Romantic Weekend Getaways Is Les Cascades Possibly The Most Romantic Hotel In Cape Town

We discovered Les Cascades, very much by chance at the end of a touring holiday in South Africa, never realising where it was or what it was, so it was just amazing to find what I would undoubtedly class as one of my top 10 romantic weekend getaways so close to the centre of Cape Town.

We were in fact looking for weekend honeymoon ideas, and my wife wanted to write about the top 10 romantic weekend getaways, so we were more than delighted to find Les Cascades , which is situated in the exclusive area of Bantry Bay on the Cape Town Atlantic coast, less than a ten minute drive from the city.

In its former life Les Cascades was a private house, hidden behind a huge wooden front door, but herein lies a beautiful boutique hotel. I hesitate to write about a romantic weekend getaway, when it is really only feasible for people in Southern Africa. Having said that I once went to Darjeeling for the weekend!!

Immediately you enter through the doors it is like another world, where uncannily you seem immediately to be able to forget the stresses you carried around with you outside. The initial impression of luxury, comfort, warmth, and the views from reception are reinforced by the sheer quality of the furnishings in the suite.

Apart from the opulence of the furnishings, a combination of dark woods, wool carpets, African art and artifacts, there is the small matter of hidden speakers, a large screen television, and fast internet connection for those info junkies who simply can’t escape from the ties of the office!!

The bedroom is enormous, and there is yet another television, and a huge bed with fine cotton linen, and then the bathroom is a designer’s dream with a lovely big bath, and a large shower, with the inevitable but nevertheless welcome huge array of toiletries. The suite comes complete with a little kitchenette cleverly hidden away, and a private terrace – all very impressive indeed.

What is so incredible about Les Cascades is how isolated, and ‘away from it all’ you feel, which helps make it such a fantastic romantic weekend getaway, and yet it is effectively in suburbia!! The key to this is the fact it is on a hill so you feel as if you are on a mountain overlooking the ocean, and that enhances the feeling of privacy.

There are three pools, and elegant dining villa restaurant, which is just past the main pool, and is accessed via steps. The whole thing gives the impression of not so much a hotel as small village.

Without going into detail, dinner is superb, magnificent food, beautifully presented, and fine wines. The breakfast is in similar mode, the only possible complaint could be unforced overindulgence!!

Everywhere has superb sea views, the restaurant, the pool, but best of all in this incredible escape is the almost telepathic service which was unsurprisingly spot on.

Going On A Camping Trip?

Camping outdoors can be an exciting adventure. Camping is a great way for family, friends, and loved ones to have a wonderful outdoor experience. Camping can create unforgettable memories: from exploring the woods to telling ghost stories around the campfire. Now before you go camping, you should be well equipped. Bringing along the right materials is a necessary when camping. Here is some advice about what you should bring along a camp trip:


Tent – One of the first things you should bring is a tent. A good idea would be to bring an extra tent as well, in case one of the tents becomes damage on the trip.

Sleeping Bags – You will need something to keep yourself warm, and to use as a blanket. The woods, forests, and mountain areas are often cool during the night.

Cell phone – to call for help if needed

Backpack – Bring a backpack to carry the items you will bring with you

– Other items:
Towels, toilet paper, flashlight, rain gear, bug repellant, and matches (You will need matches for the campfire.)


You should only pack clothes that will be necessary for you to wear when camping. You don’t want to over-pack, because over-packing will only become a burden to you. You will not exactly have a lot of places to store your clothes. Here is a basic list of clothes to bring:

Jacket – For when it is cool outdoors
Long pants – It is good to wear long sweat pants when jogging to avoid ticks
Bandana – These help absorb sweat
Extra Socks

Food Utensils

Cooler – You can store your food inside a cooler
Utensil you use to eat with (e.g. forks, spoons, cups, etc.)
Utensil you use to cook with (e.g. pans, pots, knives, can-opener etc.)

The advice in this article will be helpful for anyone planning to go on a camping trip.

A Proactive Approach Towards Safer Travel

Video security is as much a part of airports as planes and runways. It is unthinkable for an airport – any airport – not to have video security. In fact, in the wake of the events of 9/11, the video security of airports have undergone remarkable transformations.

Innovations in Airport Video Security
If there is anything that the tragic events of 9/11 revealed, it is this: airport security, no matter how sophisticated, is not infallible. Anyone determined to beat the system may do so, provided that he has the gadget and technology needed. With this in mind, experts are now rethinking their approach to airport video security. Instead of collecting data after an incident, the focus is now on anticipating events and addressing problems even before they take place. Additionally, they have introduced two technological breakthroughs to airport surveillance and video security, namely, intelligent video and face recognition.

Intelligent Video Security?
Intelligent video is the latest offspring of the marriage between established video security and newly plumbed video technologies. How does it work? A software is made to work with existing airport CCTV systems. This software revolutionizes the detection process. Traditional video security requires that personnel keep close watch of the images captured. This system is flawed because no matter how many personnel an airport employs, it still is possible to overlook an area, for example. After all, how can one lock into a threatening situation quickly and reliably when one has hundreds, if not thousands, of CCTV cameras to watch?

With intelligent video security, cameras do not only monitor movement, they report aberrant or suspicious behavior. Cameras classify behavior as suspicious if they deviate from the patterns of normal activity coded into the video security system. Once anomalous behavior from a passenger is noted, a video clip is sent to a responder, via pager, laptop, cell phone, or the control center. Should the first responder fail to act, the video clip is sent to another responder.

Face Recognition in Video Security
Another upgrade to airport video security is face recognition. It is already in use in some airports, although application is limited to airport personnel for the time being. Face recognition is highly useful in verifying identity. It is used in two ways in airports. The first is in watch list screening. Live images of passengers are compared to a database of known criminals. The second is in regulating access to restricted areas or airport controls. Badges and uniforms can be stolen easily and quickly; it will require plenty of work to steal a face.

Experts believe that integration of face recognition in the video security of all airports is a cost-effective solution not only to security concerns, but also to lags in paper processing. With face recognition, it will become easier to identify people and match the face to existing records.

It is unanimously accepted that video security helps improve travel safety. Having the best video technology in the world, however, is not what’s important. It’s what you do with it that counts.