BUSI­NESS MEETS LEISURE

Radis­son Blu Ho­tel

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by: Julie Gra­ham | Im­ages © Radis­son Blu Ho­tel & Res­i­dence

Though a rel­a­tively new term,

bleisure travel – the com­bi­na­tion of trav­el­ling for busi­ness and leisure – is fast be­com­ing a lu­cra­tive sec­tor in the world travel mar­ket and ho­tels around the world are en­sur­ing that their ser­vices take this trend se­ri­ously. Cape Town is no ex­cep­tion. In fact, just last year the In­ter­na­tional Congress and Con­ven­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (ICCA) ranked Cape Town as the num­ber one city in Africa for busi­ness tourism and now ranks in the Top 40 Des­ti­na­tions for Busi­ness Travel in the world. So, if you are in the global busi­ness trade, and you have not yet been to the Mother City, chances are you are go­ing to find your­self on its beau­ti­ful shores sooner than you may think.

In lieu of this grow­ing trend, world­class ho­tels of­fer­ing trav­ellers the very best in busi­ness and leisure are pop­ping up left, right, and cen­tre around the city. Few, how­ever, of­fer such an ex­cel­lent range of first-class ser­vices ap­peal­ing to the bleisure tourist quite like the stylish and cen­tral Radis­son Blu Ho­tel & Res­i­dence in Cape Town. Lo­cated smack bang in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, this ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning build­ing is a land­mark, pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to some of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions of the city, in­clud­ing the V&A Wa­ter­front and Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (CTICC).

The ex­pan­sive in­ner-city ho­tel of­fers 226 stylish rooms, now in­clud­ing a num­ber of so­phis­ti­cated self-cater­ing apart­ments and a lux­ury pent­house – all with stag­ger­ing views of the har­bour, moun­tain, city, or sea. All the rooms on of­fer come equipped with up­scale ameni­ties and de­signer in­te­ri­ors and the apart­ments take this level of hos­pi­tal­ity to a whole new level. For those trav­el­ling to Cape Town for a longer pe­riod – whether to at­tend to busi­ness mat­ters, or those leisure trav­ellers re­ally want­ing to im­merse them­selves in the city – the apart­ments of­fer more than just a lux­u­ri­ous respite and a place to lay your head down after a long day.

Choose between the one-bed­room, two-bed­room (from 40 – 88 m2) or one of the eight sen­sa­tional pent­house apart­ments (165 – 407 m2) and make your stay in the city a more than mem­o­rable one. De­spite be­ing sur­rounded by world-class eater­ies, din­ing out ev­ery day and night can be­come tire­some and hav­ing the op­tion of a large, fully-equipped im­ported Ital­ian kitchen com­plete with SMEG ap­pli­ances, as well as an en­ter­tain­ment area is great. Guests can shop at the lo­cal mar­kets and pre­pare meals of their own in the pri­vacy of their own apart­ments, whether it be alone, with the fam­ily, or with friends. The ho­tel also pro­vides daily room ser­vice, laun­dry ser­vice, bathrobes, and tow­els and each apart­ment has satel­lite-tv, high speed Wi-fi, and air con­di­tion­ing for those balmy Sum­mer evenings.

Should you feel like tak­ing the night or day off from cook­ing, din­ing at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel & Res­i­dence is an all­day af­fair. What is best is that there is no need to ven­ture far. Savour an in­cred­i­ble break­fast buffet from The Stra­tus Room whilst gaz­ing over the city below. This con­tem­po­rary café has a warm am­biance and is also a great op­tion for

lunch or din­ner meet­ings. The Ghi­bli Bar and Pool Ter­race of­fers lighter lunch op­tions and de­li­cious gourmet piz­zas. In­side the ho­tel, the Sea Street Bar and Lounge is the per­fect meet­ing spot for friends or col­leagues with plenty to drink and eat off the pub-style menu.

Ser­vices are sec­ond to none at the Radis­son Blu and staff go out of their way to en­sure all guests are well taken care of. With a 24-hour concierge desk and room ser­vice, as well as babysit­ting ser­vices, bou­tique shop­ping, shut­tles, and even sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices, you will find that the Radis­son Blu has thought of it all. For guests that would like to main­tain their ex­er­cise regimes whilst trav­el­ling, the ho­tel comes com­plete with a state-of-the-art fitness cen­tre, fully equipped for a full work­out.

For those want­ing to con­duct busi­ness within the walls of this el­e­gant ho­tel, there are five meet­ing rooms and two ex­ec­u­tive board­rooms, pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing one would need for a suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive event. The spa­ces all boast nat­u­ral light, cli­mate con­trol, free high-speed in­ter­net ac­cess, and cus­tom cater­ing menus. The Ex­pe­ri­ence Meet­ings con­cept and help­ful staff will do ev­ery­thing to en­sure all runs smoothly.

There re­ally is no bet­ter of­fer­ing than this. Where busi­ness meets plea­sure, the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel & Res­i­dence of­fers a truly im­mer­sive Cape Town city ex­pe­ri­ence. With su­perb ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, deca­dent din­ing, the best lo­ca­tion in the city, and all the nec­es­sary ameni­ties to en­sure your stay is more than com­fort­able, this unique con­cept of mod­ern liv­ing is one of the finest in the Mother City. So, turn your next busi­ness trip into a bleisure trip and you will see what all the fuss is about.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.radis­son­blu.com.

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