Mmabatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort: An Oasis of Rejuvenation
14 June 2011
The Mmabatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort with its sky-high Mokolwane palm trees, lush green grass and azure blue swimming pool is just the oasis it resembles – a pleasurable spot to refresh and recharge.
Situated in the historic town of Mafikeng, the resort encapsulates a relaxing entertainment oasis where guests can celebrate in style with vibrant Casino action, 4-star accommodation, outdoor activities and gourmet delights. Mmabatho Palms is the perfect destination for discerning business, leisure and conference guests.
Situated in the North West town of Mafikeng, it is just three hours drive from Johannesburg, making for a convenient break-away from the pressures of the urban jungle.
A 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel is where seekers of relaxation and respite can unpack their bags. It has 150 air-conditioned rooms all with bath and shower, as well as satellite TV. Along with 73 classic, 28 deluxe and 24 luxury rooms, there are 20 executive rooms, three suites, a presidential suite and a special assistance room.
Besides swimming, there are tennis courts and mini golf to keep guests busy during the day. At night the casino with its 155 slot machines and eight gaming tables throbs with guests, expectations and excitement, while diners gather at the trendy Motswedi Terrace Restaurant and Bar to sample the delights of an á la carte menu. Whatever the time of day, children can be safely left at the Jolly Giraffe kiddie’s corner. Trained caregivers keep a watchful eye while the activity choices range from play station games to stimulating board games and puzzles.
Challenging greens and spa pampering
A great attraction at Mmabatho Palms is its proximity to the highly-rated Leopard Park Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course with flat, narrow kikuyu grass fairways, true bent grass greens, multiple grass bunkers and water hazards, and an island green at the 18th hole. The course was designed by Peter Matchovitch and Dale Hayes and its Victorian-style clubhouse includes a bar, lounge, dining area and games room.
Recently opened at the resort and enhancing its reputation for rejuvenation is the Palms Retreat Wellness Spa and Fitness Centre. Here guests can be scrubbed, massaged, exercised and detoxified. The latest in non-surgical anti-aging and slimming procedures are on offer, while weight management programmes are individually planned.
Indoor and outdoor convention space
Convention facilities at Mmabatho Palms comprise of four meeting rooms which accommodate a total of 300 guests. The Grand Leopard Room has a pre-assembly area and can be subdivided into two. It also sports a 26,64m² stage. Flexible configurations and up-to-date technology make the convention space suited to a wide range of functions such as conferences, board meetings, team building and weddings. A boma for outdoor eventing seats 120 people.
History and nature sites that beg discovery
For a small city, Mafikeng is wall to wall in historical places. The site of a remarkable chapter of the South African (Anglo Boer) War known as the Siege of Mafikeng, a good place to start an exploration of the past is the Mafikeng Museum. Sol Plaatjie, the legendary journalist, linguist, politician and translator, ran a newspaper in Mafikeng at the turn of the 20th century, and his former residence, office and printing works can also be visited.
Nature lovers, too, will find much to pique their interests in the area, which has a clutch of game and nature reserves within close distance, as well as a popular angling spot at the Modimola Dam.