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 .

 

 

SURE WAYS OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE LOWVELD

Is the open road calling you? The peace and tranquillity at Umbhaba Lodge, along with the seclusion of the Lowveld provides a much-loved venue for short breakaways, especially as we head into winter, which is prime game viewing time in the Kruger Park.  With thirty suites each in individual style, many with open log fireplaces, ideal for those chilly winter evenings, Umbhaba Lodge should be tops of your stay-over list while in the Hazyview area.

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While the major tourist attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes and game watching in the Kruger Park, seems to steal the limelight while staying at Umbhaba Lodge, it’s worth noting that several waterfalls within the area, makes this hiker’s heaven.   The Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Sabie Falls and Mac Mac Falls are all within 30 minutes drive from Umbhaba Lodge. Start your day with a hearty breakfast on the lodge stoep, strap on those hiking boots, pack a picnic lunch and head off in the general direction of Graskop for a day of scenic beauty.

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The Kruger Park is well-known for game viewing, but did you know that South Africa’s best loved Staffie, Jock of the Bushveld, was born on Voortrekker Road in 1885, which runs south of Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park, and is a short distance from the lodge?

A commemorative plaque has been erected to remind us of the bravery of Jock, which has captured the imagination of people for hundreds of year.  The 475-pager “Jock of the Bushveld” was first published in 1907 when it became an instant best seller and a local classic. Since then it has never been out of print and captured the hearts of a new audience with a 3D animation film. Heavyweights such as Bryan Adams and Johny Clegg have thrown their weight behind the ultimate story of a man’s best friend and the intense humanity of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.

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School holidays are the best time to introduce your kids to the tales of Jock of the Bushveld and reading these stories at night around a fire in the Umbhaba Lodge lounge, your own African Tribal Suites or perhaps while traveling in the car following Jock’s trail, is a wonderful way of spending a few days in the Lowveld and bonding with the kids. (Click here for some great advice on traveling with kids.)

Sight-seeing and game viewing is hard work and enjoying a cocktail, glass of port or ice cold beer in the Burn Out Bar after a day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park comes highly recommended.  With an inviting fireplace, comfortable lounge and a wooden deck with great views, this is the perfect venue to reminisce about the day’s excitement.

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

reservations@umbhaba.co.za | Tel 013 737 7636 | Central Res: 08611 48866 | www.umbhaba.co.za

 

 

 

HOW A SPA HIGH TEA CAN SOLVE YOUR YEAR END PARTY DILEMMA.

Askari Spa, a little hidden gem on the outskirts of Magaliesburg has just launched a High Tea menu. Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a nicer way to spend and afternoon with girl friends nibbling on mini doughnuts, chocolate fudge brownies (my all time favourite way of kilojoule intake) , mini milk tarts and chocolate dipped strawberries. And did I mention the selection of cupcakes – think: red velvet, vanilla and chocolate. Sounds seriously yum to me.

Feeling that you need to go the healthy route – then the cucumber sandwiches and Spinach and feta quiche will work for you. There is also a Tika Pizzamoosa on the menu which I have  absolutely no idea what it is, but my guess would be a cross between a dainty samoosa and pizza? (Mental note to self – have to ask the Spa a photo of what this looks like!)

At R150 a person its a steal – keep in mind that if you plan your day well, you could lay down your sorrows in the capable hands of a miracle-working massage therapist and still see the elephants drinking water in front of the main restaurant  during lunch.

Women rule the world and also the diary, so keep in mind that this also makes an incredible alternative for a year end function for the girls in the office. Send the men for some bush-whacking or a Big 5 game drive at Askari Game Lodge to keep them busy while you drink, pinky in the air, yet another cup of glorious tea.

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Still thinking about the chocolate fudge brownies like I am right now? Thought I should share my easy-peasy recipe with you (courtesy of Food24.com)

Ingredients: 250 g butter | 500 g icing sugar |250 ml good quality cocoa powder |1 egg, slightly beaten |1 tsp vanilla essence | 1 packet Marie biscuits broken into pieces (bash in a packet or use a food processor)

Method: Melt the butter in a large pot until melted. Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well until well combined and there are no dry bits.
Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the broken biscuit bits and stir until well combined and evenly coated with chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 24 x 24 cm and smooth out with a spatula.
Once cooled and firm (pop into the fridge to speed up the process), cut into 16 squares and keep in an airtight container.

I told you it was easy !

BOOKINGS AND  ENQUIRIES: spa@askarilodge.co.za | Tel 014 577 2658 | http://www.askarispa.co.za  |Valid 2016

 

IN A WORLD OF SELFIES, WE CELEBRATE THE MOST SELFLESS PERSON WE KNOW – MOM!

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Do you want to take your mom or granny for a special treat this Mother’s day? Take her for a trip down memory lane at Askari Game Lodge & Spa which is decorated with South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800’s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the four-star surrounding, to emphasize the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area. Ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900 are dotted around the property and inside the museum and make for a wonderful outing.

Mother’s day lunch Askari Game Lodge Mother’s Day includes sparkling wine and chocolates for mom for R250pp. Children under 5, which are likely to be the grandchildren, eat for free, while kids between 6 and 12 years only pay half price.

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Mother’s day lunch at Glenburn Lodge is always a feast. Aside from an expansive buffet menu at R230pp, Glenburn Lodge with its gardens and rivers  is ideal for a Sunday  lunch stroll. Birdwatchers will love the river deck and bird lookout points. Glenburn Spa has a special Mother’s day treat in store for moms for the whole of May.

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Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa offers beautiful views over the fly fishing dams and distant mountains along with its five star lunch at R280pp. Treat yourself to a Sunday night stay at a special “last minute” rate and stretch this lovely day for as long as you possibly can.

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The modern upmarket Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort offers Mother’s day lunch at R360 per person and caters for a sophisticated market who enjoy golfing and the finer things in life. Enjoy beautiful golf course views before your Mother’s day lunch and perhaps a spa treatment after lunch. Options to spoil mom at this golf resort is endless.

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For more info and images of the Guvon Hotels properties, see www.guvonhotels.co.za

Central reservations: Tel 08611 488661

IS THAT AN ELEPHANT IN YOUR “SELFIE”?

5 fun things to do in the ‘wild’ this school holiday.

Sometimes the old adage “If you can’t beat them join them”, is a good bit of advice when dealing with kids and social media. Introduce your social-media-savvy kids to a new experience – one where they will be able to get in touch with nature.

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Leigh-Anne Nanguia recently took her little group of girls for a day with the Big 5 and reported back: “Thank you all so much for a most amazing day.  Please send an extra thank you to Dumisani who really looked after us. He was so patient and obliging and answered ALL the girls’ questions. We had a most incredible day from beginning to end and would not hesitate to recommend a kiddies party at Askari.”

MUST DO FUN ITEMS:

  1. Start your kiddies outing with a tour of Museum where kids can see how great granny and gramps lived.
  2. Take fun pics with mock skulls from the Cradle of Humankind area, or in front of the old ox-wagons.
  3. Watch the elephants splash in the elephant dam. Take a selfie and be the envy of your friends on Facebook!
  4. Dig into a delicious Hamburger and chips or hot dog and chips, with juice for lunch.
  5. Learn all kinds of interesting facts during a special kiddies formatted 1 hour game drive and then cool off in the swimming pool on a sunny day.

Adult supervision is required at all times and Askari Lodge recommends age groups between 6 and 16, when kids will understand and enjoy the day the most.  Aside from being a wonderful birthday surprise, this is also an excellent school outing and an educational element can be built into the museum visit and game drive.

Host your busy bunch at Askari Game Lodge in Magaliesburg, where from R120 per child will keep them occupied for the better part of the day. The outing can be tailor-made by Pat Naude, our friendly reservationist.

For the moms or teachers who accompany the group, we recommend checking into the Spa for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Just remember to book this treat in advance. See www.askarispa.co.za for a treatment list and current specials.

Please note that this package is only available in the week. Booking is essential and can be made by calling Askari Game Lodge & Spa on 014 577 2658/9Askari Game Lodge & Spa is.

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WIN YOUR WAY TO MAURITIUS WITH ASKARI GAME LODGE

BOOK ANY CONFERENCE AT ASKARI  GAME LODGE & SPA AND STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO MAURITIUS!

Askari Lodge just outside of Magaliesberg and an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment. A range of wildlife-based teambuilding experiences makes this venue stand out from the rest, and is within easy reach of both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The game lodge caters for meetings, conferences, teambuilding initiatives and training courses in both the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Spa relaxation is available to conference delegates after or during a day of meetings, or as a spa voucher reward for later use

“While frequenting Askari and hosting a national conference we could not have asked for much more, ”  Michelev892 from Midrand describes her conference experience on Tripadvisor. “From the reception, functions, meals, menus, added extras such as the slushy, popcorn and ice creams, every staff member encountered, we couldn’t have asked for more. The staff were exemplary. Can’t wait to come again”.

Askari Game Lodge offers a variety of packages to go with your Wildlife Conference Experience including:

IN-HOUSE : Spa Treatments | Teambuilding | Game Drives | Elephant Experiences | Guided Nature Walks | Potjiekos competition | Bush survival Course

OUTSOURCED TEAMBUILDING: Teambuilding activities are provided by Teambuilding Adventures and trusted suppliers.

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THE PRIZE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
2 return flight tickets (excludes airport tax) 7 nights stay for 2 at a four star hotel
on a lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast rate and R5000.00 spending money

HOW TO ENTER:
1) Book any conference or group at Askari Lodge
from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.
2) The prize will go to the person that brings in the most
revenue to Askari Lodge during the 12 month period.
3) Any conferences who have booked and paid in full that take place
after the 30 June 2016 up until and including the 31 of August 2016 will
be included provided it has been paid in full before 30 June 2016.
4) The top 5 agents and their total booking values will be posted and updated
on the Askari Lodge Facebook page on 1st and the 16th of each month.
5) The winner will be announced on the Askari Lodge’s
Facebook page on 1st July 2016.

THE RULES ARE:
1) Must have a valid passport
2) Open to all travel agents, PCO’s and in-house conference organisers
3) Prize must be taken in July 2016
4) Cannot be exchanged for cash
5) Excludes any drinks or activities
6) Judges decision is final

Enquiries:
Pat Naude: 014 577 2658/9 | reservations@askarilodge.co.za
Central Reservations: 08611 48866 | cro@guvon.co.za

Terms & Conditions apply

 

SANDTON ROAD CLOSURES IN OCTOBER SENDS BUSINESS MULDERSDRIFT WAY.

No traffic congestion, ample free parking, free Wi-Fi just 30 min from Sandton in the Cradle of Humankind .

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Sandton inner city road closures in October coincides with the launch of a real time, online booking system for all self-catering  units within the Guvon Hotels & Spa group. Aside from taking the headache out of getting to and from your business or holiday destination, (which will be prevalent in Sandton for October) the easy online booking process makes Muldersdrift and the Cradle of Humankind the destination of choice in October.

Guvon Hotels recently made a move into the self-catering market, taking heed of the need for family orientated getaways where preparing own meals in your own time is of essence. The online rates include breakfast, while other meals are self-catering. Even though the self-catering units are largely aimed at families, it may also be utilised for business groups traveling together.

Glenburn Lodge has been the forerunner with two and three bedroom self -catering units, set along the Blaauwbank and Crocodile Rivers in Muldersdrift. This popular family lodge offers wedding, conference and year end facilities in addition to its excellent nature orientated recreational activities. Set in a small private game reserve, game viewing, bird watching, walking trails, putt-putt and several swimming pools are perfect for family stays.

The upmarket Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort now offers online bookings for the self-catering garden villas, at Randpark Golf Course. A fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities on a wooden deck overlooking the golf course, makes this a very popular choice with golfing groups.

For those with a love affair with the Big 5, the online availability for self-catering units at Askari Game Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg comes as a huge bonus. A few clicks later and your family unit overlooking the Magalies Mountain range is booked and you can start packing for Big 5 game drives and elephant interaction on the property.

Kloofzicht Lodge’s latest addition, the exclusive Royal Suite is also available online for those high-end executive meetings or romantic getaways, requiring the presence of a butler of personal chef. Overlooking the mountain and gorge, this Suite is surrounded with a private terraced garden with entertainment areas, a heated eight seater Jacuzzi and several vantage points for game and bird watching. A large fire pit invites guest to conclude their day with the sounds of nocturnal night life surrounding them.

Online bookings for self-catering units can be made directly from www.guvonhotels.co.za or the individual hotel websites. Any enquiries may be directed to Reta Coetzee and her Central Reservations team on 08611 48866.

All self-catering units are also available as holiday ownership options, in partnership with Beekman Managed Portfolio (BMP) – a collection of top end resort developments. Details about this unique ownership opportunity  is available on the Guvon Hotels website.

 About Guvon Hotels & Spas

Guvon Hotels & Spas is a leading hospitality group offering a collection of hotels in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga. All properties offer excellent accommodation, conference, team building and wedding facilities. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge & Spa and Bush Willow Tented Camp 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, Spa & Golf Resort (Randpark Golf Club), and All Suite On 14th (Fairlands) add city retreats to our country collection of properties. www.guvonhotels.co.za | Central Reservations 08611 48866

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR | Guvon Hotels & Spas | christa@guvon.co.za .For high res images, kindly contact Brenda Dooge on crm@guvon.co.za

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FANCY A BIT OF KRUGER PARK GAME VIEWING WITH YOUR CONFERENCE?

CONFERENCE SPECIAL FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT UMBHABA LODGE.

Umbhaba Lodge in Hazyview has just launched a special Government conference rate of R895pp which includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, dinner and two soft drinks per person!Umbhaba Lodge government conference specialWith the lodge just 5 minutes from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger Park, daily game drives is a must. Pack your iPad for business and your iPhone for wildlife photography and get over to Umbhaba Lodge while availability lasts.

Bookings: reservations@umbhaba.co.za | Tel 013 737 7636 | Central Reservations: cro@guvon.co.za | Tel 08611 48866 . For further specials please see http://www.umbhaba.co.za

SNEAK AWAY ON SUNDAY FOR THIS OVERNIGHT, SPA & GAME DRIVE PACKAGE FROM ASKARI GAME LODGE & SPA.

A gem of a package launched by Askari Game Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg: Sneak away on a Sunday and take Monday off, or any other time of the week between Sunday and Thursday for that matter) and have a hugely relaxing overnight, Spa and game activity lined up for you and your partner.

The package includes the ultimate treat:
1 Night stay over inclusive of dinner and breakfast
60min Full Body Massage per person
60min Esse Facial per person
30min Hand Exfoliation and Massage per person
30min Foot Exfoliation and Massage per person
Lunch
Game Drive or Elephant Experience per person

R2 030 per person sharing

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Terms & Conditions:

Valid Sunday to Thursday 2015 | Terms & Conditions apply
Bookings essential | Subject to availability | All rates are inclusive of VAT
Packages and promotions non-commissionable

Dawid & Megan’s magical forest wedding at Askari Game Lodge & Spa

Today we celebrate the exceptionally beautiful  forest wedding of Dawid & Megan which took place at Askari Game Lodge & Spa in January. The couple decided to have the wedding ceremony in the forest, followed by an elegant banquet in the main lodge. Our compliments to the bride for a crisp white theme, complete with white Tiffany chairs, silver candleabra and quirkly little decor buck (‘bokkies”) on the table.

The magical moments were captured by AndStory Photography.

Contact Andre at Askari Lodge to enquire about the winter wedding specials at this Big 5 Game Lodge on Tel 014 577 2658/ weddings@askarilodge.co.za.

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To view the photographers blog with more images, please visit http://andstory.co.za/dawid-megan-wedding-askari-lodge-muldersdrift/