Orlando Bloom loves an SA steak

Published Jan 29, 2016


British Airways recently caught up with actor Orlando Bloom at the launch of its 787-9 Dreamliner route to Abu Dhabi and asked him about some of his travel experiences.

It turns out South Africa makes it on to his list of favourites, as he is a keen fan of not only our steaks but also a good old South African braai.


What three things should every visitor to Abu Dhabi experience (and why)?

It is rich in culture and history. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must see. You can't beat the weather and there are many fine dining experiences to enjoy.


Which city in the world do you always love going back to? (and why do you keep returning)?

London is and always will be my home. Landing at Heathrow always gives me a great feeling to be returning to family and friends. It’s such an exciting city – multicultural and diverse. There’s no place like home.


Which destination have you travelled to that has surprised you the most? What exactly surprised you about that destination?

Japan is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to – it would take a lifetime to get your head around the culture –from ‘goldfish scooping’ on a Japanese TV show to the bright neon lights of Tokyo to the peaceful landscaped gardens of Kyoto – it’s a country of contrasts.


Where in the world did you have your most memorable meal? What did you eat?

It’s impossible to name a particular restaurant but the steaks in South Africa are like nowhere else. Eating there is such a social event, especially in summer when family and friends all come together for a braai (barbeque).


Which is your all-time favourite hotel in the world (or the best place that you’ve stayed). What makes it so special?

I can't tell you my favourite hotel because it is my favourite hotel and it’s a well-kept secret, but I will say it has been in my life for 20 years and it’s in Morocco, a country where I have spent a fair amount of time filming in and a country that I have always loved.


What has been your most memorable holiday to date? What made it so unforgettable?

Spent my first holiday with my son Flynn in Big Sur in California exploring the area around where we live – seeing the giant redwood trees and hiking in the forests.


Which destination is at the top of your bucket list to visit it next? What is it about the destination that makes it so appealing?

I’d love to take Flynn to visit the pandas in Chengdu – it’s so easy now to visit China and it’s an amazing country. That’s definitely next for our family.


Now you are a father yourself, what’s your top tip for travelling with children?

Make sure you have plenty of things to keep them busy. We always bring colouring books.


You must constantly be on and off long-haul flights. What are your tips for dealing with jet lag?

I’m a very active person so I always make sure to exercise a lot when I reach a new time zone and drink plenty of water. Often I’m so busy I have no choice but to get on with it.


What’s the one gadget that you can’t travel without? Why?

I always travel with my noise-cancelling headphones.


What are your top five destinations of all time?

London - My home

New York - Beautiful city

LA - My second home

New Zealand - Vast landscapes

Morocco - Delicious food

Adapted from a press release for IOL

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