July 2017 – The 5-star family owned and operated, Kurland Hotel, outside Plettenberg Bay, is proud to announce the completion of its soft refurbishment and celebrates the same with a new 2017 winter package. The refurbishment consists of exquisite fine linens in all the suites, including the children’s lofts, plush carpets throughout, paintwork and refreshed landscaping of the substantial gardens also include the appropriate planting of sweet peas and pansies to assist with the transition period of the roses coming in to bloom in the summer months. Sweet peas are also significant due to the new look Spa, managed by ‘Sweetpea Spa’ of Plettenberg Bay now offering an extensive menu of treatments and products for all the family to enjoy. As a result, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa once again graded Kurland Hotel as a 5-star family hotel and destination. The Executive Chef has created new culinary options, which includes the ever-popular Kurland High Tea (Café Complet), which can be enjoyed snuggled up by the roaring fires in the Homestead or alfresco in the courtyard or on the verandah. Adding to this is a new extensive breakfast menu, the new Kurland curry options and fine dining lunch and dinner menu. To celebrate the refurbishment, Kurland has created a ‘Stay 4 Pay 3’ package – stay four nights and pay for only three nights per couple sharing. The winter and 2018 rates have also been released and can be obtained directly from the hotel. Comments owner Peter Behr, “Fortunately we were not affected by the recent fires in the area and our thoughts go out to those that were. We chose to do the soft refurbishments during the winter months as more and more families are exploring the Garden Route in search of quality time together and we really wanted to offer a fresh new look. Plus the moderate climate Plettenberg Bay is known for makes it an ideal location for family activities.” Mountain biking, horse riding or languid walks on the extensive . . .
Crystal Lagoons, a multinational water-innovation company, specialises in creating crystal-clear lagoons in partnership with property developers, bringing the idyllic lifestyle of the beach anywhere in the world. Crystal Lagoons was a silver sponsor of the East African Property Investment Summit in April this year, and is currently in discussion with both public and private partners in Nigeria and Ghana. The company, whose technology is patented in 190 countries, is currently involved in 600 projects in 60 countries in various stages of negotiation and completion, and has started a real estate revolution around the world by enabling the creation and of unlimited sized bodies of crystal clear water at very low construction and maintenance costs. Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Alastair Sinclair, said that the company is excited to expand their presence in Africa, and that they are currently focusing on the West African region. “Strong economic development make for many promising property markets across Africa. For example, rapid population growth and urbanisation in countries like Ghana suggest demand for property and more broadly, a market with increasing potential for sustained economic growth. Growth in population comes with its own set of challenges. In order to facilitate growth while still maintaining quality of life for the population, recreational facilities - such as those that Crystal Lagoons’ technology enables – are vital.” Ghana’s economy is expected to grow by over 7% in 2017, thanks to factors such as industrial growth and growing public and private investment, including infrastructure. UN Habitat forecasts that the population of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, will grow from 2,5 million in 2011 to roughly 4,2 million by 2025. Accra was listed on British Airways’ “Hot List 2015” and foreign investors have begun taking notice of the country’s real estate sector. The increasing demand for urban space will force developers to think more . . .
Mauritius, June 2017 - LUX* Resorts & Hotels rethinks and redefines luxury around the themes of joy, happiness and time devoted to long cherished holidays, with creative agency BETC Paris, and launches its new 2017 advertising campaign. The theme of the advertising campaign is Smile All The Stay, as LUX*’s goal is for guests to enjoy some genuine joie de vivre by keeping in mind that the simplest acts of generosity, connection and guestcare can offer the biggest rewards. It all starts with reconnecting to the moments that mean the most to its guests, and help them making the time to fully experience its magic. Six advertisements represent the fun, dynamic and unexpected atmosphere and lifestyle of LUX* Resorts & Hotels. A bold, stylish, global campaign running in publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Monocle, FT How to Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair, the images convey the simple, fun, light-hearted holiday moments that characterise a LUX* holiday. Complemented by social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo and Instagram, the campaign reinforces the brand’s worldwide positioning and mission of helping people celebrate life and vision of making each matter. Through this, it is communicated that guests will ‘Smile all the Stay’. The LUX* brand was founded in 2011 and now that it’s established itself as a sophisticated, innovative five-star brand, the intention was to engage with consumers in a more playful tongue-in-cheek way. “This campaign simulates the joy, happiness and smile of a stress-free LUX* holiday. This creative approach enables us to flaunt the values that create our brand’s DNA, while helping guest celebrate life and enjoy the reasons to go LUX*,” says Julian Hagger, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. The essence of the LUX* brand, communicated through this new advertising campaign is showcased by being fun, light hearted and surprising; eschewing luxury . . .
BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with acquisitions in East Africa – in Uganda and Ethiopia - and continued growth prospects throughout the continent to add to their South African and Namibian portfolio, including the doubling in size of the 5-star boutique hotel BON Hotel Abuja to 60 bedrooms, which is about to commence, and the current upgrades and refurbishments under way at their existing hotels, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa (BHIWA) Bernard Cassar says the group remains committed to moving onwards and upwards and continuing its growth trajectory in the region. The two new hotels currently under construction are being built to international standards and specifications with the latest technology and facilities. BON Hotel Lekki, situated on the Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, is due to open in June 2018 and will provide a 4-star, international, 45-room hotel catering to the corporate and business market. The second acquisition is BON Hotel Elvis Wuse2, a 4-star, 85-roomed, luxury hotel located in the heart of Abuja, primed for the business traveller, due to open later this year. CEO of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says that within a short space of time the group has become a number one player in Nigeria, which just reiterates their belief in and commitment to the region. He adds that BON Hotels’ success has been made possible largely by the experienced staff in place and the considerable time and energy the group has engaged in skills development and transformation in Nigeria. “The reality is that we have gone from having no presence in the area to becoming the largest operator, based on hotels, in less than 12 months, which demonstrates our primary strength at identifying and managing hotels under difficult . . .
Escape the winter blues this season and head for the beautiful Paarl region in Drakenstein. Fabulous food, fine wines and warm hospitality await visitors for a perfect winter breakaway. Paarl has something special planned during the winter months to entice guests on a culinary journey that showcases the unique flavours of the region. Various restaurants and wine farms are offering tantalising food and wine pairings and special wine tastings. This is also the ideal time for wine lovers to stock up for winter with producers offering amazing wine deals and special promotions. Menu options range from traditional, country-style breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie platters, Karoo platters and gourmet burgers to sumptuous Sunday buffet lunches. Think winter warmers such as hearty soups, lamb shanks, pork belly, slow-braised beef short ribs and Cape Malay chicken curries paired with fantastic local wines. If the weather permits, visitors can still venture outside to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful scenery. Try something different and embark on a brandy journey, an artisanal chocolate pairing, enjoy a 4-course meal paired with CBC beers or attend a cooking demonstration with a renowned local chef. Explore the magic of winemaking with a wine blending experience or visit a real farmers’ market with incredible, fresh local produce. Paarl is definitely a family-friendly destination with special kids’ entertainment, activities and menus offered at many venues. Youngsters enjoy customised tastings, while the grown-ups sample some of Paarl’s award-winning wines. If you’re planning a weekend break, book the special winter packages at some of the conveniently located accommodation facilities such as the magnificent Grande Roche Hotel winter offer, which includes accommodation, 3-course dinner and breakfast or Diamant Estate. Even special celebrations are catered for with an authentic Italian feast for 14 people in the home of a genuine Venetian chef. Participants . . .
Is your passport travel-ready? If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. According to Konrad, many travellers are not aware of passport requirements that could turn a dream overseas holiday into a nightmare. In order to avoid complications at international destinations, refusal of entry into a country or, in some cases, deportation, it is essential that: Passports must be valid for six months after your return date At least four blank pages must be available for passport control and customs Your passport name must correlate with your travel documents – in some cases a married woman’s name change from maiden to married surname can cause complications Passports of minors must be updated and recognizable with a recent photograph Konrad notes that certain countries such as The USA, United Kingdom and The Middle East are more stringent than others and travellers should make certain that all of their travel documents comply. “With many immigration offices on high alert following terror attacks across Europe, better to be safe than sorry,” advises Konrad. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Our country is well-known for its sunshine. Joburg, in particular, offers one of the best climates, the summer days are warm and the winter days are crisp and clear. Winter is upon us, the temperate has dropped, but it shouldn't keep you from enjoying the outdoors in the city of Joburg this winter. Says Jenny Moodley, Spokesperson of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We recently launched a new campaign called “Welcome Outside”. The aim is to invite Joburg’s residents into green open spaces. These areas have been developed and maintained for everyone’s enjoyment.” The winter weather – often cold with very little sunshine - may make even the most “outdoorsy” people want to stay indoors. But, we all know the importance and benefits of being outdoors. So, to encourage you to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months, we’ve put together the below tips: 1. Do your exercise outside. Whether it’s a walk or a jog, as long as you wear layers of clothing and protect your skin, you can definitely exercise outside. Looking for a great location? Visit the James and Ethel Gray Park on Atholl Oaklands Road. This park is home to an assortment of feathered residents. The Sandspruit River flows through its 36 hectares, creating an attractive, tranquil atmosphere. Alternatively, visit Golden Harvest Park. Located on First Avenue, Northgate, this park is immaculate and features rolling walks around a dam and indigenous bushveld. The scenic park is a secret treasure about which many are unaware. 2. Watch wildlife. You may have heard it before, but there is no better time to enjoy animal life than in winter. The bushes thin out and lose colour, improving visibility considerably. Visit the Rietfontein Nature Reserve with your partner or family. It is the home of the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, boasts a circular walking trail that is well maintained and is the perfect spot to sight the myriad of birds here. If you’re based in Roodepoort, Kloofendal, a . . .
Winter is the best time to visit game reserves in South Africa. There is less water because most of the country is a summer rainfall area, and this makes for great game viewing opportunities. Dried-up dams and waterholes are typical during the winter months in those regions. There is also less foliage in the bush, so visitors will have a much greater chance of spotting animals walking in search of water. This year, the mid-year school holiday falls during the first three weeks of July, so that offers a perfect opportunity for a family break in the wild. And there are many choices. Addo Elephant Park, a gem near Port Elizabeth, is not as well-known as it deserves to be. Combining a trip through the Eastern Cape or the Garden Route with two or three days at Addo makes for a real treat. You should consider staying over inside the Park, although accommodation options are limited. Because of Addo’s relatively small size, visitors are guaranteed to spot a variety of animals. As its name suggests, elephants abound. It’s not uncommon to find yourself encircled by large herds at water holes – intimidating at first but it then becomes quite fascinating to see close-up how these giants of the bush move and care for one another. Further north, in KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll find one of Africa’s oldest game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Known for its rhino conservation work and amazing array of bird life, the reserve is also home to an enormous variety of other animals, including many members of the cat family. The location is the magnificent Elephant Coast, where the true wild nature of Africa is showcased. A stayover at the Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, nestled between the Hlulhluwe Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, is perfect for travellers keen to experience both destinations. In addition to game sighting opportunities, this park offers boat rides on the Hluhluwe Dam, as well as drives in very scenic countryside. In . . .
Who says living is just for the summer? With Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) activity and accommodation establishments’ entertaining must do's on popular travel routes (all within three hours’ drive from Cape Town), there is little reason to avoid filling your winter activity checklist. Ideal for the entire family and a bunch of friends, the following Cape Winelands and Route 62 recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can help beat the winter chill: Stellenbosch: Make the mid-year worth your while with a Winelands getaway that meets luxury and adventure in the middle. Boasting several decades of rich heritage, Stellenbosch has always been a favourite must-see destination. Immersed in oak tree laden streets, the historic town beams with an excitement that can't easily be overlooked. • Spa therapy, anyone? Another great Cape Winelands option to bat the mid-year slump can include a spa retreat and long overdue mini holiday at Evergreen Manor and Spa. Aside from luxury guesthouse accommodation and warm hospitality, its in-house spa’s popular beauty treatments are enough to help anyone recharge and retake on the rest of the year with renewed vigour. • Stay central: Eendracht Hotel and Apartments is nestled in the oldest part of the town, and within walking distance of more than 60 bistros, restaurants and boutique stores. The elegant hotel is the perfect hideaway from the everyday hustle and bustle while still in proximity to central Stellenbosch. With only 12 luxury en-suite rooms, the quaint hotel offers true South African hospitality and comfort. • Be a tourist in your country: Guests popping in to town on the day, or those already staying at Eendracht Hotel and Evergreen Manor can add to their stay with an outdoor Winelands excursion with Adventure Shop Activities. Adventure Shop is an owner-run tourism business specialising in adventure tours and activities, safaris and Overland travel. Located within walking distance from the CCR accommodation entities in town, . . .
Cape Town buzzes with thousands of international and domestic tourists from about November to April, with a particular visitor frenzy during December. But, when it gets to the Cape’s winter months, things are a lot quieter. And, much like in Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’. This seasonality has been a thorn in the side of tourism businesses for many years. Beyond the obvious impact on revenue – which creates a sustainability risk for many service-providers – the effect is seen in other ways: gauging how many staff one can keep on during the slow period, the brunt on incomes for families if jobs are cut, the turnover of staff resulting from more experienced people finding permanent work elsewhere, and so on. “There’s no question that we have to work hard and be innovative in our efforts to address the negative impact of seasonality,” comments Cape Town’s Mayor, Patricia De Lille. “This is why the City has established a partnership that brings together a number of organisations with a focus on promoting tourism in the city. Fedhasa, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism and Accelerate Cape Town are working together to find ways such as putting together unique travel packages and events to attract visitors during the quieter winter months in order to combat the impact of seasonality on the local tourist industry.” Measures to address seasonality by these industry bodies have already had a positive impact, especially in terms of prolonging the high season, says Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain. “The high season now extends over a longer period than previously,” she says. Traditionally, December and January were the peak season months, but we are now experiencing significant visitor numbers from about October until April, and this certainly benefits service-providers in the tourism industry. No doubt, this follows the improvement in air access to the city, as well as successful marketing initiatives.” Some of the ways these organisations have come together . . .