More magical destinations now on offer

As one of the leading leisure and hotel management companies in South Africa, First Group prides itself on being at the forefront of the hospitality industry. It’s no surprise, therefore, that they recently added two resorts in the Western and Eastern Cape to their management stable.

Shaun Lamont, Managing Director of First Group says that the Group wanted to broaden their offering through the acquisition of two gems – Brookes Hill Suites in the friendly city of Gqeberha and Hermanus Beach Club in the idyllic coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale watching. “We are delighted that through these acquisitions, our guests now have the choice of two new destinations to visit in our beautiful country at quality, self-catering resorts with so much to offer.”

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According to Shaun, Hermanus Beach Club, built on the rocky coastline of Hermanus in the Overberg district and just over 100km from Cape Town, is known as a home-away-from-home. “All units have their own built-in braai, selected DSTV channels and a private balcony or patio offering stunning, partial sea views. The well-equipped kitchens are self-catering for guests to cook up a storm!” He adds that The Beach Club has entertainment for all ages, including tennis and squash courts, adult and children’s swimming pools, putt-putt, a gym, pool tables, and communal braai areas. Hermanus also has several tourist attractions apart from whale watching, with wineries including Creation Wines, the Village Square and the blue flag Grotto Beach.

The second new feather in First Group’s cap, Brookes Hill Suites, overlooks Algoa Bay in Gqeberha with beautiful ocean views and waves lapping a mere 200m away. Shaun explains that apart from being just a minute’s walk away from a top-rated beach, the resort features an outdoor pool, and each apartment has a patio or balcony with a gas braai available on request, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV with satellite channels and private parking. Guests can also enjoy a communal braai area where firewood can be used next to the gazebo.

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“Brookes Hill Suites lends itself to the traditional family beach holiday that never gets old and is well-positioned for keen walkers and bikers, but with the Boardwalk Casino, Shamwari Game Reserve, Splash Waterworld, dolphin and whale watching excursions, the 18-hole Humewood golf course, and Bayworld marine-themed museum all on its doorstep, it is also perfect for the adventure-seeker.”

“For more than 30 years, First Group has been delivering world-class holiday destinations that offer unique experiences and create magical, lasting memories for everyone, all the time. We are very proud of our two latest acquisitions which, like all our other hotels and resorts, were carefully chosen to ensure our guests can enjoy maximum relaxation and fun in beautiful surroundings.  Whether your idea of a vacation is to lie at the pool enjoying a cocktail whilst watching the world go by, visiting local tourist attractions and experiencing “local is lekka” or on the hunt for adventure, we’ve definitely got you covered,” concludes Shaun.

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