Although your family may be hankering for a break this Easter, you needn’t invest heaps of precious time and money travelling outside of Joburg to relax and spend quality time together.
Etienne O’Connell, head of events at Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, is a big supporter of the staycation. Especially during the Easter period in Johannesburg when the city slows down just long enough for parents to enjoy a long weekend while the children are on school holidays.
He suggests trying a different approach this April: “Round up the troops and treat them to a night or two at a luxury hotel in your home city.
“This will not only afford you more time to make the most of precious moments with your loved ones,” says Etienne, “but will be friendlier on the pocket too, which may allow you to splurge elsewhere on special treats for the family.”
Of course, it’s all about location, which is why Etienne suggests choosing a hotel that’s close to a few hot spots. Here are his top tips for a staycation in Sandton.
Keep everyone busy
One of the most stressful aspects to family time is finding a place that keeps everyone busy and happy. With a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment to choose from, Sandton offers something to entertain even the fussiest family member. With an array of accommodation options to choose from too, your day trip could easily convert to an overnight stay.
A little bit of luxury
If you’re looking for luxury, Sandton has it all including several five star hotels which are family friendly. Check the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton’s Easter special from April 14th to May 1st. You can book a sharing room including breakfast for R1300, and children under 12 stay for free.
As well as indoor pools, you can also soak up the last of the summer sun on a rooftop deck, complete with cocktail in hand. Adding that extra bit of home-away-from-home luxury, the special also comes with complimentary uncapped Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, as well as 3km hotel shuttle open from 6.00-22.00 daily.
From paintings to putting
If you are an art fan, local and international artists are represented at a host of galleries in the area, displaying artwork ranging from ceramics and sculpture to paintings and installation art. If fresh air is best for your family, Sandton offers a choice of top golf courses to play on, which still keep you in the centre of the action.
Shop ‘til you drop
As one of the biggest shopping centres in Africa, Sandton City is home to over 295 elite shops and restaurants. Whether you are in need of a food stop, or a place to watch a film together, Sandton City offers enough variety of shops to keep everyone happy.
So if you’re thinking of Easter break ideas, perhaps turn your head away from the stresses of travel, and visit your home from home, Sandton, where you can treat your family to a staycation on your doorstep. With a break consisting of shopping, fine dining and luxury, it would be easy to forget you aren’t far from home.