November 20, 2007

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon


“Just Married” – your vows are made and you are ready to commence on a life long journey with your partner. Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to connect with your sole mate, in a relaxing environment, giving you time to explore and enjoy each others company. For years to come you will be nostalgically thinking of this holiday as “the best time of your life”.

We at Lathita have great experience in creating special holidays and we wish to offer the following advise:

Here are a few tips on how to plan the perfect honeymoon.

Once you have a wedding date in mind, start planning the honeymoon. Depending on the time of year, there may be certain destinations that are less attractive than others. For example, if you desire an idyllic Island honeymoon during April, it is not advisable to go to any of the island destinations affect by cyclone weather condition. Ensure that the date suit your expectations of the wedding and the honeymoon you desire.

Talk to your partner to determine what her/his expectations of the honeymoon is. Think about the setting for your honeymoon i.e. mountains, beach, African bush, island, etc.

Choose a romantic, private destination where you can spend quality time with your partner. Exclusive Guest Houses or Lodges offering only a few suites, is a good option, preferably properties that does not allow young children.

If you and your partner like the out doors, choose a destination that offers you the option to do some activities – hiking, sight seeing, game viewing, balloon rides, picnics, etc.

Start planning your honeymoon, well in advance. If you intent to include flights as part of the honeymoon experience, you can save a lot of money with an early booking. During peak season car rental options are limited it is thus advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Budget for your honeymoon. You may prefer to choose a destination that offer meals, but you could improve you cashflow if you book a destination that offers only Bed & Breakfast, with the option to have additional meals at the on site restaurant or in close proximity – your monetary wedding gifts can then be put to good use. Remember that you will have to pay for the deposit, once you confirm the bookings and the rest of the costs before departure.

Appoint a travel consult to assist you with the honeymoon arrangements. Lathita Travel specializes in tailor made holidays. We have more than 400 properties in fifteen Southern and East African counties and Indian Ocean Islands. Our knowledgeable staff can advice you on the best destinations and properties to suit you specific needs. With such a large selection of properties we can cater for all affordability levels.

The consultant will do all the arrangements (accommodation, car rental/flights and activities) on your behalf, and you have the benefit of only paying one party, irrespective of the size of your honeymoon package. Once you depart for your honeymoon, part of the service is to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly – we do daily follow-ups, to ensure that everything is perfect for your arrival.

For more information about Tailor Made Holidays, and how we can assist you with planning your perfect honeymoon, please contact Lathita Travel on

November 13, 2007

Paul et Virginie Hotel - Mauritius

A romantic escape in time to experience intimate moments in perfect harmony. Named after the legendary young couple immortalised by the French author Bernardin de St Pierre in his novel Paul & Virginie, the hotel is an invitation to a relaxing and romantic stay enhanced by idyllic tranquility and a soothing atmosphere. The decor of colonial inspiration, a subtle combination of wood, stone and thatch roofs, reveals a peaceful haven for couples seeking an unforgettable getaway to Paradise Island.

Experience Mauritius and the Paul et Virginie Hotel

Accommodation:A taste of refinementThe hotel has 81 bedrooms nestled in a tropical garden that opens onto a panoramic view of the Northern islands and the magnificent lagoon. The rooms are divided into three categories: 18 comfort, 51 standard and 12 superior.In room facilities• Terrace or balcony• Bathroom with a shower• Individual air conditionning• Ceiling fan• Direct dialling telephone• Television with international channels• Minibar• Hair-dryer• Individual safe• Tea & coffee facilities
Restaurant:The delicacies of Mauritian CuisineThe Isle de France restaurant, overlooking the lagoon, serves an innovative Mauritian cuisine, with dishes revealing local flavors, spices and colors.
For delicious moments on a sandy pier surrounded by water, the beach restaurant La Trinquette is open for lunch and dinner and offers a tropical “A la carte” menu with daily specialties.
Bar:The St Géran bar, named after the shipwreck, is open for refreshments under the morning sun, teatime with pancakes in the afternoon and exotic cocktails at sunset.
Activities:A wide choice of leisure activities is available free of charge: Windsurf, Glass bottom boat, Kayak, Pedal boat, Snorkeling, Sailing boat, 2 pools, 1 Floodlit tennis court, Beach volley, French bowlin, Paul & Virginie Museum. Guests have access to all free activities proposed in the other hotels of Veranda Resorts.
Seven Colors Wellness Spa which is dedicated to bring balance to your body and soul. The Seven Colours Wellness Spa offers:
3 massage parlours (including 2 double parlours) 1 Vichy shower (body treatments and hydromassage)Activities with supplement: Water skiing, Diving school & centre (PADI), Catamaran cruises, Bicycle rental, Car rental, 1 shop.

August 22, 2007

Fancourt Golf & Spa

Fancourt Golf & Spa - R6700 pps
George – South Africa

Relax at the luxurious and romantic Fancourt. Take this package and spoil yourself and your partner. Golf for him and spa treatments for her or just do it all together.

This Package includes:
- 3 nights accommodation at Fancourt Hotel, Country Club and Golf Resort
- Bed & Breakfast,
- flights Ex JHB
- 3 days car hire (Group T).
- Golf (The Outeniqua or The Montagu)
- Spa treatment for non golfer

Experience this Romantic Break with Lathita Expeditions.

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August 21, 2007

Drakensberg Romance

Drakensberg Romance - R1600 pps
Drakensberg – South Africa

Experience the exclusive Alpine Heath Resort and its exceptional views of the Drakensberg. Take this package and revitalize yourself with the spectacular views and clean air of the Drakensberg region.

This Self drive package includes:
- 3 nights accommodation at the Alpine Heath Resort
- bed and breakfast

Contact Lathita Expeditions to go on this romantic getaway in the Drakensberg.

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July 25, 2007

Bushman Sands Hotel - South Africa

Bushman Sands Hotel - Golf Course - Game Reserve - Malaria Free Eastern Cape.

Bushman Sands is a multi-faceted experience offering something for everyone. The 4-star hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage & modern luxury. The Gary Player designed Golf Course is perfect for the keen golfer. There are thrilling adventure options & prospects of viewing Big Game. Those wanting relaxation, pampering & peace will find alternatives at the spa or at the poolside or even on a tranquil sunset boat cruise. Rewarding for families and satisfying for visitors interested in the turbulent & fascinating history of the area, Bushman Sands has won wide acclaim as a forerunner of sustainable ecological and community tourism.

The 4-star Bushman Sands Hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage and modern luxury. The Hotel comprises of 39 bedrooms around a pool area overlooking the Bushman Sands Golf Course, comprising of a choice of standard rooms, luxury rooms and junior suites - each tastefully decorated with locally produced furniture and original art and linked to the main hotel building by walkways lit by Victorian lampposts. The décor throughout reflects the legacy of the Khoi San and Alicedale’s railway history. The terraced rooms combine the architectural style of the original buildings with modern four-star finishes, offering a choice of junior suites with king beds and luxury and standard rooms with twin beds. The five junior suites and eight luxury rooms, each have a private veranda with breathtaking views of the fairways, the Bushmans River and the magnificent hills beyond. The 26 standard rooms also with private veranda overlook landscaped indigenous gardens, the sparkling swimming pool, main hotel building and the final green of the golf course.

Standard Room (Total 26 – incl. 1 x room with a specially modified wheelchair friendly bathroom & 2 sets of inter-leading rooms)- Twin bedded- Air-conditioning- TV with limited satellite TV (DSTV) channels - Direct dialling telephones- Tea/Coffee facilities- Mini bar - In room safe- Hairdryer- En-suite bathroom with: twin vanities, Victorian style bath, shower and private toilet- Private patio overlooking landscaped indigenous gardens, the swimming pool and final green of the golf course

Luxury Room (Total 8)- Twin bedded- Air-conditioning- TV with limited satellite TV (DSTV) channels - Direct dialling telephones- Tea/Coffee facilities- Mini bar- Hairdryer- En-suite bathroom with: twin vanities, Victorian style bath, shower and private toilet- Private patio with breathtaking views of the fairways, the Bushmans River and the magnificent hills beyond- Upgraded guest amenities

Junior Suite (Total 5)- King sized bed- Air-conditioning- TV with limited satellite TV (DSTV) channels - Direct dialling telephones- Tea/Coffee facilitieso- Mini bar (Junior Suites stocked, other rooms stocked upon request) In room safe- Hairdryer- Walk-in dressing room- En-suite bathroom with: twin vanities, Victorian style bath, twin showers and private toilet- Private patio with breathtaking views of the seventh fairway, the Bushmans River and the magnificent hills beyond- Upgraded guest amenities

Hotel Facilities
Library with Internet access, TV & full DSTV bouquet, Private Dining Room, Bunkers Restaurant, Halfway House, Spa & Wellness Centre with gymnasium, Golf Pro-shop, Golf Course – 18 hole Gary Player designed, Bar overlooking the 18th Green, Gents & Ladies changing room facilities with lokers and steam rooms, Scenic swimming pool, Conference Centre

The old railway training college was built with imported bricks by Scottish masons in 1900. Now declared a national monument, it has undergone a metamorphosis and emerged as the main Reception building of a prestigious four-star hotel. During its restoration, the bricks in a certain section were painstakingly removed one by one, cleaned and reset. While the hotel rooms, Bunkers Restaurant, Sports and Leisure Centre are light and airy, the décor and dark woods of the main hotel Reception adds the element of grandiosity and a bygone era of discovery, turmoil and unification – a celebration of the fusion between the old and the new.

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July 03, 2007

Misty Waves Hotel - Hermanus

Misty Waves Hotel - Hermanus - South Africa

Hermanus Misty Waves offers the best of Hermanus! Absolutely stunning sea views from your luxurious bedroom. You can lie in bed and watch the whales. Suites with lounge area and private veranda have spa baths and some with four poster beds.Also exclusive lounge with fire place for hotel guests only.

Only ONE minute walk to Village Centre, craft markets and restaurants! NO NEED TO DRIVE ANYWHERE!We even offer a chauffeur service to golf clubs!Metres from famous Cliff Paths for the best land based whale watching in the world.Linger in the lounge area with fireplace. Sumptuous breakfasts in adorable dining area! Romantic inhouse Dinners by Candlelight with a view on the entire Walker Bay!

June 26, 2007

Castleburn - South Africa

Castleburn Resort - Drakensberg - South Africa

Nestled among the foothills of the southern Drakensberg, this scenic mountain resort offers the ideal getaway for those in search of nature’s beauty and peace. With Lake Madingofani at its feet, Castleburn lures eland, reedbuck and numerous bird species to this peaceful setting.

The architecturally designed cottages were thatched and built with hand-hewn local stone, to stand inconspicuous against their natural milieu. There are studio 4-sleepers, 1 bedroom 4-sleepers, 3 bedroom 6-sleepers or 2 bedroom 6-sleepers.
Each cottage has a comfortable lounge, dining room, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and braai area on the patio. There are heating systems in the bedroom and bathrooms and a stone fireplace for extra comfort and atmosphere. Some units even have a jacuzzi.

Nearby activities
Examine the splendour of the indigenous fauna and flora, cosseted in the nearby Natal Parks Board Nature Reserve. Join up with the Giant's Cup Hiking trail that passes through Castleburn or make a journey to the little town of Underberg, 30km away. There is also a golf course 25 km from Castleburn.

Experience the Drakensberg and Castleburn with Lathita Expeditions.

June 21, 2007

Whale Rock House - South Africa

Whale Rock Lodge - Hermanus - South Africa

One of the most beautiful buildings in Hermanus, Whale Rock Lodge, with its shining white façade, glowing woodwork and thick heavy thatch, framed in rolling lawns, has an air of welcome, of warmth and of well-being that will not disappoint you. Whale Rock is a perfect base from which to explore the area. Our personal attention will provide you with absolute luxury, comfort and tranquillity.

Whale Rock Lodge have 11 en-suite rooms – 3 with king size beds, 2 with queen size beds and 6 with three-quarter twin beds. All 11 rooms have full bathrooms with bath and separate shower. All the rooms are equipped with TV & MNet, fans, telephones, hairdryers, heaters, clock radios and electric blankets. Each room has a sitting area and a separate entrance onto the garden.

Whale Rock is 3km from the centre of the village, 6km from the Hermanus Golf Club and 15km from Arabella Golf Club. Hermanus is a wonderful year-round holiday destination – blessed by a magnificence of mountain and sea, endless beaches and incomparable cliff paths from which to view the Southern Right whales who visit our shores between July and December. The Walker Bay Wine Wander boasts famous vineyards and there are great expanses of fynbos and vast varieties of birdlife.

June 13, 2007

The Elephant House - Addo Elephant National Park

The Elephant House - Addo - Malaria Free Eastern Cape

The Elephant House is an exclusive 9 bedroomed lodge situated near the Addo Elephant National Park in the fertile sun-drenched Sundays River Valley.
The wide verandas (filled with comfortable sofas) forming a series of courtyards are a defining feature, while the décor at Elephant House evokes colonial & African images and is furnished with the owners' private collection of antiques, Persian rugs and Africana art. The 9 spacious bedrooms open onto courtyards & private verandas.
The chef serves lovely light poolside lunches and after “sundowners” a memorable three course candlelit dinner is prepared with flair and personal attention.

After a safari, retreat back to the colonial luxury of The Elephant House – order an ice cold cocktail (we recommend a Bombay Sapphire G&T with Angostura bitters or another house specialty in Pimms No1!) and take a dip in one of the two swimming pools alternatively you may simply want to find a quiet corner in the gardens or one of the courtyards to put your feet up and relax with a good book. (After all, you are on holiday!)
In the high season (October to May), Monday to Friday Tobeka Gana, our in- house masseur is able to offer our guests a complimentary pampering session in her purpose built “treatment room and boma”
Full body massages - Manicures & Pedicures - Indian Head Massages - Sports massages
The kitchen prepares lovely light lunches on the terrace or beside one of the pools, and in the evenings , after a sundowner, sit down to a delicious three course dinner prepared by our chefs using the very best of local produce.

Experience Addo with Lathita Expeditions.

June 05, 2007

Garden Route Honeymoon at Hunter's Country House.

Hunter's Country House - Plettenburg Bay - South Africa

Hunter's is an exclusive family owned retreat, set in the heart of the magnificant Garden Route of the Western Cape. Situated 10km west of South Africa's premier restort town of Plettenberg Bay with it's endless golden beaches, and 20km east of the lagoon town of Knysna, the hotel is surrounded by rich indigenous forests and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.

The gracious, original homestead is reminiscent of the traditional country architecture of the region. In the extensive gardens surrounding the manor house are 23 luxurious guest suites, each one individually decorated and designed for the absolute comfort and privacy that one would expect from a 'Relais & Chateaux' property.

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June 01, 2007

The Commodore - Cape Town Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation at The Commodore in Cape Town.

Cape Town, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, hosts one of our finest hotels - The Commodore. With its nautical theme, superb service and some magnificent views of the harbour and Table Mountain, The Commodore provides an unforgettable experience.

The Commodore offers 168 elegantly furnished Superior Rooms, 57 Business Class Rooms, 10 First Class Suites and 1 Imperial Suite, all assuring comfort, quality and luxury at all times.

The discerning guest seeking relaxation and privacy will find himself comfortably accommodated in one of the elegantly furnished First Class Suites, where he can unwind in the spacious lounge or enjoy a private meal in the stylish dining area.

All rooms have individual air conditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, direct dialling phones, electric razor plugs, hair dryers, TV with DStv and 24-hour room service.

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May 30, 2007

Rovos Rail - Luxury Steam Travel

Rovos Rail - Luxury Train Travel

THE TRAIN - Step aboard the Pride of Africa
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.The trains - which may be hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various stages of the journey - carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. Pride of place in the Rovos stable goes to the historic and newly rebuilt Capital Park Station and locomotive yard, which is the heart and new headquarters of this private railway company.

THE SUITES - World Class Comfort and Style
The rebuilt sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world, offering every modern convenience and comfort. The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. All are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en suite bathrooms original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.

The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring 16 sq metres in size (172 sq ft). Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe suites (11 sq metres/118 sq feet) also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. A third level of accommodation, the Pullman suite is 7 square metres (76 sq ft) in size and while it includes the identical bathroom to that of the deluxe suites, the bedroom is smaller with a one up one down bunk for twin requirements or a double bed for couples. During the day this can be converted into a comfortable couch.

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April 11, 2007

Colona Castle - Cape Town

Spend you honeymoon in Luxury at Colona Castle in Cape Town.
Colona Castle offers the discerning visitor a comfortably elegant base from which to explore Cape Town and all places of interest in the beautiful Cape Peninsula and Winelands. Situated on the warmer False Bay coastline, this establishment is luxuriously furnished with antiques throughout, and offers en suite individually decorated bedrooms and two full suites enjoying breathtaking views from Table Mountain, across Sandvlei Lake to the mountain ranges of the Boland and Cape Hangklip. Below are the long sandy beaches of Muizenberg offering safe bathing and walking. Close to four of the most attractive golf clubs in Cape Town, the property enjoys very pleasant weather all year round.

This Executive Suite has a large air-conditioned bedroom with a Four Poster King-size extra-length bed, a bathroom en-suite with a Victorian bath/telephone shower and a separate marble shower, a separate lounge and a large sheltered balcony with views of Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula.

The owners invite you to enjoy service excellence in peaceful surroundings.
Colona Castle have been awarded a Five Star grading by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, and now cater for exquisite dinners and lunches specially prepared by our Gourmet Chef.

Luxury Guest House of Rare Distinction !

March 29, 2007

Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

African Honeymoon at Pestana Bazaruto Lodge.

Pestana Bazaruto Lodge hotel in Mozambique is situated in a bay on the north side of the island, approximately 600 km to the north of Maputo. - Just renovated, there are 26 thatched roof "A" frame Chalets stretched along a beautiful beach and sited amongst luxuriant tropical gardens.- This Lodge with a special charm is the perfect antidote to stress, Bazaruto Island is deservedly known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean".

The Pestana Bazaruto Lodge has different types of chalets; all have air conditioning and mosquito nets over the bed, the honeymoon & superior chalets have ocean view. For the guests’ leisure activities the hotel has an outdoor pool, a games rooms & a library among other facilities.

Outdoor Swimming Pool - Games room:pool table, table tennis and soccer game - Diving - Snorkelling - Shore, fly and offshore fishing - Marlin fishing - Island hopping trips - Picnics - Sunset trips by Land Rover, boat or local Dhow - Bird watching - Water-ski - Wake boarding - Wake snake