and mushrooms in the mountain forest; and herbs such as fennel, nettle and Cape sorrel on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.
The intrepid outdoor adventure is led by local hunter-gatherer Charlie Standing, who is passionate about using regional ingredients from his local environment and teaches guests all about the wildlife they collect along the way. In keeping with the tour’s back-to-nature theme, participants can quench their thirst with pure mountain spring water infused with aromatic buchu leaves, which are native to South Africa and traditionally used for medicinal purposes by its indigenous people.
After gathering an array of fresh natural ingredients, guests return to Mount Nelson Hotel to learn how to prepare and cook the fruits of the forage during The Chef’s Table, a custom-designed, interactive culinary experience. Seated at an oak table in an alcove of the kitchen, guests have a front-row view as chefs create mouth-watering dishes such as quick-steamed black mussels with local herbs or a rich mushroom pasta. This unforgettable experience ends with the chance to tuck into the delicious creations, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “eating fresh”.
For more information about Mount Nelson Hotel please contact Fugazi Travel.
Migration Magic in Botswana
November marks a spectacular transition in Botswana, as migratory birds return to the area from the northern hemisphere. Experience the magic and enjoy inspiring vistas, wild encounters and luxury accommodation each day.
Situated on remote Xaxaba island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, Eagle Island Camp overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Amongst the myriad of activities available at the camp, you can also explore the region by local canoe, fish with a local trained fisherman or enjoy a walking safari through the delta.
Migration Magic package includes:
A Classic Southern City Known for its Charm and Gentility
Located in the very heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Place Hotel offers you luxurious rooms and suites, a full-service spa with Infinity pool, the Mobil Four Star Charleston Grill and more than 30 world-famous shops.
Charleston has something for everybody—the perfect destination to take friends and family.
Family Fun Package
Introduce your family to Charleston’s legendary charm. Reserve a Junior Suite and a connecting Deluxe Level room and receive 25% off our regular rates.
White Days in St Petersburg
A cultural and culinary landmark, Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in social, cultural, civic, and business life of St Petersburg for over 135 years.
At the heart of St Petersburg, within walking distance of the Palace Square and Winter Palace, home to the Hermitage museum. Grand Hotel Europe enjoys an ideal location on the famous Nevsky Prospekt, the primary shopping avenue of St Petersburg. The hotel combines the charm and elegance of 19th century tsarist Russia with the contemporary comfort.
A stay here takes your guests straight to the heart of Russia, especially during the White Days of winter, when snow lies outside and a warm welcome awaits within. With its luxuriously appointed rooms & suites, each elegantly designed to the highest standards and its five restaurants offering the world's finest cuisines for Russian, French, Italian & Asian dining, Grand Hotel Europe is The place to be when travelling in St Petersburg.
The White Days package includes: