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Top foodie experiences at the Indaba Hotel

Bistro 407 at the Indaba Hotel
Eating your way to the heart of a destination is the best way to get to know a place. Food tourism is nothing new. From as far back as the Spice Trade, humanity has always had a taste for the exotic. Ingredients tell stories. They have a history and an origin.

A good foodie experience is memorable, and the easiest way to remember something? When it's accompanied by a compelling story.

Bistro 407 at Indaba Hotel

The Indaba Hotel has recently relaunched the Bistro 407restaurant, and it's no longer just a place to eat a meal, it's a proud showcase of our history. As one of the oldest accommodation options in Fourways, the intimate eatery is a nod to the history of the Indaba Hotel, as the property began its life located on lot 407 of the original farm, Zevenfontein. More heritage commemoration can be found in the two new signature cocktails, namely the 407 Lavender Pina Colada, best sipped on the outdoor deck below the last blossoms of the Jacaranda trees. Where the Chief's Boma has a more relaxed 'local is lekker' atmosphere (we even hosted the Ultimate Braai Master there), Bistro 407 offers a more upscale experience with offerings like Scottish Salmon, Wild mushroom & sun-dried tomato risotto and Lamb Noisette. However, it doesn't need to break the bank. We've created date night specials for locals too.

Local flavour flourishes

The Indaba Hotel was recently featured in a Tourism Update article on South African fooodie experiences. Food is at the heart of the South African tourism offering, says Barba Gaoganediwe, Gauteng Tourism Authority’s Head of Destination Promotions and Marketing. “Memories are stronger when linked to food. It delivers an intense experience that is remembered long after tourists return home.”

We have to agree! There is a return to showcasing local produce (as opposed to flaunting fancy imports), says Sharon Hunnink, Sales and Marketing Manager of Indaba Hotel. “Food offers the opportunity to not just delight the traveller but also show the diversity of South Africa and to educate tourists, she says. “There is also a focus on sustainability and awareness around wastage.”

The Chief's Boma

The Indaba Hotel aims to delight and educate. You can see this across our menu options. The Chief's Bomahas a distinctly South African offering with traditional dishes such as morogo spinach, vetkoek and beef, mopane worms and kapenta. Every dish represents the vast diversity found in our country, and it's a beautiful means for visitors to get a taste of our culture.

Our menu takes you to the Durban coast with spicy curries to the Cape with koeksisters and melktert, right north to Limpopo with Amarula crème brulée. This diversity also ensures that there's variety on offer and the international traveller is sure not to get bored. For example, The Boma also boasts a Shisa Nyama grill where our chefs prepare your preferred cut of meat, carefully selected by our on-premises butcher. It's then grilled to specification. This makes it a great combination of conventional buffet and tailor-made cooking.

The Gin Sensorium

The Indaba Hotel is continually looking at new ways to enthral our guests and has been home to the Inverroche Gin Schoolfor a year now. We continue to host collaborative specials, such as our latest Gin Tasting and Hors d'Oeuvre Pairingon the 11 December 2019. The gin school has also attracted Joburgers from our own neighbourhood, and we offer affordable foodie experiences such as the recent (and indulgent) gin and chocolate pairing for R200 per person. Other awesome collaborations include partnership pairings with KWV, the Jack Rabit Chocolate Studio and Pongracz.

Eat at the Indaba Hotel

  • Tantalise your tastebuds by booking a table at Bistro 407. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 18h00 until 22h30.
  • Create your very own bottle of gin to take home and learn all the fables and follies that lead to the popularity of this curious craft brew. Become a master gin distillerat the next event on 7 December 2019.
  • You can also make a true event of it and spoil a loved one. Attend Gin School, follow with a Bistro 407 dinner and enjoy bed and breakfast at the Indaba Hotel.
  • Join us for a Traditional Christmas Lunch Celebration at Chief's Boma on 25 December 2019.
Look out for other specials on our website here.

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The Mowana Spa launches Specialist Pedicure Deck

The month of July sees the launch of a new addition to the Mowana Spa at the Indaba Hotel – a specialised pedicure deck called The Retreat. Wonderfully cosy, the brand new Pedi Lounge and Nail Bar area allows outdoor bliss without exposure to winter’s lower temperatures.

Taking its name from the noble baobab tree, the Mowana Spa is an institution on the South Africas spa scene and has long enjoyed a prominent standing in Sandton’s collection of treatment centres. Currently the Fourways spa holds the number one slot on Tripadvisor.

The Retreat: Pedi Lounge and Nail Bar

Just a short turn off the bustling chaos of William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg, this new addition to the Mowana Spa is a sure antidote to city stress. Despite being so close and accessible, the tranquil bushveld setting and trickling waterways make this sanctuary feel a million miles away.

The Retreat embraces the outdoors, but the professional therapy deck and treatment area retains warmth thanks to clear view blinds and indoor heating - keeping the warmth where it belongs! Thatch and African reed ceilings create natural dappled light and the airy ambience is complimented by the tasteful afro-inspired decor. Everything harmonises with the Mowana Spa’s namesake and the serene new space does justice to Africa’s ‘Tree of Life’.

In order to retain intimacy, the fresh nail centre can cater for up to eight pedicures at a time (geared to small group gatherings if required), but cleverly planned pillars separate the seating into spaces that comfortably cater for couples too.

Kick off the treatment with mimosas and treats, let the sounds of gentle birdsong ease you in, put your feet up and relax into a plush LazyBoy chair. Professional pedicures start with a foot soak in rose gold tubs (inspired by the healing qualities of copper), followed by exfoliation to shed any unwanted winter layers. A cuticle treatment, heel scrub and foot massage ensue and its all topped off with a colour of your choice in either gelish or regular paint.

The designated deck is designed with exceptional experiences in mind. High Tea Journeys, an unusual Book Club Night Out or special Bachelorette Parties can all be arranged for memorable occasions.

The Retreat is the newest in a line of upgrades to the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. In addition to the spa’s specialist nail studio, other enhancements include Bistro 407, the spruced-up Courtyard Bar, three swish new Executive Suites, three luxe Junior Suites and the very popular Indaba Gin School, supported by Inverroche.

Opening specials at The Rereat Pedi Lounge and Nail Bar

Manicure & Pedicure Combo: R420 per person

This full treatment Includes a take home foot file, 50ml Matsimela body butter, a glass of wine and snacks.

Mowana Pedicure: R200 per person

Each fancy foot remedy includes a glass of wine for the ultimate post-work relaxation (add-on: gel for R80 and soak off for R60).

Mowana Manicure: R180 per person

Show off your hands this winter after we treat those tips. Each Mowana Manicure includes a glass of wine too (add-on: gel for R80 and soak off for R60).

Try one of Joburg’s most affordable spa packages

Other signature pamper journeys at the Mowana Spa include the decadent Mowana Full Day African Rejuvenation Pamper, which is an indulgent spa experience including meals and siz revitalising treatments. The romantic Mowana African Skies Night Spa Pamper includes dinner, complimentary beverages and three relaxing treatments. Ideal for date night. The indulgent Mowana African Escape Spa & Stay Pamper Journey provides the ultimate spoil and promises total relaxation.

We can't wait to welcome you.

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Joburg finally has a Gin School

Gin-School-Indaba Hotel
Did you know Johannesburg has it’s very own Gin School? Right here in Fourways, the Indaba Hotel is home to a professional Gin School in association with prestigous South African gin-makers, Inverroche.

It’s one of the world’s oldest alcoholic drinks and specialists say we’re currently experiencing the second Gin Revolution. There are an estimated 6500 distilleries found across the world at the moment. We've decided to join ‘em.

Under the expertise of our master Gin School host, you can brew and distil your very own hand-crafted gin in one afternoon according to your personal palate. Whether you want heavy, swirling florals, sensational spices or simply citrus with a touch of berries and baobab, this class will give you an understanding of what goes into creating a good quality gin – and how it ought to taste.

It’s also way easier than you think.

Create your own craft gin in Joburg

Juniper berries form the basis of every gin. During the class, you'll have the chance to taste the little purple drops before adding them to your bottle and discover the root flavour of everyone’s favourite sundowner. Featuring a thin fig-like texture, each little kernel has a sharp peppery citrus flavour. Botanically speaking, these ‘berries’ are actually the female seeds of pinecones, but they look, feel and taste enough like berries to justify the more common name.

One reason we’re in the midst of another gin renaissance is that gin is relatively easy to make. Blessed with such botanical variety, here in South Africa this is especially so. Our workshop will have you brewing up a bottle blended to your personal tastes in a matter of hours in one effortless science class. The class begins with a little history – ever want to learn the origins of ‘Dutch Courage’? – and takes you through the art of gin-making step-by-step so that you can leave as a master gin distiller. Snacks are supplied and, of course, so is a range of gin cocktails set to inspire your own signature mixture.

How to book a spot at Joburg's Gin School

Each month there are set dates open to the public. Otherwise, a minumum of 10 people is required per distilling session.

What's included in the Gin Experience?

  • Two-hour Masterclass
  • 500ml bottle of hand crafted Gin with Personalised Label
  • Gin Booklet and Recipe Card
  • Fun Gift Tag
  • Life-long brewing skills

A Gin inspired canape menu or harvest table menu is also available for an additional cost per person. Sound good? Book your experience at the Gin Sensorium.
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Fourways’ oldest hotel renewed: Indaba launches heritage restaurant and more


Steeped in history as one of the oldest accommodation options in Fourways, Johannesburg, the charming Indaba Hotel now welcomes guests with a refreshing facelift and spruced up restaurants, including the new Bistro 407, that honour the hotel’s countryside roots.

History of the Indaba Hotel

At 67 years old this year, the Indaba Hotel was first known as the Little Rose Neath Hotel and straddled the outskirts of Johannesburg in the 1950s. Back then, the journey was a day's trip from the centre of Johannesburg, but it was one willingly made for the hotel’s sumptuous Sunday lunches.

The Indaba Hotel has been revamped

Today, the spacious Indaba Hotel is still true to its warm country house feel of 1952. Thatched rooms temper the weather and a revamped reception area, filled with light, is imbued with the greens and golds so characteristic of Johannesburg’s highveld grasslands. Sprawling Egoli eventually gobbled up those flaxen fields, bringing the city limits closer to the countryside, but the Indaba remains a calm, homely oasis despite the energy of bustling Fourways beyond its walls.

Rob Mickel, Director of the Indaba Group of Hotels proudly enthuses how, ‘Everyone has fond memories of the Indaba Hotel with many people celebrating a special occasion with us over the years. We really are part of the Fourways history. With the recent development of Fourways, we decided to upgrade and improve facilities whilst still maintaining the country look and feel, and “Mein Host” hospitality for which the Indaba Hotel Fourways is renowned’.

New Bistro 407 launched at Indaba Hotel

A new a la carte restaurant opened on 4 March 2019 within the well-established Epsom Restaurant, which remains synonymous with splendid buffet breakfast displays and excellent lunch variety. Bistro 407 is a smaller, more intimate eatery within the larger hotel dining area and is now open for more upscale dinners.

The name of the new bistro is another nod to the history of the Indaba Hotel, as the property began its life located on lot 407 of the original farm, Zevenfontein. More heritage commemoration can be found in the two new signature cocktails, namely the 407 Lavender Pina Colada and the decadent 407 Toasted Marshmallow Daiquiri, which features Toasted Marshmallow Flavouring and White Chocolate Sauce. Other tempting Bistro 407 menu options include Scottish Salmon, Wild mushroom & sun-dried tomato risotto, Lamb Noisette, perfect Smoked Pork Belly and the 407 Death by Chocolate dessert.

The last balmy summer days are perfect for al fresco dining on the wonderful outdoor deck or there’s Prive, the private dining room, which seats 12, for cosy winter dinners.

In addition to Bistro 407, other Indaba Hotel upgrades include the spruced up Courtyard Bar, which is an outdoors cafe set below the tall trees of Johannesburg’s urban forest and centred around an original farmhouse feature, a sweet 1950s-era fountain. There are also three swish new Executive Suites, three luxe Junior Suites and the very popular Indaba Gin School, supported by Inverroche.

These developments are the first completions of the Indaba’s 20/20 Vision, says Rob Mickel. ‘We are also extending our current Kgotla Venue with the new multi-purpose venue being 1200 square meters under roof. Ideal for large conferences and events this venue will be open in August 2019. Further extensions to our Mowana Spa, with a dedicated pedicure deck, will also be completed this March and current bathroom upgrades in our 9th block family and queen twin deluxe rooms are well underway. All upgrades and improvements will be completed by the beginning of 2020’.

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Just north of the fast paced business world of Sandton, Johannesburg lies the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre nestled beneath the vista of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains.
It is a compelling blend of business-like convenience and efficiency, along with a relaxed and warm country hospitality atmosphere.

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