Fish River Resort is Open for Golf

Mantis has re-opened the golf course at the iconic Fish River Resort as of today, 29th March 2018.

The Fish River Resort is on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Set between the Great Fish River and the winding Old Woman’s River, Fish River Resort is 1.2km from the Indian Ocean and provides a tranquil setting surrounded by water, forests, and clean air.

This magnificent Gary Player-designed championship 18-hole course is as a must-play. It incorporates bent grass greens and some unique challenges presented by the natural landscape. Open to golfers of all levels, the course includes several drives across Old Woman’s River and makes the most of the prevailing wind conditions.

The golf facilities include a halfway house, pro shop and changing rooms. The halfway house is open from 07:30 to 16:30 and serves light meals and beverages. The Propshop operates from 07:30 to 16:30, there are a limited number of rental sets for hire and golf carts included in the green fees.

Self-catering accommodation will open on the 27th of April 2018. The rooms at Fish River all have a lounge and fully equipped kitchenette. Each self-catering unit has a private entrance and patio overlooking the grounds.

GREEN FEES

R900 per 4-ball including two carts

R500 per 2-ball including one cart

CONTACT INFORMATION:

proshop@fishriverresort.co.za

Pro Shop: +27 40 676 1002 (Wednesday – Sundays, 07:30 – 16:30)

Bookings on Mondays and Tuesdays: +27 72 864 1234 (08:00 – 17:00)

ACCOMMODATION RESERVATIONS

+27 040 676 1101 | reservations@mantiscollection.com

The Envoy Hotel – Abuja’s New Meeting Ground for the Discerning

Mantis is the leading collection of hotels and eco-escapes in Africa and offers award-winning tourism experiences on all seven continents of the world. The Mantis Group will manage and market the brand new Envoy Hotel in the renowned capital of Nigeria, Abuja. Set to be Abuja’s meeting ground for the discerning, The Envoy hotel by Mantis boasts 59 rooms that include 8 diplomatic suites, 7 VIP suites and a Presidential suite on the 6th floor that includes a protocol room. The Envoy will be ready to welcome guests from the 5th of February 2018, with the grand launch event taking place on the 5th of March 2018.

The Envoy stands prominently on Diplomatic Drive in the heart of Abuja, one of Africa’s foremost cities where diplomats, business people and world leaders converge. Upon first impression, Guests will be delighted by the modern façade, matched by the technologically advanced facilities inside. From paperless room stationery to eco-sensitive bathroom amenities, The Envoy is a hotel of the present for the future and has been built to operate in support of the environment.

Diplomats, delegates and captains of industry will love The Envoy for its advanced business facilities comprising of a business centre, meeting room, secretarial services, fibre-optic WiFi throughout and iPADs on the ready – we are geared for all of our Guests’ business needs.

The leisure Traveller is spoilt for choice with all the entertainment on offer. While at The Envoy, couples, families and individuals enjoy continental fine dining in Larai Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a swimming pool and various bars to choose from. When opting to stay in, guests can relax by the swimming pool and Vandos Bar and Lounge, or get active in the Pro-Fit Gym.

The Envoy’s 24-hour concierge can organise any activity – from savouring the sunset on Jabi Lake, dancing to the city’s beats in Africa’s trendiest clubs, a stroll through Millennium Park, or a lunch in a secluded garden restaurant – Abuja has it all!

The location of The Envoy on Diplomatic Drive guarantees a level of security in its own right as it is flanked by Embassies and astute corporate entities. The Envoy has taken serious measures to ensure guests’ security on the premises and has achieved a Level 2 PLUS Global Lighthouse Certification in Security as per an independent risk assessment and security audit was done in November 2017. This level of security is the most difficult to achieve as it is adjudicated on the infrastructure – The Envoy is the first hotel in Nigeria to achieve this.

Mantis is proud to be involved in the development of The Envoy which will not only set the bar for luxury hospitality and personal indulgence in Abuja but also raise the standard of eco-sensitive hotel operations in this city. Mantis’ Legacy is one of conservation and sustainable operations which benefit stakeholders and the communities in which each Mantis experience exists.

The Envoy will hold a prestigious launch event on the 5th of March 2018. Further to introducing the hotel to the business community, this charitable event will launch The Envoy as a patron to one of Abuja’s most deserving community initiatives. Information on the event will be made available on the hotel’s social media platforms and www.theenvoyabuja.com.

FACEBOOK: @TheEnvoyAbuja 

INSTAGRAM: @abujatheenvoy

TWITTER: @TheEnvoyAbuja

A New Breed of Sustainable Development - uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

Mantis is proud to announce their association with the creation of the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve, a 6000-hectare tract of tribal land, currently being incorporated into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal. Opening in September 2018, the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve represents a future of forward-thinking sustainability as it blends past and present conservation models.

Named the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve as a tender nod to the early conservation pioneers who used to call the area uMfolozi, and also differentiate it from the main reserve. It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknownst to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation before the concept was coined by European settlers, by proclaiming this area his royal hunting ground. This reserve is also where the very first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered global conservationist, the late Dr Ian Player.

After extensive consultation between the tribal chiefs, their communities, and Ezemvelo (the public authority responsible for Hluhluwe iMfolozi), the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve was established. This landmark agreement, whereby tribal land is incorporated into protected government land, will increase the protected area to over 100,000 hectares and provide much needed employment.

The uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve epitomises what Mantis stands for: “Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable”. It also brings full circle, the friendship Adrian Gardiner, Founder of Mantis and Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Global, had with Dr Ian Player. Dr Player was instrumental in saving the white rhino from extinction in the late 1950’s, at the very same reserve to which the uMfolozi Reserve has now been added.

In the words of Adrian “Mantis is honoured to have the opportunity to invest in and continue with conservation in the area where the monumental work of my friend and mentor, Dr Ian Player, began”

Currently, it is underutilized land plagued by unemployment in the indigenous communities. In its new format, more land will be protected for animals to roam free in and the surrounding communities will benefit economically through either direct employment at the lodges, or outsourced services such as the growing of vegetables and laundry to name only a few.

Game drives and walks on the 6000 hectares uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve will be exclusively for guests staying on the reserve. uMofolozi guests will also have the added benefit of game drives and walking safaris within the main reserve.

Two luxurious lodges (25 minutes from each other) are being built for the Mantis Collection. Named after the local chiefs who contributed their land, Mthembu Lodge will open its doors in September 2018 and Biyela Lodge will be ready to welcome guests from October 2018.

Biyela Lodge, nestled on a spectacular bend on the White iMfolozi River, will have 12 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (100sqm in size) each with private pool, and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping 32 guests in total. Spa and Gym facilities will also be on offer.

Mthembu Lodge, with panoramic views of the water and thickets, will comprise of 7 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (112sqm in size) and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping a total of 22 guests. Children aged 6 years and older will be allowed on game drives, with children 13 years and older being able to join on walking safaris.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895. Stretching over 96,000 hectares, it is located approximately 190km (2.5 hours) north of Durban, in central Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The reserve is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve will be on the southwestern border of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, overlooking the wilderness area.

We encourage travelling to uMfolozi by transfer which can be arranged with reservations in order to allow guests to enjoy the scenic route dotted with important battlefields and prominent grave sites. The reserve is a 2.5-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and 1.5 hours from Richards Bay.

ABOUT MANTIS

Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snowscape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness. Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities. We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations, and are wholly committed to legacy creation.

Mantis Collects some Exceptional Experiences in the UAE

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has unveiled that Mantis Collection will be managing all hospitality facilities under Shurooq’s Sharjah Collection brand. The joint venture was officiated and announced at the 38th World Travel Market London that was held in the UK from 6 to 8 November.

Shurooq is an independent government organisation that facilitates partnerships and connects investors with relevant opportunities. Established in 2009, Shurooq strives to encourage investment in Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from both the region and the world.

The selection of Mantis Collection by Shurooq came due to their expertise and experience in delivering and managing sustainable, boutique hospitality facilities worldwide. They were an obvious choice due to the similarity in the nature and scale of projects that Shurooq is building under the Sharjah Collection. The quality of hospitality options in Sharjah is expected to take a quantum leap forward with the Sharjah Collection.

The first phase of the Sharjah Collection’s portfolio of projects comprises four key developments; the Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba as part of the Kalba Eco-tourism project, Al Badayer Oasis Lodge at the Al Badayer desert, Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim at the Heart of Sharjah and the Fossil Rock Lodge at the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project.

Shurooq launched the Sharjah Collection, the first local luxury hospitality brand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, as part of its ongoing strategy to promote the emirate as one of the region’s leading tourist destinations. The main focus of Sharjah Collection with its lodge- and B&B-style properties being developed in Sharjah’s eco-tourism and heritage sites will be to afford its guests unique and distinguished living experiences accented with an authentic taste of Arabian hospitality.

Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Collection is representing Sharjah Collection at the World Travel Market London 2017 which is running from 6-8 November. This is a stage where numerous major products and solutions are showcased, and a meeting place for experts in the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East. It enhances the region’s share of the global travel market, which is worth billions of dollars at the international level.

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis. Another Exceptional Place to Find Yourself.

The Mantis Collection has unearthed another exceptional place to find yourself; Nungwi Dreams on the North-East coast of Zanzibar. This is a brand new hotel, building has been completed, and quite a few guests have already experienced this wonderful oasis. The hotel is open to guests while Mantis Collection oversees the transition into managing, marketing and aligning the finishing touches and services to the Mantis standard. Nungwi Dreams will officially come under the Mantis banner in June 2018, at which stage there will be an official opening.

Nungwi Dreams is built for luxurious island living and gives guests the freedom and privacy to experience the essence of The Spice Island. True to Mantis form, Nungwi Dreams is a boutique hotel with only 28 rooms comprising 2 villas, deluxe and junior single suites, and 2-bedroom apartments. Each room is spacious and well-appointed with contemporary finishes. The rooms are designed for flexible living and can accommodate families and groups very well. There is Wi-Fi throughout and satellite television in each room. The Nungwi Dreams’ guest is spoilt with East-African cuisine and fresh seafood served in the on-site restaurant. The generous infinity pool looks out over a private white-sand beach and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean beyond.

The Mantis Collection is a family-run collection of award-winning, privately-owned hotels and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the world. Each property in the Mantis portfolio represents the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, gastronomy, architecture, and nature of the location in which it is found; offering guests truly authentic experiences. Officially founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment, and local community. Mantis’ approach in the development and management of Nungwi Dreams strives to preserve the authenticity of an island experience in Zanzibar.

Mantis has created flexible rooms and rates that encourage the Nungwi guest to go out and explore Nungwi Village and surroundings. Nungwi Village is characterised by wide, palm-lined, pristine beaches. It is home to the Mnarani Turtle Conservation Pond which protects green and hawksbill sea turtles in a tidal lagoon. There is a wide range of activities including fishing, diving, snorkelling, boating and kite surfing, spice tours, swimming with dolphins, and turtle conservation.  Nungwi is a 45-minute drive from the historical Stone Town which is the oldest part of Zanzibar City and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Akagera Game Lodge Joins Mantis Collection

On the 10th of October 2017, The Mantis Collection and the Rwanda Social Security Board signed a Hotel Management Agreement for Akagera Game Lodge in Rwanda. Akagera Game Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Kigali and comprises of 60 rooms and a conference centre.

Akagera Game Lodge is set within the Akagera National Park (ANP) in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, on the border of Tanzania. This is the only Big 5 park in Rwanda; it is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Akagera National Park is characterised by swamps, lakes, open savannahs and woodlands. The park is home to more than 482 bird species such as the rare Shoebill Stork and over 12 000 large mammals including zebras, giraffes, lions, black rhinos, and elephants. Crucial to the park’s ecosystem is the vast Lake Ihema which is home to hippos and crocodiles.  Akagera National Park is considered a strategic tourist attraction in Rwanda and offers unrivalled scenic beauty. Vigourous law enforcement has seen a drastic reduction in poaching and prospering wildlife since 2010.

The Mantis Collection is a family-run collection of award-winning, privately-owned hotels, and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the world. Each property in the Mantis portfolio represents the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, gastronomy, architecture, and nature of the location in which it is found; offering guests truly authentic experiences. Officially founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment, and local community.

The Mantis Collection truly is the best choice for developing Akagera Game Lodge, and the tourism sector of Rwanda. The group’s global footprint lends extensive experience in tourism development, and as Mantis was also involved in formulating of the Wildlife Management plan for Akagera National Park in 2007 – it brings to the table a sound understanding of what the park has to offer.

The Mantis Collection will commence with the development, management, and marketing of Akagera Game Lodge before the end of 2017, with all renovations to be completed by the middle of 2018. Development at the lodge will start with a soft refurbishment, replacement of furniture and building maintenance, and it will remain open throughout. All operating systems will be modernised and service levels improved to the 5-star standard Mantis is renowned for. Plans for Akagera Game Lodge include the introduction of set departures from Kigali and positioning Akagera Lodge as a luxury experience in a circuit including Kigali, Lake Kivu, and the Volcanoes National Park. This is in line with the long-term strategy implemented by Rwanda Tourism.

Providence by Mantis, Lagos, Nigeria

The Providence by Mantis is a 5 star boutique hotel in Ikeja, the Capital city of Lagos due to open late 2017.

The understated luxury and class is complimented by the service on offer.

Set in a sprawling suburban backdrop, away from the energy and excitement of Lagos, the hotel has a modern design, elegant lines and bold colors. Providence boasts 79 Luxury Rooms and 3 Suites, all furnished with stylish amenities and a modern finish. Facilities include all day buffet restaurant, Conference room and boardroom, secluded pool area, luxurious spa, elegant bar, modern gym and safe parking with good security.

Wayo Africa, Tanzania

Wayo Africa offers remote and stunning locations with some of the most exclusive, remote and wildest sites in parks such as Tarangire, Manyara and the Serengeti.

Oone of only a handful of copanies permitted to conduct wilderness safaris inside the Serengeti National Park.