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AROUND THE WORLD MAY 2017

We travel the globe in search of the latest and greatest travel news

Fairmont Royal Palm Opens in Marrakesh in May

Located just 12 kilometers from the bustling city of Marrakech, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is nestled within the heart of a century-old olive grove, spanning 231 hectares with uninterrupted views of the Atlas Mountains. The vast estate is only a 10-minute drive from Menara Airport and is within close proximity to the mythical Red City offering travelers a culturally enriching and quaint experience with a range of local attractions. Featuring 134 guestrooms including five Presidential Suites, one Penthouse Suite, and 10 Prince villas, the resort currently also offers 94 private residences consisting of two, three and four-bedroom villas. Subsequent phases of the development will include both Fairmont Royal Palm Residences and Fairmont Royal Palm Estates, joining Fairmont’s exclusive portfolio of branded private residences. Currently under development, the branded residences will be serviced by Fairmont, enabling residents to enjoy the full benefits of a resort lifestyle

Diani Voted 6th Best Destination in Africa

Not surprisingly the resort town of Diani in Kwale, Kenya has been voted the 6th best destination in Africa by US travel website, Trip Advisor.The site says : “Diani invites you to relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing drink. Try a camel ride for the tourist experience or book a bike tour inland for a glimpse of life of local villages.” Overall, Marrakesh, Merzouga and Fez in Morocco were voted first, second and fourth respectively while Cape Town Central in South Africa was ranked third. Arusha in Tanzania was rated fifth overall.

The Counter – Accra Mall in Ghana

Known for their “custom built burgers’, the popular US franchise has been in Ghana for a few months now and the reviews just keep getting better. Customers can mix and match and create their own special gourmet burger. A word of caution though, VAT is not included on the menu so the bill may surprise you once it arrives. And there is no alcohol on the menu but though do have a few interesting ‘mocktails’ you may enjoy.

Fernando’s Bar

R & R (rum and raspberry) as it is fondly known has become legendary at Fernando’s in Ponto Do Ouro in Mozambique. The famous ‘red drink’ has made its ways across the borders and is a delightful way to cool off in the warm summer months. But did you know that the drink was stumbled upon by accident? Let’s just say a shortage of coke (the regular soda for rum) and one person’s hesitance to ‘drinking’ and voila, the R&R was born. The legend himself Fernando Makavelo passed away last year, yet the legacy he left will live on. This was just one example of a small business in a small town in Africa that left a huge impact. R&R’s have never tasted the same since.But if you haven’t already tried one, we urge you to do yourself a favour. And No, it is not the same with any other rum. And yes you can only get Tipo Tinto in Mozambique. And should you be so lucky to get your hands on a bottle anywhere else across the borders, drink it slowly. It is not easy to come by.

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