3 REASONS WHY THE FAIRWAY HOTEL LOVES THE GOLF TRAVEL GURU

2017 will see the rise of combo trips, the “year of the grape” and the arrival of social media as top golfing trends and recurring themes, according to author Ed Schmidt Jr. AKA The Golf Travel Guru

Right on trend, The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort and Randpark Golf Course has teamed up to bring golfers a “Play and Stay” package which caters for the golfer and his or her spouse. For R2475 per night golfers and their spouses are treated to accommodation, breakfast, one round of golf, a complimentary golf cart and a Fairway Spa voucher.

Three Spa combos are available and include treatments such as back, neck and shoulder massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and something to eat.

Single golfers can enjoy accommodation, breakfast a round of golf and a golf cart for R1725.  The golf villas which sport four private rooms per villa with a shared lounge and kitchen, are the ideal option for four balls traveling together.

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The Golf Travel Guru further predicts that 2017 will be the year of the grape; packages combining golf and wine will do really well. “Countries that are heavily promoting incorporating wine experiences like tours and tastings with golf are Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, New Zealand and the U.S. (Napa Valley and Sonoma in California and Oregon). In the past year I’ve been to Napa/Sonoma, Italy and South Africa and I can fully attest that superb wines and great golf are an excellent pairing.”

Golfing wine connoisseurs are encouraged to pre-book for the food and wine pairing dinners at the Fairway Hotel which takes place once a month and features some of the top wines in South Africa: April 26 features Boschendal Estate with Vergelegen Estate on the 25th of May and  Vergenoegd Wine Estate on the 29th of June. This delicious four course menu and wine pairing is prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler in the award-winning Balata Restaurant.

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With social media increasingly playing a role in choosing golf courses and venues, The Fairway Hotel is proud to have been rated one of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa by Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice 2017, while also being the recipient for the Tripadvisor Service Excellence Awards three years in a row. Follow us on Facebook and stay on top of all news from the Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.

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I AM A VOUCHER KIND OF GIRL. ESPECIALLY FOR VALENTINES.

Groupon may have left the country, but I have definitely become a voucher kind of girl.

While Groupon made friends with bargain-seeking clients (who mostly stuck around for the one promotion) and made enemies of suppliers who were hung out to dry after massive discounts, there is another voucher scheme going. The old-school honest kind where you pay a specified amount and receive a great experience in return. Simple always win.

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5 TIPS FOR VALENTINES DAY

  • DONT, I repeat DO NOT, buy roses. Any florist out there will tell you (or maybe they won’t) that roses are heavily marked up for Valentine’s day, because of demand and supply issues.
  • Instead of buying cut flowers, why not invest in a  flower or other plant – plant it together, say a blessing and watch it grow as you shower it with water and love throughout the year. Married couples, we know you are in for the long run, so invest in a beautiful fruit tree. If married life gets tough you will always have lemons to go with the Tequila.  Click here for 24 Glorious Ways To Drink More Tequila.
  • Home-cooked breakfast in bed is always a good idea. Same goes for lunch or dinner.
  • Buy each other vouchers – it may seem less romantic but hey, what if she really needs a pair of Woollies knickers more than a box of imported chocolates?
  • Gents, I have three words for you: Massage, massage, massage. If food is the way to a man’s heart, so do the words massage and Spa light the flicker of love in any girls eye. Stress not if this is not your area of expertise because once again the lovely voucher comes to mind. For great Valentines Spa ideas, click here, and yes,  vouchers are available. Always.

Happy Valentine’s to all, and let the secretive planning be part of the fun.

Want to feel the love with us @guvonhotels? See our Pinterest board for inspiration:

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HOW TO BE THE BEST FATHER XMAS EVER.

In an age of less is more, I am still astounded by the number of friends who rent storage for the one-half of their possessions that don’t fit into their house. I bow deeply to the Millennials who have a pack-up-and-go lifestyle, and I get really grumpy at old school corporates who do not understand that most businesses can run on a bit of trust, Skype and WIFI.

Gearing up towards Christmas Day the question of Christmas gifts rears its ugly head.

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Wall Street Journal recently reported that “more than 20% of returns happen during the holiday season—about $60 billion in merchandise, according to Optoro, a logistics provider. The U.S. Postal Service handled 3.2 million returns in the two weeks that followed last Christmas and said there will be even more this year. United Parcel Service Inc. expects to handle four million returns the first full week of January, up 15% from two years ago as online sales continue to grow.”  Although these are American stats, South Africa is surely short on the heels of its international counterparts.

With so many unwanted or unfit gifts being returned, we surely need to reassess what and why we are giving gifts?

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less. They share some valuable tips on minimalist gift-giving:

Joshua explains: “I tend to avoid physical gifts, but I still enjoy participating in the holidays. I now give gifts of experiences, charitable donations, or, if I give material goods, I give consumables, such as a bottle of wine or a bag of coffee from a local roaster. It must be something someone can use, or, if it’s an experience, it’s a memory that can be shared, from concert tickets to an evening of watching the sunset together. It sounds cliche until you actually do it, and then you realize it’s great.”

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Being part of the hotel and spa industry certainly has its perks. Nothing fills my heart with more joy than enjoying a chilled glass of Chardonnay overlooking the mountains and dams, relaxing into a Spa treat, or just nibbling on something as simple as a snacky Ploughman’s Platter with the sounds of a waterfall close by. Would I choose any of the above instead of another set of wine glasses? Or another photo frame? Hell, yes.

So before you test your road rage levels and parking warfare skills, ask yourself if an online Spa/hotel voucher (or even a movie ticket, for goodness sake) would not be better for your own sanity and those around you. I hear a resounding yes all around.

Happy holidays and may the experience-gifting bring you much joy.

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR |Guvon Hotels & Spas | Photo credits: @Four_cousins

#SUMMERSPA – GET YOUR BODY SUMMER AND SANDAL READY AT GUVON SPAS

1 December marks the unofficial start of the Christmas break and while some of us are still hammering away at the keyboard, chances are that work hours are a bit more lenient and you will be able to sneak away for an extended lunch or early afternoon.  We have some great suggestions for you…

Summertime also calls for summer drinks and we have compiled a whole Pinterest board for your pleasure. Scroll down to the bottom for  the link.

GLENBURN SPA | Muldersdrift

  • Matsimela Sugar Body Exfoliation 25 minutes
  • Swedish Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage 25 minutes
  • Jacuzzi
  • Foot Experience 30 minutes
  • Duration:  2 hours

R 650 pp | R 1300 per couple

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Valid for the summer months – Dec ‘16, Jan & Feb ‘17

KLOOFZICHT SPA |  Muldersdrift – SUMMER SIZZLER

  • 45min Tension Reliever Massage
  • 30min Hydrating Skin Treatment
  • 30min Mini Foot Grooming
  • Treat for home
  • Spa Café Lunch
  • Enjoy our Spa facilities at leisure

R1 000pp

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ASKARI SPA | Magalies

Choose any 4 of the following treatments to tailor make your pamper package.

  • 30 min Invigorating Body Exfoliation
  • 30 min Hawaiian Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
  • 30 min Botanical Hair & Scalp Treatment
  • 30 min Express Facial
  • 30 min Express Manicure
  • 30 min Express Pedicure
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee

2 hours  R795 pp

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FAIRWAY SPA | Randpark

  • 30 minute Back, Neck  and Shoulder Massage
  • 45 minute Manicure
  • 60 minute MediHeel Pedicure
  • Complimentary Gold Body Spritz valued at R150.

R900pp

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Summertime also calls for summer drinks:

Move the tab on the right up and down to view all the yummy summer cocktails

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#Fitness-at-TheFairway. Getting that body summer ready.

Photos of swimwear are doing the rounds in our office and we are all sighing with various degrees of  trepidation at baring of our bodies – after all it was winter just the other day! For those who need a bit of help in this regards, we are proud to offer the services of Gail Leschinsky,  personal trainer and wellness consultant at Fairway Hotel Gym.

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The Fairway Gym includes state of the art equipment overlooking the golf course and use of the gym facilities are free of charge for hotel guests. Personal coaching sessions are available from Gail from R400 per person or from R100pp for group bookings .

All equipment is supplied by Technogym. A shower and complimentary steam room is available,  as well as lockers. A new addition is the Momentum Multiply machine which was recently introduced at the Gym – swipe your card and save as you Gym.

If pumping iron isn’t exactly your thing, keep an eye on the Facebook event page where we regularly advertise pop up Yoga days on the Fairway Spa rooftop with the Roving Yoga Studio. The lovely Hadjira takes you through your yoga asanas with the expertise expected from a brilliant yoga teacher. First timers are welcome as the class is adapted to your own abilities and each yogi trains at his or her own pace.(Next pop up yoga date: 10 Dec)

Remember to check into the Fairway Spa after your gym or yoga session for the ultimate pamper session. Summer packages are now available as well as mid-week Spa spoils.

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With a luxury Spa and two golf courses on the property, this is a great training and relaxation getaway.  Rumours are abound that a running group will soon be established for joggers to enjoy the expansive golf course area.

Award-winning interiors meet excellent service and matching food quality, in this 5 star environment.  Dining options at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort 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.

http://www.thefairway.co.za | Tel 011 478 8000

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF DATE NIGHTS. AND DO WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS FOR YOU!

On this sultry,  I’d-rather-stay-in-bed- with hot-chocolate Friday morning, we share a blog from Date Night SA who has single-handedly changed the face of date nights all over South Africa. As you sip on your morning coffee and read through all the brilliant reasons for a date night below, picture the myriad of options within the Guvon Hotel group – ranging from the Big 5 in Magalies, to riverbanks and dams at Glenburn Lodge & Spa  and hot-air ballooning over Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa. If you have the inclination or desperate need for a date night like I do at the moment, then we have the venue.

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Happy reading, with thanks to Leilanie Kuter and DateNightSA:

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BENEFITS OF DATE NIGHTS

1) A date night is an opportunity to communicate, and this communication may help couples “deepen their understanding of one another and the relationship.” Communication is important because “individuals continue to change,” and over time, “as they and their relationship develop, they experience new challenges and problems,” Wilcox and Dew point out.

2) Date nights are valuable for their novelty. Researchers are discovering that “couples who engage in novel activities that are fun, active or otherwise arousing – from hiking to dancing to travel to card games – enjoy higher levels of relationship quality,” the report notes. In this way, couples counteract a tendency to take each other for granted. Couples, it says, “may be particularly likely to benefit from a regular date night if they use it as an opportunity to do more than that old standby: dinner and a movie.” And couples are encouraged to choose activities that represent “a balance of each partner’s interests, rather than tending to do things (novel or not)” that reflect the same partner’s preferences each time.

 3) The report says “date nights may strengthen or rekindle that romantic spark that can be helpful in sustaining the fires of love over the long haul.”
4) Date nights may strengthen a couple’s sense of commitment to one another. The report says, “Partners who put one another first, who steer clear of other romantic opportunities and who cultivate a strong sense of ‘we-ness’ or togetherness are markedly happier than are less-committed couples.”
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5) Date nights are a way to relieve stress. They allow a couple “to enjoy time with one another apart from the pressing concerns of their ordinary life.” Date nights also may serve couples as an opportunity “to extend emotional support to one another in times of trial.”
Wilcox and Dew wonder if date nights are most beneficial when they focus on fun and engaging activities, and “steer clear of marital challenges or other stressful topics” such as family finances. The authors hope future research addresses this point.
Reference: For Your Marriage. Visit www.foryourmarriage.org for more interesting articles on marriage and date nights.  (Credit: original post :October 20, 2016, updated with Guvon Hotels images)
See our specials page for wonderful Spa and overnight specials, perfect for that date nights out or call Central Reservations to make your Last Minute Special booking:  08611 48866

 

 

 

BY GEORGE! AND WHO IS THIS LITTLE FELLA?

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.

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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.”

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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 | www.guvonhotels.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

BALATA RESTAURANT DOES IT A 5TH TIME AT THE AMERICAN EXPRESS FINE DINING AWARDS.

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.

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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)

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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)

 

 

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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.

www.thefairway.co.za | Tel 011 478 8000

 

 

SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY AT FAIRWAY HOTEL’S ACOUSTIC SATURDAYS.

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:

THE AMA-LEKKERLICIOUS

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.

INGREDIENTS

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.

METHOD

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

THE FYNBOS

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

INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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.

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Source of “local-is-lekker” cocktail recipes: For more info: http://www.living-lifestyle.co.za/proudly-south-african-cocktails-to-shake-up-this-weekend/

 

 

 

NOT TO BE MISSED. THERAVINE PRODUCT DAY AT GLENBURN SPA.

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

RECEIVE A FREE 30MIN BACK, NECK & SHOULDER MASSAGE VOUCHER
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: health@glenburn.co.za

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