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have an opportunity to interact with these gentle giants on a
personal level. This was the highlight of our trip. Make your way
from one to another, feeding them directly into their mouths or
trunks. These magniﬁcent creatures listen to your commands,
but also show off their dynamic personalities while you play, hug
and love them. It really was the best kind of group takeaway.
Situated within the South African capital of Johannesburg, the
281-room Maslow Hotel offers a tech-friendly, cosmopolitan vibe
that is sure to bolster a successful meeting. The hotel is just 15
minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport, in the heart of the
Sandton business district just outside of Nelson Mandela Square.
"The Maslow is a great group experience for everyone,"
says Nicky Nel, groups and events coordinator. "The entire hotel
is less than a year old and we have had very successful group
business, something that we are hoping will continue to grow."
Lacuna Bistro offers exotic tapas, sushi, salads and pasta
dishes complimented by a novel sized wine list and garden and
pool views. After dinner, head to the Lacuna Bar for specialty
cocktails with fresh ingredients and innovative recipes. All bar
tables have power outlets for easy cell and laptop charging.
To satisfy the needs of a busy business traveler, the Africology
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"The Maslow is a great group
experience for everyone. The entire
hotel is less than a year old and
we have had very successful group
business, something that we are
hoping will continue to grow."
Spa provides groups with beneﬁcial and therapeutic treatments.
Group sessions include hydrotherapy treatments, sauna, steam
room, rasul, aroma-steam sessions and rejuvenation therapy. The
Maslow's largest meeting space includes a 5,200-sf ballroom,
2,400-sf conference room and 12 meeting rooms.
THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE
"Zambezi!" my group shouted in celebration as we overlooked
the plunging waters of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, one
of the Seven Wonders of the World. We are standing on
Livingstone Island, a short boat ride from the 173-room
Royal Livingstone Hotel.
The falls are located on the border between Zambia and
Zimbabwe in the Southern part of Africa. Our group worked
together to swim across the heavy current of the Zambezi river
on our way to Devils Pool. The natural pool is a popular vantage
point that has been created by thousands of years of erosion,
making it an exciting spot to take in the falls during dry season.
After reaching the rock edge that overlooks a 355-foot drop, we
took turns as the guide held our feet as we spread our wings and
built up the courage to look down toward the piling rocks at the
bottom. With mist spraying our faces and a few butterﬂies in our
stomachs, there was nothing more liberating. If the Devils Pool
doesn't bring your group together, nothing will.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel deﬁnitely blew us away. The
colonial-style hotel rests on the banks of the Zambezi river,
offering a warm welcome of hippo, elephant and gator spotting
to groups who arrive by boat. Hand massages by spa attendants
are available during expedited check-in.
Book a reception for 100 on the open sun deck overlooking
the river and watch zebras, baboons and giraffes play throughout
the grounds. Move to the Royal Lawns for a scenic group meal
for 250 pax. It's not every day that a curious monkey will jump
onto your balcony and dip into your fruit basket.
Warm hues of cream, pale green and gold make for calm
and comforting guest rooms, each appointed with butler service
and gorgeous views of the river. There are four meeting rooms
on-site, including a 350-pax convention center, a 450-seat
conference space and two new boardrooms.
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