Argus Cycle Tour - arguably the most beautiful cycle race in the world

The annual Cape Argus Cycle Tour is set to take place on March 9 2014. South Africa’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually timed cycle race – and the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series – sees over 35 000 cyclists tackling a 109km route around Cape Town that is as spectacular as it is gruelling.

Dining African style - Mzoli’s

What is the most proudly South African thing you can do any day of the year, but especially a Sunday – a braai. And what is a braai all by yourself, with one or two strings of boerewors and a shrivelled up tasteless chop – sadness. A braai is an experience that should be shared with friends, old and new.

Taking a Bite Out of Jaws

We woke at 5:00 in the morning, for a two hour drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai, a small town considered to be the “Shark Capital of the World”. A group of friends from back home were here to spend a couple of weeks with me and together with Robyn; we had decided to go on what has to be the ultimate wildlife adventure. We were all way too excited to sleep and watched the sun rise as we drove along. Upon arrival, we were given breakfast and a safety briefing, and then headed out into open water.

Be a Sailor of the Skies

It has long been a human dream to soar like a bird on lofty thermals – and paragliding comes pretty close. Cape Town and its surroundings has to be one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide.

Wine a little, it will make you feel better

Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must while you are here. The region’s breathtaking beauty, with majestic mountain backdrops is magnificent, while being steeped in rich culture and history.

Daddy’s 67 minutes in honour of Madiba

Today is Madiba’s birthday, which means it’s also Nelson Mandela Day. This year has a different feel to it that usual. It almost seems odd to be writing this while the great man himself is so ill on his 95th birthday.

Cape Point - one point, a million points of view

As you probably already know, Cape Point is the tip of the Cape Peninsula but isn’t actually where two oceans meet – the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean come together at Cape Agulhas, a couple of hundred kilometres to the east. But it’s beautiful and worth a visit, so who really cares?

Travel diary of a Swedish Intern: Introduction

Hi there,
Let me introduce myself, my name is Malin, a Hospitality Management student and - more importantly - the new intern at the Grand Daddy Hotel. I just arrived from Sweden two weeks ago so my adventure has just started and I am still in that phase where there is something new to see around almost every street corner and the view from my bedroom window takes my breath away every single morning.

Salsa dancing the winter blues away

Winter tends to mean a period of hibernation to most Capetownians with attendance at Club Duvet peaking in popularity but this winter rather than letting yourself go come and join us at the Grand Daddy Hotel for some sexy, saucy and as you shall see below highly beneficial for your health, salsa dancing!!

Winter warmers with Daddy

Winter in Cape Town means stormy weather, fireplaces, movies and hot beverages with beautiful warm sunny days in between. Winter also heralds the start of Cape Town’s spectacular winter specials which allows us locals and those special visitors, who know how much the Cape has to offer summer or winter, an opportunity to feast on some fabulous food and stay in some awesome places on a budget and The Grand Daddy Hotel is totally on board with this!!