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Stay up to date with all our GOOD news and what Guy Stehlik says in his blog. You’ll find all our press releases, articles and blog posts below.

Feathers, Fashion, and Bridgerton in… Oudtshoorn!

Season three of Bridgerton, everyone’s favourite racy Regency-era series, has just dropped, and we can’t get enough of it. But did you know there is a little piece of Oudtshoorn in this hot-on-trend Shondaland Netflix drama? The ostrich feathers quivering on the opulent hats and costumes, in the lush décor, and accessorising the lead heroine, Penelope Featherington (it’s even in her name), came from our humble Klein Karoo ostriches.

July 16, 2024

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Hospitality’s Leadership Extinction: Are We Training Dinosaurs in a Digital World? 

The hospitality service industry has undergone fundamental changes in the past five years. Guests today are more demanding, more experienced, less willing to settle for mediocrity. To keep up, hospitality leaders can't merely provide great service, they need to constantly anticipate the future. They need to be chameleons, adapting quickly to new expectations, technologies, and business models.  Fast forward to today, and the hospitality landscape has undergone a shift, disrupted by a tidal wave of technological innovation. From automated check-in kiosks and mobile room keys to AI-powered chatbots and personalisation algorithms, technology has permeated every aspect of the guest experience, ushering in an era of unprecedented efficiency, data-driven insights, and convenience.

June 25, 2024

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Preserving Hospitality’s Human Touch in a Tech-Driven World

As a child, I have vivid memories of family holidays that were steeped in the warmth of human connection. The genuine smiles and hearty greetings from hotel staff as we arrived, the friendly conversations with servers over meals, and the personal touches that made each stay feel like a home away from home. These were the moments that defined true hospitality for me – moments that sparked my passion for this industry and set me on a lifelong journey. Fast forward to today, and the hospitality landscape has undergone a shift, disrupted by a tidal wave of technological innovation. From automated check-in kiosks and mobile room keys to AI-powered chatbots and personalisation algorithms, technology has permeated every aspect of the guest experience, ushering in an era of unprecedented efficiency, data-driven insights, and convenience.

June 24, 2024

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African hospitality sector seeks freedom from Traditional management models

Traditionally rigid, long-term and onerous hotel, resort and lodge management models for mid-sized, mid-scale and mid-market  hotels, lodges and resorts  are no longer fit for purpose within much of Africa’s unique hospitality landscape. For this growing and thriving hospitality market segment, Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels, advocates for a shift towards greater flexibility and owner empowerment. He believes that many hotel owners throughout Africa should now be in a position to negotiate more control than being locked into inflexible, long-term contracts where owner involvement is shunned.

June 14, 2024

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How to budget for life’s big moments – from travel to matric dances and weddings

You want to celebrate life’s big moments and go on adventures, but when you add up the costs involved, it’s easy to start feeling completely overwhelmed. We hear you. It can seem like only those with champagne budgets can afford to have vacations, weddings, and matric dances. But don’t despair – there’s also a way to do it when your budget is Grapetizer-sized! We're ditching the recycled tips and giving you some unique strategies that will not only help with the practical side of things but also crack the code on budgeting decisions, dipping into a little of the psychology of spending.

May 28, 2024

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Where to Stay, Play, and Eat in Maboneng: Hallmark House’s GM Spills the Beans

We have great news for those culture-vulture travellers looking to experience Johannesburg's electrifying creative scene. The edgy Hallmark House Hotel has joined the ever-growing BON Hotels family!

April 25, 2024

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How to make your workation work for you: Five BON tips

“Excuse me, what is a workation?” We better answer this common question before we start on how it can add to your life. As the name suggests, it is a blend of holiday and work. It may not seem appealing at first, but it offers a chance to change your environment, explore a new place, pull the escape hatch on boring routines, and even avoid burnout.

March 27, 2024

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Hallmark House partners with BON Hotels

Hallmark House partners with BON Hotels to elevate iconic Joburg guest experience Steyn Entertainment's acclaimed Hallmark House has joined forces with BON Hotels to elevate the guest experience at the iconic Johannesburg art hotel. This partnership fuses the property's distinctive artistic flair with BON's hospitality expertise.

March 7, 2024

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BON Hotels’ Weighs In: The Best of eSwatini

The Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) is a tiny kingdom offering an authentic slice of Africa, untouched by mass tourism, making it a perfect destination for any traveller looking to venture off the beaten path. If you’ve already decided on a memorable escape to eSwatini, you’re probably wondering where to go, what to do, and where to stay. Here are BON Hotels’ top picks.

February 28, 2024

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The BON Hotels team bares all: Our most heartwarming, authentic (and sometimes a little awkward!) romantic moments

The BON Hotels team bares all: Our most heartwarming, authentic (and sometimes a little awkward!) romantic moments We all have those moments when the heart pounds, the stomach ties itself in knots, and the world seems to stand still in the face of love. At BON Hotels, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing some of the most heartwarming, authentic, and, yes, occasionally awkward romantic moments that could rival any rom-com for their sheer unpredictability and charm. So, grab a cup of something comforting and perhaps a box of heart-shaped chocolates, and let’s dive into our team’s most captivating tales.

February 20, 2024

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BON Hotels steps up accessible travel with SA Guide-Dogs partnership

Cape Town, 15 February 2024 – BON Hotels, a fast-growing, exciting, and leading African hotel group, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with the SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind. This alliance, launching at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Durbanville, underscores BON Hotels’ unwavering commitment to fostering an environment where inclusivity and accessibility are not just buzzwords but a lived reality for every guest.

February 14, 2024

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BON Hotels launches Cape Town presence with Majorca Apartments

BON Hotels, a leading hospitality company in Africa, is excited to announce its expansion into Cape Town with the management takeover of the renowned Majorca Apartments in the prestigious Cape Town Century City development commencing on 1 February 2024.

February 1, 2024

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Thought leadership.

Traditional hotel paradigms set for major disruption in 2024 The hospitality industry is headed for major disruption in 2024 as millennial preferences are driving significant changes across the board. Hotels are revisiting longstanding traditions like 10am checkout times, room service ending mid-evening and rigid all-inclusive packages bundling amenities people rarely use. Even daily housekeeping is being scrutinised for its relevance in the current hotel landscape.

January 9, 2024

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Booking Tips for Festive Season Holidays from the BON Experts

December – that blissful time of the year when the biggest predicament many of us face is not whether to have another mince pie but rather when exactly to nail down those festive holiday bookings.

November 20, 2023

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Thought leadership.

The great “aparthotel” deception. Why it matters and what you need to know. First appeared on BizCommunity

November 8, 2023

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In her own words.

When it comes to a career in hospitality as a calling, Jadine is an expert. She’s dedicated to providing only the best in service, illustrating the fulfilment that comes with achieving exceptional guest experiences. She shares her ideas on inspiring young people to pursue hospitality careers and her aspirations for BON Hotels below.

November 8, 2023

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Thought leadership.

First appeared on BizCommunity South African travellers are becoming increasing diverse, with a rise in black luxury travellers. However, the question arises: do these travellers see an industry that mirrors their aspirations, dreams, and identity?

October 19, 2023

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Let the son shine

We occasionally need a life-changing event to remind us to be grateful. In tough circumstances, we so easily get caught up in the darkness that we cannot see the wood for the trees.

July 7, 2016

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Dropping the ball

My team and I have recently undergone a truly humbling experience at BON Hotels

January 9, 2015

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Value vs Volume

I have always believed in the organic growth of BON Hotels and have sworn in the past that I would rather go bust than take on a property to rack up the numbers in our portfolio, without being able to add value.

August 25, 2014

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