“KNITTING BROKEN LIVES TOGETHER” WITH 67 BLANKETS FOR NELSON MANDELA AND GUVON HOTELS

Guvon Hotels proudly joined the Knitwits of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela movement three years ago. Since then our enthusiasm has grown for this heartwarming project and blanket contributions tripled, with the last donation this month totaling a whopping 183 blankets.

 

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Carolyn Steyn (centre) seen with Guvon Hotels head office staff at the blanket handover ceremony at Guvon Hotels & Spas head office

 

In December 2013, Zelda la Grange, late former President Nelson Mandela’s trusted assistant, presented Carolyn Steyn, with a challenge: knit, sew or crochet 67 blankets! These blankets would then be distributed to those in need on Mandela Day. One year later Guvon Hotels and Spas got wind of this great idea and picked up the knitting and crochet needles and joined the movement.

Since then, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has transformed into what some are calling a  movement that has captured the attention of many South African and international celebrities as well as corporates and “KnitWits for Madiba”  in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the US and India.

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Carolyn Steyn and her team took ownership of 183 blankets at the Guvon Hotels head office which was a combined effort from all the hotels in the group as well as Guvon Academy. 

And the best part of the day after the staff excitement, the certificate handouts, the plethora of social media pics and hashtags? When Caroline stopped her car just outside our head office and handed one of our blankets to an elderly lady on the side of the road. That’s how we knit a nation together. One blanket at a time.

                See www.guvonhotels.co.za for winter accommodation and Spa specials.

 

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

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Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad

Enjoy It With

Protea

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Total Time: 10min

Prep Time  0min

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.

 

3 REASONS WHY THE FAIRWAY HOTEL LOVES THE GOLF TRAVEL GURU

2017 will see the rise of combo trips, the “year of the grape” and the arrival of social media as top golfing trends and recurring themes, according to author Ed Schmidt Jr. AKA The Golf Travel Guru

Right on trend, The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort and Randpark Golf Course has teamed up to bring golfers a “Play and Stay” package which caters for the golfer and his or her spouse. For R2475 per night golfers and their spouses are treated to accommodation, breakfast, one round of golf, a complimentary golf cart and a Fairway Spa voucher.

Three Spa combos are available and include treatments such as back, neck and shoulder massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and something to eat.

Single golfers can enjoy accommodation, breakfast a round of golf and a golf cart for R1725.  The golf villas which sport four private rooms per villa with a shared lounge and kitchen, are the ideal option for four balls traveling together.

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The Golf Travel Guru further predicts that 2017 will be the year of the grape; packages combining golf and wine will do really well. “Countries that are heavily promoting incorporating wine experiences like tours and tastings with golf are Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, New Zealand and the U.S. (Napa Valley and Sonoma in California and Oregon). In the past year I’ve been to Napa/Sonoma, Italy and South Africa and I can fully attest that superb wines and great golf are an excellent pairing.”

Golfing wine connoisseurs are encouraged to pre-book for the food and wine pairing dinners at the Fairway Hotel which takes place once a month and features some of the top wines in South Africa: April 26 features Boschendal Estate with Vergelegen Estate on the 25th of May and  Vergenoegd Wine Estate on the 29th of June. This delicious four course menu and wine pairing is prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler in the award-winning Balata Restaurant.

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With social media increasingly playing a role in choosing golf courses and venues, The Fairway Hotel is proud to have been rated one of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa by Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice 2017, while also being the recipient for the Tripadvisor Service Excellence Awards three years in a row. Follow us on Facebook and stay on top of all news from the Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.

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FAIRWAY HOTEL UNDER TOP 25 BEST IN SA, SAYS TRIPADVISOR

We’ve always known that Fairway Hotel is definitely worth bragging about, but now we have confirmation from the rest of the world.  TripAdvisor has released the hotel category winners in their 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.  The top 25 hotels in South Africa are determined based on reviews from TripAdvisor users  (both local and international) and The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf resort ranks 19th on a very competitive list of hotels.

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As the only golf resort hotel in Gauteng, the Fairway Hotel has been offering stylish accommodation, excellent cuisine and golf views to die for since its inception in 2010, when the Brazilian Soccer World cup team was the first guests in the hotel.

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is situated on the Randpark Golf Course, 2km from Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg and 15 minutes from Sandton City centre. This business hotel provides the ultimate destination for conferences, functions, corporate golf days, weddings and leisure guests in a safe residential area with tree-lined streets. The luxury development, open 24 hours a day and staffed with our friendly receptionists, overlooks the famous Randpark Golf Course and is situated just north east of the clubhouse, on the 1st hole.

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The 8, 200m² hotel comprises a multi-volume foyer and private internal pool courtyard, a conference centre, boardrooms, breakaway rooms, lounge and deck with stunning views. Brides can look forward to a magnificent chapel and the Windsor Ballroom for hosting their function. Being the meeting venue in Johannesburg, Bar Verve is renowned for after work cocktails which may well extend into unparalleled late night Fine Dining in Balata Restaurant. (Click here for the menu)

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a member of the Guvon Hotels Group and was awarded ‘Best New Hotel Africa and Indian Ocean’ at the World Travel Awards 2010. Balata Restaurant is accredited with the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

www.thefairway.co.za | Tel 011 478 8000 |www.thefairwayspa.co.za

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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:

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HOW TO BE THE BEST FATHER XMAS EVER.

In an age of less is more, I am still astounded by the number of friends who rent storage for the one-half of their possessions that don’t fit into their house. I bow deeply to the Millennials who have a pack-up-and-go lifestyle, and I get really grumpy at old school corporates who do not understand that most businesses can run on a bit of trust, Skype and WIFI.

Gearing up towards Christmas Day the question of Christmas gifts rears its ugly head.

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Wall Street Journal recently reported that “more than 20% of returns happen during the holiday season—about $60 billion in merchandise, according to Optoro, a logistics provider. The U.S. Postal Service handled 3.2 million returns in the two weeks that followed last Christmas and said there will be even more this year. United Parcel Service Inc. expects to handle four million returns the first full week of January, up 15% from two years ago as online sales continue to grow.”  Although these are American stats, South Africa is surely short on the heels of its international counterparts.

With so many unwanted or unfit gifts being returned, we surely need to reassess what and why we are giving gifts?

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less. They share some valuable tips on minimalist gift-giving:

Joshua explains: “I tend to avoid physical gifts, but I still enjoy participating in the holidays. I now give gifts of experiences, charitable donations, or, if I give material goods, I give consumables, such as a bottle of wine or a bag of coffee from a local roaster. It must be something someone can use, or, if it’s an experience, it’s a memory that can be shared, from concert tickets to an evening of watching the sunset together. It sounds cliche until you actually do it, and then you realize it’s great.”

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Being part of the hotel and spa industry certainly has its perks. Nothing fills my heart with more joy than enjoying a chilled glass of Chardonnay overlooking the mountains and dams, relaxing into a Spa treat, or just nibbling on something as simple as a snacky Ploughman’s Platter with the sounds of a waterfall close by. Would I choose any of the above instead of another set of wine glasses? Or another photo frame? Hell, yes.

So before you test your road rage levels and parking warfare skills, ask yourself if an online Spa/hotel voucher (or even a movie ticket, for goodness sake) would not be better for your own sanity and those around you. I hear a resounding yes all around.

Happy holidays and may the experience-gifting bring you much joy.

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR |Guvon Hotels & Spas | Photo credits: @Four_cousins

#Fitness-at-TheFairway. Getting that body summer ready.

Photos of swimwear are doing the rounds in our office and we are all sighing with various degrees of  trepidation at baring of our bodies – after all it was winter just the other day! For those who need a bit of help in this regards, we are proud to offer the services of Gail Leschinsky,  personal trainer and wellness consultant at Fairway Hotel Gym.

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The Fairway Gym includes state of the art equipment overlooking the golf course and use of the gym facilities are free of charge for hotel guests. Personal coaching sessions are available from Gail from R400 per person or from R100pp for group bookings .

All equipment is supplied by Technogym. A shower and complimentary steam room is available,  as well as lockers. A new addition is the Momentum Multiply machine which was recently introduced at the Gym – swipe your card and save as you Gym.

If pumping iron isn’t exactly your thing, keep an eye on the Facebook event page where we regularly advertise pop up Yoga days on the Fairway Spa rooftop with the Roving Yoga Studio. The lovely Hadjira takes you through your yoga asanas with the expertise expected from a brilliant yoga teacher. First timers are welcome as the class is adapted to your own abilities and each yogi trains at his or her own pace.(Next pop up yoga date: 10 Dec)

Remember to check into the Fairway Spa after your gym or yoga session for the ultimate pamper session. Summer packages are now available as well as mid-week Spa spoils.

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With a luxury Spa and two golf courses on the property, this is a great training and relaxation getaway.  Rumours are abound that a running group will soon be established for joggers to enjoy the expansive golf course area.

Award-winning interiors meet excellent service and matching food quality, in this 5 star environment.  Dining options at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort include Balata Restaurant with its fine dining and wine pairing dinners, and Roundabout Bar which hosts happy hours on Friday and snacks all day round.

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

 

 

 

HAS XMAS COME EARLY AT FAIRWAY SPA?

With so many year end functions at the moment, we need to look our best. Fairway Spa in Randpark offers a FREE MANICURE or pedicure with every facial booked from Monday to Thursday – ideal to get you looking like a million dollars for your year end function.

Better yet – for every massage booked, you get one free. Even the gents will love this!

Call 011 478 8000 to book now. Offer valid for November only.

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IN VINO VERITAS.

SIMONSIG FOOD AND WINE PAIRING 29 SEPTEMBER

I’ve always been a huge fan of Simonsig wines and exactly 12 months ago the extended family hopped onto a train and spent a few glorious days in Cape Town which included  a wonderful day at Simonsig Wine Estate.

Fast forward to 2016 and we are sitting high and wine-dry up in Johannesburg with the wisdom of  Francis Bacon top of mind: “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” Originally coined from a Turkish saying, it has every application to our Simonsig Wine dinner, we thought, as we extended an invitation to the wine farm to host a food and wine pairing dinner at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Randburg.


The venue for this Simonsig Wine evening is  our up-market Balata Restaurant, which scooped its 5th American Express Fine Dining Awards last week. Dinner is at 19h00 on 29 September with the menu prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler. (Insider tip: Arrive a bit earlier to enjoy an aperitif in Bar Verve.)

The menu looks tantalizing and includes the following food and wine combinations:

ON ARRIVAL : Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 1: Marinated West Coast mussels salad with ciabatta croutons |paired with Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 2:  Garlic snails Gougere, pork rillette and sautéed duck liver |paired with Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc 2015

MAINS:  Chicken supreme en croute forestiere | paired with Simonsig Tiara 2011 and Pinotage 2014

DESSERT:  Three strawberries Meringue pancake, sorbet and jelly | paired with Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2014

R350 per person

Being the responsible adults that we are, we recommend that you make use of this great stay over offer or at least Uber home after your wine dinner out: Receive 50% DISCOUNT on accommodation – from R1200 per couple sharing, including breakfast.

ALL DINNER AND ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS: Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  | Stefaniep@thefairway.co.za 

Some personal flashbacks to wine tasting at the real McCoy – Simonsig Wine Estate:

ABOUT SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE

Simonsig Estate upholds the legendary status of pioneering wine excellence shaped by the Malan dynasty’s devotion to quality and innovative winemaking. Named after its dramatic views of the Simonsberg Mountain, the estate is ideally situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine region, 45 km east of Cape Town. Here the cool maritime Mediterranean climate and quintessential terroir flawlessly intertwine to create world class wines. Since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape Winelands in 1688, the knowledge imparted over more than ten generations has equipped the Malan family to excel as one of the leading private producers of estate wines in South Africa. Read more….

Follow our Facebook page for more wine dinners at The Fairway Hotel:

Diarise the following dates:

Innis & Gunn:           20 October 2016 (Scottish Craft beer tasting)
Warwick:                  24 November 2016

R350 per person | Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  |  anushav@thefairway.co.za

 

 

BALATA RESTAURANT DOES IT A 5TH TIME AT THE AMERICAN EXPRESS FINE DINING AWARDS.

American Express® last night revealed the country’s most coveted culinary list, the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards, at a chic event held in Johannesburg.

Balata  Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort was acknowledged for its excellent standards by winning this award for the 5th time in its six years of existence, which places them under the Top 100 restaurants in South Africa.

“The 18th edition of these esteemed awards marked the introduction of a definitive list of the country’s 100 exceptional restaurants by American Express, the authority on extraordinary experiences and saw the highest number of first time recipient restaurants receive recognition””, according to the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards organisers.

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Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, is the Executive Chef at The Fairway Hotel. A Swiss national who speaks no fewer than five languages, has stamped his mark on the South Africa culinary scene since his arrival in the country in the mid seventies. Since then he has held court at some of the country’s most famous establishments, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Mandela at his Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 1994.

Chef Siegenthaler was recently honoured as a “Chef of Distinction” during a celebratory event in honour of Swiss National Day where he prepared a five course dinner which was paired with excellent Klein Constantia wines.(Click here to see the brand new Balata Restaurant menu)

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A very proud team from Fairway Hotel pictured at the Amex Awards 2016. FLTR: Mark Alexandrou (Sous Chef), Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler (Executive Chef), Yves Forget (Restaurant Manager) and Jan du Toit (Executive Sous Chef)

 

 

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Mr Christopher Trimble, GM of The Fairway, ascribes the  award to the consistent standard of excellence at Balata Restaurant:

“To be acknowledged as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the country is a tremendous testament to the craftsmanship of our culinary team at Fairway Hotel. As a hotel-based restaurant we have to go the extra mile to compete with the privately owned restaurants and our success is due to a great team who operates like a well-oiled machine. A restaurant is not only successful because of its chefs, but the restaurant manager  Yves Forget and his team who are always there with a warm welcome, is also part of the success story. They’ve done a great job and I am extremely proud of them”.

 

The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is a proud member of

the Guvon Hotels &  Spas group.

www.thefairway.co.za | Tel 011 478 8000