This week’s travel feature showcases the luxurious AHA Gateway Hotel offering contemporary guestrooms with warm African hospitality. The Socialite spent a few days there to check it out…
Every holiday to South Africa is a truly unique experience and our latest visit back home was nothing short of spectacular. Unlike most cities, Durban truly comes alive in winter and with average temperatures of around 24 degrees you can experience the city in all its glory.
The AHA Gateway Hotel, famous for its characteristic green ‘screen’ surrounding the front the building and its eco-friendly nature is set in a desirable location in the heart of South Africa’s Umhlanga suburbs. An ideal choice for both socialites, families and couples alike. For guests travelling on business, the hotel offers unlimited Wi-Fi and conference facilities that can accommodate up to 500 delegates.
The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance to the upmarket Gateway Shopping and Entertainment Centre and just a short drive away from the Umhlanga beachfront and town centre fondly known as the villag. The elegant suburb is fast becoming a thriving metropolis and is renowned for its popular eateries, bars and cafes along with the delightful stretch of sand and sea of course. The hotel also provides easy access to other well known Durban attractions such as the Kings Park Stadium, the Go Wild Park, uShaka Marine World, The Durban Botanic Gardens and the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
As you walk into the hotel, there are subtle hints of African-inspired art oupled with a modern, contemporary touches. The most unique and often talked about feature of the AHA Gateway Hotel is of course their spectacular Rooftop Bar and swimming pool which includes a seasonal pizzeria.
The gorgeous urban hotel offers guests 3 star accommodation with a choice of 146 rooms in total varying from standard rooms to superior rooms to junior suites. Each room has its own telephone, free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV with selected DSTV channels. Smartly appointed and contemporary in design, the rooms offer a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
When it comes to dining guests can look forward to enjoying exceptional, minimalistic cuisine at their on-site bistro – The Fig Tree Café. It offers a variety of dishes that range from light meals to hearty meals and the best news is that it is also open to members of the public.