Cape Town Gets A Boost From Hayes & Jarvis As New Hotel Gets A Taste Of Gordon Ramsay

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South Africa is virtually the only country in the world where sterling is stronger than it was a year ago - and also one of the few long haul holiday destinations where visitors do not have to suffer jet lag. As a result Hayes & Jarvis (0871 664 0246) is expecting strong demand for trips to South Africa this spring and summer and has revamped its programme to Cape Town.

South Africa is virtually the only country in the world where sterling is stronger than it was a year ago - and also one of the few long haul holiday destinations where visitors do not have to suffer jet lag. As a result Hayes & Jarvis (0871 664 0246) is expecting strong demand for trips to South Africa this spring and summer and has revamped its programme to Cape Town, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The expanded range of hotels on offer is spearheaded by the luxury One&Only Cape Town resort, which opens on Victoria & Albert waterfront this April.

Not only will One&Only Cape Town be the city's largest hotel, boasting equally striking views of Table Mountain and the waterfront, but it will also feature an exclusive Spa Island for the ultimate in pampering and, most notably, will bring the towering talents of Gordon Ramsay to the table in Africa's first maze restaurant.

Modelled on its British namesake, maze will showcase the best local seafood and game as well as offering fresh produce from organic South African farms - and will feature South Africa's largest and most innovative collection of South African wine. maze will be launched alongside Nobu, brainchild of master chef Nobujuki Matsuhisa, which will offer a fusion of classic Japanese cuisine with fresh South African ingredients.

Hayes & Jarvis clients can get in on the gourmet experience on a four night holiday at One&Only Cape Town. Departing London Heathrow on 15 May, a B&B package costs £1,145pp, including return flights from London Heathrow with British Airways - leaving holidaymakers free to dine when they choose in either maze or Nobu (book by 13 April).

Alternatively One&Only Cape Town can be combined with a Cape Winelands stay or a safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park to take in the contrasts of South Africa. A six night holiday twinning three nights in Cape Town with three at the four-star plus Mont Rochelle Hotel overlooking the Winelands town of Franschoek costs £1,245pp for 19 May departures from London Heathrow (book by 13 April).

For a really luxurious two-centre holiday, Hayes & Jarvis is offering an eight-night trip with four nights at One&Only Cape Town and four at Sir Richard Branson's Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The eight-night package costs £3,399pp and includes B&B accommodation in Cape Town, an all-inclusive stay at Ulusaba and return South African Airways flights from London Heathrow on 15 May.

Holidaymakers on a more modest budget can choose one of the stylish alternatives now available as part of Hayes & Jarvis' expanded Cape Town programme. Four-star Four Rosmead is a contemporary classic that started life in 1903 and is now designated a classified monument. But there is nothing 'olde worlde' about this stylish boutique hotel. Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the City Bowl and close to Kloof Street's trendy restaurants and shops, this is a chic guesthouse, distinctly South African in feel - not least because of the original local artwork displayed throughout.

Hayes & Jarvis is offering four night B&B packages at the hotel priced at £655pp (based on departures from London Heathrow on 19 May, for bookings made by 13 April, and including return BA flights).

Another new option is The Glen, tucked away in the crook of a glen running between Lions Head and Table Mountain and bordering the historic Round House Precinct and Glen Forest. Consisting of just 30 individually designed luxury apartments, The Glen combines a natural tree and mountain setting with breathtaking mountain and ocean views seen from the floor to ceiling windows of each stone and timber apartment. Guests not only have a bedroom but a dining room, fully equipped kitchenette, lounge with satellite TV and balcony as well.

Hayes & Jarvis is offering four night self-catering packages at the Glen for £679pp (based on departures from London Heathrow on 19 May, for bookings made by 13 April, and including return BA flights).

To see the full range of Cape Town and South African holidays available from Hayes & Jarvis, visit http://www.hayesandjarvis.com.

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