By Hilary Mare
AHA Hotels & Lodges is further expanding its footprint in Namibia, following the signing of a full management and marketing services contract with Epacha Game Lodge & Spa and the Eagle Tented Lodge, effective from 1 July.
Located on top of the hills of the Epacha Private Game Reserve, Epacha Game Lodge & Spa and the Eagle Tented Lodge, border the main road leading to the Etosha National Park.
Earlier this month, Confidente reported that aha Hotels and Lodges will take over the full management and marketing services for the Swakopmund Collection, also effective from 1 July.
The Swakopmund Collection is a privately owned hotel group that consists of popular coastal hotels, Atlantic Villa, Beach Hotel Swakopmund and Swakopmund Plaza Hotel.
Commenting on the latest developments, Neil Bald, who is the Chief Executive Officer of aha Hotels & Lodges, said, “This is a welcome addition to the aha family; our portfolio is growing and this acquisition is just another step towards achieving our strategic goals, as we develop our footprint in Namibia.”
The Epacha Game Lodge & Spa is the main lodge, with 18 spacious chalets. Each chalet has a large balcony, which offers stunning views over the Epacha Private Game Reserve.
It houses a library, cognac and cigar room and wine cellar underneath the restaurant. The outside area offers a relaxing space, overlooking the infinity pool and pool bar.
The more adventurous Eagle Tented Lodge offers eight safari tents, built in a classic Hemingway-style, with an outdoor shower. There are eight additional spacious family tents, comprising of a small lounge and an open-air bathtub on the deck, overlooking the private reserve. The lodge was the first of its kind to pioneer wellness treatments in Namibia, offering a fully-equipped luxurious wellness centre, which offers five treatments rooms, one of which is open-air, as well as a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Christophe Van De Vijver, the owner of Epacha Game Lodge & Spa and the Eagle Tented Lodge, said, “Having aha on board is an exciting development; they are renowned for their expertise in hotel management and marketing. We are confident that this collaboration will bode well for our establishments.”
The game lodge is known for its unique Victorian decoration style and its high-quality service, and with a large conference room and Wi-Fi connection for guests, it is ideal for incentive groups or corporate trips.
The well-known aha Hotels & lodges manages a collection of establishments throughout South Africa, including in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, North West province, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, Limpopo, as well as in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
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