Tintswalo Safari Lodge is retaining its spot as one of the Top 20 Resorts in South Africa, while Tintswalo Atlantic was included in the Top 30 Hotels in Southern Africa list for the first time. Earlier this year, Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic also received international recognition when it was named one of the best new restaurants in the world on the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2021.
The Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. In this year’s competition, more than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe.
Tintswalo’s bush and beach boutique properties are situated in some of South Africa’s most magnificent, unspoiled locations. Lisa Goosen, the CEO of Tintswalo Lodges says: ‘Tintswalo is a small, family-owned and managed conservation tourism company and we have some of the best management and staff in the luxury safari and travel industry on our team. We are delighted to add the prestigious 2021 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards to our growing list of accolades and are proud to offer our guests a unique Tintswalo experience to showcase our beautiful country.’
In the local Shangaan language, the name Tintswalo means ‘the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift.’
THE LIZ McGRATH COLLECTION HOTELS INCLUDED IN TOP 30 HOTELS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA (2021 CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS)
Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its prestigious 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, and once again, each of the three hotels within The Liz McGrath Collection was voted one of the top hotels in all of Southern Africa.
This year, Hermanus’ favourite boutique hotel, The Marine, made great strides moving into 4th place with a score of 99.28, while sister-hotels The Cellars-Hohenort retained its spot at number 15, and The Plettenberg holding the 24th place.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on the Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue of the magazine.
‘The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate the travel experiences that international readers longed for most when they couldn’t travel, and decided to do first once they could. These accolades come at a most important time while we are preparing to welcome back more international guests to South Africa’, says Jacqui Elliot, CEO of the The Liz McGrath Collection. ‘We are very appreciative of these votes, as well as the loyal support we have had from the local market during the last year. We are seeing a pick-up in reservations enquiries from the international markets and are looking forward to a good summer season.’
TALENTED EXECUTIVE CHEF TRONETTE DIPPENAAR APPOINTED TO ‘RUN THE PASS’ AT THE CELLARS-HOHENORT’S RESTAURANT, THE CONSERVATORY
Tronette Dippenaar has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Cellars-Hohenort restaurant, The Conservatory in Cape Town. The appointment is a continuation of her celebrated career within the Liz McGrath Collection, which started in 2008 when she first joined the group as Chef de Partie at The Marine in Hermanus.
Over the past 13 years she has come up through the ranks, having worked at each of the three sister-hotels. After taking up her second position within the Collection, she was promoted to Head Chef at The Plettenberg. This was followed by her first stint at The Cellars-Hohenort, where she assisted the Head Chef for a few months before The Liz McGrath Collection took on the management contract of the historic Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein. Tronette and her husband Johan Dippenaar worked closely with the late Mrs McGrath to fine tune the Matjiesfontein product, managing a soft refurbishment and re-organising the kitchen, as well as creating new menus as the appointed Head Chef. At the conclusion of the three-year management contract, Dippenaar returned to The Marine in Hermanus as Head Chef, a position she held for the past five years, until she took up the reins at the Cellars-Hohenort.
Her extensive experience and long association with the Liz McGrath Collection places her perfectly to take The Conservatory to greater culinary heights. Her responsibilities include not only the popular Conservatory Restaurant, but also overseeing High Teas and picnics, as well as catering for the special occasions, weddings and private celebrations that the hotel is famous for. Her charismatic and energetic approach to food and service is set to inspire her team as they work on new seasonal offerings, as well as the much-loved, signature dishes that include the late Mrs McGrath’s famed Boland Cheese Soufflé with Gin Cheese Sauce.
After growing up on a farm in Robertson, Tronette Dippenaar attended Tygerberg Hotel School before embarking on her culinary career at The Agulhas Country Lodge. As an aspiring young chef, she kicked off her career by gaining two years’ international experience in Scotland at Relais & Châteux property, Kinnaird Estate.
She says her food philosophy may be summarised as ‘fresh is best’. ‘My menu is uncomplicated and unpretentious, and my dishes are full of flavour. I stay true to South African cuisine, which I like to present with a modern twist. Growing up on a farm gave me a deep appreciation of produce and where it comes from, including the time and effort invested into growing nutritious vegetables and fruit.’
She chooses a hearty, meaty dish as her favourite on the new menu at The Conservatory. ‘Taste of the Overberg’ is proudly South African, comprising lamb served three ways: slow braised lamb shoulder; grilled cutlet of lamb; and pulled leg of lamb; served with silky, creamed potatoes, minted pea puree, baby carrots, ratatouille, black garlic and lamb jus.
Reservations are available at The Conservatory, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and Dinner, as well as High Tea.