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Open the mountains

Open the mountains

Just outside Newcastle lies a magnificent estate, at the foot of the Northern Drakensberg… Vulintaba Country Hotel and Spa awaits your escape. If it is fresh air and breathtaking views you are after, there is no better option than Vulintaba.

But before you think this stunning estate is only for the rich and famous, delve deeper and you will find that anyone can enjoy their hospitality and the beauty they have to offer.
The estate houses multiple fresh dams, and it is a fisherman’s dream with Yellow Fin and Trout. For those who enjoy a faster paced activity, the estate offers stunning hiking and mountain biking trails.

The trails are perfect for both experienced and novice hikers and bikers. Just outside the beautiful hotel is a sparkling pool, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying the water. What makes the estate so versatile and comfortable is the variation they offer. They have a relaxing spa area where guests can be pampered with massages, facials and other beauty treatments.
Besides being renowned for their impeccable hospitality and cleanliness, they are also known for their golf.
They have a 9 hole golf course that offers 72 tee variations.  What is more is that they have golf carts to rent to make the experience as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Weary golfers can relax at the club house after their game. There they can enjoy the tastiest pizzas. Vulintaba Country Estate offers healthy alternatives to standard pizzas, with their vegetable base options. Golfers and their friends can enjoy a well deserved drink while discussing their game.
It truly is a golfer’s paradise. Vulintaba is a weekend retreat not just for visitors coming from far, but even for locals. The road leading to the estate has been tarred, making for a smooth and comfortable drive.

The food
Vulintaba Country Estate has two in-house qualified chefs. They offer an eclectic Ala carte Menu. And it is easy to see why Vulintaba has a reputation of excellence because the food is certainly nothing short of excellent.

They are passionate about supporting their guests, whether it is a wedding, a birthday party or a conference. They take care of every small detail to ensure your function will be a success. Where they can’t provide the service themselves they bring in hand picked, local service providers to take care of those specific needs. They also have a beautiful chapel on the property for weddings.

The Hotel
Vulintaba is a four-star graded hotel, with 69 bedrooms offering comfort and luxury to their guests and three executive suites for those who prefer more space. Guests can rest assured that they are safe and secure. The estate even has a landing area for those guests coming by air. They are a proper, fully functional operational hotel.

Operational, Food and Beverage Manager
Mark Enslin: Mark started his career in the Hospitality Industry 23 years ago at the five-star Royal Hotel in Durban.
He has managed and developed some of the finest four-star and five-star properties in South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Mauritius.
Most recently, Mark was acting Operations Director for the world-renowned International Convention Centre in Durban.
He has a passion for food and meticulous on-service excellence.
Mark loves the outdoors, mountain biking, golf, fishing and running. Because of his get up and go attitude, he is not too keen on sitting in an office.
His colleagues call him a “hands on, lead by example” kind of guy.

Marketing Manager
Henry van der Linde: After qualifying as a Teacher and Computer Programmer, Henry decided that an office job was not for him.
He then joined the Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton, Johannesburg, as a Sales Executive and 25-year career in Hospitality was on its way. Henry later became Regional Sales Manager for Protea Hotels and represented over 130 properties throughout Africa and Europe. Three Cities Hotel group followed after Protea Hotels, as well as a smaller hotel group and a five-star Boutique Hotel in Pretoria. He is exceptionally well known in the industry and has built a reputation of honesty and respect during his career. His knowledge of the industry, as well as his well cemented relationships, makes anything possible. Animals and sport are his passions and he loves a new challenge.

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