Advertorial: Hyatt – Global player with designs on Africa

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Hyatt in Africa

Hyatt is a global hospitality company with widely recognized, industry leading brands and a tradition of innovation developed over its more than 50-year history. Its core strength emerges from a philosophy of authentic hospitality delivered to each and every guest 24/7 around the world.

Hyatt Hotels manages, franchises and develops Hyatt branded hotels, resorts and residential and vacation ownership properties around the world. As of December 31, 2014, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 587 properties.

In February of this year Hyatt appointed Sandra Kneubuhler as Global Sales Director – Africa. In this role Sandra is responsible for assisting African companies with their international travel programmes, as well as assisting other multinationals in the region with travel. Sandra reports to Tareq Daoud, Regional Vice-President Global Sales, who is based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

“Appointing leaders such as Sandra, who has had great success in her career, gives Hyatt in Africa a solid foundation for the future,” says Michael McBain, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Johannesburg. “Hyatt has recognized that numerous African companies have a growing global travel footprint and that this needs to be recognized and handled as it would be in any other key city in the world”.

Currently there are six Hyatt-branded hotels in Africa – Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort (Egypt); Hyatt Regency Casablanca (Morocco); Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Hyatt Regency Johannesburg (South Africa); Hyatt Place Taghazout (Morocco); and Park Hyatt Zanzibar (Tanzania). Expected to join the African portfolio in the near future are Hyatt Regency Arusha, Tanzania and Park Hyatt Marrakech, Morocco, as well as Hyatt Centric Dakar in Senegal.

“Bringing a brand into a new market is always exciting, but in particular in Africa where we are planning on doubling the number of our properties on the continent over the next three years, adding four further properties to our existing hotels,” said Peter Fulton, Group President for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia, Hyatt.

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Discover the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg from one of the best hotels in South Africa, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg.

Situated in the modern suburb of Rosebank, only 25 kilometres from O.R. Tambo International Airport, this luxury Johannesburg hotel is adjacent to three full service shopping malls and a mere 100 metres walking distance from the local Gautrain station, which connects commuters with Sandton, Pretoria and the airport via a high-speed rail link. Guests will also enjoy easy access to the banking district of Sandton, the Johannesburg CBD, Constitution Hill, and African craft markets.

Within their 244 luxury rooms and suites, you’ll encounter gracious service and tech-savvy amenities.The Johannesburg hotel’s captivating African-inspired décor draws you into a vibrant celebration of local culture and heritage.

The first-class conference and banquet space adds another layer to the offering of this luxury Johannesburg hotel, which has become a premier choice for discerning business travellers and executives from around the world. Situated in the heart of Rosebank, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg provides the perfect setting for every occasion.

The range of excellent dining options and bars sets this hotel apart from other properties in Johannesburg. While staying at Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, guests can look forward to delicious dining in the hotels signature restaurant onenineone, where the dishes are eclectic, offering the discerning guest a variety of cuisine from around the world, with a unique South African flair.

The Lobby Lounge is a casual yet elegant area situated on the main lobby level of Hyatt Regency Johannesburg. A place to unwind and refresh, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing cup of tea, a rejuvenating coffee or an indulgent glass of champagne, whilst it is also an ideal meeting place for those guests conducting business at the hotel. Complementing this facility is The Terrace – Cigar & Wine Bar, a stylish bar serving premium spirits, wines, champagnes and a sophisticated cigar selection.

Break away from your hectic schedule and pamper yourself with specialized beauty treatments facilitated by the skilled therapists at Amani Spa, which is an authentically South African spa brand. It prides itself on its professionalism, high quality services and standards, and innovation within the spa, health and wellness industry. If you need some exercise, the hotel’s fitness centre has all you need to stay in shape, while its outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room offer the perfect setting in which to lay back and relax.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

The quintessential destination from which to experience the idyllic East African island.

The latest addition to the extensive Hyatt portfolio, Park Hyatt Zanzibar opened in March 2015, making it the first ever Hyatt hotel on the serene East African island and the 36th Park Hyatt hotel worldwide. Park Hyatt Zanzibar reflects the intimate and understated elegance of the Park Hyatt brand while embracing the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of Zanzibar’s unique Stone Town.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is situated on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical centre of the city and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. As the cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years. The town’s unique blend of Arabic and African cultural influences originate from the 19th century when Zanzibar Island served as a centre for the trade of spices. During this period, Zanzibar, also known as the “Spice Island,” was the most important trading hub along the east coast of Africa. Today, the streets of Stone Town are filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.

The hotel is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century. A typical Zanzibari mansion, centered round a peaceful courtyard – a retreat from the summer heat – Mambo Msiige is a unique gem with architecture that embraces Swahili culture alongside Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. The new and purpose built Zamani residence connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old with new, historic with contemporary.

From the spacious, elegant guest rooms to the authentic cuisine, spectacular views, the oceanfront infinity pool, Anantara Spa, fully-equipped fitness centre, complimentary wi-fi and exceptional meeting, event and private function facilities, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers both discerning business travellers and luxury holiday makers rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences.

Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

A modern oasis in the heart of Tanzania’s largest city.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro, is a landmark in the financial capital of Tanzania. The superb CBD, waterfront location and proximity to the city’s international airport ensure it is among the best-situated luxury hotels in Dar es Salaam for business and leisure travellers alike.

Named in honour of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the hotel echoes the magnificence of this world famous national landmark.

The luxurious Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro offers a genuine 5-star experience and features 180 spacious and comfortably appointed rooms and suites, deluxe amenities and extensive business facilities to meet the needs of all travellers.

The range of excellent dining options and bars sets this property apart from other hotels in Dar es Salaam. While staying at The Kilimanjaro, guests can look forward to delicious dining in the hotel’s two renowned restaurants – the Palm and the Oriental – where an international team of chefs offer a wide choice of menus, from European specialties and classic Swahili dishes to fresh sushi and sashimi and other Asian classics.

Flame Tree Lounge has a lively lounge atmosphere with an outdoor terrace for morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Citrus Bar is the poolside bar, which offers exotic fruit juices, smoothies, iced teas and cocktails, and there is no better place to relax in the evening than the hotel’s Level 8 bar, where ‘cool jazz’ music complements the mesmerizing view of the harbour.

The Kilimanjaro is an excellent choice for the business traveler, offering extensive meeting space, wireless internet access and a fully-equipped business centre and Regency Club Lounge.

Guests can unwind at Anantara Spa, a comprehensive wellness center, that sets the standard in Dar es Salaam by offering guests a wide selection of spa treatments in six private treatment rooms complemented by a sauna, steam rooms and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

Alternatively, guests can relax outdoors in the infinity swimming pool, overlooking the Dar es Salaam harbour.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro truly is a modern oasis in the heart of Tanzania’s largest city.