Christmas Tips from the General Managers

“If you’re cooking Christmas lunch do not start drinking before your guests arrive!”

Wendy Morris – Spicers Sangoma Retreat


“If you are cooking Christmas lunch at home, get the whole family involved. You don’t need to do everything yourself!”

Clare Bremerkamp – Spicers Vineyards Estate


“Make moments to treasure not give treasures for a moment. Enjoy the festive time with family and friends, take silly photos, play crazy games, laugh and relax together. It’s so important not to stress the imperfections on the day as it’s not these moments that you will look back on and remember in years to come.”

Bobbie Murphy – Spicers Tamarind Retreat


“Whip up an easy Christmas cocktail.  Keep a few ingredients on hand to produce a festive cocktail when neighbours or friends unexpectedly pop around. Nigella Lawson’s Poinsettia cocktail is my all-time favourite – a bottle of fizz mixed with 500ml cranberry juice, finished with a splash of an orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau.”

Simon Magnus – Spicers Peak Lodgered-cocktail


“Preparation is the key to success, but most importantly taking the time to relax after Christmas is just as important.”

Sam Giles – Spicers Balfour Hotel


“Forget all the rules – Eat, drink and be merry in the places you love, with the people you love.”

Andrea Martin – Spicers Hidden Vale


“Don’t throw out your left-overs – cover them with cling wrap early and fill up the fridge! Boxing day lunch is taken care of so you can watch the cricket uninterrupted, and it’s a handy way to help cure those who  get a bit too ‘festive’ on the big day.”

Cameron Matthews – Spicers Clovelly Estate