While the leisure market certainly accounts for a good portion of accommodation in the country, a huge number of South African villas are equally geared towards business travelers who are seeking a fully equipped, conveniently located home away from home.
From large scale conferences all the way to team-building holidays, important meetings, client pitches, fundraising events, product launches, corporate stays and even short trips that last just a day or two, South Africa is becoming a major location for business travel. Cities such as Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are not only home to first-rate conference centres, but also many corporate headquarters, national branches and even international businesses that have chosen to be based in one of Africa’s fastest growing business sectors.
If you are travelling to the country for business, considering a self-catered, private and comfortable option such as South African villas allows you to forgo the impersonal feel of a hotel, while also offering the benefit of more space, more exclusivity and more luxury.
How to Find Suitable Villas in South Africa for Business Trips
What are the things that you should be looking for when finding the right villa for your needs, and how do you go about finding the best place to stay? Depending on the type of trip you are planning, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some tips to help you get started include the following:
- The convenience factor. Obviously, it will make life far easier if you can find a villa or apartment that is close to the place where you will be doing business. Once you know where you will be working during your stay, you can start to look in that area or nearby. But don’t feel tempted to take the first place you see purely because it is close to the convention centre. In a city such as Cape Town for instance, there are many quieter areas that are within easy reach of the City Centre, while still being ‘away’ enough to escape the hustle and bustle after work is done for the day. Camps Bay, Clifton, the Waterfront and the suburbs of the City Bowl are all such examples of nearby destinations.
- The number of people in your party. Travelling alone, or bringing along your entire team? Having a confirmed number of people in your group is essential when sourcing any accommodation, and for villas, this is certainly important, too. You will also need to have an idea of group configurations as well, in case any sharing may be required. For example, your group may comprise of two senior partners and two assistants. The former will need en-suite rooms, while the latter may not mind sharing a double room if they are friends. A notable advantage of hiring villas is that, instead of paying per person per night, you pay a set cost for the entire property for the duration of your stay. This can add significant savings when travelling in larger groups.
- The comfort factor. Of course, you will want to feel at home for the duration of your stay. This is another advantage of hiring a villa in South Africa. The majority are equipped with everything you could ever need for a comfortable stay; from a kitchen loaded with modern appliances and utensils, to entertainment systems, swimming pool, deck, relaxation areas, work areas and plenty of other features that enhance your sense of well-being. After all, just because you are travelling for work, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to relax when you have the chance.
While these three factors are the most important ones to consider when choosing a villa, often, the choice comes down to any number of things. Always make sure that you have a proper look at all features, photos and service options when considering accommodation, and ask if you are unsure of anything. This will save you plenty of fuss further down the line, ensuring that your choice of villas in South Africa is exactly what you need.