Let’s give Airbnb a try

I’ve always been a fan of hotels and sometimes the occasional guest house, but recently I decided to give Airbnb a try. If you don’t know what Airbnb is then here goes:

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

So now that the introductions are out of the way, let me tell you about my experience. I booked my weekend getaway to Hermanus using the mobile app on my smartphone. It was a quick and easy process with a very simple booking. Viewing the images of the house as well as reading the reviews made the decision such a pleasure. I must admit, I always assumed that Airbnb was about booking a room in someones home (which is what put me off for so long). But I was surprised to find out that you could book entire homes as well.

I stayed at this amazing holiday home along the Bot River. It was perfect for a weekend break from Cape Town and oozed luxury. Here’s some pics! Join Airbnb and get travel credit towards your next holiday.



Weekend away at 3Flavours Guest House in Pringle Bay

We recently spent the weekend at 3Flavours Guest House in Pringle Bay. This 4 star guest house is perfectly situated to serve as a safe heaven from which you can explore the Overberg and surrounding countryside.

Upon arrival we were welcomed by Sarita who was the manager on call. She told us about the best places to grab dinner and also offered to book us a table. In our rooms, a fresh glass of juice and a bunch of fynbos awaited us. Most places offer welcome drinks and cold towels but never did I experience fynbos before. I think it’s such a beautiful touch and perfectly suited for the Western Cape.

This is truly the perfect place for someone looking to escape. The room has no TV which could be great or sad depending how you look at it. We were booked into the honeymoon suite so the view was absolutely to die for and we definitely did not need a TV, in fact it was so gorgeous that it didn’t even bother me that my phone was dead. Later that evening, Sarita organized in-room massages for both Jacques and I, which definitely kept us entertained.

Breakfast the next morning was perfect as we are not big eaters. It was light but perfect for us. 3Flavours is definitely a great place for couples looking for a break. If you have little kids I would be a little hesitant unless you have something to keep them entertained, although the pool in Summer time could provide ample entertainment.