Getting ready for the winter chill!

by Chantal 20. April 2015 13:07

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, so the temperatures drop and we realise winter is upon us!

Be sure to keep your guests warm and cosy when they visit your establishment.

Here are a few tips to do just that:

Blankets

Having a warm fluffy blanket to throw over your knees or shoulders while watching the telly or sitting on the deck with a sundowner is sure way to ensure total comfort and warmth. Have a few of these blankets rolled up and placed in rooms and recreational areas. Also have extra blankets in a cupboard or at the bottom of the beds for those to get extra cold during the night.

 

Warm drinks

Be it coffee, tea, hot chocolate or horlicks, everyone wants to sip on something warm to keep the body temperature at a toasty level. Ensure that you provide a few different varieties of these warm delights for your guests to indulge in.

 

Reading material

Contrary to popular belief, the paperback reading material is still very much "the in thing". Snuggling up on a couch or in bed with a good book is a very popular for many people on holiday wanting to escape everyday stresses and strains. Try to have books, newspapers and reading books available for guests to choose from.

Heaters

While blankets and socks keep you warm, the chill in the air can be unforgiving. By supplying a small fan heater in your rooms, guests will be extra comfy with more than enough to keep them warm. 

 

By keeping your guests warm and cosy throughout their stay they will want to be back time and time again!

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Tented Camps

by andrea 27. March 2015 09:14

Anyone for camping?

Some of my best childhood memories are of camping with my family.  The excitement and counting down the days until holidays.  The joy of pitching the tent.  The embarrassment of pitching the tent inside out in front of avid campers.   The bonfires at night.

Some of my best teenage memories are of camping with friends.  But the less said about those experiences, the better.

There is a whole new form of camping nowadays that is just as enjoyable, but far less stressful.  Pack your bags and go – no tent required.  Experience the joy of camping without the hassle at one of our fabulous tented camps.

 

Ingwe Bush Camp
Magaliesberg River Valley

The Aardvark
Addo Elephant Park

Camp Figtree
Addo Elephant Park

Tia Ghee
Elandsberge (close to Patensie)

Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge
Guernsey Private Nature Reserve (Hoedspruit)

Hazyview Backpackers
Hazyview Mpumalanga

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Easter Weekend Getaway

by Chantal 2. March 2015 16:21

With the Easter Weekend just around the corner, we have compiled a list of our top Getaway Specials for you to take advantage of!


Western Cape - Jacobs Bay

Artist's Retreat B&B / Gallery 

Special starts from mid March to the end of April. Stay for a minimum of 3 nights and get the 4th night free. (Continental Breakfast Included).

 

Western Cape - Sea Point

Perfect Beachfront Apartments 

Only Two apartments available. Each Apartment  is located on the beachfront at Sea Point, and sleeps

Rates over April @ R1550 per unit per night.

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal - Hillcrest

Treehouse River Lodge 

Easter Special

R1299 for two people, for two nights, including breakfast. (WEEK day stay i.e. Monday to Friday)

R1499 for two people, for two nights, including breakfast. (WEEKEND stay i.e. Friday to Sunday)

Children 1 year and under free, children over 1 year R250.00 per child, per night, including breakfast.

Discount of R100 each towards dinner.

Discount of R100 each towards body treatment massages.

 

Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay

Packwood Wine and Country Estate 

Easter Special available from 1st to 30th April 2015.

Stay 3 nights and receive a complimentary bottle of P

ackwood Sauvignon Blanc.  

Please quote code 3WV to take advantage of this special offer.

Stay 4 nights and receive a complimentary bottle of the award winning Gent Bubbly 2012.   

Please quote code 4BV to take advantage of this special offer.

Or Stay 5 nights and receive a complimentary cheese  platter for two with either a bottle of wine or bubbly 

Please quote code 5LV to take advantage of this special offer.

 

West Coast - Pringle Bay

Sea Villa Glen Craig Conference Center 

Easter Weekend Special:

Enjoy 10% discount on a 3 night stay at Sea Villa Glen Craig (breakfast included).

 

Gauteng - Pretoria

A Knights Rest

Come and enjoy a picnic and Easter Hunt this Easter Weekend.

 

For more information and accommodation options, please visit www.bookthespot.com or email us at support@booksure.com.

Booksure Poll

by andrea 25. February 2015 08:58

Do you send documents to your guests before they arrive and after they’ve left?  These could be menus, directions, contracts, invoices or anything else that you use in your business.   We are thinking about adding this functionality to Booksure, so that you would be able to upload and send documents, images or files directly from within your Booksure Dashboard.  

But before we go and give you something that you’ll never use, we would like to hear what you think.

Please click on the link to complete a very quick poll.  Oh, and this functionality will not cost you anything extra!

Take the Poll

 

We appreciate your input!

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4 ways to make your Rooms extra Romantic this Valentine's Weekend

by Chantal 3. February 2015 10:55

As the couples start filtering in, going that extra mile to make everything beautifully romantic for your doe eyed guests is important.

Here are 4 ways to make your rooms irresistible:

Lighting

One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to transform a room is through good lighting. Warm subtle light, which can be created by a lantern, bed side lamp, or candles, creates a beautifully romantic ambiance. If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable.

Scent

The sense of smell plays a much bigger role on our moods and emotions than one might think. Certain scents can evoke strong emotional reactions. For a romantic and calm environment, be sure to provide pure aromatherapy candles or incence sticks, of vanilla, sandalwood or rose.

Sound

Time to break out the golden oldies "love songs". The sound of certain music can dramatically alter the state of a person’s mood. Allow your guests to create a romantic atmosphere by having a handful of music options available. (In case they didn't bring their own).

Taste

The way to anyone's heart is through their belly! This we know is true. Provide your guests with a romantic candle lit "dinner for two" option, or a romantic picnic basket which they can enjoy alone in their room.  Ensure their basket is packet with yummy goodness like cheese, crackers, chocolate coated strawberries, chocolate truffles and wine or champagne.

Take your Valentine somewhere special this year!

by Chantal 8. January 2015 15:17

River Crossing B&B

Drakensberg

Drakensberg - Romantic Capital of South Africa – Valentine Special!

Treat that Special Someone to a 3 night weekend (12/13/14 February 2015) at River Crossing B&B and SC. Special rate of R420 per person per night sharing, including breakfast. If you stay just 2 nights, the rate is R480 per person per night sharing. If breakfast is not required, reduce either rate by R100.

We can provide contact details of various nearby Spa’s where you can enjoy relaxing massages. We will supply an activity list for the more adventurous!

First come first serve.

Glenview Guest House

Durban North

Romantic Valentine’s Day special for couples.

R1300 per night including a dinner for 2 with breakfast the next morning.

Must book in advance.

 

Mongoose Manor Bed & Breakfast

Port Elizabeth

2 Night Valentine weekender special for a couple (2 people sharing) (1 night must be a Saturday night) inclusive of champagne breakfast R1195.  Valid 1 February to 28 February.

 

Big Blue Beach Lodge

Port Elizabeth

Book a romantic weekend for two at Big Blue Beach Lodge during February for only R1200-00.

Includes:  Two nights’ accommodation in a beautiful sea facing room for two people sharing

A full breakfast on both mornings

Chocolates rose petals and candles in your room 

 

Thunzi Bush Lodge

Maitland - Eastern Cape

MID-WEEK Valentine’s Special: SUNDAY to THURSDAY = 20% DISCOUNT ON SEASONAL RATE

Enjoy a valentine’s picnic, health breakfast basket and various spa treatments

 

Sea Villa Glen Craig

Pringle Bay - Western Cape

Valentine Weekend special (13 to 15  February 2015)  Book two nights at Sea Villa Glen Craig in the beautiful town of Pringle Bay for two and get a free bottle of Sparkling Wine.  R495 per person sharing per night breakfast included.

(Terms and conditions apply and subject to availability.)

 

Liziwes Guest House

Guguletu

Valentine’s Day Special, offering units from R500.00 per room per night.

Extra R70.00 per serving for Valentine’s Day breakfast special.

 

Malibu Mansion

Brits

Valentine Weekend Special, R750 per unit per night for 13- 14 Feb, which includes a couples full body massage.

 

Celtis Country Lodge

Middelburg - Eastern Cape

Valentine’s special.

Special Accommodation rates from 14 – 16 February 2014

Standard Sharing Rooms @ R225pp per night B&B

Standard Single Rooms @ R400 per night B&B

 

Addo Gateway Lodge

Cannonville - Eastern Cape

VALENTINE SPECIAL - Subject to availability

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL  (even if not on Valentine's Day : this special will run until end of March 2015)

Accommodation x 2 pax

DOUBLE ROOM EN SUITE - PAY ONLY FOR ONE !!!!

Continental Breakfast at only R50.00 P P

MINIMUM 2 NIGHTS STAY 

 

 

Mbalentle Guesthouse

Montana - Cape Town

Valentine’s Day special accommodation from R500 per night, including a complimentary bottle of Champagne for each booking.

 

Inkwazi Country Hotel

Pretoria

Valentine’s Day special
from 09-15 Feb 2015

This Valentine’s Day, sweep your loved ones off their feet with our romantic packages.

Dinner @ R320 – For a couple with Wine/soft drink/coffee. (From 06:00-22:00)
Dinner bed and breakfast R950 for a couple incl a bottle of red wine

* Includes a special gift pack for the lady

 

Bridge House Guest House

Parkhurst - Gauteng

Valentine's Special- 13th - 15th Feb
R3250.00 per couple
Includes 2 nights' accommodation, 4 course Candle lit dinner al fresco (weather permitting) with wine, song, roses and “little” pressie for the couple. 
Valentines brunch & dinner on the 14th and breakfast on 15th. (All drinks from honour bar will be extra)

 

A knight's Rest

Pretoria

Valentine's Day "Love is in the air" package @ R900,00 per couple.

Includes:

Bed and Breakfast

Sparkling Wine

Rose Petals

Candle Light

Chocolates

Enrolling the kids at University, where do the parents stay???

by Chantal 5. January 2015 15:14

Finishing high school can be an exciting but also daunting experience, not only for pupils, but for parents too. The new year brings new possibilities and challenges as teens leave home and head off to university.

As a parent, a child leaving the nest is stressful enough; the last thing you want to worry about is your own accommodation once the big day arrives.

Find accommodation quickly and easily on Book The Spot near these popular Universities.


 

For more information please email us at support@booksure.com

Top New Year’s Eve Parties to be at this year

by Chantal 17. December 2014 16:24

Eastern Cape

The 5FM Ruins Concert

The annual Ruins New Year’s Eve concert is well known as being one of the biggest parties in South Africa. This year will be no different. Featuring Haezer, Niskerone, Kiffness and Zebra & Giraffe.

When: 31 December 2014

Where: The Ruins, St Francis Bay

Cost: R295 – R595 per person

More information: Book tickets here

Fine accommodation on Book The Spot

 

Gauteng

Masked Ball

Enjoy the magical allure of hiding behind a mask until midnight this New Year’s eve at Cantare’s Annual Masked Ball. Be entertained by a vintage Varga cabaret show, live band, DJ, 5 course meal, glass of bubbly at midnight, loads of prizes and much more.

When: 31 December 2014 at 20:00

Where: Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R950 per person

More information: Tel 011 511 0505, email info@cantare.co.za

Find accommodation on Book The Spot

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Fact Durban Rocks Party

Join Fact Durban Rocks for a midnight stadium firework display and New Year’s Eve Come Duze Live Broadcast with SABC1. Some of SA’s hottest artists will be performing including Black Coffee, Mafikizolo, DJ Tira, Big Nuz, Cndo, Lvovo and Professor.

When: 31 December 2014 from 18:00 to 06:00

Where: People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Cost: R250 for general admission, or R750 for VIP

More information: www.factdurbanrocks.com  or buy tickets online at Computicket

Find accommodation on Book The Spot

 

Magaliesburg

New Year's Revolution

PsyTrance and Electromusic lovers! Join this annual open air music festival, featuring four international acts, in two days of blissful dancing from the 31 December, into the New year.

When: 31 December at 09:00 to 1 January 2015 at 18:00

 Where: Hornbill Lodge, Magliesburg

 Cost: R320 pp (Available at webtickets)

Find accommodation on Book The Spot

For more info go to: www.facebook.com/RevolutionNYE   
 

 

 

Western Cape

Fire and Ice Street Party

Fire and Ice Hotel is hosting a blazing street party as always – this year, the theme is “Tropical Beach Party.” There will be confetti, cannons lining the street, and pyrotechnics, as well as a massive lighting show. Join socialites and die-hard partygoers and paint the town red this New Year’s Eve.

When: 31 December 2014 from 20:00

Where: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Cape Town

Cost: R200 for the outside area, R400 for access to the hotel foyer and bar, and R1 500 for VIP which includes a bottle of champagne and access to the pool area.

More information: Tel 021 488 2555 or email nye@theinspirationroom.co.za

Find accommodation on Book The Spot

Beautiful areas you never knew existed - discover these hidden gems in South Africa

by Chantal 1. December 2014 11:11

Small towns are often overlooked as preferred holiday destinations. If we take the time to explore these quaint little towns, we'll find that the pot of gold was under our noses the entire time.

These are our top 4 "hidden gems".

1. Parys is a unique little town in the Northern Freestate, which has a reputation for being an arts and antique hub. Many well-known artists, antique dealers and craftsmen have made Parys their home. Explore the history of the town, experience the tranquillity of the Vaal river and make your trip to Parys a memorable one.

 

2. Tzaneen is a lush tropical garden town situated approximately 100km from the Kruger National Park. With the lovely weather and the Tzaneen Dam, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg on your doorstep, you wouldn't need to go to a deserted island for a deserved holiday.


3. Upington, where you can experience a land of contrasts, from the lush green vineyards standing proudly in the valley, to the wildlife roaming free through the waving bushman grass.  Upington is located on the northern banks of the Orange River not far from Augrabies Falls.

 

4. Emgwenya (Waterval Boven) which means 'above the waterfall' is a village that rests in the Drakensberg Mountains on the fringe of the escarpment, at the foot of the southern hills. It is rich in historical sites and buildings which are now proclaimed national monuments. Escape to endless beauty through a tunnel 213 m long, past the magnificent waterfall of the Elands River.

Find your favourite small town destination on Book The Spot.

For more information visit www.bookthespot.com or email us at support@booksure.com

Soak up the sun on the South Coast this Festive Season

by Chantal 11. November 2014 15:46

The South Coast's pristine beaches stretch across Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Uvongo and Ramsgate, all of which boast blue flag statuses.

From golfing to surfing the warm Indian Ocean or bungee jumping the magnificent Oribi Gorge, there is a multitude of activities for everyone to enjoy.

Book your South Coast holiday today with Bookthespot.

For more information please visit www.bookthespot.com or contact us at support@booksure.com

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