Sònia Graupera is a freelance travel advisor based in Barcelona.

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ILTM Africa

I attended ILTM Africa for my very first time. Cape Town is such a wonderful city, with a unique vibe & lots to see & do. You can find ultra luxury hotels like the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson, One & Only Cape Town, The Table Bay, Ellerman House - with over 1000 pieces of South African art, and the amazing Steenberg Hotel with its vineyards& if you want boutique hotels my suggestion is the beautiful Cape Cadoganthe lovely More Quarters. Luxury for all pockets & all #GraupixApproved in Cape Town!
Do not miss a helicopter ride with NAC Helicopters to have the best views of the city. A must, I just loved it!

To me ILTM Africa was a highly interesting show to understand the huge potential of this amazing continent & to discover great hotel/lodge properties. The numbers: 
Hosted Buyers from 28 countries - of which 93% were first time participants - took part in over 4,500 one-to-one appointments with elite sub Saharan African products & unique experiences.

Read the summary of ILTM Africa in this link
Read my experience in ILTM Africa in this link

Belmond Mount Nelson, the iconic old-world vibe

Maintaining an appealing balance of luxurious living combined with warm, earthy & pink tones, the Belmond Mount Nelson offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquility & contemporary buzz.
Old World glamour reigns supreme here, from the high tea served daily on the hotel’s veranda to the two tennis courts. Exquisitely furnished suites with sumptuous king-sized beds are just beautifully decorated & have en-suite bathrooms with a separate shower & bath. Spread over nine garden-filled acres in the shadow of Table Mountain, the buildings that make up the complex are filled with fresh-cut flowers and antiques.  

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, the real Arabian experience

Amidst a landscape of desert flora & fauna & traditional watchtowers, sets the scene for an Arabian Nights style getaway, The Bedouin inspired tented villas come with a decking area and private pool. Bathrooms are spacious, bedrooms are equally large.
Be aware of the resort's wildlife, including Arabian gazelles & oryx, add to the feeling of urban escape. 
Dining becomes an occasion here: Whether you’re dining beneath the stars in the desert with a private chef, or sampling signature Thai cuisine in trendy SafranAl Waha offers the discerning palate International cuisine and authentic Arabic specialties.
When in a Banyan Tree, the Spa is a must: Lavish Spa Treatment Pavilions, the largest state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility in Banyan Tree Group – The Rainforest. Hard to believe but true, just amazing!
See my video of Banyan Tree Al Wadi in this link
See my pics of Banyan Tree Al Wadi in this link
See my video of the Spa of Banyan Tree Al Wadi in this link


For my transportation to and from the Barcelona airport I always use Abaser Barcelona, my preferred limousine service in town

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