Phakalane Hotel clocking in World Cup enthusiasts
The Phakalane Golf Estates Hotel may have missed its World Cup deadline like but it will benefit from the crumbs of the soccer showcase as it has already received bookings of those who want to be away from its ‘halla ballo’ in South Africa.
In an interview with Voice Money, the Managing Director of Phakalane Estates, Lesang Magang said though the hotel was initially supposed to be open before the World Cup, they failed to meet the deadline due to unforeseen circumstances revealing that it will now be open during the soccer tournament.
“We will soon be opening the doors of the hotel which already has bookings of those who want to be away from South Africa for some days during the World Cup,’’ he said.
Construction of the 80-roomed hotel started in May last year. According to Magang the hotel has no standard rooms but instead has executive to grand executive rooms, as they wanted to offer a facility that is different from the already existing hotels.
“This is the first hotel in the country to be built in the middle of a golf course and so we wanted to offer something different to Batswana and our visitors,’’ he said adding that 50 percent of the rooms will be overlooking the golf course which according to him is a ‘spectacular view’ not yet seen in Botswana.
He however could not be drawn to say how much was spent building the hotel, which also has a business centre and an executive conference room.
Magang also revealed that Phakalane will soon bring into the country a SPA, which will also be the first of its kind in Botswana.
“We want to position Phakalane and Gaborone at large as a prime destination for tourists also looking at the fact that the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport has been upgraded which will mean more larger planes landing in our grounds,’’ he said.
He said the coming in the diamond cutting industry will also bring into the country the rich and the famous and thus want to be ready to host them when they come.
“We may have somehow lost from the World Cup but the larger benefits are in the long term,’’ said Magang.
The construction of the Phakalane Golf Estates hotel comes 30 years after its idea was mooted, as it was one of the first facilities that were to be built when the proprietor of the estate, David Magang acquired the land in 1978.