CONFERENCE CENTRES JOHANNESBURG, CONFERENCE VENUES DURBAN, SEMINARS IN CAPE TOWN

 

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A PROTEA PROFILE

When we are given the ’must be done now’ task of planning a series of conferences, or even one large event, we all go through the thought processes of “Where”, “Who has high standards yet reasonable rates?” and “Who will organise this as quickly as possible?” I would say, notwithstanding that most South African venues put professionalism, efficiency and above average standards first, it’s often a lot easier to look at the big guys who have venues country-wide, all operating to the same high standards and the name that pops into mind immediately is PROTEA HOTELS. In our business, we have had a lot of experience working with them on events we plan for our clients and for me, it is a most convenient one-stop shop … They have central sales offices in all the large cities and their coordinators efficiently handle all enquiries in quick turn-around time and get quotes sent back without undue delay.

You will find a PROTEA HOTEL in every city (often more than one) and in many towns, in the country, at the sea and in the mountains as well as in 9 neighbouring African countries, making them the continent’s largest hotel group. Consistent in standard, service and quality cuisine.

Today I will focus on the 3 biggest conference cities in South Africa to whet your appetites:

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PROTEA IN DURBAN HOTELS

PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD. This olde worlde hotel, which has withstood the ravages of time, recessions and many changes in the beautiful city of Durban, still stands proud, still offers the superb service and standards of yesteryear, with modernised facilities and re-vamped rooms and a table which has consistently been amongst the top in Durban.

Re-decorated many times over the years, yet retaining its classic, Victorian elegance, for which the Protea Hotel Edward is renowned, this fine hotel offers 101 guest rooms built on 7 floors, many of which overlook the ocean. Additionally, PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD offers extensive conference facilities, with the largest function room accommodating up to 200 delegates cinema style and 160 delegates for a banquet dinner.

Catering for full and half day conferences, seminars, presentations, gala dinners, award evenings, road shows, they are also the ideal fairytale wedding venue.

Free wifi and within close proximity of :
• Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
• UShaka Marine World
• Durban Funworld
• South Beach
• Umhlanga Rocks
• Many sophisticated restaurants in Durban’s night life

And while still in Durban …

PROTEA HOTEL UMHLANGA RIDGE

Explore the Dolphin Coastline from this central point and discover an area rich in Zulu heritage, modern shopping malls, the theatre, peaceful private beaches up the North Coast yet only a short drive to the buzz and excitement in the city
Conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and just minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport.

LUXURY ROOMS
Each contemporary, Colonial-style room is finished with laminate timber floors with breath-taking views.
CONFERENCE CENTRE
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge has a variety of conference rooms that include two boardrooms and five multi-use venues with a maximum seating capacity of 370 delegates cinema style.

CAPE TOWN CONFERENCE CENTRE

CONFERENCE FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT PROTEA HOTEL VICTORIA JUNCTION WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN:

A place from which to explore the V&A Waterfront and experience Cape Town, this trendy hotel has a reputation to uphold and rooms that suit all tastes and requirements.

172 Modern Rooms featuring en-suite, water-saving rain showers, varied entertainment options like the Bravia LCD screens and iPod docking stations. Standard rooms and double-storey loft apartments form the mix of accommodation rooms at this fine hotel..

TWO SOUNDPROOF CONFERENCE VENUES
The well equipped conference centre can host up to 120 delegates with a flexible room configuration..

Included in conference facilities is a sophisticated stage with state-of-the-art lighting, excellent acoustics, high ceilings and independent climate control.

CONFERENCE CENTRE SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

PROTEA HOTEL THE BALALAIKA IN SANDTON serves as a tranquil home-from-home in the bustling business centre and entertainment area of Sandton, central to most areas around Johannesburg.
There are two sections to the Protea Hotel Balalaika, each with a swimming pool, set in their own picturesque,landscaped garden..
THE CONFERENCE ROOMS
Being central to the business hub of Sandton, The Protea Hotel Balalaika, in the heart of Sandton is also within easy, central reach of many entertainment centres. it is a popular conference and function venue, catering for up to 300 guests. The ideal destination for your next conference or corporate dinner.

And many more … whether it be in the smaller Eastern Cape towns, the Garden Route, Mpumalanga or in any of our 9 provinces, you will find the hospitality offered by PROTEA HOTELS apparent everywhere.

For your next conference, group accommodation booking or function, call us at VENUE PAGES on 082 055 0102 or visit our website on http://www.venuepages.co.za for your choice of Protea Hotel and we’ll handle the rest!  Or simply complete the contact us form below.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

Conference venues Durban – Riverside Hotel and Spa

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Durban/Durban North

Durban is a cosmopolitan sea-side and business city that combines the perfect mix to ensure that your conference or seminar or your holiday is a pleasant and memorable experience. Varied and exotic cuisine, the beaches, uShaka Marine World, the Rickshaws, Umhlanga Rocks, adventure all combine to provide variety, excitement and sheer enjoyment when visiting this city. … And a stones-throw from the city, in the general metro region are unique and special villages and towns, each offering their own special brand of culture, shopping experiences, pristine beaches and the countryside of the Western Suburban regions. The terrain and the move from the sub-tropical city into the hinterland of the surrounding North and South Coast and the 1000 Hills region, moving into the beautiful, scenic Midlands of KwaZulu Natal and the majestic Drakensberg mountains are a reminder of the diversity of this scenic province. AND, that’s not all … Durban is the gateway to some of south Africa’s top Big 5 Game Reserves.

The balmy, sub-tropical climate on the East Coast brags perfect summer weather while the cooler weather of winter is the best, without doubt in South Africa.
Hotel accommodation Durban: From the hotels on the Golden Mile, with its associated nightlife, to the elegant guest houses and Boutique hotels found in the leafy suburbs surrounding the city, Durban sincerely has it all!

The Riverside Hotel and Spa is just one of many perfect combinations for a successful conference with time for chilling, with luxury accommodation, a relaxing pool-side and Health Spa. Situated, overlooking the Umgeni River from the hillside on which it is built, from the Riverside Hotel, guests are blessed with distant vistas of the Golden Mile and the Dolphin Coastline. Abundant bird life, prolific along the Umgeni River is a natural attraction to many who visit Durban North.
The Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel, with easy access for residential conference delegates to their rooms, the restaurant and the Spa. In a dedicated, separate building, the conference centre, with several venues is quiet, allowing conferences and seminars to run without interruption or noise, offering a result achieving atmosphere. Day delegates are assured of ample secure parking within the hotel grounds and, with the hotel being so centrally located, it allows for easy access no matter where the delegates are travelling from. 20 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport.
All conference venues are equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment and additional requirements are available with prior notice.

ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL AND SPA : 169 BEDROOMS AND SUITES offer luxury at its best. individually appointed in unique, stylish décor. These offer all the regular comforts associated with a four star-hotel, but also include a kitchenette, complete with microwave, mini bar fridge, cutlery and crockery.

For those who do not have access to a laptop, an internet café, situated in the hotel lobby is freely available with access information available from the reception desk.
Wedding packages at the Riverside.

For the perfect, dream wedding, professional, qualified wedding coordinators at the Riverside Hotel will provide you with just the package you are looking for, to suit your budget and taste. This includes a fabulous variety of menus, varying in price.

Riverside Spa

You will lose the hard-pressed sense of time the moment you walk into the Riverside Hotel’s Health Spa. Where the basic elements of earth, water, fire, metal and wood synchronise with your surroundings. This has become an essential ‘element’ in busy conference centres, for the all-round well-being of clients in conference, to relax the mind and simply let go …

The Riverside Hotel awaits your arrival and the professional, friendly staff will be happy to welcome you with a welcome cocktail of your choice, and porter service to take care of your luggage.

Contact us at the Venue Pages for your next Durban conference or seminar and we will obtain excellent rates and packages for your event at this city hotel out of the city yet only minutes away by road.

Brought to you in the interest of efficient and professional conference planning by The Venue Pages – http://www.venuepages.co.za
Article compiled by Rosalie Howard.

For quotes and availability on this and other venues in Durban or throughout South Africa please contact us on 0861 262 262 or use the form below

Conference venues Durban – Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Conference Centre – Ballito KZN North Coast

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Conference venues Durban – Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Conference Centre – Ballito KZN North Coast

To adopt the fashionable cliché, “Think Outside The Box” …when thinking about hosting a conference in Durban, Think Outside The Box … Think Ballito.

FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE, BALLITO KZN NORTH COAST

Stunning Location

On the magnificent Dolphin Coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean is the superb and luxurious ZIMBALI RESORT only minutes from the CBD of Ballito, the popular, modern, rapidly growing, village of yester-year, well-known to all who have travelled this coastline. Only half an hour’s drive from Durban and with everything on-tap. Wrapped in the exquisite natural beauty of this are is this premier destination, a tranquil retreat offering style, class and unrivalled service.

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Conferences, seminars, meetings

Zimbali Lodge specializes in personalized conference arrangements for small to large groups. This Conference Centre is practically appointed, purposefully designed and ideally situated for superb views of the Zimbali Estate and Country Club Golf Course. The 280 square metre ballroom can accommodate, in banqueting style seating, up to 300 guests. This venue may be used for multiple functions, requiring space … unlimited in what it offers. In addition “Zimbali” also offers a state-of-the-art business centre, complete with workstations.

Other Conference Venues at Zimbali

Imbiso Room

The imposing Imbiso Room, overlooking the golf course and the Nature reserve, is the focal point of the conference facilities. It can accommodate up to 80 delegates in cinema-style seating, 40 delegates in u-shape, 35 in boardroom style or 60 in a schoolroom configuration.

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Tugela Room

An executive boardroom with an ocean view. The oval mahogany boardroom table dominates the room and this is the perfect venue for management meetings or Bosberaad and can accommodate 10 people.

Umgeni Room

The Umgeni Room is also a small, intimate venue in the main conference centre and can accommodate a maximum of 25 delegates in cinema style seating, 15 delegates in u-shape, 12 boardroom style or 15 in school-room configuration.

Catering for Conferences at Zimbali

The Lodge has capitalized on the glorious KwaZulu Natal climate to offer outdoor catering to conference groups on the Ngwenya Terrace, which is easily accessible from all the conference rooms. Guests may also opt for a formal dining experience in the Restaurant or hold a private gala event at the Country Club which caters for 76 inside the restaurant for dinner and if the venue is extended out onto the verandah 96 or 120 Guests at a cocktail event or launch. 9 food and beverage experiences, and an Internationally acclaimed Willow Stream Spa and fitness centre are also available at the resort.

Conference Equipment

A wide range of audio-visual aids and state-of-the-art equipment is available to conference delegates in the three conference rooms: Zimbali, operating to International standards is the ideal venue for global events, away from the noise and stress of the city, conveniently close to King Shaka International Airport and where delegates are guaranteed peace, security and result achieving conference days and some time for fun in the sun, soaking in the blue of the ocean on this coastline, watching dolphins leap in play.

Accommodation Rooms

These comprise 154 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, including a Penthouse and Presidential suites… this is sheer luxury. Local entertainment includes: • Safari outings • Dolphin- and whale-watching tours • Hiking and mountain biking • Historic Zulu battlefields • Exhilarating golf, including the Zimbali Country Club’s Tom Weiskopf–designed 18-hole championship course • Soccer, rugby, cricket and polo Shuttle service may be arranged with the hotel to and from the airport, and being located in this ideal area, this is the perfect venue for up-country delegates, international delegates and for Durbanites. Zimbali also offers unobtrusive yet excellent security.

Brought to you in the interest of efficient and professional event management by VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za). Contact us for rates and availability on 082 055 0102 / 0861 262 262 or e-mail rosalie@venuepages.co.za, or complete the contact us form below

(Composed by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages)

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)

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