Every year, over December and January we run our annual ‘Sense of Place’ photo competition. It’s open to anyone who has taken a photo that they think captures the essence of a ‘Sense of Place’ and includes the beautiful Champagne Castle Mountain in the photo. You don’t have to have stayed at Champagne Castle Hotel to enter, and the photo you submit doesn’t have to have be taken on our property. 

It’s our invitation to celebrate what we think is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains that captures what Champagne Castle Hotel is all about, a Sense of Place.

To enter and for more information and the rules, click here

 

 

Hello 2018. May you be everything we hope for. Start the year off with our Summer Deal and getaway to one of the world’s most beautiful areas, the Drakensberg. Situated in a World Heritage Site, you won’t be disappointed by the views and walking opportunities that these mountains offer.

However you choose to spend your time, relaxing, walking, golfing, birding, swimming, sitting, reading, or catching up with the special people in your world, Champagne Castle Hotel looks forward to welcoming you to a Sense of Place. 

The Summer Deal is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Only applies to Deluxe Rooms:

SHARING
Midweek – R1 150 per person sharing per night
Weekend – R1 250 per person sharing per night

SINGLE
Midweek – R1 725 per person per night
Single Weekend – R2 500 per person per night

 

The Summer Deal has limited rooms available and will close when allocations are sold out.
Valid from 14 January 2018 – 28 February 2018
Fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner; morning / afternoon tea.
Standard Terms and Conditions apply
The Summer Deal only applies to new bookings. 
The Summer Deal is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Please quote PROM when making the reservation directly with the hotel.

The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and if 2017 had a voice it would say that you deserve to take some time to relax and explore the incredible beauty of the Drakensberg. Take advantage of our December Special.

The December Special is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Only applies to Deluxe Rooms:

SHARING
Midweek – R1 085 per person sharing per night
Weekend – R1 185 per person sharing per night

SINGLE
Midweek – R1 630 per person per night
Single Weekend – R2 370 per person per night

 

  • The December Special has limited rooms available and will close when allocations are sold out.
  • Valid from 1 December – 14 December 2017
  • Fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner; morning / afternoon tea.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions apply
  • The December Special only applies to new bookings. 
  • The December Special is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Please quote PROM when making the reservation directly with the hotel.

There are a few dates on each year’s calendar that are incredibly important at Champagne Castle Hotel. New Year is definitely one of them. Much time is spent on both the theme and the planning of the party to welcome in next year. This is the letter sent to guests staying with us for the 2017/2018 New Year Celebration. (Our New Year celebration is reserved for guests only)


This year, our New Year Celebration honours the adventure of Phileas Fogg of London, England and his French valet Passepartout in their circumnavigation of the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (the approximate equivalent of R35 million in today’s money).

Earlier this year we received a letter from the Fogg family asking if we’d host a party in Phileas and Passepartout’s honour. Of course we accepted.

According to a recently discovered document, written by Fogg to Passepartout, he indicated that he’d wanted to host a party at his favourite destination in all the world (what an honour) and invite all the interesting people they’d met on their voyage. Unfortunately Fogg became ill shortly after writing the letter and the party was put on hold.

Until now. 31 December 2017. Champagne Castle Hotel.

We’d like you to consider all the incredibly interesting people that Fogg and Passepartout would have met on their journey. We’d then like you select one of them, consider who they may have been, how they would have dressed, and then attend our New Year ‘Round the World Party’ dressed as that person. Pick a name for your character for the evening if you’d like? Feel free to be as creative as you’d like to be (of course we’ll be giving a weekend away to the most interesting person who attends).

1873 ITINERARY

To assist and inspire you, we’ve included their 1873 itinerary….

UK to Suez, Egypt
Fogg and Passepartout start their epic journey by taking the Orient Express, which departs from London. They travel across France and the Alps to reach Venice. Here they move on to Brindisi where they change to a steamer that brings them across the Mediterranean sea to Suez in Egypt

Egypt to Bombay, India
By steamer across the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean

Bombay to Calcutta, India
By rail

Calcutta to Victoria, Hong Kong
By Steamer across the South China Sea

Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan
He searches for a vessel that will take him to Yokohama, and finds a pilot boat that takes them to Shanghai, where they catch a steamer to Yokohama

Yokohama to San Francisco, US
By steamer across the Pacific Ocean

San Francisco to New York City, US
By rail

New York to London
By steamer across the Atlantic Ocean to Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland, in time to reach London before the deadline

London to Champagne Castle Hotel, South Africa for Rest and Recovery
By steamer to Durban. Rail to Ladysmith, and then Horseback

P.S. While Fogg and Passepartout completed their adventure in 1873, feel free to pick any period between then and now as you consider the character you will represent.

For the 7th year in a row, Champagne Castle Hotel has once again received a Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor.

Before we explain what the award is about, we know that the only reason we have received this award is because of our guests who take the time and effort to review and rate us on TripAdvisor after their stay. To all of those guests, a big thank you from the entire team at Champagne Castle Hotel.

The Certificate of Excellence honors accommodations, restaurants and attractions that consistently receive great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Every guest review, no matter how we receive it, forms a central part of ensuring we’re always improving our guest’s experience during their stay at Champagne Castle Hotel. Reviews are discussed every morning at out daily management team meeting. Each review is read out, and discussions are had on every item a guest brings up. Action points, where necessary, are tabled, executed and followed up the next day at the meeting.

Sometimes the reviews are difficult to read. One mistake from one of our team can turn someone’s stay with us from great to average, or even worse. And of course, there are reviews that are wonderful to read, because for that guest, we got it right (which of course is our goal with every one of our guests)

Once again from all of us at Champagne Castle Hotel, a big thank you to each of our guests who take the time to post a review of their stay at Champagne Castle Hotel. Those reviews contribute to us ensuring that we’re perpetually improving everything we do, to ensure all of our future guests have the best possible stay with us.

Well done to Derek Auer who is the winner of our ‘Sense of Place’ photo competition, that took place during December/January. We had 80 entries this year, which makes it our most entered photo competition. The judges spent hours working through the top 20 most voted for entries. Even though it was close, in the end they felt that Derek’s photo best captured A Sense of Place.

The competition mechanism was simple. People were invited to submit a photo that in their opinion best captured ‘A Sense of Place’ (the slogan of Champagne Castle Hotel), and had to include the mountain, Champagne Castle. The photo didn’t have to be taken from the hotel property. 

Entrants then voted for, and asked their friends to vote for their photo. We then took the 20 most voted for images and our panel of 3 judges, based at the hotel, selected the winning photo. 

Well done Derek.

Below, in no particular order, is a gallery of the 20 most voted for photos

This has now become an annual competition at Champagne Castle Hotel. The ‘A Sense of Place’ Photo Competition.

We’re looking for your photos that best capture ‘A Sense of Place’ and that MUST include Champagne Castle (the mountain). We’ll then take the top 20 most voted for photos (you can only vote once per day) through to a judging panel, made up of 3 members of our team, for a final selection. We’re looking for the photo (from the top 20) that best captures the essence of ‘A Sense of Place’

Last year we had over 60 entries. We’re hoping to see a far larger number this year.

Entries close on 13 Jan 2017 and voting closes on 20 Jan 2017. The winner is announced on 24 Jan 2017 on our Website and Facebook page.

How To Enter?

  • Desktop – You can enter right here on this page below (we’ve embedded the entry mechanism)
  • Mobile Device – Click here to enter 

* you don’t have to have stayed at Champagne Castle Hotel or taken the picture from our property, to enter

The theme for New Year 2016 is ‘Magic Desert Mountain‘ inspired by timeless oral legends from the vast Saharan Desert Region

Where the mountains meet the desert you will find treasures enough to satisfy all of your needs. The Atlanteans, the Berbers, and even the Tuareg hold these legends to be true. Some say the treasures are made up of precious metals, but others say the treasure is made up of the oldest libraries on Earth hidden away in the Mountains and will someday be rediscovered. They contain knowledge of times before the Deluge. For 12 hours, over New Years Eve, we’re going to transform the hotel into a desert, and allow it to meet up with the mountains. The treasures we’re hoping you find are one of celebration, fun and laughter as we welcome in the year 2017

A feature of Champagne Castle Hotel New Year evenings is that our guests go to a lot of time and trouble to dress up and get into the theme. And of course we do our best to match their effort. It makes for an evening that always counts among our highlights of the year.

Below we’ve collected a diverse selection of Saharan Desert Fashion to serve as inspiration for their New Year’s Eve outfits.

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desert morocco moroccan sahara theme new year drakensberg hotel vacation holiday

 

desert morocco moroccan sahara theme new year drakensberg hotel vacation holiday

desert morocco moroccan sahara theme new year drakensberg hotel vacation holiday

desert morocco moroccan sahara theme new year drakensberg hotel vacation holiday

On 6 June 2015 Adriaan and Esther were married at Champagne Castle Hotel. This morning while working through the comments, shares and likes on our Facebook page, we came across their absolutely stunning wedding video (embedded below).

The video was created by Raising Flags, who are a video production company based in Bloemfontein South Africa, specialising in Weddings and Corporate videos.

So happy anniversary to Adriaan and Esther, and thank you for leaving such a beautiful set of memories for the rest of us to share with you.

 

According to a new study completed by the University of Illinois and the University of Hong Kong, simply taking a walk down a tree-lined street has the power to significantly decrease your stress levels. Imagine what a walk in a forest at the foot of South Africa’s 2nd highest mountain will do?

The reviews of Champagne Castle Hotel on TripAdvisor are dominated by comments on the spectacular scenery seen from the rooms, the veranda or around the grounds of the hotel. Many of those reviews are from people who have taken a walk up onto the mountains, with either Wonderboy, our resident guide, or on their own. Those walks are often described as magical, even sacred. So a study like the one mentioned above isn’t news to us. It is helpful to have some science to include in our narrative.

Unless you’re doing the Sunset Trail, every walk starts and ends through the forest that borders the hotel. While the Hotel is within the World Heritage Site, we like to think of the forest as Nature’s Official Entrance. That means that you’re getting a double dose of stress-reduction when you go for a walk. On the way out (or into the forest) and on the way back (our out of the forest).

We’re not sure what science has to say about walking onto millions of years old mountains, or looking back down the Champagne Valley from hundreds of meters above it? Whatever science has to say, almost 50 years of talking to people at dinner about their walk during the day confirms that it’s good for your soul.

We look forward to welcoming you back from your next stress-reducing walk with us. See you soon