CONFERENCE VENUE, ACCOMMODATION – MAKARANGA GARDEN LODGE KLOOF KWA ZULU NATAL

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Located in the heart of the residential area of Kloof KZN, is a magical, enchanting, fairy garden, designed as a Japanese Park in South Africa. This is MAKARANGA GARDEN LODGE.

Only 15-20 minutes’ drive from Durban and 30 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, this equidistant venue is the perfect half way meeting place for conference delegates and businessmen and women from both cities, offering ample secure parking.
Makaranga Garden Lodge, a hotel, wedding venue, restaurant and conference centre, is nothing like anywhere else in South Africa.

Set in 30 Acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, with 18 ponds, lazy streams and a waterfall all of which are there for your peace, tranquillity and sheer visual indulgence. The hotel or Lodge offers 5-star state-of-the-art conference facilities, a Spa, a restaurant and 20 spacious, luxury rooms, all with magnificent views over the property. All rooms were designed with physically challenged visitors in mind and are 100% wheel-chair friendly. Probably the only venue throughout KZN with as many purpose designed rooms with this in mind.

A perfect venue for Team building, with so much space in this perfect setting, including Yoga, Tai Chi and other Eastern arts.

Current Specials at Makaranga Garden Lodge

“Come and Snuggle up between our sheets”
On your 1st night you will enjoy
• Bottle of Wine
• Delicious hot pudding
Served on your balcony with scattered pot pourie whilst you enjoy the view of our magnificent garden
• Bubble bath
• Slippers
• Vanilla candles
All this will be done at turn-down to de-stress and enjoy the rejuvenated feeling

On your 2nd night you will enjoy
• A picnic basket for two people (excluding beverages)
To be enjoyed near our famous Makaranga Alley where you are surrounded by the best that Nature has to offer
• A movie hamper with little snacks and a choice of DVD’s golden oldies
Take time out and enjoy the simple things in life

R895.00 per standard room per night
Including breakfast for two adults
Executive upgrade: R350.00 per room per night

Conditions:
Minimum two nights stay
Valid: Friday to Sunday
Subject to Availability
May – 27 September 2012

Review by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages

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THE PRO’S AND CONS OF UTILISING GUEST HOUSES vs HOTELS FOR CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

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I am sure that readers will have some valuable input here … discussing the pro’s and cons of Guest Houses and B & B’s versus Hotels and Conference Centres for conferences, meetings and Bos Beraads … We invite you to join a discussion.

Depending on the nature of the conference … i.e. if it is designed to be light-hearted without strict boundaries or schedules, a Guest House or B & B is ideal because they might impart an energy of quiet, relaxation and peace without bounds … bearing in mind that usually Guest Houses or B & B’s do not have a dedicated conference venue (while there are those who do) and they utilise their dining area for this purpose. Therefore, the day’s business can only realistically commence after breakfast has been cleared, at around 9.30 or 10 a.m. However, you would have the rest of the day to yourselves in this space as this is generally the only meal these personal and private venues prepare.

Personal attention is definitely assured in a Guest House or B & B, yours being likely to be the only event taking place on the day, hence you will have exclusivity with no distractions … unless the venue has grown into a large Guest House as some have offering more than one venue … ideally they should be re-named Boutique Hotels or Lodges wouldn’t you say? You are also likely to have home-baked cookies for tea and a lovingly prepared home cooked lunch … and ‘the lady or lord of the manor’ will even attend to your laundry with prior arrangements in most.

Hotels and Conference Centres on the other hand, are specifically, purpose-built with conference in mind and have all the staff required to attend to all the tiny details. They will be well equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment and teas and meals will be served in designated areas, or in their main restaurant, or they might offer you a finger lunch inside the venue as a working lunch, if time does not permit a lengthy break in the day. They can certainly be more flexible as they have the means to be so.

Hotels of course are most suitable where numbers are high and accommodation is required for all delegates, whereas a guest house or B & B in general is only ideal for the smaller events. Hotels will likely also have their own shuttle service for collections from the airport.

Room service will be an attraction in hotels as 4 and 5 star hotels usually offer 24 hour room service if delegates do not wish to dine in the restaurant on site or call for a snack or a drink late at night.

Hotel rooms are nearly always equipped with wall safes for your valuables; some offer self-catering facilities such as microwaves and fridges and are stocked with all required crockery. Many hotels will offer either self catering rates or Bed and Breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast while others do not offer self catering at all.

Depending on where you are, many hotels will offer business lounges with up-to-date internet facilities, and team building space, an additional venue for your gala event, private dinner or Break Away room and of course, the favourite meeting place at the end of the day ‘the Pub’.

There are those who prefer the home-from-home ambience of a Guest House or Bed and Breakfast which is certainly an attraction, while there are those who prefer the formal surroundings and the kind of service only a hotel can offer.

B & B rates are always more affordable while hotels, being in the position of being able to offer full service, will be more expensive.

I guess it depends entirely on the event … the schedule you are working to … the area you are in .. and most importantly, your own comfort and choice!!

Any comments?

Author : Rosalie Howard Venue Pages

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CONFERENCE CENTRES NELSPRUIT, HOTEL CONFERENCE VENUES AND ACCOMMODATION ROOMS NELSPRUIT

This is a panoramic view from the hilltops of ...

This is a panoramic view from the hilltops of Nelspruit. I took this in Feb-2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Nelspruit, a flourishing city, the capital of Mpumalanga Province, with tree-lined avenues, is a popular and oft visited South African tourist destination, largely due to its proximity to the Kruger National Park.

Many other tourist attractions are within easy distance, the likes of which include Sudwala Caves, Kruger Park Panorama Route, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom the Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much for locals and international travellers to see and do in this diverse region, Nelspruit being the central hub or gateway to many natural wonders, to the reserves, orchards, historical sites and more.

Situated in the welcoming and picturesque Lowveld, on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit is rich with fertile soil with a very warm summer climate, where citrus and all sub-tropical fruits, avocado pears and mangoes thrive in abundance.

Not only is this area an ideal location for tourists and local holiday makers, the city and the surrounding areas offer many hotels and conference centres to conference visitors to the area, the most popular and well-known being the several camps and lodges at Kruger National Park.

Places of interest and beauty in the country around Nelspruit

In the surrounding area, abundant water-falls, indigenous forests and a variety of nature reserves naturally form part of the landscape. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, where God’s Window is a breath-taking ‘painting of nature’ created by the natural and un-tampered-with development of this beautiful area in the Lowveld. Visitors will also enjoy a day out at the natural mineral springs at Badplaas or the Sudwala Caves.

SOME FIRST CLASS CONFERENCE CENTRES AND HOTELS NELSPRUIT

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Umbali – an exclusive venue in Nelspruit accommodating up to 500 in conference with state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Protea Hotel Nelspruit
This 4 star Protea Hotel is situated in a perfect location from which to explore the Lowveld in Mpumalanga, very central to the Big-5 territory and only 63km from the Kruger National Park.

Sheppard Boutique Hotel, Nelspruit
Sheppard Boutique Hotel is set in the lush, indigenous region of the Lowveld. Close to the International airport and Kruger National Park. A grand hotel with magnificent grounds, offering luxury accommodation, sophistication and excellent conference venues with large picture windows through which delegates can enjoy the beauty and peace of their manicured gardens.

And in the vicinity …
Southern Sun/Tsogo Sun Emnotweni Casino Resort –This 109 roomed hotel offers relaxing outdoor activities and facilities including a pool and a fully air conditioned fitness centre.

Protea Hotel The Winkler situated in the suburbs of White River offering tennis and swimming on site

Oliver’s Lodge situated in the same area as the Botanical Gardens, offers 14 beautifully appointed suites and a full-service Spa on site

White River Golf Lodge situated on the first fairway of the magnificent 18 hole golf course with panoramic views, small and intimate with exceptional international cuisine
And many more

CONFERENCE CENTRES AND ACCOMMODATION PIETERMARITZBURG

Conference venues Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal and was founded in 1838.
An important, industrial hub, rich in aluminum, timber and dairy production. The capital city also offers excellent schools and tertiary education institutions, including a campus of the University of KZN.

Pietermaritzburg’s picturesque location is a mix of forests, hills and vales with rolling countryside linking the city to the KZN-Midlands. Largely Victorian in its design, PMB is the administrative capital of the province and situated equi-distant between Durban and the Drakensberg. A gateway to both Johannesburg and Durban.

The climate in Pietemaritzburg is usually very hot summers and cold winters with its rainfall in summer and fairly frequent thunder storms in the late afternoons.

Conference Centres Pietermaritzburg – Accommodation rooms Pietermaritzburg

Central in the city and around the perimeter of ‘Maritzburbg, are a variety of excellent conference venues, hotels, up-market lodges, budget accommodation and B & B’s. As many of the KZN government head-quarters are located in the city of Pietermaritzburg, the conference industry establishments have had to expand and ‘Maritzburg is now considered part and parcel of nearby locations such as Midmar, Howick and the Natal Midlands, a mere stones throw away.

Conference Venues in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds, you might like to consider when planning your next conference or seminar, team building or function include:

Redlands Hotel & Lodge
Wembley
Pietermaritzburg

Redlands Hotel boasts two dedicated conference venues able to seat up to 80 delegates with some accommodation on site.

City Royal Hotel
Central

The City Royal Hotel offers outstanding hospitality and is a few minutes walk from the city’s historical CBD, the city hall, art gallery and museums. Neighbour to St Anne’s, the midlands biggest private hospital and a short distance to Liberty Midlands Mall, Alexandra Park, the University Woodburn rugby stadium and the Harry Gwala stadium.

Protea Hotel the Imperial
Central

This olde worlde landmark has for years been very popular with conference guests and business men and women for its central location, ample parking on site, comfortable and affordable accommodation and excellent conference facilities.

African Enterprise Conference Centre has become very popular for its size, central position and affordable rates. Able to seat up to 150 delegates in conference with 34 rooms on site.

Montrose, PMB

Ascot Conference Centre is situated off the N3 highway and is easily accessible. A 10 minute drive from the CBD of Pietermaritzburg.
There are a number of different sized conference venues to choose from at Ascot at affordable rates and excellent standards.
Golden Horse Casino and Hotel. An up-market, centrally situated venue with much to offer conference delegates, visitors to the casino, casual dinners and any form of function or event.

Visit www.venuepages.co.za for a comprehensive and exhaustive list of other venues in the area

Forthcoming Events in Pietermaritzburg

Apart from the world renowned Comrades Marathon and the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon, annual events which bring thousands of visitors to the area of Pietermaritzburg, many other events appear on the PMB calendar. Below is a handful of gigs and events during August.

August

The Engen Challenge
Date & Time:TBC
Venue:Alexandra Extension – NCF Church
Contact Details:Tony – 084 583 8989

UWCT Final
Date:23 – 26 August 2012
Contact Details:Alec Lenferna – 033 3433442

Mandela Race Day 42.2km Marathon
Date & Time: 26 August 2012 , race begins at Manaye Hall in Imbali
Venue:Manaye Hall
Contact Details:Umgungundhlovu District Municipality , http://www.umdm.gov.za
Event Details:Marathon

Comedy Show
Date & Time: 24 August 2012
Venue:Golden Horse Casino
Contact Details: 033 3958000

Diva Concert
Date & Time: 25 August 2012
Venue:Golden Horse Casino
Contact Details: 033 3958000

Article by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages

Win a weekend for 2 to Protea Hotel Balalaika. A Conference Centre in Sandton, Gauteng

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The Venue Pages is running a competition for visitors to our blog to stand the chance of winning a 2-night stay for 2 adults at the up-market Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton Gauteng. This offer is on a bed and breakfast basis and all you need to do is

  • Answer this simple question, the answer to which, can be found in the content below and
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Your answer should be left in the comments section below.  Please make sure you are following the blog so that we can contact you should you win.  Winners will be notified by e-mail and their names will be published on this blog.  The competition is open to everyone and will be decided on a lucky draw system.

Question: How long has The Protea Hotel Balalaika been in operation for?

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Welcome to the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

30 minutes from OR Tambo Airport, The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, set in a well manicured and picturesque garden is a 330 roomed, 4-star hotel and conveniently situated in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg. Ideally located in the financial quarter and commercial hub of Sandton and only 5 minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain Station and 200 metres from Sandton City Shopping Centre.

The Protea Hotel Balalaika has been in operation for 60 years and has undergone on-going refurbishment to keep up-to-date with modern standards and to meet clients’ expectations. Offering modern state-of-the-art facilities including a business centre, free Wi-fi and 9 well equipped conference venues. It has become a popular choice of venue for international conferences due to its high calibre in standards and service and because of the abundant accommodation, which suits the size of the venues.

The hotel’s bedrooms are spread over two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court all of which are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated in a classic, comfortable style and en-suite.

Conference Centre Balalaika

The Balalaika’s conference centre, comprising 9 well kitted out rooms, can accommodate from 6 to 350 delegates. Weddings and other formal or informal functions are also hosted in the Conference Centre with ease.
With Year-End approaching fast, it is advisable to book your year-end function now to avoid disappointment. The Protea Hotel Balalaika offers traditional lunches and dinners plus a variety of themed events with cuisine to match. These include:

• African Theme
• Medieval Theme
• Moroccan Theme
• Night Of The Stars

Nearby activities and leisure include golf, tennis, squash and horse riding.
No request is too small or too big for the professional staff at the Protea Hotel Balalaika. Keeping up a high standard over 60 years is quite a feat and this venue is highly recommended for conferences, accommodation, functions or merely for an evening out to relax.

Year end function venues

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