Lux­ury in the heart of Polok­wane

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by Charlotte Rogers | Im­ages © Ryan Ab­bott | TCB Me­dia & Fu­sion Bou­tique Ho­tel

Pulling up to the gates of the Fu­sion Bou­tique Ho­tel was not ex­actly what we ex­pected. If you have ever been to Polok­wane, you will know that see­ing a modern, five-star ho­tel that is all glass and rus­tic metal is slightly con­fus­ing. The ho­tel is starkly jux­ta­posed with its sur­round­ings, mak­ing Fu­sion a sight for sore eyes, ris­ing out of the dust.

The en­trance hall of the ho­tel gives guests a tan­ta­lis­ing glimpse into the stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and decor of the ho­tel – the room is filled with pieces made of glass, metal and wood. The sur­faces are all im­mac­u­lately shined, with vases full of fresh flow­ers and or­chids, mak­ing the re­cep­tion feel like a high-class, lux­ury con­ser­va­tory.

Our bags were col­lected from the car with an old-school lug­gage trol­ley in tar­nished gold, and seam­lessly trans­ported to our rooms. We were greeted with a flute of freshly brewed, fruity ice-tea and a cool towel, as it was sti­flingly warm out­side. Wel­comed and re­freshed, we headed up­stairs to rest our weary eyes and aching mus­cles; we were ex­hausted af­ter spend­ing six hours in the car.

To say that the rooms looked like some­thing fresh out of a Rus­sian, pre­rev­o­lu­tion palace is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion. Ev­ery as­pect of our room was op­u­lent – a gilded hint to the true lux­ury of the ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence. The beds were comfy and soft, made of the finest cot­ton, with very high-qual­ity pil­lows, which made for an ex­cep­tion­ally rest­ful sleep. The bed­side ta­bles were chan­de­liers. Gen­uinely, there were small chan­de­liers that hung on long vel­vet chords on both sides of the bed. Our room also fea­tured a bal­cony, a big ma­hogany desk, a Ne­spresso ma­chine, and a mini-bar stocked ac­cord­ing to your per­sonal tastes and pref­er­ences. Their TV chan­nel se­lec­tion also left noth­ing to be de­sired – DSTV was in­stalled and guests have ac­cess to all of the channels.

The bath­room fea­tured a stand-alone bath tub, sur­rounded by smooth, white peb­bles that pro­vided the per­fect oa­sis af­ter a long day. The bath salt and bub­ble bath had an ex­cep­tion­ally re­lax­ing scent, and to be per­fectly hon­est, it was a fight to get out of the bath – even with the prom­ise of food, which usu­ally works a treat with me. If you are not a bath per­son, as strange as I think that is, there is also a spa­cious rain shower and a dou­ble sink in ev­ery bath­room. It was all made of soft-or­ange mar­ble, with big, back­lit mir­rors.

Once dressed for din­ner, af­ter haul­ing my­self out of the re­ju­ve­nat­ing bath, we all met up in the din­ing room. Dec­o­rated in a sim­i­lar style to the rest of the ho­tel, the restau­rant brings in a much more pro­nounced, con­tem­po­rary feel. Nat­u­ral el­e­ments were brought in to ac­com­pany the dé­cor and they even fea­tured a wall cov­ered in framed, tar­nished mir­rors.

We were seated in a pri­vate room, sud­denly rav­en­ous, and served wine and wa­ter. Our waiter ex­plained the menu, and af­ter we quizzed him about which dishes he would choose. We or­dered starters for the table to share, and when they ar­rived, we promptly tucked into beef Carpac­cio and juicy prawns. For mains we se­lected prawn curry, veg­etable-stuffed chicken, and a pan-fried sole dish. All of the meals were fresh and flavour­ful, with the pleas­ant ad­di­tion of hav­ing a glass of wine that paired ex­cep­tion­ally well with my chicken dish. I may not have in­dulged my­self, but my travel com­pan­ions raved about the dessert se­lec­tion of Fu­sion.

The morn­ing meal spread was ex­ten­sive, with the added bonus of a hot break­fast be­ing avail­able to or­der. We se­lected the Eggs Bene­dict and tucked into the most per­fectly poached eggs. The plat­ters of fresh fruit added a beau­ti­ful pop of colour to the im­age, and we left the room stuffed to our ears – ready for the road ahead.

Fu­sion is also the per­fect place for a con­fer­ence event – their state-of-the-art con­fer­enc­ing cen­tre can ac­com­mo­date as lit­tle as 10, and as many as 250 em­ploy­ees and stake­hold­ers. The ho­tel’s Ap­pren­tice Ball­room is also avail­able for wed­dings and other event func­tions – all of which will be hosted in style, and treated to the high­est level of ser­vice from the Ban­quet­ing Team.

Stay­ing at Fu­sion Bou­tique Ho­tel is like find­ing a lit­tle piece of heaven in the dusty ar­eas sur­round­ing Polok­wane. For more in­for­ma­tion or to make a book­ing, visit www.fu­sion­bou­tique­ho­tel.co.za.

“In the heart of Polok­wane sits Fu­sion Bou­tique Ho­tel, an oa­sis of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and el­e­gance.”

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