Sho’t Left Weekend in the Berg – Champagne Sports Resort

A friend of mine was hosting Umsebenzi(a thanks giving lunch) at her parents home in Phuthaditjhaba(Qwa-Qwa) and gave us this fantastic idea to take a Sho’t Left (a term used for a exploring South Africa and rediscovering the riches that our beautiful country has to offer –  http://shotleft.co.za/)

Two words sum up our Sho’t Left to the Drakensberg ‘BREATHTAKING VIEWS’

Room with a view

We stayed at Champagne Sports Resort which is situated in Central Drakensberg with beautiful views of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak. Termed as the ‘Ultimate destination for work and play’ the resort has something for everyone to enjoy and their 18 hole championship golf course has been rated as SA’s most beautiful golf course.

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Accommodation

We were booked in the Mountain facing executive suite which is very spacious with a full en-suite bathroom.

The hotel boast a total 152 rooms and 92 chalets.

Room facilities:

  • En-Suite Bathroom, Telephones (Direct Dialing), Television (SABC 1,2,3, M-Net, Movie Magic, Disney Channel, DMX & SuperSport), Tea / Coffee making facilities, hairdryer.

Hotel Facilities and Activities

The resort provides a perfect balance between the sport enthusiast guest and the guest seeking pure relaxation by providing a wide range of facilities and activities. The resort offers the following:- Swimming Pools, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Bowls, Children play park, Gymnasium, Mountain Biking, Putt-Putt Course, Volley Ball, Hiking Trails, Running Route and Beauty Salon.

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Conferencing

With the completion of the new BUTTRESS Conference and Exhibition Centre as well as 4 new boardrooms, Champagne Sports Resort now offers a total of 16 conference venues. The Buttress Centre seats up to 1400 delegates and banquets 850 guests at round tables.

Other venues include:

  • The Sentinel Room which seats up to 1000 delegates,
  • The Monks Cowl Centre seating up to 550 delegates,
  • The Summit Room seating up to 400 delegates
  • and the more intimate venues ranging between 150 delegates down to the private boardrooms seating up to a maximum of 20 people.
    • **http://www.champagnesportsresort.com/**

Dining

Breakfast and Dinner are served in the Main Dining Area and there’s plenty to choose from. Light lunches are served on the Pool Terrace and there’s a coffee shop where one can indulge in some scones and muffins.

Inside the main dining room you will find Cathkin Arms Bar, a perfect drinks venue for Golfers and conference groups after a long day.

 Rates

Start from R950 per person sharing and Single starts from R1650 per person per night.

Verdict

A good resort holiday for families, golfers, conference groups and even couples wanting to escape the city life. Our room location was the only negative thing. We found ourselves in-between a couple that had a 6 months old baby and a group of golfers which resulted in our evenings being somewhat challenging – loud golfers at Midnight and a crying baby at 3am.

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TS!

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