Saturday, 4 April 2015

Spier Eagle Encounter, Wine Farm and Hotel with Metrorail

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Spier railway station.
Spier's railway station where you disembark and embark with a special train from Cape Town to Spier via Metrorail.

WE, Hilary and I were treated to 5 star brilliance by Wendy Burridge. 
When we arrived we were escorted to the Eagle Encounters as a show was about to start.

We spent a good couple of hours just listening to the guides and wandering around the enclosures where we observed owls, eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, secretary birds and even a porcupine. From the guides, I understand that these are birds that have been either injured or kept illegally and are brought here to be nursed or rehabilitated in one form or another to be put back into the wild as far as possible.

Some of the birds at Spier Eagle Encounter.

The pond with its weeping willows, fish and bird life are a visitor magnet. Many photos have been taken around the pond with its lush green lawn just inviting you to have a picnic. Picnic baskets is available from Eight restaurant/deli. Just give them a call in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Dam at Spier.

The grounds at Spier are enormous with many weddings and receptions taking place here! What scenery, what a pleasure for photographers!

We were then given a tour of the wine tasting room and whisked off to Eight. This is a deli restaurant that really has their act together. Very few restaurants of this size can come up with a menu like this one can.

The proof was in tasting. What an absolutely gastronomic experience.
I thought that this excellent experience was just for me but alas I am sad to say that everyone I observed was in the same throes of gastronomical ecstasy and were really enjoying the food that was placed exactly as they ordered in front of them. What an experience!

Restaurant/Deli 8. 
After we had an excellent lunch we were then taken for a short tour of the hotel village that Spier Hotel is so proud of.

The hotel consist of Signature rooms, Signature Garden Terrace rooms, Signature Riverside rooms and the Signature Riverside Terrace rooms and suites.

The Signature Rooms
These upstairs rooms are light, airy and sun filled offering comfort style and panache. Their walk in bathrooms come with huge showers as well as baths and "his and her" basins.

The Signature Garden Terrace Rooms
These absolutely fabulous rooms have access to an outside patio and a swimming pool. Here you can relax, unwind and truly forget about any responsibilities. The bathroom facilities are something that can only be dreamt of, with the huge showers with their energy efficient showers heads, baths as well as "his and her" basins. In the winter or colder weather they also have a fireplace that will be lit for you to enjoy.

Signature Riverside Rooms
These rooms face the Helderberg mountains. They are situated upstairs and the views are outstanding. From here you are able to observe the river and the mountains that just shout out that this is the Western Cape. Signature Riverside Terrace Rooms The Signature Riverside Terrace rooms have huge beds, a fireplace and a private patio overlooking the Helderberg mountains. The Eerste River just bubbles away not far from where you are sitting. What more could you ask for. Comfort personified.
Besides the hotel Spier also has special offers, kids activities, Camelot Spa and a restaurants.

The following facilities can be found in all their rooms:
  • 100MB Complimentary Wi-Fi per day
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar with Spier wine, soft drinks and water
  • Complimentary tea and coffee station
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer and shaver outlet 220/110 volts
  • In-room safes
  • Separate shower and bath
  • Double vanity
  • Special toy boxes available for children
    Info via the website

Spiers auditorium is where open air concerts are held offering a change to the norm. The sheer exhilaration proves to be a hit amongst the young and old. It offers comfortable elevated seating so you miss nothing. Many a successful concerts have been held here.

Spier 1692 established. 

Written by Andre Beukes

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Honeybun Deli

Honeybun Deli in 107 Lower Main Rd Observatory Cape Town

Aaahhh what a wonderful place, with its own contemporary style and panache that is not unfamiliar in its surroundings. There, everything screeches to a halt!
Honeybun Deli serves up the most decadent food you can imagine. With their own in house chef this place literally cooks! With the early morning breakfasts which you will find hard to beat this Deli is out to make a name for itself.
The smoothies that they whip up are absolutely out of this world. This has to be investigated! 

The above is one of their lip-smacking lekkà platters which were made by their own in house chef for the #newmenulaunch.

Honeybun Deli specialties include the following: 
  • Open sandwiches served on white farm loaf, brown farm loaf, ciabatta or as a wrap. 
  • Asian Fish Burger served with red cabbage radish
  • Cape Malay Chicken Curry
  • Smoothies: Berry Blaze, Strawbana, Peanut Butter, Chai, Coffee, Brekkie as well as the Skinny Smoothies: Watermelon Mint (Top Seller), Lemon Drop, Summer Breeze, Iced Cappuccino (Top Seller) & Mango Tango.
  • Lindt Chocolate Brownies served with Ice Cream
  • Homemade Traditional Milk Tart
I have to mention the dessert! This one is a Lindt chocolate brownie inside a glass! sooooo delicious

 All in all, this is a place I will definately visit again and certainly spread the word!

Send Wanita the owner an email if you would like to arrange a function, or ask for more information!

They are open:
Mon-Fri 07:00 -17:00,
Sat -Sun 08:00 -16:00 or arrange with Wanita if you plan to book the venue outside these specific times.

Closed on public holidays.