Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, a conference venue in The Drakensberg, together with THE VENUE PAGES is … BACK-ON-THE-BLOG with more give-aways!

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We have yet another GOODERSON LEISURE RESORTS prize to give away to one lucky reader of our Blog articles. This voucher is offered by the renowned and popular Drakensberg Gardens Hotel and Golf Resort in the Southern Berg in the Sani Pass region.

In the body of this article will be the answer to the question we will ask you at the bottom. All you need to do is correctly answer this to enter the lucky draw which will take place on 5 March 2013! Follow the instructions at the end of where to submit your answers to. Good Luck!

Location, Location

The spectacular scenery of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg, crisp mountain air, rejuvenating clear streams and azure blue skies make Gooderson Leisure’s Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort a fantastic holiday escape and an ideal location for conferences and golfing events.

Set on a scenic 860 acre World Heritage site, the resort is a one of kind retreat for guests to rekindle, relax and unwind. One can venture into the great outdoors – hiking, horse riding, canoeing or trout fishing – play a round on the Southern Drakensberg’s only 18 hole golf course or simply relax beside the swimming pool.

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Due to the growth and popularity of mountain biking, the Drakensberg Gardens has developed and custom built a single track at the resort. The route is 12km and passes by the resort’s picturesque dam, through the golf course as well as the lush pine forest and is suitable for all riders of all levels. Another new addition is the custom designed BMX track for children and adult-wanna-be-kids. Bikes are also available to hire – enquire at the Hotel reception desk.

Golf Course

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel Golf Club boasts the most spectacular views of the Rhino Horn Peak and Lake Kwanyoni, boating and trout fishing dam with a beautiful clubhouse, unspoilt fairways and arresting greens that are kept in perfect playing condition throughout the year. The Club’s membership has been increasing every year and now has over 1000 members.
Guests will notice the improved appearance of the course with new bridges, cart paths, the level of the tee-boxes, as well as the purchase of additional golf carts.

Conference venues Drakensberg

Give your delegates more than just a conference, give them inspiration. Break away from the norm to a venue where your team will be made to feel relaxed in comfortable natural surroundings and which will increase their ability to focus on the task at hand. Management will help you to get the most out of your conference with well trained onsite staff and their ability to deliver on the hotel’s promise to provide good value.

Two state-of-the-art conference and function venues that seat up to 200 guests easily accommodate day conferences, residential seminars or conferences, presentations, cocktail parties, gala dinners, special occasions, cocktail functions and weddings. With its array of activities and facilities, the resort is perfect for conferences which include teambuilding.

The three-star rated Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Leisure Resort offers spacious and comfortable accommodation with standard, superior and deluxe rooms. All have private bathrooms, television, telephones, tea and coffee making facilities and heaters. The deluxe rooms also include under floor heating for those cold winter days.

Guests also have the option of four, five and six sleeper fully equipped self-catering units which are ideal for family getaways. Parents, who need a break from cooking and child care, can request a babysitter at reception and enjoy a meal in the romantic atmosphere, indoors or out on the raised deck with spectacular views.

To enter the competition, please answer this question by leaving your answer in the comments section of this post.  Also please remember to hit the like buttons below.  Watch our Blog for the winner will be announced on 5 March 2013!

How many conference venues does Drakensberg Gardens Hotel and Leisure Resort have?

Watch this spot! We run continuous competitons on our Blog (http://blog.venuepages.co.za) and visit our user-friendly website when looking for conference venues in any of the South African provinces.

Brought to you in the interest of growing hospitality and service by Venue Pages (www.venuepages.co.za) together with Gooderson Leisure Resorts.


conference venue in Fourways JohannesburgTHE VENUE PAGES, together with Gooderson Leisure Resorts’ fabulous FABZ ESTATE, a conference venue in Fourways, Johannesburg, is running a competition this week for a lucky reader of our Blog to win a weekend for two on a bed and breakfast basis. To stand a chance of winning a relaxing two days out of the hubbub, just read about fabulous FABZ and enter our competition further down!  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section below and to hit the Facebook Like button and / or the other social media buttons below.

Location, Location …
Set amidst striking country surrounds in the heart of Lonehill, Fourways, the Fabz Estate Hotel and Conference Centre is the ideal  getaway for those wanting to break away from the rush and stress of city life and head for the country without having to venture too far.

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More laid back guests can relax on the newly developed 120-seater covered patio area alongside the lake, drink in the spectacular river frontage, wander through the scenic English gardens, enjoy bird watching and fishing or play a round of golf. The more adventurous among you can embark on 4 x 4 trails, go horse riding or spend a night out at Montecasino which is just 4km away.

Perfectly located, guests will enjoy the peaceful country ambience, with the best of both worlds as Fabz is close to major highways, shopping malls, amenities and entertainment venues. Although great city fare is close at hand, guests can sit back and savour the very best of local dining on site. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of water with picturesque views, the a la carte restaurant is known for good contemporary Italian cuisine and a number of signature dishes.

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By combining a stylish, more formal food experience with the contemporary country cooking which hotel quests have come to expect, the restaurant produces unpretentious cuisine that is hard to forget.

Conference Venues Gauteng

When looking for conference venues in South Africa, many groups consider Johannesburg. The city has become a magnet for local and international conferences and is, in fact, the only African city to have featured in the top 20 destinations for conferences, seminars and congresses.

The Fabz Estate Hotel has a lot to offer when it comes to both conferences and special functions. Just completed is the new Illala Conference Centre which accommodates up to 180 delegates, while the Cellar provides for a more intimate atmosphere for the smaller groups. There are however a number of ideal venues on the Estate from which one can choose; all well ventilated, north facing, sun-filled rooms with balconies overlooking the beautiful gardens and the lake.

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This ideal retreat is also the perfect venue for weddings, family events such as birthdays and anniversaries and other private functions. Fabz management and staff pride themselves on co-coordinating intimate country-style weddings, each one personalised to create a unique, magical experience for the couple and their guests, while ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating a day the bridal couple will always remember.

Accommodation Fourways

31 stylish rooms, which is a mix of singles, doubles and family rooms offer comfortable accommodation at Fabz Estate Hotel for a medium-sized conference
group or leisure guests who wish to get away for a weekend without trekking far from the heart of Johannesburg.

COMPETITION TIME! To enter this competition, simply answer the simple question below and leave your answer in the comments section below. The lucky draw will take place on 18 February, when the winner will be announced on our Blog and personally, by e-mail together with the voucher.  Remember to hit the Facebook Like Button and / or the other social media buttons.

How many delegates can be seated in conference at FABZ ESTATE HOTEL? Answers are to reach us by the morning of 18 February. Good Luck!!

Start planning your next conference now to ensure availability at special New Year rates.
Contact us at www.venuepages.co.za for rates and more information.

Win with Breakers Resort and Conference Center in Durban

Conference venues in DurbanNow that you are all back at your desks, planning events, conferences, seminars accommodation, your special wedding day … and wondering what happened to the holidays which seem to have come and gone in a flash … relax and let us assist you with the things we can ! Have some fun in the meantime and enter our current and future competitions which are always up on our Blog (http://blog.venuepages.co.za)

THE VENUE PAGES, in conjunction with BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER, in Durban, is running a competition for all our Durban and nearby KZN folks this week – (and/or any holiday makers who would like to participate!)

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BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, situated at Umhlanga, right on the beach in the most sought after area of this beautiful holiday resort have had a major refurb. since new owner Lloyd Ridl bought the conference centre business a year ago.
2013 brings a fresh approach to Breakers Resort, Conference and Wedding Venue and they welcome conference delegates and wedding guests to the new and improved venue!

The facility is world class with a ‘beachy’, island finesse and atmosphere. Exterior renovations are complete which adds to the overall resort experience. The food and beverage / catering team have upgraded the menu on the Pool Deck and Boma enhancing their delicious meals and cocktails.

The Breakers pool deck invites you to laze in the sun, catch up on your reading or simply relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings. This area is fully serviced by waiters and the pool service attendants are on hand to assist.  The Islander, with its air-conditioned comfort and panoramic views, is the perfect venue for breakfast or any of the tempting light meals from the snack menu. Open daily from 07h00 to 22h00.

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The lounge offers an alternative venue to relax, read, watch TV or just enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of something really scrumptious from the coffee bar.

BREAKERS CONFERENCE CENTRE – In this picturesque setting, overlooking the Indian Ocean on the Dolphin Coast, this is the perfect venue for a variety of functions – from corporate dinners, to day to day conferences, company launches, small board meetings, themed dinners and wedding receptions. Their dedicated team will be happy to assist with the planning of your special event.

Available venues include:

Hawaan Room

Style : Number of Guests

Cocktail : 100
Cinema : 80
Schoolroom : 50
Banquet : 60

Lagoon Room

Style : Number of Guests

Cocktail : 280
Cinema : 230
Schoolroom : 150
Banquet : 170

Look out for their weekend picnic baskets and weekly specials!

Monday – Fish & Chips
Tuesday – Burger & Beer
Wednesday – Braai & Beer bucket night
Thursday – Curry night
Friday – Lasagna
Saturday – Pizza evening

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ACCOMMODATION ROOMS – Breakers Resort offers time share apartments for conference groups or wedding guests that are privately owned, however many are available to the Conference Centre for the use of their guests. This is, of course, dependant on availability at any one time.

Ample free parking and a nominal charge for undercover parking

COMPETITION CORNER! Stand a chance to win a voucher from BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE for R200.00 towards a sumptuous breakfast or lunch by answering a simple question:

On which ocean is Breakers Resort situated?

Answers are to reach us by 18 February when the lucky draw will take place! Good luck!  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section of the article and hit the Facebook Like Button or other social media buttons on the post.

Contact http://www.venuepages.co.za for more information on conference centres Umhlanga

(Review by Rosalie Howard)


(Article written by Rosalie Howard)

I have spoken to several people in the hospitality industry recently, all of whom have shared the same story with me … that they have had bumper seasons with 100% occupancy throughout December into January with further holidays booked and confirmed for next Christmas season, resulting in full houses again!

This tells me that there is cash flow once again and I celebrate this news that if South Africans and visitors from abroad have holiday cash, the conference industry will also have the experience in this year of turning a page … leaving the past behind except for the experiences which serve us and moving forward into a new paradigm, both personally and in business – a time of reaping.

It is always good advice to make future plans where possible, in January, as this is usually the time that hotels and conference centres offer cut rates especially in the first quarter of the year.

In the Western Cape, summertime as you all know is the best time to visit the fair Cape when the weather is better than anywhere else (although they too have had a few heat-waves recently); the KZN Midlands where the weather is balanced and with good rainfall, the greenest province in South Africa; the Eastern Cape, which while windy boasts some of the most beautiful beaches along the entire coastline; inland at our numerous Game Reserves and Country Retreats and in Gauteng in the picturesque Magalies area, Muldersdrift, along the Vaal River or for tight schedules, the many 4-5 star, exceptional hotels on the East Rand.

What’s up that’s big this year?

• The African Mining Indaba in Cape Town 4-7 February
• The Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference at the I.C.C. Durban 10-14 February
• Enterprise Risk Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Johannesburg 12-15 February
• The Core Banking Solutions Conference at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg 13-14 February
• The 6th World Congress on Paediatric, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at the I.C.C in Cape Town 17-22 February
• Future Bank World Africa Congress at Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg 11-12 March
• The 12th World Federation of Chiropractic Congress at the I.C.C. Durban 10-13 April

And the calendar for the rest of the year continues over many pages … this is a mere handful of what to expect in the first quarter of the year.

Should any of you have block accommodation bookings you wish to make, we can assist you with these … contact us on info@venuepages.co.za or make your enquiries on (www.venuepages.co.za)

Special Days and celebrations coming up …

BURNS NICHT is on Friday 25 January … Being a Friday, all the Scots among us can celebrate in grand style, without considering tomorrow … order your Haggis now; start planning the Athol Brose for which Waitrose.com has published a delicious recipe:
Pear and Haggis Salad with Athol Brose Dressing
Athol brose is a sweet Scottish dessert of cream, whisky, honey and oatmeal.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6
• 3 tbsp blended malt whisky, or our Buyer’s recommendation: Isle of Jura 10-year-old whisky
• 4 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tsp Scottish heather honey
• 120g pack Waitrose Aromatic Baby Leaf Herb Salad
• 6 Perfectly Ripe Conference Pears
• ½ x 454g pack Macsween Vegetarian Haggis
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Cut the pears in half lengthways. Remove the cores with a teaspoon to leave a cavity for the filling, but leave the stems intact. Put the pears into a shallow, ovenproof dish just large enough to fit them in a single layer.
2. Divide the haggis between the pears, filling each cavity with a generous mound of the mixture. Drizzle 100ml of cold water and the whisky around the pears.
3. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until the pears are tender. Uncover and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the haggis is golden. Meanwhile, blend the crème fraîche, mustard and honey together in a bowl.
4. Serve the cooked pears with the salad leaves. Pour the juices from the baking dish into the dressing, season to taste and mix well. Drizzle over before serving with oatcakes.

VALENTINE’S DAY … 14TH February. Wine and dine your loved one in a romantic setting with roses and chocolates …

EASTER SUNDAY 31 March. Plan and book your weekend away ahead of the rush at your favourite get-away or try a venue you have never been to before

Start your conference planning well ahead this year as this is the year when venues will book up earlier than in the past three or four years. For a comprehensive list of venues throughout South Africa, visit our website on http://www.venuepages.co.za

We wish you a successful, happy and abundant 2013!