All posts tagged: places to stay

Blackheath Lodge | #comehome

Blackheath Lodge is conveniently situated on Cape Town’s world-famous Atlantic Seaboard just off High Level Road in Sea Point and right under well-known Signal Hill. They recently renovated a couple of their rooms and invited me to a night in their Superior room to really get a feel for the new space. So I packed my overnight bag for a midweek break and cause it coincided with existing plans, I decided to mash them up and my midweek break turned out to be a girls catch up sleepover. I would recommend this place for any of my friends and readers visiting Cape Town for a short or long stay – purely because ending my day in this lovely little place felt like coming home. Not that I have friendly staff waiting on me at home lol, boy do I wish… but the decor details  and vibe were comfy and homey. I got there late afternoon, found a cute, cushioned corner for me to respond to some emails with some tea while I waited for an engagement – to …

Life & Leisure

Life & Leisure accommodation is where design meets comfort and service is the quintessential mixer. Their reputation is built on their hospitality and service and their commitment to making every guests stay special. The guesthouse rooms and apartments are designed and decorated by director and business-owner Margie Potgieter. These are a glamorous meld of contemporary designer chic; with the sophisticated use of furnishings, colours and playful patterns creating a unique collection of rooms for guests to take comfort in. “Our commitment to your comfort, our central location and our beautifully appointed guesthouse has drawn visitors from all over the world and our guest lists include professionals, holiday-makers international athletes, film crews and visiting academics.” All their guest rooms come furnished with either a Queen- or King-size bed, the en-suite bathrooms all have a shower, toilet & basin and the honesty bar and custom-built kitchenette unit, neatly hidden behind cupboard doors. I enjoy little places like this when travelling than at hotels, cause besides being often more affordable, they tend to have that ‘home away from …

Wilderness | #roadtrip

This post is long overdue, I know. You know how it is, you go away for what feels like a blink and you come back to madness. Anyway, I’m back and as they say, better late than never, right? So I had my bags packed & loaded to set out bright and early for the four and a half hour drive from Cape Town to Wilderness. Didn’t leave quite as early as I wanted, but the drive was still pleasant with a playlist of my current faves in tow, how could it not be. Roadtrip | #tokelotakestotheroad Shot with my @samsungmobile #lifethroughshadedeyes #teetheexplorer A post shared by Through Shaded Eyes 🇿🇦 (@tokelomotsepe) on Jun 4, 2017 at 4:12am PDT Arrived at the Moontide Guesthouse to find the place to be even prettier than the images I had seen online when making the booking (FYI they have great winter specials on now, which you must take advantage of if you are planning a visit to the area soon). My room was high up in the trees, …

My First Cross-Country Road Trip

I’m one that has always been excited by the thought of taking to the open road and eagerly looking forward to, not only the destination, but the many interesting places that are along the way. I’ve always wanted to do a cross-country road trip, cause I believe there is so much to see in this beautiful country I am blessed to call my home. Seeing more of South Africa and Africa is on my list of resolutions for 2016 and I was fortunate enough to visit Ghana [for Ghana Fashion & Design Week read more here] earlier this year, which marked the first of my ventures into Africa. This road trip is the perfect way to end the year man.. good music, lost a of snacks, plenty of stops to explore the small towns and take pictures for days lol. Starting early in the morning, we left a gloomy Cape Town (where I live) behind, heading for Beaufort West which is the largest town in the Great Karoo region, also known as the “Capital of …

To Infinity & Beyond #bluemonday

Water and scenic views have to be my favourite things and with winter [and our rainy season in Cape Town] looming, I am trying to cram in as much of both of those things as I can. I recently heard about the 52 De Wet Private Hotel in Bantry Bay and instantly fell in love with their infinity swimming pool; and had to make it the backdrop of one of my #bluemonday posts. There really isn’t much to say here, its just a matter of taking in the view and beautiful blue hues. I shared a bit about my #bluemonday series with the guys at Old Khaki, which they featured on their website – check it out here: https://www.oldkhaki.co.za/catalog/product/view/id/198258/ All images by Tegan Smith