The Cheetahs won on Saturday  and it rained over the weekend – many things to feel grateful for, right? But it is quite human to feel a little sulky on a Monday, especially if it was such a super-duper weekend. Thanks to Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa,we may just have the ‘rescue remedy’ for Monday morning sulks:

Sunday, Monday, Funday - KZ Oct and Nov 2016

Check in round 14h00 for a lazy afternoon, drinking in the beautiful surrounds, the dams, the views, the wildlife, followed by a sumptuous dinner. Awake refreshed after a good nights rest only to be spoiled at Kloofzicht Spa for the remainder of the morning, after your hearty breakfast.

At a ridiculous R1500 per person, I can see that next  Monday will have loads more happy chappies out there – spa-ing instead of checking their In boxes. Hope you are one of them!

Bookings:   Tel : +27 (0)11 317 0640 |


How cute is the new Last Minute Specials campaign of Guvon Hotels? (“All our properties under one WOOF”). Boils down to ridiculously good prices if you book on a Thursday or Friday for the weekend at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort, Askari Game Lodge & Spa, as well as Umbhaba Lodge.

George is the Mascot with the Most and will tell the world about the “Barking Mad Last Minute deals” on a weekly basis.


Our lovely canine has charisma, a passion for life, is clever beyond a doubt, witty and a real friend to his human. He works as hard as he plays, is always up for a challenge and is never too busy for friends and family. Life is not taken too seriously and Rest & Relaxation is  high on his woof-list.

The idea of George was initiated by our brilliant Reservations Manager  Reta Coetzee one  late  Friday afternoon, roundabout that time when the coffee mug becomes a vessel for something with more substance.

“We are super excited about this new addition to the Guvon family”, says Reta Coetzee. “George adds an element of fun to our Last Minute campaign and also ties in with the latest addition to the Guvon Hotels & Spas portfolio –  the pet-friendly Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg. At this small bush camp pets are welcome – not only for stays but also for weddings. Once the word got out, weekends were snapped up at an astonishing rate and one now has to plan a bit in advance to secure a doggy weekend stay. Unlike some other venues only the humans pay and doggies stay for free.”

“I am at liberty to say that each week delivers a huge dosage of cuteness, so make sure not to miss our Last Minute specials when they are announced on our social media channels on Thursdays.”


Group marketing manager Christa Badenhorst adds: “Having recently booked my dog into a doggy hotel I know it can be a costly affair . With a two humans + dog stay priced from R750 per room at Warthogs Bush Camp, its a pretty good deal”.

If you want to be one step ahead of the pack, subscribe to our newsletter – the newsletter goes out on a Wednesday to our loyal clients and gives you the edge on the race for securing a booking. Remember – its first come, first serve!

Central Reservations: 08611 48866 |







Sunday nights are quickly becoming my favourite for little weekend getaways. You still have the whole of Saturday and up to Sunday lunch to sort out the boring detail of shopping, cleaning and all related domestic dread. And then off to a lovely destination for a lazy Sunday afternoon, a relaxing Sunday evening and dinner somewhere fancy.

We all get Sunday night blues and this little adventure totally bypasses the blues. Most hotels are open for breakfast from 7h00 onwards and if they are not, arrangements  can be made for a little take away breakfast pack. Trust me, nothing beats getting to the office on Monday morning (still in time, off course), knowing that you have just had a mini weekend breakaway.


Package includes:
– One night in an Executive Room
– Complimentary access to all spa facilities
– One hour treatment per person
– Dinner for two and breakfast

Please note: If a Deluxe room is available, we’ll upgrade you, with our compliments.

R1580 per person |

Contact us: Tel: (014) 577 2658/9 | Email:
Central Reservations: 08611 48866 |

Terms & Conditions:
Valid Sundays | Terms & Conditions apply
Bookings essential | Subject to availability | All rates are inclusive of VAT
Packages and promotions non-commissionable


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 |




Askari Spa, a little hidden gem on the outskirts of Magaliesburg has just launched a High Tea menu. Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a nicer way to spend and afternoon with girl friends nibbling on mini doughnuts, chocolate fudge brownies (my all time favourite way of kilojoule intake) , mini milk tarts and chocolate dipped strawberries. And did I mention the selection of cupcakes – think: red velvet, vanilla and chocolate. Sounds seriously yum to me.

Feeling that you need to go the healthy route – then the cucumber sandwiches and Spinach and feta quiche will work for you. There is also a Tika Pizzamoosa on the menu which I have  absolutely no idea what it is, but my guess would be a cross between a dainty samoosa and pizza? (Mental note to self – have to ask the Spa a photo of what this looks like!)

At R150 a person its a steal – keep in mind that if you plan your day well, you could lay down your sorrows in the capable hands of a miracle-working massage therapist and still see the elephants drinking water in front of the main restaurant  during lunch.

Women rule the world and also the diary, so keep in mind that this also makes an incredible alternative for a year end function for the girls in the office. Send the men for some bush-whacking or a Big 5 game drive at Askari Game Lodge to keep them busy while you drink, pinky in the air, yet another cup of glorious tea.


Still thinking about the chocolate fudge brownies like I am right now? Thought I should share my easy-peasy recipe with you (courtesy of

Ingredients: 250 g butter | 500 g icing sugar |250 ml good quality cocoa powder |1 egg, slightly beaten |1 tsp vanilla essence | 1 packet Marie biscuits broken into pieces (bash in a packet or use a food processor)

Method: Melt the butter in a large pot until melted. Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well until well combined and there are no dry bits.
Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the broken biscuit bits and stir until well combined and evenly coated with chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 24 x 24 cm and smooth out with a spatula.
Once cooled and firm (pop into the fridge to speed up the process), cut into 16 squares and keep in an airtight container.

I told you it was easy !

BOOKINGS AND  ENQUIRIES: | Tel 014 577 2658 |  |Valid 2016




I’ve always been a huge fan of Simonsig wines and exactly 12 months ago the extended family hopped onto a train and spent a few glorious days in Cape Town which included  a wonderful day at Simonsig Wine Estate.

Fast forward to 2016 and we are sitting high and wine-dry up in Johannesburg with the wisdom of  Francis Bacon top of mind: “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” Originally coined from a Turkish saying, it has every application to our Simonsig Wine dinner, we thought, as we extended an invitation to the wine farm to host a food and wine pairing dinner at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Randburg.

The venue for this Simonsig Wine evening is  our up-market Balata Restaurant, which scooped its 5th American Express Fine Dining Awards last week. Dinner is at 19h00 on 29 September with the menu prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler. (Insider tip: Arrive a bit earlier to enjoy an aperitif in Bar Verve.)

The menu looks tantalizing and includes the following food and wine combinations:

ON ARRIVAL : Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 1: Marinated West Coast mussels salad with ciabatta croutons |paired with Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 2:  Garlic snails Gougere, pork rillette and sautéed duck liver |paired with Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc 2015

MAINS:  Chicken supreme en croute forestiere | paired with Simonsig Tiara 2011 and Pinotage 2014

DESSERT:  Three strawberries Meringue pancake, sorbet and jelly | paired with Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2014

R350 per person

Being the responsible adults that we are, we recommend that you make use of this great stay over offer or at least Uber home after your wine dinner out: Receive 50% DISCOUNT on accommodation – from R1200 per couple sharing, including breakfast.

ALL DINNER AND ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS: Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  | 

Some personal flashbacks to wine tasting at the real McCoy – Simonsig Wine Estate:


Simonsig Estate upholds the legendary status of pioneering wine excellence shaped by the Malan dynasty’s devotion to quality and innovative winemaking. Named after its dramatic views of the Simonsberg Mountain, the estate is ideally situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine region, 45 km east of Cape Town. Here the cool maritime Mediterranean climate and quintessential terroir flawlessly intertwine to create world class wines. Since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape Winelands in 1688, the knowledge imparted over more than ten generations has equipped the Malan family to excel as one of the leading private producers of estate wines in South Africa. Read more….

Follow our Facebook page for more wine dinners at The Fairway Hotel:

Diarise the following dates:

Innis & Gunn:           20 October 2016 (Scottish Craft beer tasting)
Warwick:                  24 November 2016

R350 per person | Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  |




American Express® last night revealed the country’s most coveted culinary list, the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards, at a chic event held in Johannesburg.

Balata  Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort was acknowledged for its excellent standards by winning this award for the 5th time in its six years of existence, which places them under the Top 100 restaurants in South Africa.

“The 18th edition of these esteemed awards marked the introduction of a definitive list of the country’s 100 exceptional restaurants by American Express, the authority on extraordinary experiences and saw the highest number of first time recipient restaurants receive recognition””, according to the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards organisers.


Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, is the Executive Chef at The Fairway Hotel. A Swiss national who speaks no fewer than five languages, has stamped his mark on the South Africa culinary scene since his arrival in the country in the mid seventies. Since then he has held court at some of the country’s most famous establishments, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Mandela at his Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 1994.

Chef Siegenthaler was recently honoured as a “Chef of Distinction” during a celebratory event in honour of Swiss National Day where he prepared a five course dinner which was paired with excellent Klein Constantia wines.(Click here to see the brand new Balata Restaurant menu)


A very proud team from Fairway Hotel pictured at the Amex Awards 2016. FLTR: Mark Alexandrou (Sous Chef), Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler (Executive Chef), Yves Forget (Restaurant Manager) and Jan du Toit (Executive Sous Chef)




Mr Christopher Trimble, GM of The Fairway, ascribes the  award to the consistent standard of excellence at Balata Restaurant:

“To be acknowledged as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the country is a tremendous testament to the craftsmanship of our culinary team at Fairway Hotel. As a hotel-based restaurant we have to go the extra mile to compete with the privately owned restaurants and our success is due to a great team who operates like a well-oiled machine. A restaurant is not only successful because of its chefs, but the restaurant manager  Yves Forget and his team who are always there with a warm welcome, is also part of the success story. They’ve done a great job and I am extremely proud of them”.


The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is a proud member of

the Guvon Hotels &  Spas group. | Tel 011 478 8000




There are some insanely cute and clever ideas when it comes to pet-friendly weddings. Every single time I pin new images to our fabulous Pinterest board, I have a #feelgoodfriday. (Yes, I do know its only Tuesday today!)

Part of the fun of having a pet-friendly wedding at Warthog Bush Camp is the many ways which the theme can be rolled out and incorporated  into your wedding:


1 – Make your table numbers dog-centric. Use all those cute puppy photos and mad moments for personalised table numbers.

2 – No cake is complete without a memorable cake topper. Make yours one to remember with  a fun figurine of your favourite pet.

3 – In the spirit of giving, share the love with a wedding favour to take home. Your guests’ furry friends would be most impressed. It certainly beats another engraved wine glass which will just gather dust on the guests’ shelf.

4 – Keeping it real with wedding decor at a Bush camp is a must-do. Ambrosia Events did this wonderful rustic, proudly South African set up for us at Warthogs which we love to bits. Let the creative Christina Roussetis in on your pet-friendly wedding ideas:


For more inspiration on pet-friendly weddings, visit our fun Facebook page! |Tel 014 577 2658




Starting this fresh Monday morning with a lovely guest blog by BMW biker Stuart Crous: onmybmw1200gs.  It is his mission to visit 52 places in 52 weeks and share his experiences with us about  food, accommodation and general comments. 


“We found this gem by absolute chance. We were just out riding through Muldersdrift and Hekpoort when we came to a t-junction in the road. Left to Magaliesburg or right to Hartebeespoort, we decided to go left. About 3 kms down the road we came across a large Askari Game Lodge signboard and decided to take a look, we have never been allowed in at game lodges before as the bike is either dangerous or noisy. We got to the main gate and asked if we could go in as we wanted to go for breakfast at the lodge. To our surprise they allowed us in.

imageSo we took the ride up to the main lodge, on the way we were able to see many buck, zebra, giraffe and we even saw 2 elephants drinking at the watering hole. WOW what an experience our first viewing on the BMW GS. We got up to the lodge very excited and talking about this unique experience not knowing what else Askari has to offer.


We were then shown where the restaurant and spa was situated. We were taken back in time to the Voortrekkers with the Ox wagons surrounding the restaurant. They also have an old museum in a barn with numerous old wagons and carts.

The breakfast was a delight at R225 per person for a full buffet and we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the view. We only realized afterwards that this was a very popular wedding venue and couples select Askari to get married at because you can have your photos taken with these beautiful huge elephants. They also have a nice selection of accommodation available from self catering, to garden cottages and deluxe suites. Check out the Askari website for details.”


Blog and photo credit:


Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift and Umbhaba Lodge in Hazyview, Mpumalanga have teamed up to offer three romantic five night honeymoon prizes to brides and grooms who book their wedding during May, June or July 2017 at Glenburn Lodge & Spa in the Cradle of Humankind.  A winner will be chosen each month.

With three spectacular wedding venues to choose from, brides are spoilt for choice for weddings from 60 to 250 guests.

Glenkyle overlooks an impressive waterfall, and is situated on the Blaauwbank River, while Glencove is nestled on the Crocodile River in a beautiful country garden setting. Glenwillow is situated at the foot of the majestic Zwartkops Mountain in the Bush Willow Tented Camp. (click here for our image gallery)

Winter wedding savings include: 

  • No venue hire  in June & July
  • 50% venue hire discount in May and August (Glenkyle & Glencove only)
  • One complimentary night’s bed and breakfast accommodation for the parents of the bride and groom (max 2 rooms) the night before the wedding,
  • Complimentary toasting bubbly
  • Complimentary lit fire in the venue

( and the chance to win a honeymoon)


The Honeybee wedding package  (valid 2016 and 2017) is ideal for couples who prefer the no-fuss route when it comes to décor, as the R390pp includes the menu as well as décor items.


After tying the knot at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, it is off to Umbhaba Lodge for five days of rest and relaxation in the beautiful town of Hazyview, a small farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa which has been named after the shimmering haze that occurs during the heat of summer.

Just 5 minutes from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park,  this is the ideal departure point for Big 5 excursions, sightseeing at the majestic Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes. The Kruger National Airport is minutes away. This venue is very popular as an expat destination wedding for families who want to celebrate both their wedding and honeymoon with friends and family who traveled from far.  (click here for our image gallery) 

Please contact our banqueting department on 011 668 1600 / for a wedding site inspection.

Terms and conditions:

  1. Competition only applicable to weddings booked over May, June and July 2017
  2. Prize must be taken up within the week after the wedding Sunday to Friday
  3. Wedding must be paid in full prior to the competition draw date
  4. Competition draw; 1 April for May wedding / 1 may for June wedding / 1 June for July wedding
  5. Excludes long weekends, public holidays, peak holiday periods
  6. Alternative dates may be granted by the general Manager upon request
  7. Please note that this prize has no cash value and is not transferrable between Guvon Hotels
  8. Beverages, travel expenses and sundries are for winners own account
  9. Excursions such as Game Drives at neighbouring properties are for the winners own account
  10. Winners have to make their own arrangements getting to and from Umbhaba Lodge
  11. Photographs and guest feedback may be used by Guvon Hotels for promotional purposes |