SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Friday, 09 November 2018: Glasses will be raised at the Lilizela Tourism Award ceremony on November 17th, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, where the best of the best within the Tourism Industry will be recognised and celebrated. The 7th Annual Lilizela Tourism Awards honours those remarkable individuals and businesses that elevate South Africa as a must-visit tourist destination. Befitting of this industry special event, the Lilizela Tourism Awards have proudly partnered with Imvula Wines, the brainchild of Siyabonga Mvula. Imvula means “rain” in Xhosa, and the label’s name was inspired by the pivotal role that rain plays in sustaining life. With the establishment of Imvula Wines two years ago, Siyabonga Mvula sought for his company to take on a life-sustaining role by providing those in rural communities with social upliftment, job creation, and financial support. It is fitting that a wine company that uplifts the community and impacts positively on tourism would share the spotlight at the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards. Mvula’s interest in wine flourished after numerous discussions with a knowledgeable friend, who steered him to explore and venture into the industry and then go on a small-scale winemaking course at the University of Stellenbosch. He left his job as assistant director at the Gauteng Treasury and formed Imvula Wines. Each blend of Imvula Wines is carefully selected and sourced from a wine estate located in Robertson, Western Cape. The assortment includes 2015 Shiraz Reserve, 2016 Shiraz Reserve, 2014 Premium Pinotage, 2014 Premium Shiraz, 2015 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Premium Merlot, 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Merlot, 2016 Pinotage, 2016 Shiraz, and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. With every bottle of wine sold, a percentage of the profits goes back to community projects such as those that provide schools with better resources and learning materials. Mvula’s long-term vision is to . . .
Badplaas, South Africa – Forever Badplaas is proud to announce their SAAHSP (South African Association of Health and Skincare) Spa Membership after they recently opened the new Spa at Badplaas. SAAHSP Membership certificates were awarded to the Hydro Manager, Assistant Hydro Manager and five Beauty Therapists. SAAHSP, a non-profit organisation, was legally constituted to protect the public interest in relation to the Spa and wellness industry inclusive of beauty, somatology and spa treatments within South Africa. “Being registered members of SAAHSP is a privilege and gives us a higher professional designation that provides our passionate Spa team with platforms to improve their knowledge and staying up to date with the industry and trends which ultimately provides our guests with quality Spa treatments. This membership also reflects the professional integrity of the Spa as well as the team”, said Johan Bezuidenhout, Senior General Manager at Badplaas, A Forever Resort. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, well known for its impressive 5-star-fun experience has extended the outdoor space of their award-winning Balinese spa by an impressive 920m2 making it the largest and most exclusive spa and wellness space in all of Johannesburg. This award-winning spa offers tranquility in a beautiful setting, complete with de-stressing water features and birdsong in the bamboo groves. When you enter into the space, you will journey through beautiful gardens with bamboo forest, a space reminiscent of Bali. The Balinese splendour include an undercover heated hydro pool, rim flow Jacuzzi, sent? bath, relaxation lounges and salas, a private dining sala for 8 guests and bar – all set in beautiful gardens. There is a couple’s treatment suite with a double spa bath and a maze with self-therapy scrubs and jets which guests can enjoy at leisure. Experience the oxygen facial, triple hydration facial or skin peel, leaving your face soft, smooth and rehydrated. Round off your treatment with a manicure, pedicure or the tan-can to get your body bronzed and poolside ready! Alternatively relax in the dining sala and enjoy sumptuous snacks and a refreshing drink without having to get out of your comfy robe. The Fairlawns Spa is the perfect spot to retreat from the daily grind and completely unwind – a true haven and urban oasis. To book call Fairlawns on 011-808 7300 or visit www.fairlawns.co.za. #fairlawnsspa #fivestarfun #urbanoasis #boutiqueliving Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa creates an intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. The chic, upscale suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, each featuring every desired modern . . .
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is thrilled to announce the appointment AJ Snetler as the new bartender at Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace. AJ is one of South Africa’s top professional bartenders and brings his expertise to the best bar in the city, with the best location in Cape Town. His addition to the team at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront means that on top of already offering chilled drinks, a great vibe and a breathtaking view, Tobago’s is now even hotter and definitely the place to be in the Mother City this summer. AJ’s experience includes bartending at Georgiou’s Steakhouse, The Coachman on the Bay and SoHo Fusion Lounge in Port Elizabeth before moving down to Cape Town to work at Dropkick Murphy’s, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, and Twankey Bar. Throughout this time he was nominated for and won numerous local and global awards and became an ambassador for global brands. “We are excited to have AJ join the team,” says Dominique Van Wezop F&B Operation Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. “We can’t wait to see how he brings his own flair and technique to Tobago’s. Together with the rest of the team, AJ will ensure that Tobago’s is the place to visit if you want some of Cape Town’s best cocktails.” AJ is bringing his signature brand of bartending to Tobago's Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront with a cocktail menu set to delight crowds throughout the summer. He shares his thoughts on industry trends, spirits we need to be seeing much more of, and what he’s really excited about right now. With his love of using local ingredients to give locals and international a real taste of Cape Town, maybe we’ll see AJ draw inspiration from his new location right next to the ocean. Q: What made you decide to become a bartender? A: There are a lot of reasons. But the main reason is that I have always been very interested in working with food and people. That’s why many of my drinks have a culinary twist. Q: What is . . .
Join Grande Provence at the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival Celebrate the start of the festive season in style by joining Grande Provence at the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival during the first weekend of December. Explore the magnificent trio of Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique and savour the ultimate taste experience with fresh oysters at the festival. Grande Provence will showcase their shimmering Brut, enchanting Rosé and ultra-elegant flagship Vintage Brut 2011. The popular Grande Provence MCC Brut and Rosé will be on sale for a special festival price of R150 per bottle to enjoy with fresh oysters at R25.00 each. ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ continues at the Grande Provence Tasting Room for visitors not attending the festival. Their MCC & oyster pairing is offered daily at R180 per person. Additional fresh oysters are available at R90 for three. The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and garnished freshly at the oyster bar in the Sculpture Garden. Tickets for the festival, open between 12h00 and 17h00 on 1 & 2 December, are priced at R395 per person via www.webtickets.co.za. Diary listing information: Dates: 1 & 2 December 2018 Time: 12h00 till 17h00 Venue: Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek Cost: R395 per person Booking: www.webtickets.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vegan & Vegetarian menus burst with flavour at Bistro Sixteen82 Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s popular cellar door restaurant in Constantia welcomes vegans and vegetarians this summer with dedicated menus bursting with freshness and flavour. Known for uncomplicated bistro-style food and tapas that is seasonal and flavourful, Chef Kerry draws on experiences during her travels to find new inspiration and authentic ingredients, so evident in the constant evolution of the Bistro Sixteen82 menu. Vegans have plenty to choose from for starters and mains on the lunch menu. The broccoli tataki of marinated shimeji mushrooms, chilli, corn, spring onion and wild rocket is a must drizzled with Chef Kerry’s signature soy vinaigrette. A house salad and delicious marinated artichoke salad with beetroot, grilled courgettes and pumpkin seeds complete the selection of starters. Chef Kerry’s famous vegetable stack of pan fried veggies, roasted butternut, assorted mushrooms, tender greens and red pepper, all melded together by her delicious smoked paprika vinaigrette is one of three choices for mains. Other options are a warm vegetable quinoa salad of artichoke, courgettes, peppers, wild rocket and a red pepper coulis, or the avo and wild rocket Tempura Vegetables. The vegan dessert is a light and breezy bowl of fresh summer berries, juicy citrus and a berry coulis. The vegetarian menu features variations of these dishes as well as a few extras including a panko crusted cheese fritter for starters, followed by a risotto of the day and mushroom and gorgonzola ricotta gnocchi for mains. Don’t miss out on these delicious creations and visit Bistro Sixteen82 before the summer rush. The outside terrace framed by water features and spectacular mountain views is the ultimate setting for enjoying Steenberg’s outstanding bubbly and fine selection of wines. For more information and a full range of menu options visit www.steenbergfarm.com/bistro1682. Be sure to follow . . .
In their efforts to make a positive contribution towards tourism development and the growth of the hotel industry at large, BON Hotels, West Africa’s fastest-growing hospitality company, has announced their plans to partner with prominent Nigerians with strong roots in the hospitality industry to open a hotel school in Abuja early next year. BON Hotels International West Africa will collaborate with Dewdrop Institute and Regent Hill Hospitality Limited, the owners of BON Hotel Abuja, as their strategic partners to set up the Hospitality Training Institute in Abuja, where Dewdrop Institute operates a City & Guilds-approved centre. The founder of Dewdrop Institute, Mrs Agatha Nnaji, and the owners of Regent Hill Hospitality Ltd, represented by the Chukwueke family, are prominent Nigerians with strong roots in the hospitality industry whose primary focus is on the development of the hotel industry through capacity building and professional development of human resources at the hotel school. Executive Director for BON Hotels International West Africa (BHIWA) Bernard Cassar, who has been involved in Nigeria from 1998 and who opened his first hotel in the region in 2001, soon recognised the necessity to adopt more formalised training. The early days saw management being sourced from South Africa or the UK, and staff members who showed potential were being fast-tracked through the ranks through focussed on-site training. Cassar says, “We saw the need to localise every aspect of management – from our board of directors right through to hotel management and staff - hence the dream to develop a legacy project that would provide excellent, accredited hospitality and specialised service training, in a hands-on, working environment.” Located in the capital city of Abuja, the school will be run as an operating hotel attached to lecture rooms so that students will be simultaneously working and learning to achieve accredited diplomas and certification. Plans are afoot . . .
Three rhinos are poached every single day in Africa. More than 1,000 rhinos have died in South Africa annually since 2012. The poaching threat continues to spread across borders and countries as illegal demand grows. For the Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game & Wilderness Reserve, located in the Tuli Block in Botswana, preventing poaching through intelligent measures is critical to preserving the lives of these increasingly endangered animals. This Reserve has invested into anti-poaching measures that are designed to protect the rhino, their legacy and the safety of all its animals. “There has been an increase in rhino poaching Botswana over the past few months – seven rhinos have been killed in Botswana since May - and we have implemented measures designed to counteract this worrying trend,” says Kevin MacFarlane, Reserve Manager of Limpopo-Lipadi. “We have decided to double down on our anti-poaching efforts to keep rhinos out of harm’s way by upping our commitment to rigorous anti-poaching methods that include working with the Botswana government, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and the Botswana Defence Force, investing into our own anti-poaching team and de-horning our rhinos.” The reserve has invested into training and reinforcements for its anti-poaching unit and their work is further supported by the well-armed Botswana Defence Force. Highly trained tracker dogs, complement Kalahari bushmen trackers to patrol the perimeter to detect intruders on the reserve, night and the day. “As part of our conservation and anti-poaching efforts, The Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks has allowed us to de-horn our rhinos,” says MacFarlane. “Thanks to this initiative, today we can say that there are no horns available for poaching in our reserve. We will be repeating this de-horning process at least once a year, so we can focus on our efforts to protect and breed rhinos and help rebuild their flagging numbers. We are also working closely . . .
When Belgian tourist Michèle Simonis realised she had forgotten her handbag at the Engen 1 Stop in Mossel Bay, the family was already 200km away and believed they would never see it again. But they soon discovered that South African hospitality runs deep, and that Engen staff would go the distance necessary to reunite bag and owner, even if the family had already departed the country for home. Getting the bag back to Belgium was a joint effort; it was discovered by Engen staffers Lynette Josephs, Hazel Matiso and Monique Floors, who then alerted Engen 1 Stop Mossel Bay director, Dirk van Niekerk. From there, the bag was delivered to the son of the owner of a George guesthouse, who was set to return home to Germany, from where it was couriered to Simonis in Belgium. Her husband Luc Theunissen was astounded: “South African people are really incredible.” In his first letter to Van Niekerk, Theunissen expressed concern about whether the bag still contained a pair of glasses, his wife’s keys and a USB stick containing pictures of the couple and their daughter’s on holiday in Oudtshoorn. Van Niekerk responded: “Looks like everything is still in the handbag – even the money!” “I am extremely proud of our staff. They turned a situation that could have left a bad taste in the mouths of foreign visitors into a total triumph,” commented Van Niekerk. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is passionate about sharing its love of food with guests. The resort has recently introduced ‘Anantara’s Spice Spoons’, a cooking school designed to connect food lovers from around the world to Mozambique’s authentic flavours, spices and cooking techniques. Whether a newcomer to cookery who’s hoping to learn the basics or an aspiring chef looking for fresh ideas, Spice Spoons is the perfect place to take the next step on your culinary journey. A wide array of lessons includes fresh produce selection, skill enhancing techniques and masterclasses on perfecting everyday local dishes. Spice Spoons at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort affords rich destination dining, embracing bold flavours from Mozambique’s Portuguese heritage against the backdrop of vibrant African island life. Spice Spoons offers guests the opportunity to work with personal chefs, where culinary adventures start with learning how to choose fresh produce from the resort’s vegetable garden, and progress on to learning how to cook local Mozambican dishes using pre-arranged ingredients with step-by-step guidance from an expert chef. Flavour enthusiasts will also learn traditional cooking techniques, crafting authentic African recipes and sampling their creations during a chef-hosted meal. Spice Spoons cooking classes immerse guests in an authentic experience of local cuisine. One of the more popular dishes is the Prawn Matapa, a Mozambican dish prepared with peanuts and young cassava leaves, cooked in coconut milk with crab or shrimp. This century-old recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is named after a once thriving African empire. The dish is a firm favourite among local communities who often add a mix of seafood ingredients to create their own unique versions. Hailing from Portuguese and Mozambican culture, piri-piri chicken is another popular pick. This iconic Mozambican dish is a succulent feast of chicken cooked with lemon, pepper, . . .