Words on the Street | Travel for February ‘16
The hottest travel trends and trendsetters for February 2016.
The Eagle Has Landed
A water safari in Botswana’s Okavango is always high on the avid safari lover’s checklist, so the reopening of the prestigious Belmond Eagle Island Lodge after an extensive rebuild was met with much excitement. The new lodge has 12 fully refurbished, 82m2 tented suites, each with a plunge pool and deck. The look throughout is of understated luxury, and was created and managed by Inge Moore of London-based interior design firm HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates) and her incredible attention to detail extends down to the subtle grey mosquito netting that allows better game and bird viewing. The new interleading lounge, restaurant and deck areas feature a family-style open kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is perched on a private island encircled by some of the deepest stretches of the Okavango Delta, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest inland water systems, and so is one of few properties to offer a water-focused safari experience. The lodge was built to ensure a light footprint and sustainability, in line with the Okavango Management Plan that requires that no permanent structures exist in the Okavango Delta.
You Say Potato
Designed around the steampunk aesthetic, Jozi’s newest eatery, the Potato Shed at Newtown Junction, was founded by John and Maira Koutsoudakis of the Life Grand Group, and takes culinary inspiration from South America. The Potato Shed is part of an urban renewal project of the historic Newtown precinct and is located in a 104-year-old building. No expense has been spared in the transformation of what was once Jozi’s grandest trading locale and it’s a fitting pitstop for those visiting the SA designer shopping node, Workshop Newtown, a few hundred metres away – we get the inside scoop from some of these designers in our next issue.
Let It All Hang Out
Summer in Cape Town is all about late-night bar hopping and dining. The newest addition to Bree Street’s bar and bakery scene is Arcade, a restaurant, bar and achingly cool hangout. The menu is made up of wholesome and tasty comfort food, the venue kitted out in an urban-industrial chic aesthetic and the vibe electric. It’s open later than most establishments in the city, making it a great spot to get the party started or to wind it down.
Cocktails for Connoisseurs
Since late last year you couldn’t open Instagram without seeing moody shots of the beautiful cocktails and designer interiors of everyone’s favourite new bar, Outrage of Modesty (also known by its catchy acronym OoM). In line with its mission to ‘redefine the culture of the cocktail’, the experience is intimate (the bar is small), the ingredients top quality and the menu innovative. Look forward to taste sensations you never thought possible (think pink-lady apple, fynbos, wild rice and corn blossom) in equally artful interiors.
- Belmond Eagle Island Lodge: belmondsafaris.com
- Life Grand Group: lifegrandcafe.com
- Arcade: arcadecafe.co.za
- Outrage of Modesty: anoutrage.com
Text: Genevieve Putter, Julia Freemantle and Michelle Snaddon
Photographs: Annalize Nel, Dook, iStock and supplied