Magalies Park Golf Resort Takes Top Award

(2) Magalies Park

One of South Africa’s largest hospitality events was held at the ICC in Durban this March. With over 1000 guests in attendance, the glittering extravaganza celebrated the achievements of Club Leisure Group and First Resorts Management. The award categories included Resort of the Year, Resort Manager of the Year and Superior Service in Hospitality, to name but a few.

Magalies Park Golf Resort, a relevantly new property within the First Resorts stable, walked away with 3 of the top awards; Resort Manager of the Year, Resort Manager of the Year Inland and Resort of the Year Large.  Situated in the North West Province, on the banks of the Hartebeespoort dam, Magalies Park comprises 185 luxury chalets strategically placed within the indigenous forest that surround the 18-hole golf course.

Magalies Park, Muis Lombard Wins
Magalies Park, Muis Lombard Wins

“Within two years of being appointed Magalies Park Resort Manager, Muis Lombard has become a true asset to First Resorts. There was no doubt, when auditing the results and guest feedback for 2013, Magalies Park was head and shoulders above other resorts,” said Johann Jordann, Managing Director of First Resorts.

Further prestigious awards were presented to North Coast favourite, La Montagne Resort, Hotel and Spa – honoured as Top Resort Durban and KZN North Coast – and  Resort Manager, Dwight Westraad, who walked away with the title of Resort Host of the Year. Namibian resort Desert Rose received the awards for Superior Resort Small to Medium as well as Superior Service in Housekeeping.

Industry titans attending the annual awards ceremony included: Dimitris Manikis, Managing Director of RCI South Africa; Harry Taylor, Executive Chairman of TATOC (UK Timeshare regulatory organisation), and Robin Mills, MD Aroma UK and Europe.
Resort Manager of the Year – Muis Lombard – Magalies Park
Top Resort Manager Inland – Muis Lombard – Magalies Park
Top Resort Manager DBN/KZN North Coast – Dwight Westraad – La Montagne Resort, Hotel & Spa
Top Resort Manager KZN South Coast – Petra Meyer – La Côte d’Azur Resort
Top Resort Manager Cape Region – Jolene Miller – Hastings HallMount Sierra
Superior Resort Large – Magalies Park
Superior Resort Small/Medium – Desert Rose Holiday Resort
Superior Service Hospitality – Perna Perna Mossel Bay
Superior Service Entertainment – Port Owen Marina
Superior Service Housekeeping – Desert Rose Holiday Resort
First Exchange Ambassador Resort of the Year – Margate Sands
Resort Host of the Year – Dwight Westraad – La Montagne
Resort Entertainer of the year – Strike Ndlovu – Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort
Dynamic Development – Fran Lingard – First Resorts Head Office
Special Recognition – Gillian Foster – Bothania Hills
Special Recognition – Susan Watkins – First Resorts Head Office
Beyond the Call of Duty – Themba Malaza – First Maintenance
Service Excellence – Sipho Tembe – La Vita, Oceanic

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