We are so proud to be represented by the sales-savvy  Daniell van der Merwe at the Africa Showcase taking place in Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur this week. Daniell  who joined Guvon Hotels just over a year ago, was previously at the Starwood Group and stepped up to the challenge without thinking twice. She reports back that its been a productive few days: “We are looking forward to opening up a brand new market segment for our game lodges and golf resort”.

Askari Game Lodge is the closest lodge to  to Johannesburg to have the Big 5,  while The Fairway Hotel is the only luxury hotel on a golf course boasting two to  golf courses.

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Askari Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment.

Two game drives, each approximately 2 – 2,5 hours in duration, are scheduled daily. Elephant interaction includes an educational talk followed by a ‘touch and feed’ experience.  The main lodge, which is in fact the old Bodenstein family farmhouse, overlooks the Elephant Dam and invites guests to take a step back in time while admiring South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800’s.Askari Lodge has one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900.

Fairway Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

Hidden in the leafy suburb of Randpark, two minutes from Cresta Shopping Centre and right on the Randpark Golf Course, is the most magnificent golf resort you can dream of.  Award-winning interiors meet excellent service and matching food quality, in this 5 star environment. Dining options at The Fairway include Balata Restaurant with its fine dining and wine pairing dinners and Roundabout bar which hosts happy hours on Friday and snacks all day round.  With A luxury Spa and two golf courses on the property, this is the ideal business or leisure destination.





The Fairway Hotel calls their Cosmopolitan “Sex in the city, in a glass”.   For those in the know, this  claim to fame can only be enhanced by the live afternoon acoustic sounds planned for every first Saturday  of the month, starting in September, from 13:00 to 16:00.

Enjoy the relaxed sounds while savouring the golf course view along with a light lunch and drinks at Roundabout Bar. Justin Serrao  will be performing September, October and November. He may even bring a friend or two to do some duo songs. Lost & Found – a new and exciting Folk Rock duo consisting of Glen from the Parlotones and Jason from Van Coke Kartel and Black Cat Bones, will be performing in December.

Entrance is free for all, but bookings are essential to guarantee a table – bookings to please be directed to Balata Restaurant.

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For a few proudly South African cocktail ideas we knocked on the door of Living Lifestyle and found a few brandy-based gems for you to try out at home:


Sweet and peachy-keen with a hint of bitter, is what you can expect from the “ama-lekkerlicious” cocktail created by Kurt Schlechter, the winner of the 2011 FHM SA Brandy competition.


25ml brandy | 5ml peach syrup | 50ml cranberry juice |1 tbsp. lemon juice |3 splashes of bitters.| Ideally, you’ll need a whiskey glass for this one.


Combine all the ingredients. | Pour into the whiskey glass. | Serve with a smile.


FHM Brandy Cocktail 2012 competition winner, Eugene Thompson, has shown that “local is always lekker” with his brandy cocktail named “The Fynbos”.


1 tsp. honey | 5ml ginger liqueur | 50ml brandy | 25ml sugar syrup | 50ml chilled rooibos tea. | You’ll need a martini glass too.


Chill the martini glass before creating the cocktail. | Combine the rooibos tea, honey, ginger liqueur, sugar syrup and brandy.| Shake well.| Strain into the chilled martini glass.| Garnish with a piece of lemon peel.


Source of “local-is-lekker” cocktail recipes: For more info:





I have just bought a mountain bike. Its black and green and very pretty. Don’t get excited, my intentions don’t stretch much further than 5km in and around the Cradle of Humankind. My husband suggested that I get a wicker basket and bell for my bicycle…I can see a French loaf and bottle of champagne fitting nicely and the sarcasm was totally lost on me.

So while I am clearly not part of the Argus Cycling brigade, I do recognise a good outing when I see one. And being in the Cradle of Humankind on a mountain bike is right up there with great things to do on a weekend.

I tend to work on a rewards system and therefore clearly planned my cycling route from bistro to restaurant to spa and perhaps back. Cycling is hard work after all.

So my suggested route includes:

  • A cappuccino with Garth Mes and his team at Bidon Bistro in Muldersdrift where there is ample parking for cars and a shower for cyclists. A caffeine kick start may be necessary.


  • You could then take the long way around (for the serious riders, off course) which totals about 43km on the Cradle cycle route.
  • Or my version would be to  turn left coming out of Bidon Bistro and cycle about 2km down the road, past Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa where they do lovely Sunday lunches,  to Glenburn Lodge and Spa.

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  • Take a left and carry on for another kilometer to the main Glenburn Lodge gate. The lodge has two tracks on the property: the circular routes start and end at the universal sports field close the Glenburn Lodge’s entrance. Both scenic routes are just under 5km and takes the rider along the grass fields, mountain and riverside.
  • Then, move on to Glenburn Spa where Spa manager Geradline Veldman and her team have the most divine Spa package especially made for cyclists: 30 min steam room session | 30 min Swedish back massage | 50 minute CirculaeVine leg treatment

Spa Manager Geraldine Veldman explains the  leg treatment in more detail: “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.”

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Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect training session? I will be on the lookout for kindred spirits on the route – especially those with wicker baskets  and who still have no idea what cleats are…

Book your Spa Cyclist Treat by calling the Spa directly on Tel 011 668 1620 | |



The tree outside my bedroom window is pushing out hopeful little green leaves and I don’t have to wear my puffer jacket to survive the 100 meter dash between the parking lot and the office front door anymore.

If you are feeling the start of Spring, which is only two weeks away, we have a few Spa suggestions for you. A little bit of forward Spa planning has never hurt anyone…

Spring Signature 2016 - Guvon Spas


Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby plays a round of golf: 45 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage | 60 minute Facial | 45 minute Classic Pedicure | Spring Mocktail | R850pp


Spring Indulgent Package

Combine your Spa treats with a Big 5 game drive or relaxed Sunday lunch – book this in addition to the Spa treat: 60 min Body brushing with Aloe Glaze Skin Soothing Body Wrap  | 60 min Massage of your choice | 30 min Spalicious Express Manicure | 30 min Spalicious Express Pedicure |Complimentary tea & coffee with rusks. Durations 3 hours

Price : R850.00 per person OR R1650.00 per couple | Valid from Sundays to Fridays only



Spring Fresh –  Ginger & Lime package 

Swedish Full Body Massage 50 minutes | Jacuzzi Session | Hand Experience 30 minutes | Foot Experience 30 minutes | Spa Lunch | Matisimela Body Butter  gift to take home.

Package Duration:  3,5 hours | R 1100 per person OR R 2200 per couple


Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby tries his hand at fly-fishing:60min Aroma Massage | 75min Deluxe Pedicure | Spa Café Lunch | Spring Gift

Enjoy Spa facilities at leisure | R900pp

All the Spa Spring packages are valid from September to End November.


For more info or to view individual Spa treatments, visit our website:




What do you get when you combine the magic of the vineyards and the peaceful surrounds of a Muldersdrift countryside venue – the Theravine Spa product day at Glenburn Spa, off course.

Join Glenburn Spa & TheraVine on 8 September for a great day out with the added bonus of winning some super prizes.

R350 per person includes :
Skin Analysis & Consultation with a TheraVine brand representative
30 min High Impact Flash Facial | Light snacks, coffee, juice and tea

when you bring a friend to the TheraVine Product Day!

WIN: Buy any two Theravine products on the day and stand a chance to win
a midweek couple’s escape package valued at R1900 (stay-over package),
a luxury Matsimela hamper or a special lucky draw prize from Theravine.

Booking is essential due to the limited space available: Ask for Spa Manager Geraldine on Tel 011  668 1615 | Email:

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Exactly one week from today we will all be making our X’s in our little box of choice. The box that will bring joy to our lives, lessen our worries and paint a brighter picture for the South Africa of tomorrow.

Our crystal ball can’t grant all those promises in one go, but we can guarantee an unforgettable deal to help you shape the future of your company by picking Glenburn Lodge & Spa as your accommodation or conference partner of choice.


For the first ten days of August which coincides with all kinds of election craziness, Glenburn Lodge offers a beautiful 50% discount on all overnight stays.

A vote for Glenburn Lodge is a vote for experience – a 25 year old record which wont let you down. Call us on 011 688 1600 for this great deal or pop an email to

Happy voting next week – go on, make us proud!



Tune into Top Billing on SABC 3 on Sunday at 12h30 for Eloise Cupido’s wedding that took place at Askari Lodge & Spa in June.

We share the sweet love story of South African actress Eloise Cupido and her man, Chris Wilkinson:
When you are on a plane, you’re mostly hoping the person next to you respects your elbow room and doesn’t step over you seven times to visit the bathroom. What you don’t count on, like actress Eloise Cupido, is that you’ll end up marrying your fellow passenger.
The couple decided to tie the knot at this Magaliesburg game lodge, half a world away from Auckland, New Zealand where groom Chris Wilkinson is from and a far way from the Klein Karoo where the bride grew up.
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Making her television debut years ago on SABC’s Vetkoekpaleis, today Eloise is a presenter, MC and voice artist who’s written and produced her own album. Chris is a mineral exploration consultant who struck gold in his fiancé. Eloise had never been up Table Mountain so that’s where Chris proposed.

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When Chris first Googled Eloise, he hit the jackpot while his online presence was non-existent. So it has stayed – and their differences work! When it came to a venue, the             Big 5 Askari Game Lodge & Spa offered to host the wedding and did a top job.

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To view more real life weddings at Askari Lodge and other Guvon Hotel venues, visit our amazing Pinterestboard:

For more info on weddings at Askari Game Lodge & Spa – click here

Tel 014 577 2658 |


My colleague and I had one of those moments today: Want to head home. Want to pour a bubble bath. Want to consume a large bottle, really good MCC. Ever have any of those moments? I bet you do. So I am just too happy to report that Women’s  Day is heading our way. 

To combat these moments of madness, Guvon Hotels has a number of brilliant Spa offerings, specially designed for Women’s month – and yes, they are valid for the whole of August, not only for Women’s Day which falls on the 9th of August.

Let’s start with ladies who lunch: Glenburn Lodge & Spa in Muldersdrift has a yummy menu for R175pp which includes items such as Chicken Breast accompanied with a classic orange sauce, set on a bed of Chinese noodles topped with grilled pineapple! Click here to see the whole, mouth-watering menu.


Fairway Spa invites you to build your own Mix & Match 90 min Women’s month Spa treat from selected 30 min treatment options.

Glenburn Spa offers a 20% discount on any treatment over the value of R600 per lady.

On the other side of the Swartkops Mountain in Muldersdrift, Kloofzicht Spa invites ladies for a back massage, mini skin treatment, mini foot grooming , Spa Cafe lunch and Spa gift for R830pp.Woman Day Signature 2016 - Kloofzicht Spa

Take a drive out to the Big 5 of Askari Lodge in Magalies and linger in Askari Spa for Women’s Day -not only are they hosting a yoga session on Wednesday 9, but the following Spa package has been designed for your enjoyment: 90min Fire Massage, 60min Esse Skin Specific Facial, 30min Botanical Hair & Scalp Therapy at R895 per person (3 hours)

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For more info or bookings. see

Happy Women’s Day to all super heroes out there – you know who you are!



We have wedding fever and all things wedding related are filling our desks and minds at Guvon Hotels, with The Wedding Expo coming up on  27 and 28 August at The Dome. All our properties will be exhibiting at the expo and some amazing prizes will be up for grabs.

In the meantime we JUST HAVE TO share this beautiful wedding shoot by one of our favourite wedding photographers of all times:  TYME PHOTOGRAPHY.



For the full blog, see:

Model: Nika Badenhorst | Instagram @neeeks_b


Why, you may well ask? Well, if you are a Spa junkie like myself and always on the lookout for a good Spa deal, then Fairway Spa is going to be your best friend and guilty secret from now on – every Monday and Tuesday. Working overtime again? Nudge, nudge, wink wink.

If the stress gets to much by midday Monday (or 10h00!) or you just can’t wait for the week to end, then book yourself a 60 min Shea Butter massage, a hot stone massage or deep tissue massage and get one massage free. If you are ever stuck for a birthday gift, this is a super option. At Guvon Spas we are all for giving experiences instead of more stuff – especially on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Another brilliant bonus: For every 60 min facial booked on Mondays and Tuesdays, a free express manicure or pedicure is yours.



Click here to view the Spa menu for more options.

If you have some free time and like the idea of Yoga on a Saturday mornings,  join us for our monthly Spa rooftop yoga days with the Roving Yoga Studio.  Keep an eye on the Fairway Spa Facebook page diary for the yoga dates! |