The Royal Portfolio Newsletter   •   January 2013
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We trust you’ve had the most wonderful festive season. Happy New Year to you and we hope the next 12 months will be filled with much happiness. We thought we’d begin the year with some news from the three Royal Portfolio Hotel.

NIK WINS RANGER OF THE YEAR

Nik Vounnou, the first apprentice ranger at Royal Malewane, was nominated to attend the Ranger of the Year competition, hosted by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa, as one of eight final candidates. The top eight rangers were critiqued over a period of a week on six disciplines with Nik being awarded overall winner for the year.
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Nik Vounnou wins Ranger of the Year Nik Vounnou wins Ranger of the Year Game drive at Royal Malewane

WILD DOG AT ROYAL MALEWANE

2012 saw the birth of nine wild dog pups at Royal Malewane that provided our guests with endless, rare photographic opportunities. The pack was driven off the territory by lions shortly before Christmas, but happily they have returned to their den, just minutes from the lodge.
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Wild dog at Royal Malewane Wild dog at Royal Malewane Wild dog at Royal Malewane
Robb Report

THE ROYAL PORTFOLIO HOTELS NAMED BEST OF THE BEST BY ROBB REPORT

ROBB REPORT, the definitive authority on luxury brands named all three of the Royal Portfolio hotels in their “Best of the Best Hotels 2012”. It would have been a great honor to have one hotel on the list and we’re just overwhelmed that Royal Malewane, Birkenhead House and La Residence made the impact they did on the publication.
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Tatler

TATLER TRAVEL AWARDS

The Tatler Travel Awards took place in London in November at a grand affair hosted at the gorgeous Ritz hotel. The night focused on the 101 Best Hotels in the World with some of the finest establishments in attendance. Birkenhead House was named as one of the 101 Best Hotels in the World in the Beach Beauties category.
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Wines

LA RESIDENCE RELEASES ITS LATEST WINE VINTAGES AS WELL AS A BEAUTIFUL NEW ROSE

La Residence recently released its second vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as its maiden vintage of Rosé. The wines, made by award-winning wine maker DP Burger, are a great expression of the Franschhoek terrior.
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WILD LIFE IN THE WINELANDS

The evolution of La Residence Hotel & Villas continues with the introduction of Springbok and miniature horses onto the property. Hundreds of years ago the Franschhoek valley teamed with herds of Springbok. 6 young animals now make La Residence their home as well as three calves, which were recently born on the hotel grounds.
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TRIP ADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD

In recognition of La Residence’s sheer opulence and eclectic fashion, the World’s largest travel site, Trip Advisor, awarded our beautiful Franschhoek hotel with the Travelers’ Choice Award for Luxury.
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ROYAL MALEWANE KOSHER FEASTS

The Kosher kitchen at Royal Malewane opened in the winter of 2012. The careful procurement of equipment, the strict alignment with the beth din procedures and the imagination of the chefs has resulted in the finest Kosher safari experience. Royal Malewane’s Executive Chef, Nathan Macke, shares one of his favourite, seasonal Kosher recipes.
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BIRKENHEAD BLOOMS

Flowers are synonymous with each of the Royal Portfolio hotels. “A room to me is not fully alive, fully dressed, without flowers.” – Liz Biden. Allyson Kessel, Birkenhead House’s full time florist creates the most imaginative arrangements spread across the hotel and is always happy to share her love of flora with in-house guests.
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We would like to thank you for the unbelievable support you have given us over the past 12 months. We look forward to seeing you on our travels this year and please let us know should you have South Africa on your not too distance travel plans.

Have a wonderful 2013

Best wishes


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