By SYDNEY MORWENG
The sun has set and the drive to Rustenburg -thanks to medley rains- on our way to the luxurious Marang Hotel situated 10 to 15 kilometers outside the city center and only stone-throw away from adjacent Phokeng was complimented by at times sweeping gravel drive, admiring manicured lawns and expansive view of hills and mountains.
Its’ no surprise that this international establishment was host to the England team during the historical 2010 World Cup, and that tag will forever be etched in the memories of the Bafokeng Nation for as long as they shall live.
The Royal Marang Hotel at Bafokeng Sports Campus is a 5-star blend of luxury and design; comfort and class; indoor opulence and outdoor harmony. With an aesthetic atmosphere rich in earthy tones and sumptuous spots, it is the perfect mix of contemporary style and African authenticity.
Welcoming staff with smiles in abundance, as we breezed through the magnificent reception, gardens, with fragrance of cut flowers and soothing music, you can be forgiven for forgetting that this indeed is the Royal Palace.
As you waltz inside the hotel, this becomes a place shared by smooth lines and striking surprises.
The overly excited Royal Marang Hotel General Manager, Paulo Marchio who has an extensive experience within the hospitality industry, tells that managing such an establishment is no mean feat yet exciting.
“Although our occupancy has not reached the point were will be comfortable with, on the positive note we’re receiving enquiries for bookings. This is largely to the fact that, we hosted England during the World Cup,” he says.
Apart from warmth and welcome, one can enjoy unusual shapes, soft movement and inviting texture, and also see complementary hues of pure beige, stone, concrete, gold, russet, chocolate – and wild, vibrant animal prints, from the reception to the stylish rooms.
With 82 rooms featuring 76 standard, 4 presidential and 2 king suites, each room has magnificent sanctuary as you sink your feet into plush carpets, run your hands over beckoning furnishings, and experience the ambience of the Royal Marang.
It is owned by the Royal Bafokeng Holdings under the stewardship of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi.
The main hotel at Bafokeng Sports Campus prides itself on offering guests the very best facilities and amenities, whatever they want, and whatever makes them comfortable as well as an unparalleled attention to every detail.
With staff compliment of 85, Mario noted that, most of the staff members originate from nearby villages and others outside the province.
“The challenges facing ourselves and other hotels in the area are attracting the international guests to come and experience our magnificent region ranging from the Pilanesberg, Rustenburg and the unique landscape that the North West has to offer,” he said, after being asked what were the challenges facing the hotel and the hotel industry in general.
Apart from those challenges, the hotel prides itself with cleverly designed across two separate wings, one for the visiting public and one for dignitaries, celebrities and sports professionals, the hotel ensures consummate privacy for those who want it and absolute ease for those who need it, and two designer eateries, one upstairs and one downstairs.
The main hotel strives for a gastronomic experience of discovery and delight; an encounter worthy of all senses and wine cellar.
During our tour after sumptuous breakfast- with birds whistling and inviting weather- we headed-off to the Gym, Spa and Sauna for relaxation after consuming loads of forbidden waters the previous night.
Those facilities are also used by the Premier League football club the popular Platinum Stars which is also owned by the RBN. Apart from football they also manage a rugby outfit Platinum Leopards.
In the main hotel a leisure gym for recreational use, featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment including cardio-vascular machines (bicycles, treadmills, etc.), resistance machines, free weights and a range of alternative equipment like BOSU balls and stability boards are available.
Despite having a year with the hotel but boasting 20 year experience within the industry Paulo, is adamant that things will improve with his magic touch.
Asked what amazed England during the WC on the venue, he said facilities that the campus has to offer and the tranquility of the hotel and the comfort that it offered. Another aspect was that they had no outside interference from supporters and media. I am sure we will see some of the players visit us again in the not too distant future.
BSC also caters for sports group as a result of being located within the Bafokeng Sports Campus. They have 6 soccer fields, 3 seven aside astro turf soccer fields, 2 rugby fields, athletics track, state of the art medical centre and high performance gym.
They also do activities like archery, air rifle target shooting and bush paint ball.
“The future plans of the hotel are to increase occupancy and provide more people amongst the Bafokeng an opportunity to come and gain hospitality knowledge and give them an opportunity that they have never had.
It is a community initiative to provide their people with skills that they have never had,” said Paulo.
Royal Marang Hotel is undisputedly the best to come out of NW.
There you have it, the King is calling.
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