Royal Malewane – A thrill for All our Senses

Imagine waking up in the middle of an exotic paradise, surrounded by the majestic animals. Berkeley Bespoke was welcomed to Royal Malewane – a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort. A truly magical experience meeting the Big Five, indulging in sensual treatments at their tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and being surprised by the chefs at the nightly feasts under the African stars.

The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the World’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It is located in the Mpumulanga Province and is about a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg. Approximately the same size as Israel or Wales, it covers some 19,485 square kilometres offering a rich diversity of ecosystems that support over 145 mammal species including the Big 5 and over 500 bird species. The untamed environment stirs deep emotions. We have experienced meaningful and life-changing encounters with wildlife – being 2 metres away from 15 sleeping Lions! Adrenalin pumping adventure!

Wake up before sunrise and experience the ‘Lowveld’ – one of the most spectacular and dramatic regions in South Africa. The ‘Panorama Route’ includes incredible geographic sites such as God’s Window, The Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Mac Mac Falls. Pilgrim’s Rest offers a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and its people in their quest to discover gold. The ‘Big 5’ phrase was coined by hunters back in the day. It referred to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot and the degree of danger involved. The term is still used today but without the hunting connotations.

On most private safaris in Southern Africa, we have been guided on specialised Land Rovers by a ranger who drives the vehicle and by a tracker who sits on an especially precarious seat at the front of the bonnet. The tracker’s job is to find elusive wildlife and to notice and interpret nature’s subtle clues through acutely honed senses.

There is no bond stronger than the indelible and intuitive connection between a ranger and a tracker. Wild adventures, unique encounters and proud achievements punctuate their derring-do filled days. Followed by a cuisine that is complemented by a natural canvas to savour as much as the delicate flavours with the dining area overlooking the Malewane River where a variety of curious creatures great and small venture to slake their thirst. The Bush Tent at Royal Malewane provides a feast in the heart of the African wilderness. A truly remarkable and romantic experience with glowing lanterns casting a gentle light among the brightly burning braziers.

Introducing the Farmstead at Royal Malewane

A Brand New – Farmstead is a beautiful new lodge at Royal Malewane just a 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge. The land is elevated offering dramatic views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park while the lodge itself surrounds a watering hole popular with the abundant wildlife. The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of the main lodge area, three Luxury Farm Suites, and The Farmhouse. The Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse are either sides of a central lodge area where guests will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the elegant and comfortable spaces. After dinner guests can relax around the fire pit on the vast deck and reflect on the day’s adventures. There is a double spa treatment room offering a variety of indulgent treatments as well as a gym.

Following last year’s refurbishment of the existing lodge at Royal Malewane, The Farmstead offers something unique in terms of luxury safari accommodation in stark contrast to the ultra-modern style in vogue. In the main lodge area, a vintage North African banking kiosk is repurposed as a serving hatch for the delicious cuisine of Executive Chef Brandon Souris.

The collection of contemporary African Art enhances The Royal Portfolio’s already extensive private collection with notable pieces by Kudzanai Chiurai and James Jana among other works from the AVA Gallery and Smith Studio. In keeping with the community involvement of The Farmstead, there are a number of pieces from Lalela.

There are three Luxury Farm Suites. Each has a spacious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower as well as an outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandahs as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where inquisitive wildlife might pay a little visit.

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. Similar to Africa House and the Royal Suites, The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with a dedicated Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate in luxury. There are three main bedrooms as well as a smaller children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. The total area of The Farmhouse is 636 square metres (6845 square feet) including the vast verandahs and deck. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

The Farmstead is offered as four individual units but will be ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests. Rates are all inclusive.

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities.

Support for the community and conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. The local community needs to realise the financial gains of tourism in order to see the value in protecting wildlife and the environment. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community. Not only will The Royal Portfolio employ and develop members of the community, but at the end of that long lease both the land and the asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio in perpetuity.

Singita Lebombo Lodge is a celebration of cutting-edge experiences in Africa

Our desire to explore the World has never been so inquisitive. Our journey to Singita Lebombo Lodge was an incredible feeling of being surrounded by picturesque nature, with a renewed sense of freedom and piqued sense of curiosity – a truly life-changing adventure. The modern Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Private Singita Lebombo Concession within a remote part of the Greater Kruger region of South Africa, on the border of wild Mozambique.

A tranquil sanctuary – Lebombo concession is an ecological grant developed by Singita in a special, remote part of northern Kruger undertaking a mission in the conservation of wildlife. It is the only reserve in all of Greater Kruger wilderness area to switch over to solar energy. With the structure in place, 1188 photovoltaic solar panels were installed, connected to state-of-the-art batteries and inverters situated close to lodge. Two new diesel generators provide back-up power for cloudy days and when the battery systems run low. With solar energy providing clean carbon-free power electricity consumption at the concession will be halved. A similar solar installation is also ensuring a lighter footprint for the Singita staff village.

We had the pleasure to experience a private villa – the most exciting extension of the lodge; set apart from the main lodge, it features two 2-bedroom suites, each with a private pool. Bold and contemporary, sculptural and organic, the light-filled, ordered structures of the lodge seem almost dropped into the untamed terrain of Singita’s privately-leased concession. Other highlights of the lodge include a roof terrace and wine studio (a multi-level retreat which boasts a library, multi-media room, wine studio and rooftop viewing area). 

Since our previous Space Issue of Berkeley Bespoke Magazine, we always on a watch for fascinating Stargazing experiences. Man has had a love affair with the nighttime sky for centuries and with very little pollution and no city lights to detract for the stars, the view of the heavens at Singita Lebombo Lodge will be crystal clear.

Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while evening drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. During our stay at Singita Lebombo Lodge, we were fortuitous to spot a great variety of wildlife, including leopard, famously large prides of lion, white rhino, elephant and all the rare habitats of our planet.

Another incredible addition – is a camera kit, that is suited to wildlife photography and available for rent during your stay at both Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges. The equipment is available and suitable for all levels of photographers. Both lodges also offer a Photographic Library, complete with one-on-one post-production advice from your guide.

Design your own Adventure in South Africa

Mikey Reece and Andrew Bezhenar

INTENSE ATTRACTION – 24 Carat Gold indulgence by Black Pearl

Serene and eternal – Gold has represented beauty since ancient times. And Berkeley Bespoke has discovered luxurious properties of a Black Pearl line, that leaves the skin laced in a majestic gold sheen. We have been taken on a journey of total relaxation and wellbeing at The Delaire Graff Spa. Set in its own unique surroundings, with four elegant Spa suites for guests to experience, an altogether more rarefied calm, where skin perfection and treatments leave the body and mind glowing.

Developed with tireless effort over the last 40 years, Black Pearl pairs the benefits of ancient and natural ingredients rich in minerals and nourishing oils with cutting edge science. The 27 unique minerals that heal and moisturise the skin are enhanced with Tahitian black pearl rich in organic- matrix calcium carbonate. Calcium-carbonate is known to draw water into the skin particularly well. Like its namesake, the Black Pearl line embodies uniqueness, strength and the power of nature.

The combination of 27 unique minerals, seaweed and Tahitian Black Pearl make the Black Pearl range unique. Tahitian Pearl is calcium carbonate, very like the structure of bone: seen by the body as own. In addition, the ingredients in the formulations are rare e.g. Duniallela algae and 24 carat gold collection 10 years through a collaboration with a leading Israeli biotechnology company.

For all the Devine Experiences Black Pearl has developed a range of treatments:

BLACK PEARL BODY ILLUMINATION RITUAL · 90 minutes

A beautiful ritual fit for a queen! Following a mineral salt full body polish, your body will be spoilt by a Divine 24Karat Body Butter massage. To elevate this ritual, we complete your journey with a Cleopatra Gold facial, leaving your skin luminous and glowing!

LUX PERFECTION · Facial · 105 minutes

An exclusive ritual that inspires absolute luminosity in the skin thanks to precious ingredients and the refinement and power of 24 Carat Gold.

LUX INDULGENCE · Facial · 50 minutes

From perfection to indulgence, an experience of an absolute luminosity that is brought to your skin with our Cleopatra 24 Carat Gold Mask and its precious ingredients in a unique and efficient ritual with lasting results.

LUX MINERAL PURITY · Body · 75 minutes

A purifying scrub and detoxifying mud will flood the senses and cleanse the body for absolute luminosity and rebirth of the skin. The application of 24 Carat Gold body butter provides intense nourishment to the skin.

LUX CEREMONY · Signature · 135 minutes

Absolute luminosity for both body and face in this extraordinary Signature Treatment which combines a glowing facial and an intense healing body ritual through the power of 24 Carat Gold.

24K GOLD GODDESS · Facial · 60 minutes

Phenomenal! From perfection to indulgence you can experience the absolute luminosity that is brought to your skin with the purest and finest quality 24 carat gold: combined with potent anti-oxidants in a Citrine Ritual for the face. This anti-ageing journey delivers powerful rejuvenation and healing benefits derived from the high concentration of 24 carat gold and nanotechnology.

MIDAS TOUCH · Body · 60 minutes

Envelop your body in the healing power of mineral salt and oil scrub of the highest quality: for full body iridescence and vital skin rejuvenation. The application of 24 carat gold Devine Body Butter provides intense nourishment and anti-oxidation to the skin: and provides the body with the same extraordinary anti-ageing treatment usually reserved only for the face.

The FEAST of aesthetics: Experiencing The Silo Hotel in Cape Town

 

How unexpected. The Silo Hotel. Magical Experince. A luxurious hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted structures glisten like diamonds during the day while at night the building transforms into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

It is a truly celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio.

With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team have crafted a number of casual and contemporary menus that include lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar snacks and a wonderful Sunday Roast. Chef Veronica believes in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.

The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms. There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests. The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom – in 1995.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 6 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The images and floor plans below are indicative of the category only. We cannot guarantee a particular room (other than the penthouse), only the room category.

Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure Magazine. The ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.

DELAIRE GRAFF SPA: A distinctive experience, leaving a captivating memory

Berkeley Bespoke was taken on a journey of total relaxation and wellbeing at The Delaire Graff Spa. Set in its own unique surroundings, with four elegant Spa suites for guests to experience, an altogether more rarefied calm, where skin perfection and treatments leave the body and mind glowing.

Expert hands guide guests in indulgent all-day Spa rituals, pampering and wellness. Lodge guests and all visitors can take time out at the stunning infinity pool and destination restaurant, Indochine. With treatments available for all ages, Delaire Graff Spa crafts all experiences using the finest beauty products from Swiss Perfection, Aromatherapy Associates and Terres d’Afrique.

Experiencing luxurious Black Pearl products

Black Pearl is a luxurious and innovative range of skin care products now available in South Africa. Developed with tireless effort over the last 40 years, Black Pearl has risen from humble beginnings to a line that pairs the benefits of ancient and natural ingredients rich in minerals and nourishing oils with cutting edge science. The 27 unique minerals that heal and moisturise the skin are enhanced with Tahitian black pearl rich in organic-matrix calcium carbonate. Calcium-carbonate is known to draw water into the skin particularly well. This vital ingredient lends the product its name and ensures instant results that aid an even skin tone and provide iridescence to the skin.

Like its namesake the Black Pearl line embodies uniqueness, strength and the power of nature. Black Pearl is the latest range of superior skincare products developed by a thriving family business. Despite its global footprint, this enterprise has stayed close to its roots with all of the inspiration that this brings. Black Pearl is now excited to share the benefits of many years of endeavour with new markets. The entrepreneur who started the business believes his raison d’etre is to help those who feel invisible. From this existential purpose has evolved a range of skin care products that deliver on that objective; skin that is radiant, healthy, balanced, indulged and… visible.

Unforgettable Black Pearl Body Illumination treatment

Achieve absolute luminosity for both face and body in this extraordinary Signature Treatment which combines the power and science of 24 carat gold for a flawless skin tone on your entire body.  

Luminescent body scrub with the exclusive Vanilla and Patchouli salt scrub. Beautiful salt spheres gently exfoliate the skin leaving it revitalised and with a lustre that only sea minerals can bring.

Devine Body Butter Massage: Allow your body to be enveloped in flakes of real 24-karat gold which provide authentic royal richness in this creamy body butter, formulated with Shea butter and coconut oil for enhanced hydration and a beautifully smooth feel. Gold is thought to stimulate the skin, boosting its natural radiance and prevent premature aging, 

Following your devine body butter massage, we continue with a purifying Cleopatra Gold facial treatment ritual which allows you to truly benefit from the anti-ageing phenomenon that is Black Pearl 24-karat gold.

 

We have searched far and wide to offer our guests only the very best that the world can offer. But the true ethos of our spa is in the care and transformation of our guests. If we want to create health, we need to start channelling our unconscious mind through conscious intent. At our spa, our aim is to tap into your body’s ability to heal itself through holistic touch therapies as well as advanced and luxurious skin care and technology. Thereby, we are planting the seed of intent and creating an environment in your body to allow the seed to flourish into a healthy mind, body and soul. Therefore, you start the healing process by making the conscious decision to take time for yourself, and we carry on the journey with our wide variety of face and body rituals aimed at releasing tension and encouraging transformation on a subconscious and conscious level. 

Hildegard Carstens

Spa Manager, Delaire Graff Spa