The Post World Cup period has found us all counting our pennies and curbing expenses a bit.  We have noticed a definite trend in the months following the World Cup that business seems to be a bit on the quiet side, and those enquiries which we are receiving are definitely looking for well priced accommodation in Cape Town. 

It seems that the national and international recessions are still heavily affecting travellers budgets and this, coupled with a strong Rand and post World Cup quietness, has motivated Cape Villa Collection to urge our villa and apartment owners to be reasonable with their pricing for the approaching  Summer Season.  Flexible terms, negotiability and value for money accommodation prices are key for everyone to still have a busy season and for travellers to warrant choosing Cape Town as a destination.

Cape Villa Collection intends to promote all of the holiday homes, villas and apartments in our Portfolio that we believe really do offer that Value For Money experience.  One such property is this holiday home in Kommetjie called Unwind. 

Unwind is the type of holiday home in which you’ll do exactly that – unwind!  Unwind and relax!  And the price of Unwind over Christmas will also do exactly that – ensure you’re relaxed and happy during your holiday, not worrying about whether you’ve overspent on your accommodation or stressing about how much more money you’re going to have to make when you get back to work to pay off the credit card! 

Unwind exterior  Unwind view 

Unwind is a 4 bedroom holiday home within 250 metres of Long Beach in Kommetjie.  The house is immaculate and also offers a large private swimming pool and garden, which is absolutely ideal for families.  With the beach only a stroll away, it doesn’t get more relaxing than this!

At a rate of R 2500.00 per night for 8 persons, which works out to R 312.50 per person per night, there are not many places in Cape Town that will provide you with such excellent pricing over the Peak Season period.

Unwind bedroom  Unwind Deck

Click hear to see further pictures and read more about this great property!

Please contact us if you are interested in Unwind or hearing about any of our other Value For Money accommodations.


When one of our office colleagues suggested we go to the restaurant at the Gold Museum, Gold provided more than I expected!

Upon entering through the museum entrance, you are welcomed by the large smiles and (even larger) Mali puppet characters, who lead you through the entrance of the actual museum and to the courtyard.

Here we are welcomed by Easy, the drum master from Mali, with bright African printed clothes and a huge amount of patience – considering some of the less co-ordinated characters in our group! We all laugh and learn as Easy gives us a little history of the Djembe drum and attempts to teach us some of the West African rhythms and beats. A superbly enjoyable experience and we had all worked up a solid appetite!

As Easy leaves us, we are all lead through to our tables after a traditional hand wash and I can happily say that we were all not to be disappointed in any way by our dining experience!

The entire menu is served at the table as a set tasting menu of 12 unique and equally special portions. For example, you star with a superb Spiced Tomato Soup with Corn Pot Bread, followed by exquisite Peri-Peri Prawns with Oranges and a mouth watering West-African Peanut Chicken, to name but a few!

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Between the culinary decadent courses, Easy returns banging out beats while singers and dancers entrance you with the magic of African culture and ritual!

To finish, there is a “Boeber”  (a Cape-Malay milk pudding is prepared with sago, vermicelli, sultanas and roasted almonds and flavored with cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla) and Fresh Fruit platters dusted with Gold. One word – YUM!

Each of the 12 dishes are small, portions are not large, but easily enough to leave you feeling satisfied!

While there were a small group in the restaurant, there was a larger group who booked out the upper level of the restaurant, which I am sure would be superb for groups or private occasions.

Having been in the South Africa for some time, I would easily say that besides the wonderful attraction and experience which this obviously is (and we will recommend to future overseas clients) I will also recommend Gold as an experience to both locals and travelers alike.

More than a restaurant, an experience.

Article written by Iain Gomersall, Senior Villa Consultant