It’s time for a getaway at Easter!

• It is Autumn, final warmth before winter • Explore world-class resorts or stunning city hotels right here at home • Health and safety are not negotiable at Cresta Hotels

It’s time for a getaway at Easter!

From the true African safari, savanna sands, crisp natural air of the wild and rich water bodies in the picturesque Chobe and beyond, beauty spas under the stars and seemingly endless sundowners, this surely is the time to enjoy this.

As the buildup to the Easter holidays gathers momentum, most people are looking forward to embarking on domestic vacations in different parts of our beloved country. How about trying a trusted portfolio which will not just give you a 3D review of the fruits of Mother Nature right across Botswana? One whose size, footprint and level of responsibility means whichever direction you are headed this Easter, pleasure is assured and safety is not an area of debate but principle?

It is autumn. Why not press restart to realign those annual goals you were so passionate about in January? Cresta Hotels is giving away many reasons to smile with Easter specials. Its impressive portfolio of properties and solid reputation for service makes it the hotel group to explore this coming holiday.

Says Malebogo Sesinyi, Cresta Marakanelo Limited’s Group Marketing Manager: "Right across our 11 properties in-country, guests will enjoy affordable packages to explore and unwind this holiday. From the south, our Cresta Jwaneng and one of our Gaborone properties, Cresta President, provide packages that come with complementary fuel vouchers. Our centrally located Cresta Lodge is the perfect city escape.

Cresta Mahalapye, Cresta Botsalo, Cresta Bosele, Cresta Marang, and Cresta Thapama are in fairly close proximity of one another and can facilitate day trips to tourist attractions within the area such as Goo Moremi, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Letsibogo Dam and Tantebane Game Ranch respectively. Cresta Riley's, Cresta Maun and Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa have boat cruises and various activities within the package."

Whatever you are planning, the resorts and city profiles should meet your needs and give you that much-needed refresh. Cresta Hotels will help you reconnect with Mother Nature and explore new networks and adventures. "This holiday we bring a bouquet of packages to reward the market with a reset, given our current circumstances,” Sesinyi explains. “Our mental health and vigour is crucial in this time, and there is no better gift than the packages we present for holidaymakers at home. Through this experience, we hope to cultivate and reinvigorate the nation's interest in domestic travel.”

The tourism and hospitality group has always maintained that it aims to provide memorable hospitality by offering different products that range from cosmopolitan to authentic African experiences. Holidaymakers can attest to this. "In these coming holidays, we were encouraged to embark on a domestic vacation for safety and pleasure,” says Anne Mafu, who has been a guest of Cresta before and won’t stop. “We intend to drive from Gaborone to Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa to try the boat cruise, game driving in the park, taking walks in the gardens and so forth. I have been to Cresta and I understand their standard of cleanliness, health and all the right protocols.”

Understandably, Sesinyi is enthused by the feedback. "We continue to engage with deep cleaning and fumigation at all of our properties throughout the country,” she says. “We take the health and safety of our guests very seriously. That is why at the beginning of the pandemic, when there was little knowledge of it, we engaged chemistry experts who led and guided the exercise following strict WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines of standards of safety. This was also in line with our quality management for market-readiness."