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The best of both, a great idea to include a little bit of this and a touch of that; or something along those lines. I recently headed past Gordons Bay and along Clarens Drive, in the company of my travel buddy The Roaming Giraffe as we made our way to the Arabella Hotel and Spa on the Bot River Lagoon. Less than an hours drive from Cape Town, Arabella had invited me to experience their new Best of Both promotion.


Combining the extravagance of a luxuriously appointed spa with the fynbos infused natural beauty of the lagoon, Arabella is perfectly situated for some much needed time out to indulge your pass time of choice. Now you and your significant other can do it together!


Bonus, I say.


Sunrise over Bot River Lagoon at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots


The Fynbos Way of Life

The prevalence of fynbos is to be found throughout the Arabella estate, both in the fauna and flora as well as in many nuances throughout the hotel, spa and golf club. So much so that fynbos is the mark of craft at Arabella. Mark of Craft is a rather interesting initiative undertaken at all Autograph Collection Hotels to celebrate a unique aspect of each property.


From Proteas and Aloes along the Bot River Lagoon, to fynbos infused biltong waiting in the room on check-in and even a Protea inspired cocktail, Arabella is truly breathtaking. Time on the estate lends itself to a slower pace of life, to explore, camera in hand, a unique biome in our beautiful South Africa. The hotel even practices responsible bee-farming and produces honey which I enjoyed with scones one morning.


Gin and Biltong welcome at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots

Aloe at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots

Protea at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots


Time Out at the Spa and a Spot of Golf

You don’t have to ask me twice to indulge in spa treatments. So, having checked in, I made my way to the Arabella Spa, one of South Africa’s premier spa destinations. I had heard much about this award-winning spa with their world-first African Rainforest Experience. Two hours of magical combinations of water and steam treatments awaited me, inspired by the rains of Africa herself; it was a lavish indulgence and an opportunity for some much-needed pampering.


Arabella Spa lounge at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots


Not being one for things sports-orientated, I nevertheless decided to try my hand at golf, in the capable hands of Arabella Golf Club Manager Mike. So bright and early the following morning Mike and I met to try and teach me the basics of a good swing.


Epic fail on my part. So I present for your viewing pleasure, an action shot of Mike doing what he does best, as I did what I do best – I filmed him. Be sure to check out my video below. The golf course is rather pretty though and is rated in the top ten courses in South Africa.


Rake on golf course at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots

Rainbow over lagoon at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots


Neighbours Across the Lagoon

Saturday afternoon saw Di and I jump into our Ford EcoSport and head across the lagoon to Benguela Cove for some wine tasting at this relative new kid on the block. Think chandeliers and aluminium wine tanks, blue velvet seating and black wooden tables. Think of art that touches you deeply on first sight and a glass of rose that encourages you to rethink your preconceived notions about this skin-contact produced wine.


Benguela Cove is a juxtaposition of many things we have come to expect about wine farms and wine tasting. Check out my video below as Jaco shares some insight into this quirky label, and be sure to book in advance if you plan on eating at the Moody Lagoon restaurant, which is well worth a visit.


Take Advantage of the Special Offer

The Best of Both special running at Arabella Hotel and Spa gets you a deluxe room, full English breakfast for two, a 20% discount at the Arabella Golf Course as well as a 20% discount at the Arabella Spa with complimentary access to the hydro pool, sensation showers, sauna and steam room, for R950 per person sharing per night, until 3 January 2020.


Experience Arabella with me

Check out all the Arabella action in my video diary of the weekend below.


**JEEPERS my spa experience had me so relaxed, in the video above I refer to Johan as the Marketing Manager when in fact he is the Hotel General Manager; sorry Johan, my bad.


Feeling Blue at the Sea

As a Joburger,  spending time at the sea always puts me in a good mood. So I decided to enhance this frame of mind with my new Jimmy Choo Man Blue fragrance. Crafted for the multi-faceted man who revels in degrees of contradiction, my sense of excitement was spurred on by the woody, aromatic scent.


Just what the man who enjoys the best of both would appreciate, my Jimmy Choo fragrance had me smelling like a million bucks while complimenting the lavish water and steam delights I had just experienced in the Arabella Spa’s African Rainforest experience. 


Jimmy Choo Man Blue at Arabella Hotel and Spa on My Lime Boots


Travel Arrangements

My journey to Arabella started with a flight down to Cape Town on British Airways, operated in South Africa by Comair. My business class flight set the tone for the luxurious stay that awaited me at Arabella Hotel and Spa and the early morning glass of champers was a real treat. Not to mention access to the Slow Lounge at OR Tambo, and all was set for a best of both weekend to be remembered.



Moving around greater Cape Town was a dream in the facelift Ford EcoSport which drew quite a bit of attention as Di and I motored around the Bot River Lagoon in this nifty little performer.


A massive thank you to Johan and his team at Arabella Hotel and Spa for hosting me and allowing me to truly experience the Best of Both.



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