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 .

 

 

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

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.

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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

KNITTING IS THE NEW YOGA #67blankets

 

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 alta@guvon.co.za 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!

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

NEW CYCLING ROUTES AT GLENBURN LODGE. SPECIALISED SPA TREATMENTS FOR TIRED LEGS.

“Being committed to your sport and a demanding working lifestyle sometimes calls for a treat. As a full time employee, competitive cyclist and sportsman, I like to invest in my sport and subsequent recovery and make some time for proper relaxation”, says mountainbiker Armand du Toit.

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Armand was on his way to Glenburn Lodge & Spa to see what the Chicama Spa Cyclist Treat package entails.

Glenburn Spa (previously known as Chicama Spa) offers a Cyclist Spa treat which includes a 30min steam room session to relax the sore muscles, a 30 min back, neck and shoulder treatment as well as a 50min Circulavine Leg treatment.

Glenburn Lodge & Spa has just opened two mountain biking routes on its property. The circular routes start and end at the universal sports field close the Glenburn Lodges entrance. Both scenic routes are just under 5km and takes the rider along the grass fields, mountain and riverside.

Armand enjoyed the steam room and Swedish back massage which is part of the Cyclist Spa package, but the 50 minute CirculaeVine leg treatment stood out above the rest: “I can definitely refer to this treatment as a full body relaxation and recovery session, which I would definitely recommend to any cyclist, sportsman or woman!”

“The specialised CirculaeVine invigorating foot and leg treatment uses manual lymphatic drainage techniques: The feet and legs are wrapped in a circulation-booster gel, followed by a hydrating body lotion. A perfect treatment to help relax and relieve tired or aching legs and a definite for anyone who participated in the 947 cycle challenge or does weekend races or leisure rides,” says Spa Manager Geraldine Veldman.

The Cradle of Humankind has become a popular cycling and training area with several routes and bike facilities in the area. The 43km Cradle of Humankind loop is a scenic route and goes past the Rhino and Lion Park. www.thebicylcecompany.co.za describes the terrain as hilly with a lot of downhills to recover. The Cradle to Caves cycling trail has cycling lanes which makes it a safe option. The 37km ride should take one to two hours depending on your speed.

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Book your Spa Cyclist Treat by calling the Spa directly on Tel 011 668 1620 | www.chicama.co.za | www.glenburn.co.za

GLENBURN LODGE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH NEW LOGO AND OLD FRIENDS

According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. A staggering 80% just don’t make it.  Given the rather gloomy statistics for small to medium sizes businesses, it is no small accomplishment for Glenburn Lodge to celebrate its 25th birthday this month amongst start-up family members, previous general managers of the property, neighbours, staff who have worked at the lodge from day one, business and media. Chicama Spa simultaneously celebrated their 10th birthday on the day with a fashion show and celebrity line-up.

Guvon Investments (Pty) Ltd was established in 1978 by Mr Gustav Pansegrouw. Oom Gustav, as he is fondly referred to, handed over reins to his four children who are all involved in the business. While Kosie Pansegrouw acts as Managing Director, Alta Thorpe heads up HR, Yvette Alberts the financial side and Jannie Borman the estate and maintenance. The name GUVON originated from the combination of the names of its founder members Gustav and his late wife, Yvonne.

Involved in property development from inception, Guvon started development in the hotel industry with Glenburn Lodge as the first of now seven hotels/properties in their portfolio. In 1990, Glenburn Lodge, situated in ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, was opened as an intimate family weekend getaway. Additions to the original buildings and facilities were carried out every year thereafter and Glenburn Lodge soon developed into one of the leading Conference and Country Hotel venues in Gauteng today, with focused banqueting venues and facilities to cater for weddings and functions, as well as recreational activities for all age groups.

25 years later the lodge has 100 rooms, a magnificent Spa and a tented camp.

During a day of festivities, commemorative tree planting, delicious snacks by in-house Belgian Chef Vincent Lauwers and super entertainment by George Meiring, Managing Director, Kosie Pansegrouw unveiled the new Glenburn Lodge & Spa logo. “We felt that this is an opportune time to introduce a fresh logo”, says Group Marketing and PR Manager Christa Badenhorst. “The majestic Zwartkops Mountain forms a focal point for the logo design.  Throughout history, mountains have symbolized constancy, firmness and stillness. The Blaauwbank Spruit is pictured on the logo as it flows into the main dam”.

 

“The blue colour spectrum used in the logo implies professionalism, serious mindedness, integrity, sincerity and calmness – all qualities we associate with Glenburn Lodge and its parenting company Guvon Hotels. Blue is also associated with authority and success. The mountains and river are encased in a circle suggesting community, friendship, love, relationships and unity. Rings have an implication of marriage and partnership – a very apt reference to Glenburn Lodge which was one of the first wedding venues in Muldersdrift.”

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Previous General Managers Dave Atherstone and Leon Bosch were welcomed on the day by the current GM Nigel Peel. While Mr Bosch was in His Guvon head office attire where he fulfils the role of Operations and Marketing Director for the Guvon Hotels & Spas group, Mr Atherstone proudly wore his red chequered tie and name badge from the early Glenburn Lodge days.

Glenburn Lodge is blessed with staff members who are still with the company since the day it opened its doors to the public. Johannes Mashatola, Jechonia Zulu and Jabulani Mchunu have 25 years of service, with Sarah Phiri with 23 years of service.

Oom Gustav Pansegrouw and actress Cindy Swanepoel (Ballade vir n enkeling) got down and dirty with a tree planting ceremony, while Guvon Hotels Horticulturist Wayne Otto and Wayne Stafford (Finalist Bachelor 2015) offered a helping hand in the process. 25 certificates were handed over to celebrities, management and staff who assisted in the tree planting process.

Mr Leon Bosch did the honours in cutting the 25th birthday cake, bringing the celebrations to a close.

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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

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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BRILLIANT BUDGET BRIDAL IDEAS AT GLENBURN LODGE

R390PP – MENU AND DECOR INCLUDED!

Dreaming of honeybees symbolizes wealth, good luck, harmony, creativity and bliss.  With this in mind, Glenburn Lodge launched the Honeybee Bridal Package at the Wedding Expo, with loads of savings and add-ons for the busy bride, at R390 pp.

The bridal package (sumptuous menu and select décor items included),  is available at the Glenkyle wedding venue which accommodates up to 250 guests, as well as the Glencove venue which takes up to 110 guests. Glenkyle overlooks a spectacular waterfall, and is situated on the Blaauwbank River, while Glencove is nestled on the Crocodile River in a beautiful country garden setting.  Glenburn Lodge weddings

The Honeybee package includes the following:

  • Menu
  • Welcome drinks – Juice

Décor included in this package:

  • Silver underplate for each guest
  • Solid silver bowl (11cm x 13 cm) 2 per table
  • Silver Candelabra  (H 80 cm x W 53 cm) 1 per table
  • Fish Bowls (H10 cm x w 8 cm  2 per table
  • Chrystal Votive with tea light candle 6 per table
  • Rectangular mirror (100 cm x 40 cm) 1 per table
  • Silver Table Runner 1 per table
  • Glenburn Lodge White table cloth
  • Glenburn Lodge white napkins
  • White Chair covers
  • Chapel confetti stands x 2 (H 81 cm)

HONEYBEE MENU

|HORS D’ OEUVRES |(Served during Welcome Drinks)

Assortment of Cheese & Biscuit Canapés

|STARTERS|

Seafood cocktail with a Marie Rose Sauce.  Presented on each table: Tossed chef’s salad

|MAIN COURSE BUFFET|

Pickled brisket, sliced and served with a Monkey gland Sauce, Oven baked chicken, napped with a Wholegrain Honey & Mustard Soya Jus. Herbed Potatoes. Panache of Seasonal Vegetables. Savoury Mushroom Rice with Olives

|PLATED DESSERT|

Please choose one of the following: Malva pudding with Vanilla Crème Anglaise  OR Chocolate mousse In a Brandy Snap Basket

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Terms and conditions:

  • Venues: Glencove and Glenkyle
  • Days valid for: Sunday to Friday (Excluding Saturdays)
  • Excludes venue hire –Normal rate. Less 50% venue hire Sunday – Thursday
  • Validity period: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016
  • Minimum numbers – 80 Guests (Surcharge for less than 80 guests will be charged)
  • Deposit and Payment policy: paid venue hire secures the booking
  • Menu extra add-ons – OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Mixed Dessert Platter per Table (Max 10 Guests per Table)
  • Bite Sized Sweet Treats . (Mini Greek Milk Tart, Mini Granadilla Tart, Mini Pecan Nut Tart, Mini Koeksisters & Mini Chocolate Brownies)
  • Décor listed is the only décor Glenburn Lodge will supply. If you wish to have other décor please contact a décor company directly for more options.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction or combined with any other offer available at the time nor can package items be substituted

To arrange a site visit, please call Lee-Ann Alves on Tel 011 668 1600 or email banquet@glenburn.co.za

For further info on Glenburn Lodge or to down load the wedding portfolio, see http://www.glenburn.co.za

SAVE A STACK THIS SEPTEMBER AT GLENBURN LODGE. LESS 25% ON YEAR END AND OTHER FUNCTIONS!

I love a freeby as much as the next guy, but if someone tells me I can get 25% discount on the function I am planning, I am truly happy. So if you are in the middle of planning the year end party, your sister’s kiddo needs to be baptised, your parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary, best you stop by Glenburn Lodge. As they turn 25 this year they are spreading the joy with a 25% discount on all banqueting funtions in September. T&C’s apply and more info is available from www.glenburn.co.za or by calling Lee-Ann on Tel 011 668 1600.

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

IMKA’S 5 TIPS ON CHOSING A WEDDING VENUE. Imka Bester recently held her dream wedding at Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift and as a lifestyle blogger she shares some invaluable advice on chosing your perfect wedding venue. On her blog glamorousglitter.co.za she shares her beautiful day, complete with stunning photos taken by Christo Van Deventer Photography.

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IMKA’S 5 TIPS ON CHOSING A WEDDING VENUE:

  • Consider the size of the venue. Even though the venue says max capacity is 120, consider whether your guests will be squeezed into a venue and will fit chock-en-blok soos sardyntjies. I suggest booking a venue with a larger capacity to ensure the guests have enough space to move around and be comfortable.
  • What is the rental fee and what is included in this rental fee. Allow extra money in your budget if extra decor needs to be arranged.
  • Can I hold my ceremony there too? At Glenburn, they have a beautiful chapel with the most stunning view of the mountains!
  • Is there enough parking for guests?
  • Ensure that the guests can access the venue with ease. If your guests need to cross a river and a 4×4 to access the site, you will be left with guests either not attending, or a bunch of grumpy guests with ruined shoes and outfits.

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“The service we received from the staff on the day was nothing but spectacular, says Ms Bester. “From a delicious breakfast buffet to someone attending to us hand and foot, ensuring we had something to eat before the ceremony and that our room was beautiful and clean after the wedding. Our room was decorated with red rose petals, a lovely arrangement with stunning red roses, a bottle of champagne and plates filled with food! I even received a mini survival kit for those bridal emergencies and I only had to use it on my bridesmaids!”

Glenburn Lodge has a Belgium chef  and Ms Bester loved the way he prepared their wedding feast: “John and I decided to take time to eat the food at the wedding and we were not disappointed. The Kingklip was the best I have ever had and our guests’s plates were overflowing with seconds, and some even going back for thirds! The desserts were delicious too and I can honestly say that I had dessert seconds and thirds and fourths.”

We wish Imka and John all the blessings in the world for their future together!

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For wedding enquiries and site inspections, please contact Lee-Ann Alves on Tel 011 668-1600 | banqueting@glenburn.co.za | http://www.glenburn.co.za