In a strategic move that was initially unveiled in March 2023, South African hotel asset management company, ANEW Hotels & Resort, has officially confirmed the inclusion of ANEW Resort White River Mbombela into its portfolio.
This step solidifies the group's commitment to providing exceptional hospitality experiences as it continues its expansion journey in South Africa.
ANEW Resort White River Mbombela, formerly known as The Ingwenyama Conferencing and Sports Resort, offers a conferencing and sports resort experience. The Lowveld region in Mpumalanga is known for its low-lying plains, significant biodiversity, and iconic wildlife, making it a pivotal hub for tourism in the country due to its abundant game reserves and natural beauty.
ANEW’s new MD, Evan Badenhorst (previously Finance Director) said: “We are absolutely thrilled to finally welcome the ANEW Resort White River Mbombela to our portfolio. Our group's substantial investment in the refurbishment of this extraordinary property signifies our commitment to providing exceptional experiences for both domestic and international travellers.
“Throughout this renovation journey in the last few months, we've dedicated ourselves to enhancing every aspect of the resort. What truly excites us is the contemporary and meticulously curated interior aesthetics that now grace the rooms and public spaces. These designs are not just aesthetically pleasing; they also pay homage to the location itself.”
Badenhorst pointed out that the extensive renovation project had drawn inspiration from the natural surroundings, weaving modern touches into every textile, finish, piece of art, and item of furniture through the advice from award-winning and architectural design studio, INHOUSE Design Studio.
ANEW Resort White River Mbombela offers top-tier amenities, including sports fields, pools, a cutting-edge high-performance centre, and a gym with the latest equipment – ideal for sports groups and professionals seeking medium high-altitude training. With 149 stylish rooms, modern amenities, and state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, it's perfect for weddings and various functions. The 50-minute drive to Kruger National Park's Numbi Gate adds to its appeal.
Wayne Blake, who previously served as GM of Ingwenyama Conferencing and Sports Resort and now assumes the same role at ANEW Resort White River Mbombela, expressed his enthusiasm for this transition: "This move to join the ANEW brand is an exciting chapter for us; one that builds on the legacy of excellence in hospitality that our resort is known for. This transition will only enhance the exceptional experiences we offer to our guests."