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September 2016 Newsletter


Trainee chef at NH The Lord Charles and runner-up in the 2016 Best Candidate Chef of the Year Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge.

My passion for the culinary industry started in 2011, during my Grade 10 year, when I attended short courses at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. During my final school year, I was accepted into the Culinary Traineeship Programme at NH The Lord Charles. I started my traineeship immediately after matriculating, in December 2013, and within a few months started in our fine-dining à la carte restaurant, La Vigna.

I am a perfectionist with a keen eye for detail. To me, cooking is an art and every finished plate should be a master piece. I attribute my success to the support of my family, our MD, Daniel Mendez, and Executive Chef Jean Pierre de la Motte, as well as my colleagues and friends, who always believed in me. My faith in God was also instrumental in my success. My next goal is to complete my traineeship and become a master pastry chef, and I would like to travel overseas to experience the international culinary scene.

In my leisure time I enjoy watching cooking shows, doing research on the Internet, or experimenting with new techniques in my kitchen at home. I love baking my famous lemon meringue pie with homemade lemon curd for family and friends!



NH The Lord Charles Hotel named Sanlam Top Destination Awards title in the Hotel Category and Four Star Grading!

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards honours the top accommodation establishments behind South Africa’s flourishing tourism industry – as voted by the public. NH The Lord Charles was named the winner in the 4-star hotel category from a line-up of 120 finalists from an overall 8000 establishments at a glittering gala event at The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, earlier this month.


NH The Lord Charles has been rated the top hotel in Somerset West for an incredible five consecutive months!!

Of course, we have you, our guests and visitors, to thank for this. Your continued support and feedback means the world to us – it’s great to hear when we do things right, but it’s even better to know how we can improve your experience at our hotel.

TripAdvisor is an international travel website where visitors can post reviews of their travel experiences and rate establishments on their service and facilities. Click here to read some of our great reviews or leave a comment of your own!


Family Spring Break promo

Spring break is coming up … Take advantage of NH The Lord Charles’s Family Spring Break promotion and experience our trademark hospitality, superb service, luxurious style and excellent guest amenities for only R697.50 per person sharing – including breakfast, a child discount* and more!

Offer valid 1 September to 31 October 2016. *Ts&Cs apply. For more information:  SPRING SPECIAL


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Countdown to Christmas – 89 days …!

NH The Lord Charles will again be celebrating the Festive Season in style this year with a fabulously festive Christmas Lunch Buffet and New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance in the Somerset Suites.

Our special festive season events are very popular – so plan ahead to avoid disappointment! Contact Denise Reddell on +27 21 855 1040 or


rw_sring_facebookpost_800x5002SA RESTAURANT WEEK – SPRING EDITION

Join us at La Vigna restaurant for the annual SA Restaurant Week from 20 to 30 October, when we’ll be celebrating the flavours of spring with over 150 of the top restaurants in the country!

Bookings open on 30 September for this very popular event. Avoid disappointment: Sign up as a VIP guest to make advance bookings!

In the meanwhile, please visit EatOut, where you can leave a La Vigna review, and check out our Restaurant Week Menu to whet your appetite. For more information, visit

Restaurant Week Menu


Savour the pleasures of a 5-course gourmet dinner paired to perfection with some of the best wines in the world! Don’t miss October’s W&D evening, when Executive Chef Jean-Pierre de la Motte will partner with Zonnebloem to you show how it’s done.

Where & when: La Vigna Restaurant, **Date will be confirmed in October**

Price: R365 pp (Executive Club members receive 10% discount)

Bookings: Denise Reddell on +27 21 855 1040 or email

For more information on the award-winning Zoenebloem wine range, visit

71c0da57c3fb4c2fbaf3bf6ace30ae38MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS – COMPETITION NEWS

August winners

Congrats to:

Mrs CM Boshoff, winner of the NH The Lord Charles Executive Club members’ draw for August. Mrs Boshoff, who is a Platinum member of the Exec Club, has won a ‘Best Breakfast in the Helderberg’ for two, at the Garden Terrace.

Marilize Weitsz was one of the many readers who ‘loved’ our Facebook  page in last month’s lucky draw newsletter competition – and by doing so, she won herself a Sunday Lunch Buffet and Carvery for two, at the Garden Terrace.

We look forward to seeing you!

This month’s competition

Win a ‘Best Breakfast in the Helderberg’ for two! Just answer this easy question and send it to by 15 October 2016: What prestigious national tourism award did NH The Lord Charles scoop in September?


Regular international traveller? Think NH Rewards.

Join NH Rewards and take advantage of a range of special rates and offers available only to NH Rewards members, including:

  • €15 after your next stay – just for signing up with NH Rewards;
  • free nights and discounts – exchange reward points for free nights and discounts throughout the year;
  • exclusive rates – available exclusively to NH Rewards members; and

more benefits during your stay!

Visit for Ts&Cs and more information.

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