The press release for the launch of The Marly, an 11-suite luxury boutique hotel above the strip in Camps Bay, claims the hotel is named after the Château de Marly “built in the 17th century for the leisure activities of King Louis XIV” the Sun King. But I’m betting (given the trashy terroir of Camps Bay) the world’s worst dog called Marly, a Labrador Retriever, will ring more bells. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog was a New York Times bestselling autobiography by journalist John Grogan,
Although full marks for making the French connection as with Chinese tourists discovering the world at the minute, the Chinese word for luxury – French – is fully on message. A point well made by Fine Brandies by Design who noted “we are moving towards modernizing brandy and not highlighting the Dutch Heritage of the category.” Pity some of their best brandies – Van Ryn and Oude Meester come to mind – are as Dutch as a pair of klompe.