GUVON HOTELS AND SPAS EXPANDS FOOTPRINT TO PRETORIA.

Royal Elephant Hotel & Conference Centre joins Guvon Signature Collection

Royal elephant compilation 1It started twenty-five years ago with a Scottish themed lodge. Soon after, a five-star fly-fishing haven opened up on the others side of the Swartkops Mountain in Muldersdrift. Next the sound of pinging golf balls and roaring lions were added to this ever-growing portfolio. What does Guvon Hotels and Spas have up their sleeve next? Something with a distinct Moroccan flavour, it seems.

In line with CEO Kosie Pansegrouw’s vision of creating niche products in prime locations and places of outstanding natural beauty, Guvon Hotels and Spas are known for its innovation, constant improvement and sustained passion for the hospitality industry, through the dedicated effort of its dynamic team. Adding Royal Elephant with its unique Moroccan theme fits like a hand in glove, adding substance to this vision of offering leisure, corporate and wedding guests something different and a cut above the rest.

 

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The El Jadida Suite, named after the port city on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco, boasts state of the art conferencing equipment in a unique, Afro-Moroccan setting.

 

The Royal Elephant Hotel & Conference Centre is a splendid Moroccan themed property situated in Centurion linking the main business hubs of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria. Positioned as an upmarket business hotel, it is close to three airports and offers corporates a multi-purpose centre which seats up to 320 people banquet style, 600 people cinema style and up to 300 delegates schoolroom style.

Executive facilities include four boardrooms and five multi-purpose venues including Bondev House for large events. All conference rooms are air-conditioned, have independent light switches and a generator is available.   Sprawling lawns bordering the Hennops River lend itself to a variety of teambuilding activities. Distinctive architecture and decor provide the setting for the ultimate in privacy where certain wings and floors may be set aside for high profile visitors who are accompanied by their own security teams.

With 40 bedrooms and a Royal Presidential Suite, all rooms are individually decorated using Moroccan & North-African furnishings and antiques. Original artwork from distinguished African artists, heavy ornate solid wooden doors and vibrant colours set the tone for corporate travelers looking for something out of the ordinary.

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The Oasis Resident Bar overlooks the pool deck and is ideal for relaxing pre-dinner cocktails. With vibrant turquoise and purple tub chairs, Moroccan lanterns and Tangines dotted around the room, it sets the tone for recapping a day of successful strategizing and meetings.

 

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The Royal Lounge, reserved exclusively for in-house guests, is adjacent to the Zagora Grill Room where all meals are served.  Dining at the Royal Elephant offers a menu of combined Moroccan, international and African flavours. Room service is available to corporate hotel guests.

 

Leon Bosch, Operations Director of Guvon Hotels and Spas explains the collaboration between the Guvon properties and the Royal Elephant Hotel: “It is perfectly situated geographically and provides a much-needed link between the Johannesburg, Magaliesburg and Hazyview properties within our portfolio. Its unique décor, design and superb conference facilities make this a prestigious venue that we are delighted to market. We have seen strong interest from the local business market and look forward to building a mutually strong relationship.”

Stephan  Vlaanderen, General Manager at Royal Elephant Hotel adds: “I believe that the synergy between the Guvon Hotel properties and Royal Elephant Hotel is well suited and will take our business to new heights creating awareness in new markets throughout Gauteng and other provinces”.

 

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Seen shaking on the new partnership is (fltr) Stephan Vlaanderen (General Manager: Royal Elephant), Christa Badenhorst (Group Marketing : Guvon Hotels), Leon Bosch (Operations Director: Guvon Hotels), Brenda Dooge (Media & PR : Guvon Hotels)) and Wikus Pretorius (Financial Director: Guvon Hotels)

 

Leisure and corporate bookings can be made by contacting Guvon Hotels Central Reservations on Tel  08611 48866 | cro@guvon.co.za or directly with the hotel on Tel 012 658 8000  | reservations@royalelephant.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

 

 

 

 

ALMOST MR AND MRS? ENJOY A SUNDAY LUNCH ON US WHILE SCOUTING AROUND THE FAIRWAY HOTEL.

With so many wedding venues around, its quite difficult to make a final decision. Fairway Hotel on the Randpark Golf Course has just made it easy for you: To assist you in making the perfect choice in venue for your wedding, The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has the pleasure of inviting you for a Sunday Lunch for up to six people to experience our wonderful ambiance, the excellent service and the fabulous food.Fairway_Almost Mr & Mrs_Signature_2016_1

The accommodation at Fairway Hotel ranges from hotel suites to double storey golf villas and presidential Suites.  – something for every taste and budget. We would be delighted to welcome the bridal couple for an overnight stay, including breakfast on us! Discounted rates are available for wedding guests who choose to stay over on your wedding night.

To view some real life wedding which took place at The Fairway, visit our Pinterest Board with some super ideas and beautiful bridal photos.

Please contact Stefanie from our wedding department who would love to show you around on Tel 011 478 8000 | www.thefairway.co.za

 

 

CLEVER IDEAS FOR PET-FRIENDLY WEDDING DECOR AT WARTHOGS BUSH CAMP.

There are some insanely cute and clever ideas when it comes to pet-friendly weddings. Every single time I pin new images to our fabulous Pinterest board, I have a #feelgoodfriday. (Yes, I do know its only Tuesday today!)

Part of the fun of having a pet-friendly wedding at Warthog Bush Camp is the many ways which the theme can be rolled out and incorporated  into your wedding:

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1 – Make your table numbers dog-centric. Use all those cute puppy photos and mad moments for personalised table numbers.

2 – No cake is complete without a memorable cake topper. Make yours one to remember with  a fun figurine of your favourite pet.

3 – In the spirit of giving, share the love with a wedding favour to take home. Your guests’ furry friends would be most impressed. It certainly beats another engraved wine glass which will just gather dust on the guests’ shelf.

4 – Keeping it real with wedding decor at a Bush camp is a must-do. Ambrosia Events did this wonderful rustic, proudly South African set up for us at Warthogs which we love to bits. Let the creative Christina Roussetis in on your pet-friendly wedding ideas:

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For more inspiration on pet-friendly weddings, visit our fun Facebook page! www.warthogs.co.za |Tel 014 577 2658

 

 

WIN A 5 DAY HONEYMOON ON THE KRUGER PARK’S DOORSTEP WHEN BOOKING A WINTER WEDDING AT GLENBURN LODGE.

Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift and Umbhaba Lodge in Hazyview, Mpumalanga have teamed up to offer three romantic five night honeymoon prizes to brides and grooms who book their wedding during May, June or July 2017 at Glenburn Lodge & Spa in the Cradle of Humankind.  A winner will be chosen each month.

With three spectacular wedding venues to choose from, brides are spoilt for choice for weddings from 60 to 250 guests.

Glenkyle overlooks an impressive waterfall, and is situated on the Blaauwbank River, while Glencove is nestled on the Crocodile River in a beautiful country garden setting. Glenwillow is situated at the foot of the majestic Zwartkops Mountain in the Bush Willow Tented Camp. (click here for our image gallery)

Winter wedding savings include: 

  • No venue hire  in June & July
  • 50% venue hire discount in May and August (Glenkyle & Glencove only)
  • One complimentary night’s bed and breakfast accommodation for the parents of the bride and groom (max 2 rooms) the night before the wedding,
  • Complimentary toasting bubbly
  • Complimentary lit fire in the venue

( and the chance to win a honeymoon)

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The Honeybee wedding package  (valid 2016 and 2017) is ideal for couples who prefer the no-fuss route when it comes to décor, as the R390pp includes the menu as well as décor items.

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After tying the knot at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, it is off to Umbhaba Lodge for five days of rest and relaxation in the beautiful town of Hazyview, a small farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa which has been named after the shimmering haze that occurs during the heat of summer.

Just 5 minutes from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park,  this is the ideal departure point for Big 5 excursions, sightseeing at the majestic Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes. The Kruger National Airport is minutes away. This venue is very popular as an expat destination wedding for families who want to celebrate both their wedding and honeymoon with friends and family who traveled from far.  (click here for our image gallery) 

Please contact our banqueting department on 011 668 1600 / banquet@glenburn.co.za for a wedding site inspection.

Terms and conditions:

  1. Competition only applicable to weddings booked over May, June and July 2017
  2. Prize must be taken up within the week after the wedding Sunday to Friday
  3. Wedding must be paid in full prior to the competition draw date
  4. Competition draw; 1 April for May wedding / 1 may for June wedding / 1 June for July wedding
  5. Excludes long weekends, public holidays, peak holiday periods
  6. Alternative dates may be granted by the general Manager upon request
  7. Please note that this prize has no cash value and is not transferrable between Guvon Hotels
  8. Beverages, travel expenses and sundries are for winners own account
  9. Excursions such as Game Drives at neighbouring properties are for the winners own account
  10. Winners have to make their own arrangements getting to and from Umbhaba Lodge
  11. Photographs and guest feedback may be used by Guvon Hotels for promotional purposes

http://www.glenburn.co.za | http://www.umbhaba.co.za

 

 

WHEN CUPID STRIKES AT ASKARI LODGE. ELOISE CUPIDO TIES THE KNOT.

Tune into Top Billing on SABC 3 on Sunday at 12h30 for Eloise Cupido’s wedding that took place at Askari Lodge & Spa in June.

We share the sweet love story of South African actress Eloise Cupido and her man, Chris Wilkinson:
When you are on a plane, you’re mostly hoping the person next to you respects your elbow room and doesn’t step over you seven times to visit the bathroom. What you don’t count on, like actress Eloise Cupido, is that you’ll end up marrying your fellow passenger.
The couple decided to tie the knot at this Magaliesburg game lodge, half a world away from Auckland, New Zealand where groom Chris Wilkinson is from and a far way from the Klein Karoo where the bride grew up.
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Making her television debut years ago on SABC’s Vetkoekpaleis, today Eloise is a presenter, MC and voice artist who’s written and produced her own album. Chris is a mineral exploration consultant who struck gold in his fiancé. Eloise had never been up Table Mountain so that’s where Chris proposed.

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When Chris first Googled Eloise, he hit the jackpot while his online presence was non-existent. So it has stayed – and their differences work! When it came to a venue, the             Big 5 Askari Game Lodge & Spa offered to host the wedding and did a top job.

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To view more real life weddings at Askari Lodge and other Guvon Hotel venues, visit our amazing Pinterestboard:  https://za.pinterest.com/guvonhotels/real-life-weddings/

For more info on weddings at Askari Game Lodge & Spa – click here

Tel 014 577 2658 | http://www.askarilodge.co.za

WEDDING FEVER.

We have wedding fever and all things wedding related are filling our desks and minds at Guvon Hotels, with The Wedding Expo coming up on  27 and 28 August at The Dome. All our properties will be exhibiting at the expo and some amazing prizes will be up for grabs.

In the meantime we JUST HAVE TO share this beautiful wedding shoot by one of our favourite wedding photographers of all times:  TYME PHOTOGRAPHY.

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For the full blog, see: http://www.tyme.co.za/category/weddings/page/2/

Model: Nika Badenhorst | Instagram @neeeks_b

WHEN A WEDDING TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY.

Every now and then I receive wedding images from photographers who’ve done work at one of our lodges. All weddings are beautiful, but some just take your breath away, like the wedding of Natalie and Jako. The lovely couple got married at Askari Game Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg and spared no effort in the detail and planning of the day.

To view the wedding photos and some insider secrets to the wedding, have a look at the article which appeared on the SAweddings.co.za website:  http://www.saweddings.co.za/articles/inspiration-51/real-weddings-53/natalie-jako-216

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The photos are courtesy of: www.trompievanderberg.co.za

For info on our wedding specials, Bush boma weddings or forest weddings, contact the Lodge on Tel 014 577 2658 | www.askarilodge.co.za

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Gorgeous soft pastel wedding at Kloofzicht Lodge.

Nicole Scott & Warren Scott‘s gorgeous soft pastel wedding highlights have just been uploaded to Wildflower Photography’s blog and it is exceptionally beautiful.

GREAT WINTER WEDDING SAVINGS MAY TO AUGUST 2016

RECEIVE 50% DISCOUNT ON YOUR VENUE HIRE

Complimentary honeymoon suite
A discounted rate of less 20% on the accommodation

Contact us: 011 317 0600 | weddings@kloofzicht.co.za

Terms and conditions apply | Booking essential | Subject to availability

Perfect proposal spots. Waterfalls and wooden decks.

I can imagine that a bunch of guys are busy giving themselves peptalks, with Valentines just a few days away: “Yes you can do it. Ask her. It’s now or never!” Or perhaps being a leap year the Cinderella slipper is on the other foot. I know a bunch of gutsy girls and I have faith in you: Just do it!

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Glenburn Lodge & Spa has just sent me two beautiful photos – wouldn’t you love to propose on this wooden deck or on the hanging bridge with monkeys chattering in the background and the river murmuring beneath you. Yes, I thought you would like it.

Call Shanè Vermaak on Tel 011 668 1600 – she can make it happen for you!

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Glenburn Lodge & Spa is a proud member of the Guvon Hotels & Spas portfolio