May 16, 2016
Known as the gateway to the much-visited Okavango Delta in Botswana, Maun is also a popular launching point for the numerous other wildlife activities on offer in this awe-inspiring corner of Africa. Visitors from all over the world arrive in this small town in their droves to partake in safaris to some of the most incredible game reserves, scenic flights over the Delta, 4×4 trails and more. Good accommodation is, therefore, essential to this growing tourism town, and there has been a definite increase in the market in Maun for high-quality accommodation and conference facilities for the business traveller. This is according to Group Operations Manager of Cresta Marakanelo Limited, Jonathan Cox, who says that a new Cresta Hotel is set to open in early 2017 to meet this demand. Cresta Maun Resort, the name of the new 83-bedroomed establishment, will complement Cresta’s existing hotel in the area, Cresta Riley’s. “The hotel will be larger than Cresta Riley’s and situated 10km away from the landmark hotel, which is in the town’s centre. Cresta Maun will offer facilities for both the leisure and business traveller, with two state-of-the-art, and much-needed, conference facilities for up to 300 people,” says Cox.
This latest addition to the Cresta group of hotels comes as part of the company’s drive to expand and improve the Cresta brand, set in motion seven years ago, and which has resulted in the revamp of hotels including Cresta Thapama in Francistown, Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa in Kasane, Cresta Lodge in Harare and, of course, Cresta Riley’s in Maun. The new hotel is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, which is the southernmost tributary to the Okavango Delta. Home to several bird species, Cresta Maun will offer a tranquil setting from which visitors can explore the wonders of Botswana. Being just 10km north of the centre of Maun – the tourism capital of Botswana – and 15 minutes’ drive from Maun International Airport, the resort will be well situated for adventure-seekers, holiday-makers and business travellers alike. An activities desk at the resort will be on hand to organise outings for those who want to explore the surroundings, including safari trips to Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta.
Of the 83 bedrooms on offer, 77 are standard rooms, five are junior suites and one is a presidential suite. All the rooms are air-conditioned with satellite television. A gym, swimming pool, restaurant and bar will keep you entertained while you take a break from the excitement of the great outdoors or from conferencing, while wireless Internet access will keep you connected and allow the business traveller to get on with work. The new establishment will have a modern contemporary feel, and all rooms, as well as all public areas and the restaurant, will face the Thamalakane River, offering breath-taking views.