De Hoek Country Hotel has been recognised as a winner in the Top 25 Hotels in South Africa category of the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking 18th out of 25.
The Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top 8,095 properties in 94 countries and 8 regions worldwide.
“This year’s Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels recognise thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for overall experience, including service, amenities and value, from travellers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications. “The global TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travellers find the hotel that’s right for them as they plan and book their next amazing trip.”
The De Hoek Country Hotel, an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, set on the banks of the tranquil Magalies river, Magaliesburg, is known and loved for its exceptional cuisine and personalised service.
The luxury award-winning hotel recently appointed Jacques Swart as their new Executive Chef.
Jacques Swart is a highly experienced and talented young Chef, dedicated to producing World-Class Cuisine, using the finest seasonal produce that can be sourced in the local area. Jacques believes in keeping the end product simple and flavorful using both traditional and modern methods of cooking. Born and schooled in Klerksdorp, Jacques holds a Diploma in Professional Cookery and has garnered experience through different sectors of the hospitality industry, highlights including luxury hotels such as The Michelangelo Hotel and more recently the Four-Seasons Westcliff.
Jacques has also competed and won medals and acclaim in various international competitions, including the World Culinary Olympics in Germany and the Dubai Culinary Championships, being a part of the South African Culinary team.
From exclusive open-air event catering to being inflight chef for First Class clients on Etihad Airways, Jacques has travelled extensively around the world and has experienced a great variety of different cultures and cuisines. Jacques comes to De Hoek after being part of the opening team of the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel in 2014, where he was Chef De Cuisine of Flames Restaurant.
Jacques joins an exciting operations team at De Hoek, led by General Manager Gavin Ferreira, they are planning many new and exciting culinary offerings in 2018, including Gourmet Weekends and Fine Food and Wine Dinners. We looking forward to sharing Jacques culinary creations with you soon!!
This exclusive 5-star boutique hotel offers superior luxury accommodation – 12 Superior Suites, 4 Superior Suites with a gas fireplace, 10 Deluxe Suites (two wheelchair friendly) and 2 Penthouse Suites and 4 Executive Twin Rooms on the mezzanine level of the Stone House.
All in-house guests have access to the West Terrace lounge with a gas fireplace, the Gimbal library, the Conservatory Restaurant, The Bridge Bistro for lighter meals, the Compass bar, the outdoor swimming pool, manicured gardens and walking paths. Many outdoor activities including mountain and river walks, hot air ballooning, off-site gliding, horse riding and game drives are available. Both fine dining and more informal fare, in a French-Continental style, is served in the elegant Conservatory restaurant and the less formal Bridge Bistro.
De Hoek boasts a variety of conference and function rooms for companies, private individuals and bridal couples looking for an exclusive country venue. Themed events and special occasion celebrations, on an ongoing basis, are also arranged.
To see TripAdvisor traveller reviews and opinions of De Hoek Country Hotel go to www.tripadvisor.co.za.