Do It Yourself Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day celebrated each year to show appreciation to all mothers.

Have a picnic!

Instead of breakfast in bed, make this Mother’s Day extra special by arranging a DIY Mother’s Day picnic. If you have a mother in your life – whether it’s a friend, a partner, or your own mother – a picnic will surely be the way to make her feel appreciated.

Location, location

Choose a location to enjoy the picnic. Whether you drive to one of your mother’s favourite spots or set it up outside in the garden, show your love for all the mothers in your life with a family picnic.

Set the scene by placing a few beautiful blankets and add elegant pillows for the guests to relax on.  Part of the fun of a picnic is that you can throw picnic blankets almost anywhere to set the scene for a unique experience.

The Menu

Keep the menu simple enough to transport easily but make it interesting. Think finger food. Prepare food items that your mother loves most and that is easy to prepare in advance.

Finger foods to consider include small gourmet hamburgers, sandwiches topped with a variety of items such as roast pork, bacon, chicken, tomato, pickled cucumber and rocket. Small quiche bites, cheese and a selection of cold meats are also easy-to-eat items to be included. Keep a bottle of sparkling wine and juice cold in a cooler to serve as refreshing drinks.

Make use of mason jars to serve the salad in- these are easy to transport and gives a beautiful twist to the salad. Finish off with a delicious dessert such as beautiful cupcakes that can be made in advance.

Don’t forget the gift

For the cherry on the cake, spoil your mother a little more by blessing her with a gift. Consider these affordable items for this Mother’s Day:

Written by: Katrien Nel


Here are your Mother’s Day options

Mother’s Day at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller take the hassle out of the kitchen by preparing a Sunday Feast for Mum and the family. The menu is set around old-school family lunches with abundant tables taking you on a journey through the Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan wine ranges.

Starters and desserts are plated and the mains are served in platters – perfect for sharing. Wine during the lunch is included.

Price R370,00 per person, children 12 years and under R150,00.

Booking details:

Tel: 021 876 8500



The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town

Exclusively on Mother’s Day, The Ritz hotel will be serving lunch at Top of The Ritz, and it is limited to 60 lucky guests.

R850 per person includes a seven-course meal and a glass of bubbly.

Bookings are essential.

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Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.

The maximum table size is a 6 seater and the price excludes drinks and gratuity.

You can also join The Ritz at CASA restaurant for a poolside Sunday Glam Brunch with Mum, accompanied by live entertainment. Brunch commences from 11am until 5pm, served in the form of a lavish buffet and a glass of bubbles.

Limited to 180 guests

Booking details:

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Allée Bleue Wine Estate

Join Allée Bleue Wine Estate for a delectable 3-course menu hosted in the courtyard, including a glass of the estate’s Brut Rosé upon arrival. The courses include a choice of a meat or vegetarian main option as well as an inviting choice of desserts.

R195,00 Per Person. Bookings are essential.

View the menu here.

Bookings: 021 874 1021

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Avondale Wine Estate

Mother’s Day at FABER at Avondale, care of Chef Dale Stevens, offers a set menu 4-course sharing lunch (2 starters, 1 main, 1 dessert) priced at R525 per adult. Children will receive a “kiddies” menu, with a choice of a main course and a dessert priced at R110 for 2 courses.

Bookings: 021 202 1219



Terroir at Kleine Zalze

Master chef Michael Broughton will be offering his quintessential provençal style menu. Mums receive a garden rose and a flute of complimentary Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé.

Bookings: 021 880 8167



Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff

Join Four Seasons The Westcliff for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Flames Restaurant.

Price R 795 per person, children from 1-12 dine at half price

That same evening Classics on the Hill is transformed into Swinging Classics featuring the Charl Du Plessis Trio. Hailed as the most unique trio of their generation with new crossover arrangements of classical masterpieces, they will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more composers from the world of classical music in their signature jazz trio style. The show starts at 5pm and tickets cost R795 per person which includes a gourmet buffet dinner.

If you are looking to truly indulge mom, look no further than the Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff. Two Balinese spa therapists from the Four Seasons sister resort in Jimbaran Bay, will be making Four Seasons The Westcliff their home for the month of May providing authentic Balinese spa treatments in the heart of Johannesburg. What better way to say thank you to your mom than with an exclusive pampering session at the luxurious Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff.

Bookings: 011 481 6000

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Forti Grill and Bar

Forti Grill and Bar in Pretoria will be serving their serving their comprehensive à la carte menu, which has something for every taste. This is next level feasting and Chef Fortunato will have you serenading to your Mum before the afternoon is over!

There will be two seatings for the day, one at 12pm and another at 3pm to ensure that Forti Grill and Bar can accommodate as many guests as possible.

Mothers will receive a complimentary bar of chocolate from Forti as a small token of appreciation for everything that moms do.

Bookings: 012 003 6180



Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House

Makaron will exclusively be open for lunch on Mother’s Day and Chef Lucas Carstens will serve his signature à la carte menu. Mums receive a complimentary glass of Méthode Cap Classique upon arrival.

Bookings:  021 880 1549

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Sugar Shack’s the place to be

The West Coast is one of South Africa’s most unique and unspoiled areas, with pristine beaches and quaint fishing villages like Paternoster.

Sugar Shack Paternoster offers a rustic holiday with a touch of style and modern conveniences, with the add on of a mere two minutes’ walk down to the beach.

During summer months, sipping sundowners whilst relaxing on the hammock on the upstairs deck with sweeping views over the ocean is the norm. From here you can also enjoy watching the fishing boats return with their bounty. The kitchen (a gourmet lover’s dream), is fitted out with Le Creuset pots and KitchenAid equipment and the open plan dining and sitting room opens onto a spacious veranda with sheltered braai facilities.

Even though we encourage digital detox with every chance we get, families can also be well entertained with a full DSTV premium package, DVD player, Wi-Fi. There is a large seletion of board games to entertain adults and young ones as well. A roaring fire place in the living area awaits for those chilly and romantic West Coast winter evenings, which are slowly, but surely approaching.

It’s the perfect getaway for long summer family holidays, an escape for friends to reacquaint and intimate weekends for two.

The exterior and interior of this home is painted in the traditional West Coast white and trimmed with pretty candy pink shutters. The outside shower in the olive garden and the stairs leading up to the upstairs deck boasts magnificent Moroccan blue and white tiles. White-washed furniture and carefully chosen original art pieces complement the home and all bedrooms are beautifully finished off with white linen and down pillows. The home offers relaxed holiday-style decor that includes local original art works, creating a special ambiance of which memorable holidays are made of.

Sugar Shack is owned and operated by hospitality perception management specialists, Lise and Ian Manley. Their extensive experience both locally and abroad ensures a seamless and hassle-free holiday experience from initial enquiry to arrival. A locally based housekeeper meets and greets guests on arrival and is on call during the duration of your stay.

Sugar Shack Paternoster can accommodate 2 – 6 guests very comfortably.

Things included:

  • Upstairs deck with a full sea view
  • 3 beautifully appointed double bedrooms
  • 3 well-appointed bathrooms (two with showers and one with a Victorian bath)
  • Open plan gourmet kitchen, dining and lounge area, leading onto a spacious enclosed “stoep” with a built-in braai area and stairs leading up to a spacious veranda with 360 degree views of sea and village life
  • Microwave, stove, television, full DSTV and DVD player
  • Towels and linen
  • Fold-away cot
  • Wi-Fi
  • Secure enclosed parking for 2 cars
  • Alarm and security beams around the property

The base rate per night for the whole cottage is R3000.00. During Peak Season (Easter Weekend and 15 December to 15 January) the rate is R4400.00 per night.

Picnic at Grande Provence this Easter

I went to Grande Provence once with my then travel writing teacher and continuous mentor, Carrie Hampton (otherwise known as the SafariTart). The rainy weather probably added to the charm of the place and I remember having one of the best dinners ever. It’s been a few years since then, but I can definitely recommend this lovely place.

Enjoy a relaxed family picnic this Easter Sunday, with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a wide variety of delicious country-style eats and fabulous wines at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

In addition to picnic baskets filled to the brim, you can opt for a selection of lighter foods and enjoy the soothing sounds of a classical ensemble in beautifully landscaped gardens. Think bubbly and oysters from the oyster bar, filled paninis, home-made ice teas and lemonade, a heavenly Angels Tears wine and nougat pairings, artisanal coffee and fresh produce stands. The art in the Sculpture Garden under the majestic oaks is also something to behold.

Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, children will be entertained with lawn games such as croquet, giant Jenga, face painting and a hot chocolate fountain. Let the kids have fun while you sit back and savour a glass or two of Grande Provence‘s wines and elegant Méthode Cap Classique – with oysters of course!

The picnic starts at 10h00 and ends at 16h00 on Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018. Entry is free, but bookings for the Easter Picnic Baskets (R500 per couple and R150 per child), need to be made ahead of time. Contact 021 876 8600 or email


Take advantage of their Heartland dinner, bed and breakfast offer, which also starts on the 1st of April and stay a while.

Available from April until the end of September, tailor-made Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury for the ultimate escape. It’s a private cottage that comprises of four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by lush vines and breath-taking views, this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends.

Tucked away in the Franschhoek heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence is a unique destination with a myriad of exceptional experiences including award winning wines, modern South African cuisine by Executive Chef, Guy Bennett, at The Restaurant and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art at The Gallery. Grande Provence is one of the jewels of The Huka Retreats, a collection of exclusive, internationally acclaimed properties offering the ultimate in understated luxury in unmatched locations in New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa to the world’s most discerning travellers.

Gabriëlskloof – ‘n Syrah Towerspel

Gabriëlskloof Landgoed in die Overberg skyn in Juliemaand die kollig op ’n indrukwekkende portefeulje unieke Syrah-wyne in sy nuut omskepte Landskapskelder. Die rare vertoongeleentheid, wat ’n plattelandse middagete langs ‘n kaggelvuur insluit, sal op Saterdag, 28 Julie, plaasvind.

Che Syrah, Syrah, ’n speling op Que Sera, Sera (wat moet wees, sal wees) verwys na die natuur se onvoorspelbaarheid en die min beheer wat daar oor die wingerde en die terroir-gehalte wat in elke Gabriëlskloof Syrah vasgevang is, is. Die gesegde, Que Sera, Sera, het in die 1950s met ‘n Doris Day-liedjie bekend geraak.

Gabriëlskloof is net buite Botrivier geleë – ’n streek wat van die land se beste Syrah-wyn produseer. Die grootste deel van die landgoed lê onder Syrah aanplantings, wat die inspirasie agter Gabriëlskloof se twee Landscape Syrahs, wat die diversiteit van die terroir uitlig, was.

28 Julie se Che Syrah, Syrah sal ’n intieme kykie na Gabriëlskloof se Syrah evolusie – van beide stilistiese- en terroir perspektiewe, asook van die ouskool-dae van die Swartrivier Shiraz tot die ontluiking van die Landscape Syrahs bied. Die geleentheid bring hulde aan uitstekende wyne wat ’n totale en verrassende ommeswaai in styl ervaar het: van dig en eikehout-gedrewe, tot verfyn en terroir-gedrewe.

“Dit gaan oor ons reis om die beste plekke en die beste klone op die plaas te vind en watter kombinasie van hierdie twee die beste wyn sal lewer,” sê Gabriëlskloof se wingerdboukundige en algemene bestuurder, Barry Anderson. “Dit wentel om die leerproses van hoe om met die land te boer; om na balans tussen die groei en die vrug te kyk; en oor die verfyning wat ons uiteindelik na die beste wyne vir ons Landscape-reeks gelei het.”

Tydens die Che Syrah, Syrah geleentheid sal gaste om 11:00 met ’n wynproe van die ouer wyne verwelkom word, waartydens ’n paar internasionale skatte en ook van Gabriëlskloof se vorige-, huidige- en toekomstige aanbiedinge waardeer kan word. Dit sal ook eerstehandse insigte tydens ’n wandeling deur die Landskapskelder insluit. Die toer sal deur die eienaar, Bernard Heyns, keldermeester, Peter-Allan Finlayson, en die wynmaker, Donovan Ackermann, gelei word. Daarna sal gaste ‘n heilsame fees, wat deur Gabriëlskloof Restaurant se sjef, Frans Groenewald, voorberei word kan geniet. Dit gaan natuurlik ook met Syrah in menigte vorms en geure gepaard. Tussen die watertand keuses van tuisgemaakte soppe en heerlike nageregte, sal die ster van die dag ’n heerlike lamsbredie, getrou aan sy Overbergse wortels, wees.


Kaartjies is van Juniemaand af teen R450 per persoon beskikbaar en sluit die Syrah-proe in die Landskapskelder en die wintersmiddagete met gepaardgaande wyne in. Besoek Gabriëlskloof se webwerf of kontak 028 284 9865 / vir meer besonderhede.

The Test Kitchen to ‘wow’ diners with a pop-up restaurant in Mauritius

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius is excited about their new culinary partnership with The Test Kitchen, an internationally acclaimed fine dining destination based in Cape Town. Set to further cement the resort’s position as Mauritius’ leading dining hotspot, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa will host The Test Kitchen for six weeks – from 12 April to 26 May 2018 – at the Republik Beach Club & Grill.

Guests will be invited to experience a unique culinary journey curated by The Test Kitchen’s award-winning Chef-Patron, Luke Dale Roberts, during the partnership. Synonymous with the finest, most creative and innovative food in Africa, Roberts will be bringing outstanding gourmet experiences to the shores of Shangri-La’s Le Tousserok Resort & Spa with a tapas menu and a five course menu, of which two variations will be available at different dates. The menus will reflect his journey around the world and will be specially curated to showcase Mauritian spices and flavours at their best. The pristine white beaches of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa will provide a stunning backdrop for this once in a lifetime experience, which will see Roberts and his stellar team of 17 share their expert techniques and passion for flavour alongside the resort’s chefs. To further heighten this gourmet experience, guests will also be treated to tableside cocktail blending.

Described as a “world class dining destination that is worthy of a flight” by the prestigious JHP Gourmet Guide and awarded both “Best Restaurant in Africa” as well as “22nd Best Restaurant in the World” in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2016, The Test Kitchen definitely has an international appeal. Diners from across the globe travel to South Africa to experience Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’s unique and innovative culinary journey of 21 courses, presented on a Food Map. This April, for the first time, the restaurant is taking its gastronomic adventure to new heights, by launching its first ever international outpost, The Test Kitchen Mauritius, at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. The special collaboration will give food lovers the chance to sample The Test Kitchen’s famed cuisine in paradise – the shores of this iconic Mauritian property.

Opened by award-winning Chef Luke Dale Roberts in 2010, The Test Kitchen consists of a Dark Room and a Light Room, both only open for dinner. Dining at this restaurant is a true culinary journey, commencing in The Dark Room with a snack menu paired with curated cocktails, followed by a 5-course gourmet menu in The Light Room. It is within The Dark Room that guests are presented with a Food Map on a parchment scroll informing them of the culinary treasures they are about to taste, followed by the arrival of the first of five Dark Room dishes. The Light Room is an airier and more formal room with a menu that reflects Chef Luke Dale Roberts’s journey around the world. Signature dishes include the Peruvian ceviche, harking back to the months Roberts spent travelling through South America, as well as a Billionaire’s Shortbread as a nod to the chef’s love of Scotland. To echo The Test Kitchen’s Dark Room and Light Room, guests will start their evening at the Republik Bar area to enjoy the tapas menu with cocktails as associated with the Dark Room. They will then continue their gastronomic journey at the beachfront restaurant, for a five-course gourmet menu in tribute to the iconic restaurant’s Light Room.

In addition to Republik Beach Club & Grill, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is also home to six other trendy restaurants and bars with cutting-edge dining concepts, vibrant atmospheres and artistic collaborations. The hotel also boasts two swimming pools, an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, a kids’ club and CHI, The Spa focusing on indigenous and holistic wellness. The resort features Ilot Mangénie, a private island exclusively accessible to resort’s guests, as well as three iconic beach villas which come replete with dedicated teams of staff.

The Test Kitchen Mauritius experience is priced at MUR 3500 (about R 1250) per person, including the Dark Room’s snack menu of four dishes, served tapas style, and the Light Room’s five-course gourmet menu.

For more information and reservations: Tel: 0800 028 3337,

‘La Rive’ Luxury Villa opens in Franschhoek

The quintessential luxury Cape winelands villa, La Rive Franschhoek, has opened for exclusive-use bookings. Tucked away in sprawling private gardens on 2,5 acres of land, the traditional, privately owned Cape manor house offers privacy and security, yet is located in the heart of Franschhoek, within walking distance of the village’s restaurants and attractions.

Designed with deep verandas and a covered terrace with several lounge and dining areas set around a magnificent swimming pool, La Rive provides a warm and welcome home to families or groups of friends travelling together. Its bespoke, elegant interiors are a marriage of colonial English and traditional Cape Dutch heritage within a contemporary colour palette showcasing collection pieces by artists from across the globe and an alchemy of classic and artistic influences throughout the villa.

La Rive Villa can accommodate up to 12 guests in six luxurious suites with private bathrooms. The Manor House includes the spacious master bedroom suite, as well as two loft rooms, one accommodating up to three guests which are ideal for children sharing. In addition, three private garden cottages are individually decorated and each offer a double bedroom with a patio.

The epitome of comfort and unsurpassed quality, the generous living area within the Manor House boasts a high thatched ceiling and doors opening out onto the gardens and the protected pool terrace. An indoor wood-burning fireplace heats up the open plan living area on cosy winter evenings, while in summer, tranquil, shady verandas lend itself perfectly to relaxed dining and entertaining. Other special features include a grand piano, a TV room with flat screen TV and premium TV channels, as well as a fully equipped integrated kitchen staffed by a professional chef, leading to poolside barbeque areas and a pizza oven.

Forming part of the La Rive portfolio that is managed by luxury villa expert Alexis Gillis, seasonal rates range between R42 000 and R58 000 per night – inclusive of full breakfast and all beverages (excludes French champagne), a butler service and WiFi.

Photo credit: Hamish Niven Photography