The Silo signature of vodka, fennel, grape juice and apple.
DINING IN: Executive chef Veronica CanhaHibbert runs the all-day dining Granary Cafe on the sixth floor (try the vanilla oats with coconut sugar for breakfast), where there’s a raw bar and menu of French bistro classics (bouillabaisse; steak frites; potted salmon rillettes). In the rooftop and Willaston bars, charcuterie and tapas-style snacks are the order of the day.
DINING OUT: The Test Kitchen, regarded as South Africa’s best fine dining; Chef’s Warehouse, a casual, downtown eatery serving top notch modern tapas; The Grand Beach Cafe, with tables on the sand, is the perfect spot for a long lazy lunch.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: The best way to get your bearings in this city is to hike to the top of Lion’s Head, 45 minutes and rated moderate to strenuous. Feeling lazy? Take the cable car up Table Mountain.
CHECKING IN: Rooms from 12,000 South African rand ($1176) including breakfast, bottle of sparkling wine, minibar (beer and wine), WiFi, welcome gift and “sunset experience”; theroyalportfolio.com
ALSO TRY: 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky; Mona Pavilions, Hobart.
CHRISTINE McCABE The highly anticipated, design-savvy Jackalope has opened on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula with 46 guestrooms, two restaurants and bespoke furniture and fixtures by leading creatives; rooms from $650 • Following a $US55.4 million ($72.6m) makeover, Honolulu’s famous Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club has relaunched with a new, snappier name, The Prince Waikiki, and 563 remodelled oceanview guestrooms, new infinity pool and modernised lobby • The owners of QT Hotels & Resorts have debuted a new brand in Sydney’s Cronulla; the region’s former Rydges hotel becomes Eventhouse Cronulla following a “beach chic” fitout by Shelley Indyk offering 84 guestrooms and suites with private balconies and ocean views; expect more Eventhouse hotels soon, starting with Hobart midyear • Asilia opens two new safari lodges in southern Tanzania this year in a joint venture with British businessman Jim Ratcliffe, who is keen to develop tourism as a way to protect vast wilderness areas under threat; an eight-tent camp opens in the UNESCO-listed Selous Game Reserve in August; in September Jabali Ridge debuts with eight large, design-savvy suites in the Ruaha National Park, claiming a 10th of the world’s lion population • The $30m Ramada Resort Port Vila has opened above Erakor Lagoon with great views just 15 minutes from the airport; there are 80 studio rooms and suites, all with balconies and kitchenettes.