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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.

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