#FindYourEscape: The personal budget-speech holiday fund

2018-03-11 00:00 - Sibusiso Mkwanazi
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A budget-friendly hotel means a getaway is affordable for many South Africans.

Most of us don’t realise that we all serve as ministers of our own personal finances. And if we wrote personal budget speeches, what would we say? For many this creates the opportunity to reduce our spending on unnecessary things and free up some funds for things that we actually thoroughly enjoy doing.

A well-deserved holiday is one of the most therapeutic ways to pat yourself on the back – and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Thanks to leisure establishments like the affordable Faircity Roodevallei in Pretoria, you won’t have to worry too much about “tightening the fiscal belt” and “decreasing expenditure”.

Serenity greets you at the hotel that lies on the banks of Pienaars River, which is surrounded by a nature reserve. And the nearby bird sanctuary gives bird watchers the opportunity to boast about their knowledge of various avian species and the difference between a lilac-breasted roller and a European roller. If you find yourself thinking “They’re just birds”, then perhaps a look at the different types of accommodation at the hotel will pique your interest.

Wedded bliss - the hotel often hosts wedding receptions and other festivities, and will help make your special day all the more memorable

The 40-garden rooms are cosy, comfortable, have breath-taking views of the lush gardens and might remind you of country-style living at its best.

The 16 riverside rooms are the hotel’s pride, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the splendid views and the calming sound of rolling water.

For families looking to reconnect over board games and enjoy one another’s company, the 40 hotel rooms offer ample space. Furnished with two double beds, the rooms also provide a quick getaway via a sliding door – perfect for when you reach a “family saturation point” and need to escape.

Perhaps what makes Faircity Roodevallei such an attractive getaway is that you don’t need to heed the finance minister’s suggestions to reduce your spending – or at least, not when planning your getaway. The establishment offers a budget-friendly, all-inclusive package at reasonable rates.

And just because the hotel is financially accessible, doesn’t mean it is substandard or lacks facilities and activities for its guests.

The Earth Ritual Mobile Spa, swimming pool, hot tub, state-of-the-art sauna and volleyball court are more than enough to keep you busy – and at no additional cost.

For those who do have cash to spare, you can join a game drive at the nearby Dinokeng Game Reserve, play a round of golf at the Pebble Rock Golf Club, or visit the Ndebele Cultural Village.

Abseiling, horse rides, quad bike safaris and mine tours are also available for those who throw caution to the wind when it comes to their budget.

Faircity Roodevallei also offers comfortable conference facilities and provides the perfect setting for wedding receptions with incredible sunset views over the river.

To check out Faircity Roodevallei Hotel’s specials,visit the Faircity website, call 012 845 5000 or e-mail reservations.roodevallei@faircity.co.za

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Disclaimer: City Press writer Sibusiso Mkwanazi was hosted by Faircity Roodevallei Hotel for the duration of his stay. 

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