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The Great Plains Collective – Issue 23

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Whether embarking on a dreamy honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or simply seeking a romantic getaway, this newsletter is a passport to some of our partner products designed to ignite the flames of romance. Join us on a journey where love meets luxury, and every destination becomes a canvas for a love story to unfold.
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Birkenhead House sits majestically on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Walker Bay, perfectly positioned to experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the region. This beautiful beach house is the perfect retreat for honeymoon couples or anyone looking for a more intimate bespoke stay in the Cape. We love the fact that you are able to enjoy a fynbos walk nearby in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or that you are in close proximity to be able to visit some of the more eccentric wine estates in the area. Seafood lovers will be in for a treat, and during low tide, you might even have the chance to don a wetsuit, grab a basket, and join the chef in gathering mussels from the rocks. Birkenhead House is a haven of romance, with its beautifully appointed rooms, delectable cuisine, and unforgettable sunsets, all just an hour and a half’s drive from the bustling city. The property also boasts a small spa, perfect for massages and relaxation. For those who prefer to venture out, numerous activities are available nearby, including sea kayaking, birdwatching, leisurely bike rides, horseback riding on the beach, or a pleasant walk to the town of Hermanus.
Rest assured, a stay at Birkenhead House will reignite the romantic spark in any couple. And if you’re planning a small private wedding, Birkenhead House can help turn your dream into a reality.

Did you know?  
The Birkenhead can arrange surfing lessons for guests who would like to try their hand at something new.

Designed in the Cape Dutch vernacular, Brookdale Manor House is a splendid venue to host intimate gatherings like engagements, vow renewals or a small soirée. Brookdale Manor House can also be reserved as a private villa allowing for exclusive access to the flowing interiors, multiple reception rooms, outdoor terraces, gardens and lawns.  The estate itself offers a choice of elegant event spaces for special occasions depending on the number of guests and weather. At Brookdale, one can be assured of thoughtfully conceived experiences for individuals, couples or families. Nestled in Paarl, it offers the perfect canvas for a homely Winelands stay offering panoramic views and rolling vineyards.
Did you know?
Nothing in their kitchen is wasted and their focus is on keeping food miles as low as possible with their own organic vegetable gardens, orchards and homemade fare. Their winemaking style focuses on a vine-to-glass philosophy where care must be taken from the root of the vine all the way to the final creation.
The Twelve Apostles sets the backdrop for the perfect romantic proposal and has designed a set-up for this special occasion in its gardens. A much-loved landmark within the gardens of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is the remarkable geological feature known as Stanley’s Rock. Shaped by millennia of wind and rain, this piece of naturally-sculpted granite is named after Stanley Tollman. With its impressive views out over the Atlantic Ocean, even if you are not proposing, who says you can’t add some romance to your stay at The Twelve Apostles? But if this is not your thing, The Twelve Apostles has a number of great experiences that include hikes, helicopter scenic flights, and spa treatments set in the Mountain Spa gazebo amongst the fynbos and flowers.
Did you know?
The Twelve Apostles offers complimentary shuttle service to Camps Bay and V&A Waterfront. And, were you aware that they have their own family owned and run vineyard, called Bouchard Finlayson, located in picturesque Hermanus.
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“I recently enjoyed a wonderful 2-night stay at Cheetah Plains in the Sabi Sands. And what an exceptional stay it was. A truly remarkable new-age safari experience with all the bells and whistles. Fit for the famous, one can be assured of a unique villa experience that is indulgent in the best ways. Dedicated to sustainability while remaining accommodating to fulfil all potential needs.
Each house pod, which comprises a main area and four rooms, comes with a compliment of staff to cater to your every whim. Your personal hospitality team is attentive and caring and comprises of a personal butler, a chef duo team, a pastry chef, a barman, a sommelier, a masseuse, a night watchman,a housekeeper,, your own private guide, tracker and vehicle. Meals are shared around a big table, family-style, while being surrounded by some of the most interesting pieces of artwork. The main area has a chill room with TV, speakers for ambient music, cozy spots in every corner, and a lap pool for cooling off in the heat of summer.
The rooms come with every creature’s comfort imaginable, with a personal touch that moved me – a personalized pillowcase with embroidered initials as a take-home memory. The property has a state-of-the-art gym and a boutique curio that can only be visited by appointment. The boutique, named after the owner’s wife, boasts personally selected items that include diamond jewellery, beautiful leather bags, silk scarves, and interesting locally made items.
One of the most noticeable things on safari was the electric vehicle. Not even two minutes into the safari drive, I realized that I could hear the happy chirping of birds and the wind in the bushes, which made the experience even more immersive. The safari vehicles come equipped with seat warmers, binoculars, relevant books, blankets, storage for cameras, and even cup holders for take-away coffees or hot chocolate for those early safari drives. The safari experience did not disappoint, and in the hands of experienced ranger Civ and tracker Ed, we had some epic sightings.
Cheetah Plains is a unique property suitable for guests who enjoy a more modern safari in a comfortable and curated space and is perfect for close friends and family travelling together who want complete privacy, who appreciate the finer things in life and who seek ultimate comfort.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Dros and his remarkable team for an unforgettable stay and for truly making me feel like a movie star.”

Please contact our Safari Designers for any information on our preferred partners in this Collective edition.

Keeping the dream alive,

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