|Arabella Hotel & Spa Joins African Pride Hotels|
The classically stylish and luxurious Arabella Hotel & Spa has joined Africa’s largest and leading luxury hospitality brand African Pride Hotels.
Hotel owner the Hospitality Property Fund has appointed the Protea Hospitality Group to manage and market the property under the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels brand.
Arthur Gillis, CEO of the Protea Hospitality Group, said: “We are naturally delighted to welcome this internationally acclaimed hotel to the African Pride Hotels stable. The combination of the highest standards of service, accommodation and luxury in the African Pride Hotels brand, together with the property’s elegant design and pristine natural setting, makes for a potent and market beating offering.”
Hospitality Property Fund Deputy CEO Andrew Rogers said the decision to award the management contract to African Pride Hotels was logical given the aligned synergies: “We believe this partnership with African Pride Hotels is the correct decision both from a business and a service level. The Arabella Hotel & Spa is one of South Africa’s most exclusive hotels and African Pride Hotels is the first word in authentic luxury African hospitality.”
The Arabella Hotel & Spa is situated just over an hour's drive from Cape Town. It is near the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and a 15-minute drive from South Africa’s whale-watching capital, Hermanus. Southern Right whales spend approximately six months of the year on the southern African coast (May to November) and Hermanus is arguably the world’s best land-based whale watching location. The area is also famous for Great White Shark cage diving, and for its pristine fynbos in the Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve. South Africa’s celebrated Winelands region is less than an hour’s drive from the hotel and some of the world’s best wines are on offer at estate prices.
The hotel delivers grandeur in design and style that pays homage to the rare beauty that surrounds it. Luminous colours and soaring wooden beam ceilings welcome GUESTS while attentive and gracious service enhances the experience of complete comfort. The hotel and spa are embraced by the majestic Kogelberg Mountains and bordered by the vast Bot River Lagoon. The 18 hole, Par 72 Peter Matkovich Championship Arabella Golf Course has consistently been ranked in the top 5 courses in South Africa and number 1 in the Western Cape. It is a unique course set on the banks of the lagoon and fringed by indigenous wild flowers. For those wanting more a more sedate pastime, the Arabella Spa is a glorious retreat that captures the essence of luxury, privacy and rejuvenation.
The Arabella Hotel & Spa boasts one of the finest conference centres in the Western Cape. The Kogelberg Centre/Ballroom provides spectacular views over thegolf course, lagoon and nature reserve. With state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, latest technology and beautiful organic décor, this multi-functional room is equally appropriate for any type of occasion, presentation or conference. The double-volume room measures in at 453 square metres and can accommodate up to 400 people cinema-style. The room can be divided into three smaller private spaces by using acoustically sound-proofed, retractable panels. The room is flanked by a pre-assembly area that accommodates up to 150 people standing, and in combination with the surrounded terrace, up to 350 guests, at one given time.
The hotel’s International Conference and Business Centre comprises five boardrooms. Each is equipped with LCD projectors, television and sound equipment. All equipment is ready to "plug-and-play" with easy connectivity to the ISDN, data and fax points. Facilities include full administrative services; facsimile, colour-photocopier, travel desk and two Internet booths, to list a few.
The addition of Arabella Hotel & Spa brings to 18 in three countries, the number of superior deluxe hotels, lodges and country houses falling under the banner of African Pride Hotels.
Gillis said: “We continue to grow the reach of African Pride Hotels across Africa by answering a simple but pressing need, namely for international standard luxury hospitality that is reflective of the modern cultures and environments in which we operate.”