Cape Royale Gives Back

On Friday, 18 July 2014, the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa Management team grouped together for their 67 minutes of giving back to the community for Mandela Day.

With 67 lunch parcels the team headed out to disseminate the food packs to homeless and other less fortunate Cape Town inhabitants. Additionally, 67 copies of the Big Issue were purchased from various vendors throughout the area, which were subsequently offered to guests upon check in at the hotel later that afternoon.

“We continuously strive to assist in improving the lives and education of our in-house staff, today we took the opportunity to give back to the community at large in our neighbourhood, in honour of Mandela Day and the immense good that Tata Mandela stood for in his courageous and positively revolutionary life which he dedicated to the people of his country,” says Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa MD, Johann du Plessis.

Medac and Rockets sees SA Cyclist into the L’Étape du Tour

L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées will be joined this year by Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition held at their stand this year.

Following his dreams, the 37 year old South African cyclist enthusiast will be participating in the Tour de France race along the Col du Tourmalet from Ste-Marie-de-Campan and finishing at the ski-station of Hautacam. His trip, valued at R60, 000.00 departs Johannesburg on July 17th, returning July 21st , 2014.

Packed with adrenalin rushing activities, Grobler’s prize includes entrance into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.”Every cyclist or cycling fan would give anything for the chance to watch Le Tour let alone ride in a race that follows in the champs’ pedal strokes. I simply could not believe my good fortune when i found out i had won. What an honour and what an opportunity! Thank you Rockets!” Says Grobler.

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Rockets by Medac is a high quality retail brand of compression sportswear and functional training equipment. All fabrics used contain an Antimicrobial agent and are both moisture wicking and highly durable. The Compression range of gear is manufactured using a cool, lightweight high quality fabric that provides a maximum stretch without losing its functionality. The unique performance based fabric provides compression during exercise, reducing muscle vibration therefore improving overall performance and recovery.

“The Medac and Rockets team look forward to the L’Étape du Tour with great anticipation, being such a significant facet in the cycling arena” says Medac and Rockets CEO, “however, it is with even greater satisfaction that we are able to award this prized trip to one of our loyal customers. This certainly sets a president and we look forward to the prospect of future opportunities to give back to those whom support us in the sport apparel realm.

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To track Grobler’s performance and read more about his trip on his blog, or to find out more about Medac and Rockets range of performance gear and other  products, go to

Cassia hosts Christmas in July for Charitable Cause

This July Cassia Restaurant at Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville winelands is hosting a Christmas in July charity fundraiser for the Iris House Children’s Hospice.

The three course dinner-dance is being offered at R275.00 per person with R150.00 from each ticket sold being donated to this fantastic foundation; offering guests the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food prepared by Cassia’s French Chef Florent Hameau and his team, accompanied by gorgeous Nitida wines.

The festivities include a welcome drink upon arrival, Nitida wines on the tables, three course Christmas themed menu, goody bag, automatic entry into the raffle to win a night’s stay for two at the Crystal Towers five star hotel, lucky draws, auction and dance.

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Says Cassia owner, Warren Swaffield: “It’s always such an incredible feeling to be able to give back; We are in a very fortunate position whereby we are able to offer such a service to those in need, and we will continue to do so going forward.”

Based in Cape Town’s Nothern Suburbs, Iris House provides quality care for Special Needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions within the Northern suburbs, Mfuleni and Vredenburg areas. This vibrant charity is committed to enriching the quality of life for their members and member’s families.

To make your dinner reservation and support this incredible cause contact Iris House on 021 559 8000 or email

Event details as follows:
: Christmas in July Dinner-Dance at Cassia
Date: Friday, 25 July, 2014
Time: 7pm till late
Venue: The Saffron Room, Cassia Restaurant, Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550

Mediterranean Delicacies Meets Those Who Wander

As part of their pursuit to permeate numerous spheres of lifestyle and gastronomy, Mediterranean Delicacies pairs up with Salon 91 for the exhibition launch of Those Who Wander, beginning July 25th, 2014.

The contemporary art collection comprises a collection of eight incredibly gifted young South African artists showcasing a multimedia mix of print, sculpture, drawing and painting. The theme draws on elements of misfits and outcasts exploring the wastelands of the chosen artists’ minds and our universe. Artists include: Gerhard Human, Ree Treweek, Daniël du Plessis, Jade Klara, Bruce Mackay, Jean de Wet, Hanno Van Zyl and Rikus Ferreira.

Commencing at 6:30pm guests may enjoy Mediterranean Delicacies’ delicious new Regal Range as well as gourmet tapas whilst perusing these unique pieces.

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Event details as follows:

Event: Those Who Wander Art Exhibition
Friday, 25 July, 2014
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Salon 91, 91 Kloof St, Cape Town 8001
Contact: 021 424 6930

Equinox Spa Specials during the month of July

Equinox Spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa are hosting two promotion days this July. Medi-Heel™ offers the perfect solution for dry and cracked heels. In one application, it gently removes all dead skin cells leaving softer and smoother heels. Guests whom book for a Medi-Heel™ treatment at a cost of R150 on Saturday, 26 July 2014 will receive the treatment free when purchasing two products to the same value on that day.

On Monday, 28 July 2014, Equinox Spa will be hosting a Nimue™ consultation day. The cost of the consultation is R50 and includes an in-depth skin analysis, a product description customised to your own skin and a free gift. Guests will receive a free full size Exfoliating Enzyme or Active gel/lotion to the value of R440 when purchasing any Nimue™ products to the value of R2000 or more.

For something more relaxing book for an Equinox Detox Ritual which includes a stimulating body exfoliation and a detoxifying wrap express facial at a cost of R700 for a duration of 75 minutes.

For bookings or more information contact Equinox Spa on 021 430 0511 or

Visit the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @Cape_Royale for daily news & updates.

LifeStraw®’s Bold Arrival in Southern Africa

With RSA as its home base, distribution company Aqua4Life launches the multi-award winning LifeStraw® in Southern Africa (RSA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transkei and Swaziland). The launch took place at Le Roi Beach Club in Camps Bay on Thursday 26 June, 2014.

Produced by Swiss-based company, Verstergaard, this chemical free micro-filtration system instantly converts contaminated water into safe drinking water. Internationally and SABS tested LifeStraw® removes up to 99.99999% of bacteria, protozoan cysts and turbidity from water.

The product range will be available to the South African retail market late July 2014 in the forms of LifeStraw® Personal (filters up to 1000litres), LifeStraw® Go (filters up to 1000litres) and LifeStraw® Home unit (filters up to 4500litres). Each product offers environmentally friendly, cost and energy saving solutions. Upon purchase of any LifeStraw® product, Vestergaard contributes clean water for a child in Africa for the period of one year through their humanitarian Social Responsibility program.

“We have a plethora of projects lined up for the implementation of LifeStraw® in poorer communities with little or no access to any water sources. Our foremost quest in southern Africa is to save and change the lives of those most desperately in need of clean, running water. We now need role players to step up and help us change those people’s lives.” says Aqua4Life MD Nico Germishuizen.

Amongst a magnitude of accolades LifeStraw® was named “Best Invention of 2005″ by Time magazine, “Innovation of the Year” by Esquire; Forbes dubbed it “one of the ten things that will change the way we live”, and Saatchi & Saatchi awarded it for “World Changing Ideas” in 2008.

Aqua4Life has also partnered with various other service providers including Rotary Int. (Clean Water & Sanitation) and Human Moments. It also supplies humanitarian products (which filter up to 100,000litres) to Southern African Governments, GIZ, US Aid, Red Cross and WHO, as well as partnering with Corporate SA via CSI funding initiatives to implement clean water solutions to those who most need it.

To find out more about LifeStraw® ® products or to place your pre order, go to, or check out the LifeStraw® ® Facebook page or connect on Twitter.

Catering done by Mediterranean Delicacies & Le Roi Beach Bar

Mediterranean Delicacies Gourmet Luncheon with the Drunken Tuscan

Celebrity Chef, Lapo Magni, also known as The Drunken Tuscan, hosted a Mediterranean Delicacies infused luncheon at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa’s Villa Louise on Tuesday 24th June, 2014.

The Drunken Tuscan whipped up a Mediterranean inspired feast for his VIP guests at the luxury villa, showcasing exotic dishes like his speciality: Climaxing Risotto, where a three cheese risotto is infused with the Nitida Matriarch Chardonnay Pinot Noir MCC; followed by slow roasted lamb shanks stuffed with garlic, rosemary, Medi Deli Calamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and anchovies, with Tzatziki Royal served on the side.

Rounding off on a sweet note, the Drunken Tuscan fired things up with his homemade Pistachio Halva Ice Cream on a smoking display of dry ice. “I wanted to show my guests a fantastic gastronomic experience using gorgeous Mediterranean Delicacies ingredients, paired beautifully with exquisite Nitida wines, and what better venue than the Cape Royale Villas” says Lapo Magni.

Mediterranean Delicacies’ Facebook fans Reneé and Mike Venter and Megan Richards and Celeste were invited to join this special occasion. This gourmet experience was one of an assortment of exciting, upcoming culinary adventure events planned for the near future.  To keep an eye out for their upcoming activations, exciting competitions and specials, go to or catch them on Twitter @medideli. Media Deli also encourages fans to upload their foodie pics to the Medi Deli Instagram account @FoodPornZA.

Cape Royale Wins Seven Star Status

The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa has recently been awarded Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence, from the 2014 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards. The award ceremony will take place on June 14th 2014 at the Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort in Malaysia.

The hotel has also recently been nominated for the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards as well as celebrating a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for a consistent accumulation of top ratings.

“There’s nothing quite like the tenacity of a great team,” says Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa MD, Johann du Plessis, “From the doormen, front desk and concierge to the top management and PR, we pride ourselves in offering service excellence and dedicate ourselves to ensuring the very highest standards are maintained… It is with humble appreciation that we accept these celebrated awards, and use this as yet another platform to drive us forwards and upwards.”

New exciting developments are also underway with the launch of The Banting Kitchen restaurant which is set to open at the Cape Royale in September, 2014. Trending weight-watchers cuisine is an all-new restaurant concept for SA, and will be sure to offer the finest renditions of the Banting-inspired concept. The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa will be further increasing its culinary offering with an array of five additional dining options, including Osumo, Simply Asia, Pasta Café, Shift Espresso Bar and Jewel of India.

Should you wish to vote for The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa for the Ultimate World Luxury Hotel Awards go to For reservations contact Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa on  or at 021 430 0500. Keep up to date with the team by liking their Facebook page: or follow them on Twitter: @Cape_Royale.

Bistro 1800 & Haute Cabriere Wine Pairing Evening

Due to a super exciting restaurant makeover in the making the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa’s Bistro 1800 will be hosting its third and final winter food and wine pairing evening, this time headed up by the enigmatic Takuan von Arnim of Haute Cabriere and Pierre Jourdan.

The five course tasting evening collaboration will take place on Friday 27 June, from 7pm – 10pm at a cost of R320 per head. Guests are encouraged to book in advance so as to avoid disappointment.

Event details as follows:

EVENT:                   Bistro 1800 & Haute Cabriere Wine Pairing Evening
DATE:                     Friday, 27 June, 2014
COST:                    R320 per person
TIME:                      7pm to 10pm
VENUE:                  Bistro 1800 Restaurant, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa, Somerset Road, Green Point

For reservations or more info contact Bistro 1800 Reservations on 021 430 0506 or email

Sip Soup and Bread Winter Warmer Weekend at Nitida

Nitida Wines, together with Tables @Nitida and Cassia restaurant, will be warming bellies this winter with the annual Sip Soup and Bread weekend on the 7th and 8th of June 2014.

“We have selected all the favourites from over the past four years… adding in a real South African influence with three of the soups and have gone Thai and Dutch on the other two” says Cassia and Tables@Nitida owner, Warren Swaffield.

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The soups will be served from potjie pots in the courtyard and new annex at Cassia (overlooking the gorgeous lake), at R50.00 for a single 400ml portion plus a large freshly baked Panini. Soups on offer include Roast Mushroom, Biltong & Mosbolletjie Croutons; Lentil & Ham Hock; Thai Curry Sweet Potato; Malay-spiced Seafood Chowder; and Lamb and Tomato Bredie. Alternatively, guests can try a combination each of the five soups in 150ml cups for a mere R80.00, also served with a fresh Panini.

In addition to the regular menu options, an additional two soups will be available at Tables@Nitida – Smoked Tomato, Roast Red Pepper and Gremolata as their vegetarian option, and Spicy Beef and Bean Soup served with a choice of a warm ciabatta/ delicious seed loaf or sweet potato roll, each at R50.00 per portion.

Kiddies can enjoy hot dogs and burgers, as well as a host of fun activities including jumping castles.

For those with a taste for live music, Ricky Nass will be playing solo on Saturday the 7 June and alongside Chris Rayne on Sunday 8th.

Event details as follows:
: 7th and 8th June, 2014
Time: 11:00 – 16:00
Venue: Nitida Wine Farm, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550

For more information on Sip Soup and Bread contact or 021 976 0640.