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.



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.




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 | or directly with the hotel on Tel 012 658 8000  | .




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.


“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.


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 ?





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:


Follow this link for the recipe: | Tel 011 478 8000














Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad

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Total Time: 10min

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Yield:  2 – 4 people

Level:  Easy



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.



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 |




Mother’s day Sunday 8 May.

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.


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.


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

Central reservations: Tel 08611 488661



You are invited to join this incredible initiative, which has become a ”Knitting Revolution for Nelson Mandela”!!  Stitch by stitch, Guvon Hotels & Spas has pledged to assist 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day and are challenging you to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate, who may not have the comfort of a warm blanket this winter.


Guvon Hotels & Spas  and its hotels will be knitting or crocheting 20 x 20cm squares which will be sewn into medium sized blankets (120 x 160 cm). Each colourful blanket will consist of 6 x 8 squares.

Are you up for the challenge? Last year Guvon Hotels donated over 70 knitted / crochet blankets to this great initiative. This year we are planning on donating even more! So get those knitting or crochet needles ready, grab some wool and start making a difference!

The deadline for submitting finished blankets or 20cm blocks to Guvon Head Office in Randpark Ridge is 30 June 2016.

Any enquiries may be directed to our HR Director Alta Thorpe on or Tel 011 791 1870.

Our 2015 blanket offering to  67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day:

If you still are not convinced that knitting or crocheting is for you, do consider these bits of humour which clearly illustrates that there are massive benefits to keeping the hands busy and the mind still!

Happy knitting everyone!


As I sit here typing out a mail to a dear friend who wants to treat his wife, it occurred to me that you may also love the idea of a 50% discount on accommodation on a Friday night at The Fairway Hotel. And the catch, you ask? You have to have a few drinks for cocktail hour at the Roundabout Bar. Sounds like serious hardship doesn’t it?

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Being a socially responsible hotel, we at The Fairway Hotel do not encourage guests to drink and drive.  So when guests show their cocktail hour drink slips at Reception,  they qualify for a 50% accommodation discount for the night. This is risky business as it cannot be pre-booked, but I would really recommend that you pack your toothbrush and try your luck.

A 50% discount on the Premier room is R600 pp sharing, breakfast included instead of the usual R1200 pp sharing.

If you still haven’t made up your mind, have a look at the website where we have loads of great pics of the hotel.

Happy cocktail hour to you!


Own the golfing lifestyle from as little as R483 per month: Guvon Hotels & Spas, in collaboration with the Beekman Group, brought together a collection of high-end luxury resort developments, offering a combination of lifestyle and leisure property investments across South Africa.

Become a member of the BMP Exclusive Leisure Portfolio from R483 per month and enjoy your annual holiday or weekends away at the Fairway Hotel or exchange with other properties within the group, or 4000 resorts worldwide. (T&C’s apply)

To enter please sms your name and contact details with the word “Fairway” to 071 475 8681 or email Sean on  Sean O’Connell is also available to show you around the luxurious golf villas, should you be interested in making an appointment. 

ABOUT THE FAIRWAY HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORTFairway hotel golf villasThe award-winning Randpark Golf Club and Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort offer extensive facilities with a resort feel in the heart of Johannesburg. The Fairway Hotel is proud to announce a unique opportunity to own and enjoy 5-star Golfing Luxury. Due to an ongoing demand The Fairway Hotel has released limited self-catering, top of the range, four bedroom luxury golf villas that will give a fortunate few the opportunity to buy into a golfing lifestyle on par with excellence. With two top-notch golf courses, The Brewery overlooking the two tiered Driving Range serving trendy craft beer and gourmet burgers, a fine dining Restaurant in the form of the Balata Restaurant, luxury accommodation, a Spa, gym and Cocktail bar, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

For further information as well as terms and conditions, please click on this link.




Fairway Hotel Golf villasThe Fairway Hotel is looking forward to adding two more awards to its string of accolades – “Best Business Hotel” and “Best Small conference venue” – at the Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards taking place on 1 September.

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort already has a list of awards to boast with: these include ‘Best New Hotel Africa and Indian Ocean’ – World Travel Awards 2010, while its fine dining venue, Balata Restaurant, is accredited with the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Fairway Hotel recently entered into a partnership with Beekman Managed Portfolio.  Select self-catering Golf villas overlooking the beautiful Randpark Golf Course have been set aside for the Express Club, enabling its members to own the golfing lifestyle and enjoy worldwide holidays.

Membership of the Express Club may exchange holidays within the eight Beekman Properties at no additional cost. Worldwide holidays are a possibility by exchanging your week with iExchange with an inventory in more than 160 Southern Africa resorts and 4000 resorts worldwide.

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 overlooks the famous Randpark Golf Course and is situated just north east of the clubhouse, on the 1st hole.


EXPRESS CLUB ENQUIRIES/SITE INSPECTION:  Sean O’Connell | | cell 071 475 8681|


GOLF VILLAS FOR GROUP STAYS AT FAIRWAY HOTEL NOW BOOKABLE ON GUVON HOTELS WEBSITE.  In a bid to simplify group bookings, Guvon Hotels Central Reservation has opened bookings for an entire golf or garden villas unit on the Guvon Hotel online web booking system.

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The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort has seven Golf Villas (four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms), six Garden Villas (four bedrooms with en suite bathroom) and one Garden Villa (two bedrooms with en suite bathroom). The golf villas are ideal for golfing four balls, families traveling together or corporates who are comfortable sharing a villa. Each room has its own key card for privacy, king size beds, limited self-catering in a shared kitchen, a fireplace in lounge, an undercover braai area on the ground floor patio, a lounge and deck.

The easy booking process entails clicking on the Book Now button on any of the Fairway Hotel webpages: website booking button

Enter the hotel name, one room and number of adults, and the system will immediately show availability. The price quoted is for booking the entire villa.Fairway hotel booking systemFor enquiries, kindly contact Reta Coetzee | Guvon hotels Central Reservations| Tel 08611 48866


Need a Plan B when the lights go out?

Balata Restaurant

Balata Restaurant as well as the entire Fairway Hotel runs independently on a generator while load shedding is in progress. Call ahead to make your booking and enjoy the brand new menu which was recently launched.

Those on a Banting diet would love the Truffled cream of cauliflower soup, while Braised lamb shank slow-cooked in red wine, honey and cumin, Braised pork belly served with a medley of caramelised apple, celery and potato with apple jus and Braised oxtail in red wine with butterbeans, served with garlic mashed potato are perfect for the winter days.

Seafood dishes include highlights such as Kingklip & prawns, grilled and served with sautéed cherry tomatoes, Calamata olives, artichokes, spicy rice and lemon dressing.

Click here to view to full menu

Click here to view the wine list

We look forward to hosting you in our award-wining restaurant around the fireplace.

Bookings: Tel 011 478 8000