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June 2013
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Warm greetings from the chilly mountains

Another year is speeding past...  We have already had a few snowfalls, the mid-year school holidays have begun and the Hotel is abuzz with activity.  This time of year is when many when of us reflect on the past 6 months and recharge our batteries for the balance of the year ahead.  There is no better place to do that than at Cathedral Peak Hotel.  There has been a lot of activity over the past few months, with staff changes, promotions, improvements to the Hotel and exploring new markets with great success.  Thank you to all our loyal guests, we look forward to welcoming you back again very soon.

Nonthobeko, mother of 3, has been in her new role of Assistant Front Office Manager for 6 months.  Noni has worked her way up through the Hotel, starting as a waitress, handling our dry stores purchasing and then joined Reception.  Noni brings a quiet confidence to her department, an easy going, hard working lady, she is an asset to our Hotel.

Jabulani, Sous Chef of 3 years, has been with us fulltime for over a decade.  He worked here at weekends and school holidays as a youngster and then moved to Cape Town for 2 years, working both as a Chef at the Waterfront and a fisherman.  This experience, coupled with 4 years at Bushman's Nek, has given Jabulani the tools and skills to ably assist our Executive Chef.

Dumisani joined the Hotel in 2003 as a kitchen cleaner.  After 7 years as banqueting porter Dumi was recently promoted to Receptionist where his huge smile is appreciated by everyone.  Dumi met his partner 6 years ago and their son is 1 year and 8 months old and is the spitting image of his Dad.

Alette Wild hails all the way from the Western Cape.  Fulfilling a new position in the Marketing Department of business procurement Alette has already made a positive impact in the conferencing realm.  An outdoors enthusiast Alette is loving the new environment and the truly spectacular sunsets we get to experience almost daily.

Snow-capped peaks

Tequila sunrise

Specials for June, July & August

Stay for 3 or 4 nights and receive 15% discount - discounted rate of R1,005 per person sharing per night

Stay for 5 nights or more and receive 20% discount - discounted rate of R945 per person sharing per night

FREE gift on arrival

Excludes peak periods, terms & conditions apply.

During the June/July School Holidays all children under 12 pay ½ price and receive a FREE T Shirt (valid 21 June to 14 July 2013)

Special Discounted Wedding Offer

Book your Wedding with us and receive 30% discount off Hotel rack rates.  Discounted rate from R1650 per person sharing for 2 nights, includes 2 breakfasts and a buffet dinner (valid until 31st October 2013).

* Free use of the Chapel and Reception Room, including white tablecloths, chair covers, crockery and cutlery, waiters and barmen.
* Complimentary Honeymoon Suite for the bridal couple on your wedding night with romantic rose petal turn down.
* Welcome non-alcoholic fruit punch and canape's for all your guests at your reception.
* Free baby sitting available in the Children's Dining Room.

* Voucher for you to spend your first anniversary at the Hotel

* applicable if you  book 30 or more of your wedding guests at Cathedral Peak Hotel for weekend or mid-week.

Renovations are complete on the Umlambonja Room.  The bright room is bigger and now has floor to ceiling glass doors opening up onto the lawn area.  Ideal for a wedding reception up to 150 guests, with a dance floor.  With soft curtains and pale carpeting the room is now perfect for that special event!

Reception's facelift is almost complete.  Final touches are being made at the moment.  The Reception hosts 2 original pieces of furniture.  The first is an old Post Office piece that houses all our brochures, the other is Albert van der Riet's original desk.  Both have been refurbished and brought back to life.

June is Mountain Biking fun!!!

Bring your mountain bikes, or hire from Drakensberg Quad Bikes - situated near the golf course - and challenge yourself to one of the many trails at and around the Hotel.  Have an exciting morning ride up Mikes Pass, with a total ascent of more than 600m.  Optional 16km add-on loop at the top between 1700m and 2000m ASL.  Try the technical single track ride on the Hotel’s cross country course - guaranteed to get your heart rate up!

Cathedral Peak Hotel Soccer Team

Introducing Cathedral Peak Hotel soccer team.  This young and fit team are sponsored by the Hotel, train on our soccer field, next to the Helicopter Hanger and compete locally.

Complete the Cathedral Four

Challenge yourself and climb Mushroom Rock and Baboon Rock, hike to Fern Forest and Doreen Falls and earn yourself a medal and certificate.  Join this exciting new challenge and enjoy just a few of the many hikes on offer at the Hotel.

Community News

We have recently been involved with Project Gateway - led by Faye - in empowering the ladies of the Impumelelo Village (first village next to Cathedral Peak Hotel).  Faye has spent a lot of time mentoring the ladies, assisting with bookkeeping skills, time management, costings and sales lessons.  Faye has encouraged staff at the Hotel to be involved in the mentorship programme, sharing knowledge and assisting where possible.  The ladies are invited to the Hotel weekly to showcase and sell their beautiful handwork.  Such talent, hidden in the Drakensberg Mountains!

Remember we also offer conferencing and team building at the Hotel.  Whether you are planning your annual conference, a team getaway, leisure break or formal function, our Banqueting team will be happy to put together the perfect event.  Cathedral Peak Hotel - providing the perfect balance between business and pleasure.

Competition Time...

To all couples who got married at Cathedral Peak Hotel - this competition is for you!  Please send your favourite wedding photographs (taken in the Chapel, at your Reception, on the Hotel grounds, etc) to marketing2@cathedralpeak.co.za and stand in line to win a 2 night "2nd" Honeymoon at the Hotel.  All submitted photographs will be placed on our website.  The best photograph of the day will be posted on Facebook for all Facebook friends to "Like".  The photograph with the most "Likes" at the close of the competition will be the winner.  Photographs will be posted on Facebook and our website from 21st July and the competition closes on 31st August 2013.  Tell all your friends to like our Facebook page and your entry - the most "Likes" wins.  Terms & Conditions apply.