5 Tips for choosing your hotel this summer

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The summer holidays are upon us and if you haven’t already started the task of booking your stay for the December break, we share some guidelines to help you make the best accommodation for your needs.

Family, friends, fun and sun

Of the many lessons we’ve learned in recent years, spending more quality time with our loved ones is arguably the most important. Many of us are still trying to make up for time lost, missed milestones and delayed or canceled plans.There is perhaps no better time to reconnect with friends and family than this summer. 

“When considering the perfect hotel for your family, it’s important to find one that caters to the needs of each of your loved ones,” says Marius Earle, General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga.

“At our hotel, for example, we offer stylish rooms and thoughtful amenities, open flame style cuisine at our on-site restaurant, Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar and a dedicated space for children to play under the careful eye of trained staff, giving parents the chance to enjoy a worry-free afternoon”. 

Health, healing and holidaying 

The pandemic has been a wake-up call for us all, teaching us that our health is indeed our wealth and there is perhaps no greater return on investment than investing in one’s well being.  

“When planning a wellness holiday, it’s important to remember that the journey to improved health should include a holistic approach, in which your physical and mental well-being are equally prioritised,” says Sabashni Naidoo, Managing Director at Amani Spa Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

If you are in the mood for a wellness holiday, consider the location of your hotel, too. A hotel such as Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is beautifully located in scenic Cape Town, overlooks the Atlantic coast and lies right next to the popular Sea Point Promenade, making it primly positioned for a wellness holiday.

With easy access to beach and mountain destinations such as Camps Bay and Table Mountain National Park, guests looking to meet their daily 10 000 steps target can enjoy a guided hike up Table Mountain or Signal Hill. 

The Sea Point Promenade, also known as Joggers’ Mile, functions as a seafront social club, bringing together cyclists, dog-walkers, joggers, and amblers. If you’re just looking to wine down, then a visit to the Groot Constantia Wine Estate is in order. Founded in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape of Good Hope, the Groot Constantia wine farm is a historic site for oenophiles the world over. Here you will not only experience daily wine tastings but also wine and chocolate pairings and tours of the cellar. 

A sustainable summer staycation

When selecting a hotel this summer, it’s important to look for an establishment that prioritises sustainable business practices.

“Groups such as ours believe in a thriving, sustainable, and responsible business that supports its people, communities and the planet with ethical business procedures, carbon reduction, sustainability practices and employability programs to build better futures,” says Sandra Kneubuhler, District Director for Radisson Hotel Group in South Africa.

“Over the past 10 years, the group has reduced its average energy and water footprint by 30%. This is the type of business practices that travellers are looking for when searching for a sustainable holiday.”

Work while you play 

Perhaps the most revolutionary thing to come out of the pandemic was the growth of the digital nomad. With an increase in hybrid and remote working models, employees increasingly prefer workplaces that enable them to work from everywhere.

For some, work may seem like a great way to ruin a holiday, but for many it can actually force you to be more organised so that you’re able to spend time exploring or doing holiday activities. It can be argued that when you’re at home, leisure isn’t enough of a priority and so you’re more inclined to procrastinate then work late to catch up. On holiday, leisure and socialising can be scheduled activities.

“Work and play don’t have to be mutually exclusive this summer and you can enjoy both equally,” notes Stefan Lourens, General Manager Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo.

“Deemed the economic hub of South Africa, Johannesburg is the perfect destination to enjoy a bleisurely holiday and today, business men and women are looking for hotels that allow them to strike a balance between work and play. A hotel such as ours is situated close to the airport, but also provides easy access to business and leisure hubs around Johannesburg.

“While staying here guests can take advantage of the Gautrain, an 80-kilometre higher-speed express commuter rail system in Gauteng, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Kempton Park and O.R. Tambo International Airport. It only takes an impressive 15 minutes to travel from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Sandton, where guests can enjoy attractions such as Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City shopping center, and many restaurants.”

“If your schedule doesn’t allow you to venture into the city centre, there’s no need to worry because our luxury hotel boasts an Amani Spa and Wellness Centre for your enjoyment,” adds Lourens. 

“A location that offers business solutions and access to leisure activities is key for the modern digital nomad,” he concludes.

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