Sneak peek at some of the celebrities that selected Pepperclub Hotel & Spa as their home away from home during their stay in the Mother City
Last year saw many well-known personalities visiting the hotel, from musical artists to actors and international beauty queens, which cemented us as one of the hotels of choice for celebrities within the Mother City. The suite of choice for many of these celebrities was our luxurious three bedroom Penthouse suite which spans across the top two floors of the hotel, complete with a rooftop swimming pool and wrap around balcony, which both boast 360 views of all the city’s best features!
The first Miss USA with South African roots, Nana Meriwether, visited Cape Town in May 2013 for a whirlwind two day stay, before travelling to Johannesburg, Mpumalanga and Zambia. She was joined by her family and stayed in our luxurious Penthouse suite for the duration of her visit. We were lucky enough to have a mini photography shoot with her, with the picturesque views offered from the balconies of the Penthouse as the perfect backdrop.
Nana’s South African roots are as a result of having been born in Mpumalanga while her father was a medical missionary in the country. She was in South Africa to raise awareness for the Meriwether Foundation, a non-profit foundation that serves the most impoverished sectors in five Southern African nations. She had a fantastic stay in the Penthouse and mentioned on her departure that she could not wait to return to the city – especially to Pepperclub Hotel!
American rapper, Lil Jon, also enjoyed a four night stay at the hotel in November 2013, as part of a Cape Town Tourism promotion.
We also had the privilege of being included in an episode of An Idiot Abroad, a British travel documentary television series, when they were on location in South Africa filming an episode with Karl Pilkington, the star of the series. In line with the episode’s theme, which was linked to ‘The life of a millionaire’, our Penthouse played a leading role in the episode, which saw Karl lapping up the luxurious amenities of the suite. Karl was blown away by Pepperclub Hotel & Spa and thoroughly enjoyed his two night stay in the Penthouse, both on and off camera.
Other celebrities that have visited the hotel in the past year include: American rock band Collective Soul, local artist Loyiso Bala, South African rugby union players Bismarck Du Plessis and Steven Kitshoff, rapper AKA, English actor and musician Anthony Stewart Head, Jazzy Jeff, as well the entourage for Rihanna and the Dave Matthew’s Band and Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula and Chief Justice of South Africa, Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has also become a favourite for Carte Blanche presenter, Derek Watts, who is now a regular guest at the hotel, and part of the Pepperclub family.
Since opening the hotel in 2010, we have also had the opportunity to host Sean Kingston, Seal, Akon, Roman Abramovich, George Benson, Earth Wind and Fire, Rammstein and Fat Boy Slim.
With the number of global, A-list artists either visiting Cape Town or selecting the city as part of their world tours, we are hopeful of having the opportunity to host more interesting personalities in 2014.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa staff are passionate about giving back to the local community and last year were able to take part in a few corporate social responsibility initiatives over the festive period.
In December, we had the opportunity to host Rape Crisis, an organisation that supports and empowers rape survivors in all of its interventions, for their end of year function.
If you’d like to support Rape Crisis, you are able to donate a monetary value or volunteer your time. For further information, please visit their website: http://rapecrisis.org.za/
We were also able to visit the paediatric ward of Somerset Hospital and brought cheer and laughter to the little girls and boys. Armed with gifts of teddies and cupcakes and dressed with Christmas hats and smiles, the team spent time with the kids and their parents, who unfortunately were not able to celebrate Christmas at their homes.
Nick Seewer (CEO), Sally Richards, Daniek Rose, Sharon Kloppers and Matthew Cornall (GM)
This year CSR will be a big drive for the hotel – stay tuned to view our involvement in upcoming projects.
Opinion piece by Matthew Cornall, General Manager of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa
South Africa and its key tourist attractions have witnessed record festive season growth figures due to an increase in international and local tourism which is as a result of recovering global economies and a strong drive by tourism players to promote South Africa as a world class destination amongst international travellers.
The hotel recorded a noticeable uptake in travellers during the December and January period to date. The 2013 / 2014 festive season saw the hotel running at maximum occupancy, which illustrates the growing trend of international tourists visiting South Africa, and in particular Cape Town, during the summer months.
Recent City of Cape Town statistics also revealed that several of the city’s attractions reached a record number of visitors during December 2013. The Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Point and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens reported an increase of 2%, 4.25% and 9.08% respectively when compared to December 2012.
While the markets visiting the hotel over the past season haven’t drastically shifted in profile in comparison to the same period during 2012, we have noticed an increase from certain markets such as more African and American travellers, as well as European travellers, particularly from the United Kingdom and Italy.”
The increase of these travellers can be attributed to improving global economies, as well as the weakening rand. Global economies, such as Europe and the USA, are slowly improving and this has led to a renewed optimism amongst citizens, who as a result, are beginning to travel and spend again.
South Africa has become a high quality and value for money travel destination when compared to other similar destinations due to the attractive exchange rate, especially for the euro, pound and dollar. This has strongly increased the numbers of arrivals in South Africa towards the end of 2013, and will continue to do so during 2014.
It is particularly encouraging to see more American travellers visiting the country as it means that they are no longer choosing to visit their traditional holiday destinations, such as the Caribbean, and are instead opting to visit ‘long-haul’ destinations, such as Cape Town, which is extremely positive for the country.
We have also noticed drastic growth in the number of visitors from Brazil, which could be attributed to the country’s booming economy, as well as the good relationship established during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is sustainable growth and a market which we hope will continue to grow in the coming year.
Exposure from SA Tourism’s continuous efforts to profile the country, as well as Cape Town’s numerous accolades, the most recent being New York Times’ naming the city as the top destination to visit in 2014, will only continue to grow the country’s tourism industry.
Over the past year, many international, well-known artists have chosen to include Cape Town as part of their world tours. This wasn’t always the case, and highlights how the city has progressed, as well as cemented its name as a top destination to visit.
There is still however much potential for the tourism and hospitality sector in the film industry. The film industry provides much revenue for the tourism industry and while the country has noticed an increase of international film makers and brands choosing South Africa as a location to shoot, there is still room for much growth here due to the country ideally lending itself to the industry in terms of lighting, cost and diverse backdrops.
We are optimistic that 2014 will yield even greater results for the tourism sector compared to the past year. With many large events already scheduled to take place this year – the most prominent being the range of World Design Capital 2014 events – the country will continue to remain top of mind for visitors. Improving global economic outlook, coupled with the weak rand, will also continue to support growth for the travel and tourism sector during 2014.
Towards the end of 2013 we launched our very own wine tasting series, which has grown into a huge success!
Each series will run for a period of six weeks and coincide with the respective seasons, namely Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and is aimed at providing a place for friends to meet and catch up, while also sampling some of South Africa’s top wines.
The inaugural Spring Series, launched on the 10 October 2013 was extended by three weeks to the 5 December due to popular demand and created a community amongst local wine enthusiasts. Wine farms that participated included Ernie Els, Creation Wines, Avondale, Mount Vernon, La Motte, Spice Route Paarl, Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Peter Falke and Elgin Vintners.
Each week, the informal wine tasting evening was held in our Paparazzi Bar & Lounge from 17h30 and was presented by well–informed wine makers and ambassadors.
The Summer Series wine tastings launched on Thursday, 23 January 2013 with Alluvia Wines and will run for six weeks until 27 February 2014.
The wine tasting is complimentary and a bar menu will also be available for guests craving an accompanying snack whilst sampling the wines on offer.
Please visit our Facebook event page for up to date information on the upcoming wine farms participating in the series: https://www.facebook.com/events/524434567630859/
We hope to see you at our Summer Series wine tasting evenings…
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