February 3, 2014

Visiting Protea Hotels & African Pride in Gauteng

For most South Africans when thinking of local holiday destinations, Gauteng isn’t usually one of the places which first comes to mind. I on the other hand, after visiting the province on a Protea Hotels/African Pride educational, will definitely consider making my way to the City of Gold when the Joburgers descend on the Mother City come December.

And here’s why… I had the fantastic opportunity of visiting all the Protea Hotels & African Pride properties in Gauteng on an educational while also staying over at a few of the hotels. My favourite was African Pride Irene Country Lodge. Tucked away in the country, down an oak-lined lane where cows graze in green pastures, far from the bustle of the city, Irene Country Lodge has a great country farm vibe. The scenery, lake, gorgeous old chandeliers in the lodge and amazing spa are really special.

The breath-taking lakeside view at African Pride Irene Country Lodge.

A close second favourite was African Pride Melrose Arch. From the moment we passed through the hotel’s magnificent wooden doors, the scent of Davidoff Cool Water (filtered through the air conditioners), exclusive ambience and exquisite features of the hotel greeted us. My dinner there at The March Restaurant was suberb! My favourite and always a first choice - salmon - was done to perfection, accompanied by a tiger prawn with udon noodle & vegetable stir-fry. My visit there is definitely imprinted in my memory!

The March Restaurant at African Pride Melrose Arch.

The popular Pool Bar at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel with tables in shallow water where you can dine.

The African Pride Melrose Arch and Protea Hotel Samrand (conveniently located near the airport and CBD) had the best food by far!

Sipping on a cocktail at our first stop, Protea Hotel Roodepoort, located in the West Rand.

Protea Hotel Samrand

A definite highlight was enjoying one of the famous milkshakes at the vibey hot-spot, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in trendy Melrose Arch. Lindt-o-licious was my preferred flavour. “Grown-up” milkshakes with alcohol are on the menu too. Everything at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! screams glamour from the celeb guests to the classy decor.

One of the famous milkshakes at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch.

A luxury room at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch where they say the beds swallow you whole and spit you out relaxed and rested!

The Protea Hotel Midrand is situated in a beautifully landscaped garden setting, with a cascading waterfall overlooking the Koi pond and sparkling pool. 

This trip led me to do some digging on what attractions and activities I could pair with the great accommodation Gauteng has to offer. To my pleasant surprise there’s plenty to do! I will definitely be returning to the ‘City of Gold’ for a longer trip.

Although she absolutely loves her home town of Cape Town, there are so many places around the world Natasha can’t wait to explore. Having already floated on the Dead Sea and explored our local waters on a MSC cruise, next on her travel bucket list is experiencing “La Dolce Vita” taking in the major sights of Italy.


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