Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal north coast in has moved up its refurbishment timetable and is due to finish the make-over of all its rooms by the middle of September, rather than November as initially anticipated.
“The decision was taken by the owner HPF to accelerate the construction programme in light of the increased bookings being received for the summer season as well as the school holidays,” says Andrew Rogers, CEO of the Hospitality Property Fund, which owns the hotel.
The hotel’s first phase of refurbishment, which encompassed 40 rooms, will be finished next week, and the final phase will begin immediately thereafter.
The refurbishment of the remainder of the rooms in the 76-room hotel will be finished a month after that.
This renovation introduces a number of new innovations into the bedrooms and adopts most of the environmental best practices available on the market.
Protea Hospitality Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, says innovation is essential to stay on top of evolving guest expectations, both in portfolio brand standards and with technology.
“Hotels in Africa are competing on a global level and we’re meeting or exceeding those standards with the quality of our hotels in South Africa,” says Bryer.