In a huge boost for the region, The Windmills Boutique Hotel in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was recently announced as the Best Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue in the prestigious African Bridal Industry Academy’s (ABIA) annual Bride’s Choice awards.
Held on a provincial basis, the ABIA Bride’s Choice awards are the “Oscars” of the wedding industry and are held each year to recognise the best wedding suppliers in South Africa. All judging for the event is done by brides who have been married in the 12 month period prior to the awards (June 2011 to July 2012). They are invited to nominate their wedding suppliers online and rate them on the quality of product, service, value and staff. The winners are those suppliers who score highest across all categories.
According to The Windmills Boutique Hotel general manager Andre Schoeman, the award is the result of 18 months of incredibly hard work. “To be the winner in the ABIA Bride’s Choice Awards is certainly an amazing accomplishment as these awards reflect the experience of the brides,” explains Schoeman. “Our entire team is dedicated to making every wedding the perfect occasion so the fact that we came out tops with our brides speaks volumes for our product and service delivery. This award is an achievement that belongs to everyone in our team as we all play a role in ensuring that our brides really do have their perfect day.”
The Windmills Boutique Hotel has undergone an incredible transformation over the past 18 months with extensive refurbishment, upgrades and landscaping projects.
“In order to become a player in the highly competitive wedding market, the property has had a complete face-lift. These changes have struck the right cord because, in our first year, our wedding venue hosted 75 wedding receptions! This is virtually unprecedented as it normally takes a new venue up to five years to secure more than 40 bookings per annum. In addition, we are hosting our first Bridal Fair in September and the response has been amazing,” explains Schoeman.
Schoeman goes on to say that more brides are making The Windmills their wedding venue of choice as the wide range of facilities meet all their needs. The venue now boasts a supremely elegant wedding venue, a fairy tale chapel on the lake with exquisite scenic views, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, 30 beautifully appointed rooms, a fine dining restaurant, coffee lounge and banqueting hall as well as superb conference facilities.
Schoeman says these facilities have also allowed The Windmills to venture successfully in other markets. The goal for The Windmills now is to add the title of leading venue for conference and corporate events in the Midlands to its illustrious accolades.
“To ensure that we stay ahead of the game, we attend local and national expos and workshops to remain on trend with our offerings and to research what is on offer in the market place,” says Schoeman.
To appeal to the broader market whilst also improving facilities even further, more upgrades are currently underway at The Windmills. Eight free-standing lodges are being upgraded to self-catering units and work is also progressing on a 600 square metre marquee area with the capacity to host 500 guests – exciting additions that will add to this award winning destination venue.
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A fairy tale setting for a dream wedding with a view from the chapel of The Windmills Boutique Hotel is one of the reasons for its immense popularity with bridal parties. Photographer:
General manager of The Windmills Boutique Hotel accepts the ABIA Bride’s Choice award for Best Boutique Hotel in KZN from Tonia Kreft, Marketing Manager ABIA. Photographer: Aileen Borrajeiro