By Donna Collins
WHAT was once a quiet fishing and camping spot, the sprawling Namibian Defence Force Foundation (NDFF) land of Mile4 is growing into a vibrant residential area, with big plans in the pipeline for the expansion of the popular Seaside Hotel and Spa to the tune of around N$225 million.
Expansions will shortly be underway to convert the current beachfront hotel into a luxurious five-storey facility, occupying some of the current camping ground as well as stretching further up a portion of beach. Shareholders NDFF that owns 75 percent and August26 with 25 percent of the hotel are said to be creating one of the finest hotels at the coast, which is going attract a bigger conferencing audience. Furthermore the NDFF have already begun by enhancing the amenities of the outdated camping facilities by sinking N$2,5 million into a brand new Mile4 caravan park complex. The 500sq metre development which will open its doors by the end of August, comprises a large modern conference centre with a coffee shop, as well as a completely separate restaurant facility with dining room, recreation room for pool tables, a sizeable kitchen and separate cloakrooms. Also taking shape is the upstairs bar with windows that overlook far into the desert on one side, and the ocean on the other. This, when up and running is sure to become a draw card for residents in the area as well as conferencing, functions and other guests. The existing laundromat has been upgraded, whilst a further eight VIP bungalows are going to be built in the vast walled in piece of underutilised property, that could easily fit in five rugby fields.
Speaking to the contractor Desert Goliath, who began building in May this year, he said that there is so much potential for a conference centre at Mile4, which apart from the Seaside Hotel also NDFF owned, there is nothing else available except in the big hotels in town.
“This should offer a less pricey alternative for people who want to hold functions and weddings, because it is a very beautiful part of the world, and by next year there will be huge plans in the pipeline for a development. Meanwhile, Fanie Lambert, manager Mile4 Caravan Park said that the current park was old and outdated, and each time there was a function they had to contract caterers for their groups, which was not financially viable in the end, resulting in the push to build a new facility with all the self contained amenities. He said that Seaside Hotel and Spa has become very popular with big ministerial delegations and functions, and that as the bookings grew, so was the need for more rooms and a larger conference facility. It is also one of Namibia’s most popular wedding venues. “The Mile4 Caravan Park Conference facility will appeal to the smaller budget and middle class market offering space for 120 people, while the Seaside Hotel and Spa will cater to the larger and high end delegations of up to 1 000 people at a time,” he said.
“Building of the hotel is going to start shortly.”
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