One of us: Alessandra Klein, Leisure Travel Consultant

Alessandra Klein - Leisure Travel Consultant

It is almost like you created the foundation of a memory that will last forever for somebody!

Why did you arrive in Cape Town?

My husband and I had been living in China for a few years while I was working as a Lifestyle Editor and no matter how exhilarating my job was it was time for a change again.

He is South African and I had been to Cape Town and South Africa a few times already and loved every aspect of it – it just seemed like a great next destination for us.

And since his family here is so similar in many aspects to what I cherish about my German and Italian family – the loud environment, lots of people always around you, too much food and drinks and overbearing love – I felt right at home and still do.

What do you like the most about your job?

Since I deal with direct clients for me it is the direct contact to the client that I enjoy the most. Finding out what they like, arranging special occasions and surprises for them or a great restaurant visit and then hearing their feedback! It is lovely to have played a role in a memorable holiday for someone. It is almost like you created the foundation of a memory that will last forever for somebody!

What is your job philosophy?

Just breathe – You have to learn that you can not possibly please the entire world (especially in the service industry) and certain things are out of your hands but there is always a solution to a problem and it is a great feeling when you have found it.

Tell us one of your best travel memories in Southern Africa.

It will have to be two – city and bush / family and romance:

I enjoyed my very first safari holiday in Madikwe with my husband’s family. It was a particularly cold winter but we had fantastic sightings while being warm and cozy in our blankets, beautiful dinners and comfortable tents and overall an intimate, revitalizing family holiday.

The other one that stood out was a night at Kanonkop House in Knysna. Breathtakingly beautiful accommodation with an attention to detail in design and service that is outstanding. We stayed in the Forest Suite which literally felt like connecting to Mother Earth whilst staying in a 5 star hotel. Wallpaper to resemble the green treetops, feathered lampshades shimmering magically like peacock feathers, wooden tree trunks as stools, floors like pebbles and carpets – green and shiny as grass. It made me feel like time stood still – just for my husband and me to relax and enjoy.

What is your favorite destination in South Africa?

Even at the risk of sounding boring but I will never get enough of Cape Town. Safaris, road trips and the beach are just as gorgeous but it is just the overwhelming amount of things to do in this city that will never cease to amaze me.

Enjoy the beach in Llandluno, hike up Lion’s Head, shop for spices in the Bo Kaap, enjoy exquisite restaurants wherever you find yourself, have a picnic in Kirstenbosch, drink and eat yourself silly at the many beautiful markets, have brunch overlooking Woodstock in the Pot Luck Club, ride your bicycles in the winelands, submerge yourself into the history of this country at Robben Island or the Slave Lodge – the list is endless.

Plus you can do day trips or weekends anywhere in the surrounding areas.

After more than three years and I am still far from having seen it all!

What are your secret addresses (restaurant, sunset, club…) in Cape Town?

Lovely Italian food (and my happy place) you can find at Pizza Vesuvio in Tyger Falls, Durbanville or at 95 Keroom. For a really special event visit The Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort. Dim Sum are amazing at South China Dim Sum Bar on Long Street.

The Sky Bar at the Cape Royale has stunning views over Cape Town and a decent Gin Tonic to go with that. But on top of my list for a sundowner would be Tintswalo Atlantic – nothing beats the untouched beauty of this accommodation (you will have to bear the burden of an overnight stay for this one though).

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