FLYFISHING COMPETITION AT KLOOFZICHT LODGE. 23 JULY 2017

Pack your rods and wellies and get ready for the  6th Annual Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa Winter Flyfishing Competition with the beautiful Swartkops Mountain as a backdrop.

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Fly fishing at Kloofzicht Lodge takes place under the expert guidance of Wayne Sinclair, the founding member of Sundown Adventures who has over 25 years of sport and flyfishing experience in Southern Africa.

Venue – Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa , Muldersdrift

23rd  July 2017

To book, contact – SFA central reservation – Wayne Sinclair

Email – info@sundowner.co.za / www.sundowner.co.za / www.facebook.com/MBHFlyfishing

Stay over in any of our suites for a good nights rest and a family treat after your day of fishing. Take note of our Last Minute Specials for the best deal available by clicking here.

For more info on Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa see our website  www.kloofzicht.co.za

CAN YOU PUT A WEDDING TOGETHER IN 5 DAYS? EMILY HARDMAN DID – READ ON…

Emily Hardman relays her humoristic story of pulling a wedding together in five, yes five days, in the New York Times below.

She summarizes the experience and decision-making process: “… I asked myself: Will it help strengthen my marriage and the promises we made to each other? If the answer was no, I didn’t waste any more time. I now appreciate applying this to other areas of life. Is where we go to dinner eternally significant? If not, it’s not worth arguing over. Do party favors for the barbecue you’re giving matter? Probably not. Enjoy the path of least resistance. If it truly represents the most important elements of your life and relationship, put time, energy and creativity into it. If not, do yourself a favor and skip the stress.”

At Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa,  brides can save up to 25% on their venue hire with last minute bookings. Super spontaneous brides who book one month in advance earn 25% discount on venue hire, while those who feel more comfortable with 4 months notice earn 10% in venue hire discount.

Knowing the planning that goes into a wedding, it is my modest opinion that brides who can put a wedding together in one week should not pay any venue hire at all – just for being so brave. Having said that, more miraculous things have happened and with our list of trusted bridal suppliers you may well be able to put it all together in one week!

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Thinking about it? Click here for some very practical ideas how to make it all come together in 30 days.

 

Sometimes spontaneous last minute decisions can be the best decision ever.

http://www.kloofzicht.co.za | Tel 011 317-0600

 

 

 

 

SOME PLEASANT SURPRISES ON THE NEW BALATA RESTAURANT WINELIST

Few things are as truly South African as our beloved national flower, the Protea. Its exotic looks and longevity make this a treasured gift on any occasion.

Imagine my joy when select items from the Anthonij Rupert Protea wine range found its way to the newly launched Balata Restaurant wine list this month. Now Balata Restaurant is no stranger to fine wines and the Rupert & Rothschilds of the world are listed alongside the Meerlust Rubicons and its snobbish family members on the wine menu.

Reality is that many of our pockets are just not deep enough to mix and match Moet Chandon with  Salmon Vichyssoise every time we go for dinner.  It makes me pleased as punch to see that a more affordable option is available to grace our tables as we enjoy the new Balata Restaurant fine dining menu.

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“Everything about this range seeks to marry the old with the new”, Rupert Wines reports. “The heritage of the vines, innovatively tied into distinctive packaging designs, is made to be re-used and recycled, thus prolonging the lifecycle of the product.”

Now let’s just pause there for a moment.

Instead of the standard (yawn) traditional label, each Protea wine bottle has a gorgeous permanent label created by fashion designer Mark Eisen. This is printed directly on the glass with metal-free inks.

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Since drinking with a conscience is what we do best, leftover bottles can be re-used for storing oils, vinegar, juices and the likes. It also opens up a world of recycling options for those who are into creating wine glasses from bottles or fancy them as a candle holder on the dinner table.

For those of us who are really committed to recycling and repurposing, a delightful challenge awaits:  Any takers ?

 

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If you can’t make it to Balata Restaurant this week, but you really should – it’s just been payday – the Rupert Wines website is sharing this divine Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad, great with  their Protea Rosé wine:

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Follow this link for the recipe: http://www.rupertwines.com/product.php?id_product=115

http://www.thefairway.co.za | Tel 011 478 8000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad

Enjoy It With

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Total Time: 10min

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Yield:  2 – 4 people

Level:  Easy

Ingredients

Method

Cut the plum in thin slices removing the pit when you cut into it.

Cut the Nectarines into 8 wedges and remove the pit

Cut the bocconcini balls in half

Arrange the plums and Peaches on a beautiful plate

Scatter the tomatoes and the mozzarella on top and garnish with the basil leaves. The big leaves you can tear in half.

Lastly drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the salad to dress.

If you want, you can serve it with some basil pesto and balsamic cream.

I strongly advise to make this salad fresh and serve it immediately.

 

ROMANCE DOES NOT TAKE A VACATION. MAYBE IT SHOULD?

Fresh from a date night last night with my one and only, reading Ane Malan’s article “Romance does not take a vacation” on Date Night Ideas SA, made me think.  The sentiment is a good one because love shouldn’t take a vacation. It should be an everyday bread-and-butter essential in your life.

Fast forward to the real world where your husband works 12 hour days and fills the rest of the time with some random sporty activity. The washing machine breaks and it seems that the ceiling is about to collapse. Sadly the blue colour on the Plascon swatch looks nothing like the real thing – the bright turquoise bedroom wall gives me a headache when I lie on my left side. These are the times when romance definitely is on vacation. Absent With Out Leave.

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Romance needs a vacation as much as slap chips need vinegar.  The one is unthinkable without the other. We need to get away to remind ourselves why we fell in love in the first place. Without deadlines and pressures, surrounded by a beautiful natural setting, we take a step back and realise he is still looking pretty good for his age. His jokes are still funny. And he brews a mean espresso.

Journalist Susan Haydn delivers a compelling argument for relationships in  5 Things you need to know to live happily every after. The take home for me is

“Make kindness the default mode. What you have is special and might not come around again, so guard it with your life.

With Easter around the corner, take your romance on vacation. Book that special getaway; lie down on a Spa bed and massage the cares away. Heck, even a picnic in your back garden with a string of fairy lights mimicking the view of Cape Town at night from Blouberg will do the trick. Take your love on a vacation. Something or someone worth this much is worth the investment.

Click here for Easter accommodation specials at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

For Easter Spa specials, visit www.guvonspas.co.za

(Click HERE to read the lovely “  Romance does not take a vacation”. )

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I AM A VOUCHER KIND OF GIRL. ESPECIALLY FOR VALENTINES.

Groupon may have left the country, but I have definitely become a voucher kind of girl.

While Groupon made friends with bargain-seeking clients (who mostly stuck around for the one promotion) and made enemies of suppliers who were hung out to dry after massive discounts, there is another voucher scheme going. The old-school honest kind where you pay a specified amount and receive a great experience in return. Simple always win.

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5 TIPS FOR VALENTINES DAY

  • DONT, I repeat DO NOT, buy roses. Any florist out there will tell you (or maybe they won’t) that roses are heavily marked up for Valentine’s day, because of demand and supply issues.
  • Instead of buying cut flowers, why not invest in a  flower or other plant – plant it together, say a blessing and watch it grow as you shower it with water and love throughout the year. Married couples, we know you are in for the long run, so invest in a beautiful fruit tree. If married life gets tough you will always have lemons to go with the Tequila.  Click here for 24 Glorious Ways To Drink More Tequila.
  • Home-cooked breakfast in bed is always a good idea. Same goes for lunch or dinner.
  • Buy each other vouchers – it may seem less romantic but hey, what if she really needs a pair of Woollies knickers more than a box of imported chocolates?
  • Gents, I have three words for you: Massage, massage, massage. If food is the way to a man’s heart, so do the words massage and Spa light the flicker of love in any girls eye. Stress not if this is not your area of expertise because once again the lovely voucher comes to mind. For great Valentines Spa ideas, click here, and yes,  vouchers are available. Always.

Happy Valentine’s to all, and let the secretive planning be part of the fun.

Want to feel the love with us @guvonhotels? See our Pinterest board for inspiration:

www.guvonhotels.co.za | www.guvonspas.co.za

BENEFITS OF DATE NIGHTS. AND DO WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS FOR YOU!

On this sultry,  I’d-rather-stay-in-bed- with hot-chocolate Friday morning, we share a blog from Date Night SA who has single-handedly changed the face of date nights all over South Africa. As you sip on your morning coffee and read through all the brilliant reasons for a date night below, picture the myriad of options within the Guvon Hotel group – ranging from the Big 5 in Magalies, to riverbanks and dams at Glenburn Lodge & Spa  and hot-air ballooning over Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa. If you have the inclination or desperate need for a date night like I do at the moment, then we have the venue.

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Happy reading, with thanks to Leilanie Kuter and DateNightSA:

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BENEFITS OF DATE NIGHTS

1) A date night is an opportunity to communicate, and this communication may help couples “deepen their understanding of one another and the relationship.” Communication is important because “individuals continue to change,” and over time, “as they and their relationship develop, they experience new challenges and problems,” Wilcox and Dew point out.

2) Date nights are valuable for their novelty. Researchers are discovering that “couples who engage in novel activities that are fun, active or otherwise arousing – from hiking to dancing to travel to card games – enjoy higher levels of relationship quality,” the report notes. In this way, couples counteract a tendency to take each other for granted. Couples, it says, “may be particularly likely to benefit from a regular date night if they use it as an opportunity to do more than that old standby: dinner and a movie.” And couples are encouraged to choose activities that represent “a balance of each partner’s interests, rather than tending to do things (novel or not)” that reflect the same partner’s preferences each time.

 3) The report says “date nights may strengthen or rekindle that romantic spark that can be helpful in sustaining the fires of love over the long haul.”
4) Date nights may strengthen a couple’s sense of commitment to one another. The report says, “Partners who put one another first, who steer clear of other romantic opportunities and who cultivate a strong sense of ‘we-ness’ or togetherness are markedly happier than are less-committed couples.”
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5) Date nights are a way to relieve stress. They allow a couple “to enjoy time with one another apart from the pressing concerns of their ordinary life.” Date nights also may serve couples as an opportunity “to extend emotional support to one another in times of trial.”
Wilcox and Dew wonder if date nights are most beneficial when they focus on fun and engaging activities, and “steer clear of marital challenges or other stressful topics” such as family finances. The authors hope future research addresses this point.
Reference: For Your Marriage. Visit www.foryourmarriage.org for more interesting articles on marriage and date nights.  (Credit: original post :October 20, 2016, updated with Guvon Hotels images)
See our specials page for wonderful Spa and overnight specials, perfect for that date nights out or call Central Reservations to make your Last Minute Special booking:  08611 48866

 

 

 

BY GEORGE! AND WHO IS THIS LITTLE FELLA?

How cute is the new Last Minute Specials campaign of Guvon Hotels? (“All our properties under one WOOF”). Boils down to ridiculously good prices if you book on a Thursday or Friday for the weekend at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort, Askari Game Lodge & Spa, as well as Umbhaba Lodge.

George is the Mascot with the Most and will tell the world about the “Barking Mad Last Minute deals” on a weekly basis.

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Our lovely canine has charisma, a passion for life, is clever beyond a doubt, witty and a real friend to his human. He works as hard as he plays, is always up for a challenge and is never too busy for friends and family. Life is not taken too seriously and Rest & Relaxation is  high on his woof-list.

The idea of George was initiated by our brilliant Reservations Manager  Reta Coetzee one  late  Friday afternoon, roundabout that time when the coffee mug becomes a vessel for something with more substance.

“We are super excited about this new addition to the Guvon family”, says Reta Coetzee. “George adds an element of fun to our Last Minute campaign and also ties in with the latest addition to the Guvon Hotels & Spas portfolio –  the pet-friendly Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg. At this small bush camp pets are welcome – not only for stays but also for weddings. Once the word got out, weekends were snapped up at an astonishing rate and one now has to plan a bit in advance to secure a doggy weekend stay. Unlike some other venues only the humans pay and doggies stay for free.”

“I am at liberty to say that each week delivers a huge dosage of cuteness, so make sure not to miss our Last Minute specials when they are announced on our social media channels on Thursdays.”

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Group marketing manager Christa Badenhorst adds: “Having recently booked my dog into a doggy hotel I know it can be a costly affair . With a two humans + dog stay priced from R750 per room at Warthogs Bush Camp, its a pretty good deal”.

If you want to be one step ahead of the pack, subscribe to our newsletter – the newsletter goes out on a Wednesday to our loyal clients and gives you the edge on the race for securing a booking. Remember – its first come, first serve!

Central Reservations: 08611 48866 | www.guvonhotels.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

GUVON HOTELS TAKES ON THE OTA’S (OKES TAKING ALL).

Guvon Hotels recently embarked on a tongue in cheek campaign, certain to ruffle some “some okes” feathers. The “Forget the Online Okes” campaign pokes fun at OTA’s and the high commissions payable when making online bookings via a third party.

Reta Coetzee, heading up the Central Reservation team, is passionate about encouraging guests or corporates to book directly with any of the Guvon Hotels. “We promise to match any online rate that an OTA may offer. The Guvon Hotels website and all hotels listed on the site are extremely user friendly – follow four easy steps and your booking is made.”

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Group Marketing Manager Christa Badenhorst adds: “Although most hotels have a love-hate relationship with OTA’s, we do realize that we cannot live without them. Large booking engines such as Booking.com have major advertising and Google remarketing budgets, which we benefit from tremendously.”

The Guvon Hotels strategy echoes the sentiment of Robert Rauch who stated in his article “Top 10 Hospitality Industry Trends in 2015” that OTA’s should be part of your bigger picture: “The key is to negotiate with your distribution team (yes, the OTAs can be an integral part of your team) and reduce your commissions. Then make certain that you have a strategy in place to earn the repeat business of every single guest…and get them to book direct next time.” Sound advice for booking more profitable business from Mr Rauch.

Booking via the Central Reservations Office eases the booking process: “Instead of calling seven properties for comparative quotes, guests can instead contact CRO (Central Reservations Office), provide the date they want to travel and CRO will be able to come back with availability and rates for the given dates from all the properties. One stop shop seems like such and abused term, but this really is the case when booking via CRO.” Coetzee concludes.

Guvon Hotels & Spas is a leading hospitality group offering a collection of hotels in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga. And we want our guest to book direct for the best price available. All properties offer excellent accommodation, conference, team building and wedding facilities. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge, Bush Willow Tented Camp and Chicama Spa are in Muldersdrift, in the Cradle of Humankind. Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a Big 5 game reserve, is in Magaliesberg, while Umbhaba Lodge is situated in Hazyview. The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort (Randpark Golf Club), and All Suite On 14th (Fairlands) add city retreats to our country collection of properties.

BOOKINGS: cro@guvon.co.za | Tel 08611 48866 | www.guvonhotels.co.za

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR | christa@guvon.co.za |

SOURCE: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8736