Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Not to be missed

Awesome, Spectacular, Extravagant, Exotic, even homo-erotic are some of the words to describe this decadent exotic and fantastic dinner and Show we attended at the SunCoast Casino complex last night.

Cape Town's Coast of Dreams production of Madame Zingara's Aphrodisia is wowing Durban audiences and if you are in Durban between now and the 31st August, you have to spend the R300 per person on a ticket to this show. It was excellent value with a gourmet 4 course meal that excited the taste buds and had those in our group vowing to come back. The two semi-clad guys in the Show who did spectacular manouvres and acrobatics were also enough to warrant a second visit alone, whilst the stained glass, wooden panneled and mirrored opulent marquee was a marvel to behold. We were also impressed with the exhuberance of all of the cast and staff who were out to woo and bedazzle all of the 300 plus audience who were mezmerised by the performance. You can dress up too, and here's a pic of LLewellyn with some boobies Ian bought for us at the well-stocked party shop at the show.

For reservations contact: 021 426-2458 or 0861MADAME (0861 623263) or join our table Friday 4th July when we take our
Guests to the Show before the following day's July racing event of the year,the Vodacom Durban July.

Harbour Booze Cruise

On Friday we all went for a jol around the harbour. Once or twice a year I organise a booze cruise for clients and staff and this was one of them. In the photo are Dave (left) and Llewellyn on board the Sea Joy. It was a beautiful night and it is only when you see our port city of Durban from the sea and harbour side do you realise how beautiful it really is with the sparkling lights at night.

Music man

Meet Fred from Johannesburg who is our music man. Fred was training the Justice Department's procurement staff in Durban while he was a guest with us and brought some 80 gigs of music on his laptop which has now been transferred to ours. We are in the process of listening to the music and preparing suitable playlists for all occasions. Thanks Fred.. it is awesome stuff.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Madame Zingara in Durban

A must see for theatre goers, party lovers and gourmet diners is this extravaganza on our not-to-be-missed Durban calendar.. Madame Zingara

Fresh from a sell out run in Cape Town the Theatre of Dreams has arrived in Durban with a spectacular new show for the winter season. "Aphrodisia" premiered on May 23rd at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World and continues to the end August.

Shows run Tuesdays to Saturdays. Doors open 7 pm, and show commences 20:15 pm. Ticket prices range from R300 to R350 per person (depending on seating area) which includes welcome drinks, a decadent four course dinner, and the spectacular show, Aphrodisia.

Bookings are made through the Box Office. For reservations contact: 021 426-2458 or 0861MADAME (0861 623263).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Landmark survey from PlanetOut and Prime Access

We received a copy of this survey from PlanetOut and thought that we would share it with you. A Landmark survey from PlanetOut, Inc. and Prime Access reveals that more than two-thirds of gays and lesbians say they are more likely to purchase from gay-friendly companies .
NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Bravo, Apple, Showtime, HBO, Absolut, and Levi's, are the gay-friendliest brands, while WalMart, Dunkin Donuts, Cracker Barrel, Exxon Mobil, and Samsung earn the lowest marks from gay and lesbian consumers, according to the 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Study released today.

Friday, May 16, 2008

June Comrades Special Offer...

Welcome relief from the pressure of work will be the Comrades Marathon long weekend coming up in June. Come join us for some fun alongside the road and take up our special accommodation offer at the Guesthouse. Book for the weekend Sat 14 and Sun 15 and (get LUCKY) Fri 13th FREE. Wow!! Should be awesome FUN. Quote your email or the blog to qualify when booking.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Indaba Winners

Our Guesthouse hosted two Hotel/Lodge winners the one presented at the Durban Indaba Conference by AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards - second from left (above) is Karl Germann from The Nest Hotel in the Drakensburg (Best Leisure Hotel) seen with Corne' (left), Guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn, and Berry of Pangea Travel (Netherlands delegate). In the second photo is Eddie Rust of Mhondoro Lodge, runner up in the Good Safari Guides "Best Food and new Lodge" category.

Well done guys and thanks for coming from such illustrious establishments to join us at our guesthouse.

And in the 3rd photo, enjoying breakfast at the Guesthouse after a gruelling 4 days at Indaba is Jacob of SA Travel Centre Holidays of Cape Town. Go well and for those returning to Indaba next year, we look forward to catching up with you again.

Seen at Indaba

We took some time off yesterday and registered for some emarketing seminars at Indaba and wandered around looking for some of our guests at Africa's biggest travel show, right here in Durban on the sunny east coast of South Africa. With 14000 delegates representing global tour operators and accommodation, tourism and tour organisations from Southern Africa it was an awesome event. We also picked up some good marketing tips and are considering putting together a Gay Destinations stand for next year's show. Above are some of the pics we took of the show, whilst in the last photo Llewellyn poses with a "Lion", representative of the number of fantastic Game Lodges and Safaris on offer.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A drink on us..

A lot of our guests say that the photos of our Guesthouse on our website and this blog don't do full justice to the house. We're trying to remedy that, so here's a full perspective view of the Guesthouse pub with Llewellyn (co-owner). Guests are invited to a complimentary drink with us on the evening of arrival.

We've been busy beavers

Those familiar with the Guesthouse will see that we have been busy beavers making some improvements. The City View room with it's oval bath now has a shower and wrought iron and glass side tables, the Rainbow room now has a mod glass shower door, and Dave shows off the new Guest Info files which have been extensively updated and placed in each room. In the shower pics, LLewellyn shows what to do....

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Visitors from South Africa

About 50% of our guests are from overseas, but it is always great to have our own South African visitors so they can sample the tastes, sounds and experiences of Durban for themselves. Seen in the photo are Craig (left -Johannesburg) who came for some diving here but got side-tracked and didn't get to do any, and Jorg (right -Cape Town) who has never been to Durban, seen with Guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn.

Tourism Indaba draws near

Getting ready for Indaba 2008, the huge South African travel conference taking place in Durban in 10 days time, here is Llewellyn (guesthouse co-owner) with the new headboard for the City View room we installed today. The design was inspired by a seat in a restaurant at Frankfort airport and was made by us carefully cutting out the design from a photo of the original and with imported fabrics to match the colour scheme of the room.