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About Valley Lodge
Valley Lodge & Spa is an enchanting conferencing venue set in a nature reserve with a river (Magalies) running through it and indigenous vegetation all around. It will be celebrating its 45th anniversary under one family ownership this year.
When the Magaliesberg was still largely untamed territory, a visionary businessman, Italo Mazzoni, and a few associates, pooled their resources, and acquired a portion of the farm Steenekoppie in 1971.
On the farm was the Happy Valley Hotel and it was run mainly as a Sunday picnic retreat. Its owners paid little attention to its upkeep and it was in disrepair when Mazzoni and his colleagues began the process of re-building and upgrading the hotel which was renamed Valley Lodge.
In 1987 Mazzoni and his family assumed full ownership of the property and he set about transforming this little slice of heaven into an almost mystic wonderland in which the Lodge, with its thatched rooms and stone features, blends seamlessly with the environment.
This retreat means different things to different people. Corporates often gather their forces during the week for business conferences and team building exercises and there are no fewer than five conference rooms (with all the necessary technical facilities) to accommodate them, making it a top conferencing venue in the area. Two impressive Boma’s, one with an amazing view of the surrounding area, are also well utilised.
The Zeederberg Restaurant is the main source of food with delicious buffets on offer to tempt the most jaded palate.
But the three attractions which give this establishment its edge are its nature reserve with four game trails and footpaths, small game park, which boasts zebra, impala, African wild cats and some of the smaller species like hedgehog, rock dassie and tortoises, and Spa built in 2010 when Portugal were based at the resort during the 2010 FIFA World Cup (see separate release) .
Enjoy a sun-downer near the pool, and observe the engaging bird life all around. For true birders this is a veritable paradise boasting some 100 feathered species.
A popular rendezvous is the atmospheric Maloney’s Bar, where on Saturday night a pianist entertains, and one can watch sport on TV
An important aspect of this establishment is that it is deeply concerned about protecting the environment and it went ‘green’ seven years ago.
Many businesses in South Africa are still weighing up the pros and cons of “going green,” but Valley Lodge & Spa had no hesitation in taking up the challenge to ‘go green’ – and is today reaping the benefits.
It has made a massive difference in the way it has impacted on the environment – and was praised for its sterling efforts. They began the task of greening their business by converting the entire establishment from chemicals to green cleaning, thus making it the first lodge in South Africa to adopt a 100 percent green cleaning policy. Many other changes were made, including using LED lighting throughout the property, solar panels in select areas, and all water heaters have been replaced by heat exchange pumps.
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