Elephant Springs Apartments now open!

SOA’s newly renovated self-catering establishment in Bela Bela, Elephant Springs Apartments, has officially opened its doors this past month. The 20-unit, 3-bedroomed property located opposite Forever Resorts Warmbaths, welcomed its first guests to rave reviews.

The property, which shares the restaurant, bar and reception with the next door hotel, boasts brand new interiors in each unit, with renovated bathrooms (both now offer a shower), new look kitchen and allocated braai stands for each unit. All groundfloor units have a built in braai on their patios, while balcony units have numbered braai stands next to the pool.

Additional guest toilets have been added to the courtyard area for guests who stay in the balcony units, making it more convenient and no longer having to head up the stairs should the need arise. A new pergola is also added to the pool side, with upcoming children playground facilities introduced later in the year. The swimming pool has also been redone with a beautiful blue look that matches the new Greek-inspired exterior colour scheme.

Another new feature is the selfie hotspot of angel wings, which guests are recommended to use as their backdrop when posting photos on social media. The property has its own social media channels and can be tagged at @elephantspringsapartments on Instagram and Facebook, or @apartmentsES on Twitter.

Complimentary WiFi is also part of the offering at the Elephant Springs Apartments, and each unit has its own Smart TV with Netflix, ShowMax and YouTube available free of charge.

Photo sessions at SOA’s portfolio

Abalone House's new deck leading from Reuben's RestaurantThe past two weeks South of Africa’s guests might have seen scurrying in certain corners of our properties, and the odd flash of a camera light.  As recently reported on Facebook, we’ve been extremely busy with a photo session at each of our seventeen establishments, taking photographs of a variety of new, changed and upgraded rooms, venues and surroundings.

According to owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren, “we’ve listened to our guests’ comments and feedback.  The purpose of the shoot is to not only showcase our hotels and self-catering cottages, but also give the viewer the impression of what a getaway, conference and even wedding could be like here.”

Photographer Gareth Williams is behind the lens, and his fresh approach to South of Africa’s “Smörgåsbord” makes for an inviting image that draws the viewer in.  Williams first worked on South of Africa’s property Bid Huisie in Prince Albert, and ventured to Paternoster this past March to continue the photography of Abalone House & Spa, Oppidraai, Kliphuisie and the Seaside Cottages.  More photography followed at the Limpopo portfolio.

The new photographs will be published here on South of Africa’s official website, as well as on Facebook.  The first images of Abalone House’s new deck has already been published to rave reviews.

For more information about Gareth Williams Photography, visit http://garethphoto.wordpress.com.