Year-end is fast-approaching, but if you’ve not yet locked in plans for your team build or annual get-together, look no further than BON Hotels.
“With a collection of well-equipped properties dotted across the country, we’re readily available to host all kinds of corporate teams,” says Guy Stehlik, Chief Executive Officer at BON Hotels.
“Whether you want to switch out those power suits for slops and sunnies or regroup to set next year’s targets, we have everything you and your colleagues could need. Not to mention a treasure trove of value-adds and group activities that won’t burn a hole in your company budget.”
Ready to rally the team for the ultimate year-end experience? Here’s what to expect from our own teams down on the ground at BON Hotels.
BON Hotel Rustenburg
Location: Plot 37 Waterglen R24, Rustenberg, North West Provice
Best for: Adventurous teams who love the idea of heading outdoors.
Facilities: 70 room options, and three well-equipped conference venues which can accommodate up to 150 guests. There are also five swimming pools (one is heated!), an on-site restaurant, and complimentary WiFi.
Situated 100km from Lanseria International Airport and 160km from OR Tambo International Airport, BON Hotel Rustenburg remains a convenient option for corporate teams. Overlooking a lush garden brimming with birds, antelope, and zebra, there is plenty of space for outdoor activities arranged by the BON Rustenburg team. Aside from a dedicated obstacle court, there’s also a hiking trail and a volleyball court. Other itinerary add-ons include beer pong, Monopoly, and a range of strategic problem-solving games to encourage a healthy sense of competition. The Flying Bok Sports Bar provides the perfect laidback spot for a post-activity refresher.
BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central
Location: Bloem Plaza, East Burger Street, Bloemfontein, Free State
Best for: Easy-going corporate teams who enjoy dabbling in games and activities.
Facilities: A 24 hour business centre for those needing to catch up on emails, six dedicated conference rooms for workshops and events, and ample availability with 115 room options.
Located within Bloem’s bustling business district, BON Bloemfontein is rated one of the best hotels in the Free State, and it’s easy to see why. It boasts all the mod cons business travellers could want and need, including six conference rooms accommodating up to 450 delegates. Their on-site staff can help arrange various interactive activities, ideal for corporate team builds, such as MasterChef, Office Olympics, The Amazing Race, and Chef’s Table. There’s also the option of hosting your own potjie-making competition. As an added perk, BON Bloemfontein also offers a complimentary shuttle service to Bram Fisher Airport, just 10 kilometres away. Now, how’s that for convenience?
BON Hotel Empangeni
Location: 64 Turnbull street, Empangeni Central Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal
Best for: Creative teams who want to kick back and try more hands-on team activities.
Facilities: 55 rooms, an in-house restaurant (The De Hoff Cellar Restaurant), a bar (The Empangeni Bar), and four meeting rooms with seating for up to 230 delegates.
Creatives, assemble! BON Hotel Empangeni ticks all the right boxes for a corporate team build with fun-filled activities like their interactive murder mystery CSI Challenge, Minute to Win it Challenge, and Big Quiz. There’s also the Big Picture art challenge, where teams must work to create an enormous piece of artwork (which can then be displayed back at the office). For groups who love hands-on tasks, there’s also a go-cart construction challenge on offer and a newsroom challenge, which includes a plethora of materials and printing access. Want to include more game viewing? The Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Reserve is just an hour’s drive away should safari excursions top your team’s agenda.
Shishangeni by BON Hotels
Location: Mpanamana Concession, Crocodile Gate, Kruger Park, Mpumalanga
Best for: Nature-loving corporate teams who appreciate safari-style getaways and functions.
Facilities: Shishangeni by BON Hotels comprises three camps: Shishangeni Private Lodge, Camp Shonga, which can accommodate up to 65 guests. There’s also a sparkling swimming pool and private spa on-site.
The biggest draw for corporate teams at Shishangeni by BON Hotels, is not just what is available on-site, but all the accessible activities and excursions in the surrounding region. With The Kruger right on your doorstep, there’s more than enough to fill the itinerary in between meetings, workshops, and meals. Corporate guests can engage in anything from immersive bush walks and dinners around the boma fire to quad biking and elephant interactions. If you want to incorporate social responsibility into your year-end gathering, you can also arrange to visit the nearby community school. The best part of a day at Shishangeni? Daily sundowner sessions where colleagues can regroup and reflect on the day’s top highlights.
BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay
Location: Corner of Bridgetown & Pioneer Road, TuziGazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
Best for: Teams wanting a hassle-free team build experience where everything is prepared for them.
Facilities: 75 modern rooms, three meeting rooms accommodating up to 80 delegates, and high-speed. There’s also a swimming pool, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and lounge, and complimentary WiFi.
Aside from access to an experienced event coordination team, BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay also enlists the help of a specialised team building company to ensure a seamless experience for corporates. Some of the activities on offer include an Indiana Jones Challenge, where teams compete for various ‘artefacts’, a MasterChef-inspired potjie challenge, and a movie-making challenge where teams must create their own Oscar-worthy film. Want to get outdoors? Opt for beach or field Olympics for an added dose of adrenaline-pumping fun. Or, how about trying the Minute to Win It cocktail-making challenge? Whatever you decide, the on-site team will be on-hand to help curate an experience that excites and engages your team. For out-of-town groups, the nearest airport is Richards Bay Airport – just 11km away.
“It’s a well-known fact that excellent dining experiences and top-notch hospitality can help set the tone for corporate events and functions,” Stehlik adds. “Fortunately, our hotels boast its fair share of atmospheric locales serving flavourful fare and experienced teams on the ground to support corporate groups.”
Along with central locations, BON Hotels are also brimming with leisure facilities ready for corporates to close their laptop and reconnect with their colleagues. “Whether your team wants to head outdoors this year or find their bliss point at the spa, we’re ready to help create the ultimate year-end experience as 2023 comes to a close,” he concludes.