The following are a selection of my favourite experiences of 2012. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to: level of service, quality of facilities, overall atmosphere & experience, food, that exceptional quality that differentiates. Do you agree? I am looking forward to your comments. Contact me on carla@carlarossouw.com should you require more information or to make...
This is a selection of my favourite venues, restaurants, travel industry service providers & global travel experiences of 2014. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to: level of service, quality of facilities, overall atmosphere & experience, food, that exceptional quality that differentiates.  Do you agree? I am looking forward to your comments. Contact me on carla@carlarossouw.com should...
With reference to a previous article on Hyatt Regency Oubaai giving you all the facts, you can know see more about this venue by visiting my Hyatt Regency Oubaai  Photo Album on Facebook.
The latest in ultra chic accommodation is The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna, situated on Thesen Island. The original wood fired power station, now turned into a unique boutique hotel, has been beautifully restored and with the old power station still an integral part of what The Turbine has to offer. The Turbine has opened its doors in...
Points to consider when starting to plan a corporate conference or event (in alphabetical order) Access routes to venue Advertising Audio visual support Break away rooms Budget Conference program Corporate gifts Date Décor Dietary requirements Disability friendly Draping Duration / start time & end time Entertainment External facilitator Geographical area Group size Internet access  / Wi-Fi capability Lead time Meals Media - external Method of communication - internal Need for business centre on site Parking facilities Printed material Recreational facilities / activities offered by venue...
Montusi Mountain Manor in the Northern Drakensberg has expanded their accommodation capacity. They have added 2 Mountain Suites with king size beds, separate bath and shower in the en-suite bathroom, lovely lounge with TV and fireplace and a spacious veranda (stoep) affording fabulous mountain views. The full accommodation compliment now consists of: 02 x mountain suites, sleeping 2 guests each 10 x garden...
Competition is fierce and one always need to stay ahead.....fast pace and technology are important factors within the conference and event industry in 2017. What else can venues do to impress prospective clients? Herewith the report from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, a global hospitality company, announced the “Top Meeting Trends for 2017” as observed by its...
In 2003 five rowers had a dream. Three of them were preparing to qualify for the 2004 Olympics Games and were training full time with the South African National Squad. As it turns out, the dream involved more than just Olympic success, but something else. All members of the Old Edwardian Rowing Club, Paul Backes, Ramon Di Clemente, Clifford Chaney,...
Webersburg, a boutique winery, just off the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch is a beautiful owner run wine farm offering an upmarket but relaxed experience to their clients for conferences as well as other events. They offer 10 spacious suites, each one individually decorated with en-suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower, heated towel racks and hairdryer. In room facilities...
Almost 20 years ago I spent a wonderful weekend at Critchley Hackle in Dullstroom. I have visited them again a few weeks ago and I am happy to report that Critchley Hackle still has that laid back feeling, which is now very accurately reflected in their slogan: Life unplugged! In spite of a change of ownership, economic slumps and...

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