Conversion of Landmark Resort Marks Milestone Entry for Conrad Hotels & Resorts in South Africa
Johannesburg – 14 November 2012; Hilton Worldwide today announced the official opening of Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa in Knysna, South Africa, the first Conrad-branded luxury property in sub-Sahara Africa.
Located in Knysna, on the stunning Garden Route of Western Cape, South Africa, the 86-room Conrad Resort & Spa is set amid almost 2500 acres of spectacular, indigenous grounds and offers sweeping views of the city’s famous lagoon and beyond to the Indian Ocean. The Resort has been specially designed to reflect the natural beauty of its surroundings with individually located, architecturally designed family villas linked by landscaped pathways and all capturing the panoramic views. The Resort’s award winning, seven-room private castle, which is built into the cliff face and overlooks the secluded Noetzie Beach, offers guests the exclusive luxury of a private butler and chef.
John T A Vanderslice, global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for Hilton Worldwide said: “Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa is an outstanding example of a truly unique resort which will appeal to the discerning, smart traveller looking to combine style and service with one of the most exciting destinations in Africa.”
Voted one of the top 5 African cities by Conde Nast Travel in October 2012, Knysna is famous for its rich natural and cultural heritage and offers visitors a wealth of unrivalled experiences from whale, shark and dolphin watching to picturesque forest and mountain walks. The area is also close to two game lodges providing the ideal setting to see many forms of African wildlife in their natural habitats.
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa offers guests an abundance of on-site amenities including a well-appointed, award winning 18-hole championship golf course, famous for its challenging course terrain, and a ‘Field of Dreams’ sports complex boasting four tennis courts as well as an archery and golf range. Guests can also enjoy horse riding, nature trails and canoe trips. Indoors, there is a library, game room and dining options that include Zacharay’s Restaurant and Terrace, a winner of several national and international awards of excellence. The Resort also features a specialist Champagne & Whisky Bar.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: “We are extremely proud to introduce this landmark property, our first resort hotel in South Africa and a first for the Conrad brand. This exclusive hotel sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation and flawless service in the Western Cape and marks a key milestone in Hilton Worldwide’s continued expansion in Africa.”
About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is Hilton Worldwide’s global luxury brand and the choice for today’s modern, sophisticated traveler. By focusing on the individual, Conrad offers guests genuine and personalized experience and a world of style, service and connection. Each Conrad is a dynamic reflection of its city and culture, as well as a showcase for striking design and distinct surroundings. Across five continents, in the world’s gateway cities and most sought-after resort destinations, Conrad invites each guest to enjoy The Luxury Of Being Yourself®. For information on Conrad, please visit http://www.conradhotels.com/. Conrad Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Hotels Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide