A Year of Indulgence

Do you have an appetite for a culinary discovery? Thirsty for new gourmet creations? Hungry for creative new concepts? Then South Africa is your destination.

A culinary melting pot of master pieces influenced by a myriad of fantastic cooking cultures that result in some of the world’s finest restaurants and most brilliant chefs.

Main at The Test Kitchen

Main at The Test Kitchen

South Africa is a culinary destination like no other – whether you looking for refined French inspired haute-cuisine set amidst a five star greenhouse, local Cape Malay menus that will warm up body, mind and soul in a bustling Food Bazaar or modern Fusion cuisine served in generous tapas sizes with unlimited bubbly to wash all the goodness down high above the beauty that is Cape Town – we have it all!

Dinning area of The Waterkloof

Dinning area of The Waterkloof Restaurant

And no one loves drinking, eating and celebrating a meal and the coming together more than South Africans do. Possibly the number one reason I stayed in this country and still fall in love with it all over again every day is because the families, the getting together and how everything is centred around meals is so familiar to me from the Italian background I originate from.

Main at La Colombe

Main at La Colombe

The holidays and the new beginning of a year is a special time – my most favourite time of the year – a time of indulgence starts and a time of new resolutions follows. Indulgence in holidays, time with our loved ones, a time of giving, gifting and sharing and a time to celebrate. Followed by a time of determination and fresh energy to strive towards new goals and new adventures.

And why not instead of always having the restraint from indulgence as a New Year resolution think about engulfing in new culinary experiences or in our case: new culinary destinations as your resolution?

The Tasting Room in the Cape Winelands

The Tasting Room in the Cape Winelands

And speaking of culinary: The Eat Out Awards recently awarded South Africa’s favourite indulgence: its Top 10 Restaurants. Unsurprisingly 8 out of 10 are located in Cape Town and its surrounding Winelands! And two of our far away neighbours in Sandton and Pretoria make up the total ten.

So if you are looking for the ultimate indulgent holiday and want to discover all of them on just one trip then get in touch with us and ask us about our ultimate culinary experience itinerary that celebrates this new year as one of indulgence and brings you the best of what Cape Town has to offer whether it is gifts, special events for lovers and families alike or the culinary superpowers – we have it all and more. And we also have a number of fun activities in store if you feel like action alongside all the indulgence.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge dinner

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge dinner

Our itinerary takes you from Cape Town to the Winelands for a two night stay in Franschhoek, followed by a Kruger adventure at the Sabi Sabi lodges renowned for their gourmet cuisine and as a finale a night at the Saxon hotel rounds up your stay – allowing you to try not only South Africa’s Top 10 but also all those other little gems – the small bars and cafes, food stalls and street food vendors that make every holiday that unforgettable food experience you want it to be.

Desert at The Tasting Room

Desert at The Tasting Room

We from Travel by XO want to wish you a beautiful new year full of indulgence and new adventures!

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