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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
south africa the cape of good hope The Twelve Apostles Hotel Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa: meet with a view to playing golf Only one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Cape Town up the east coast on the way to Hermanus (famous for land-based whale watching), lies the Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa. The 145-room hotel is nestled next to the largest natural lagoon in South Africa and is best known for its 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich. The Kogelberg Conference Centre has five executive boardrooms and three conference rooms which open onto wide terraces with breathtaking views over the golf course and lagoon. All rooms have natural light with the centre seating up to 360 theatre-style. Activities other than golf include bird watching in the biosphere reserve, horseback riding, hiking, whale watching in Hermanus, shark cage diving at Gansbaai and of course the Arabella Spa and Wellness Centre. At the recent World Travel Awards Africa, the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays won best business hotel in South Africa and Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa won the award for Africa’s leading family resort. It was also named the IAGTO Golf Resort of the year for 2008. www.starwoodhotels.com Mount Nelson Hotel: Cape Town’s first lady This stately five-star property is set on nine acres of tranquil gardens at the foot of Table Mountain and a short stroll from Cape Town’s historic city centre. Established in 1899, it was home to war correspondent Winston Churchill during the Boer War and was painted with rose-tinted paint as part of the post-first world war jubilation, now part of its special old world charm. There are a number of outdoor garden spaces (two pools) and indoor function spaces that can be utilised. The ballroom seats 240 banquet- style and is complemented by a number of smaller meeting rooms. Offering a total of 201 rooms including garden cottages with their own private gardens and the Oasis Wing (30 superior rooms) that can be booked exclusively, it is a meetings and event planner’s dream. Famous for its elaborate afternoon tea spread, the two restaurants are complemented by what is rumoured to be Cape Town’s hottest bar, the Planet Champagne Bar. Housed in an original Victorian building, the new Librisa Spa completes the offering. www.mountnelson.co.za 66 miceAsia.net