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Our team’s Tip Off: Free hotel nights, 50% off at restaurants…
Why our team loves this special card and organised a 30% off deal for you
Last updated: 11 October 2022
Don’t you just love it when you get that special tip off? The kind you want to share immediately with your friends and family or colleagues? A few months ago we were introduced to something really special: That gets you free hotel nights, a number of 2-for-1 stays, up to 50% off on your food bill, and which you can enjoy and gift to friends at the same time.
It gave birth to the CapeTownMagazine.com Tip Off, created so we can pass on the pleasures we come across daily. This month’s feature is this card of exclusive deals and discounts of a value of up to R12 000 (it costs just R1,850 a year).
The CapeTownMagazine.com tip off was started to make sure that you never miss out on a Moment of Joy. Image: CapeTownMagazine.com
Not just that. We’re getting you as our reader a 30% extra off on this card. So for R1,295 you get yourself access to luxe hotels for a whole year. The whole experience is called Prokard Explorer by Marriott, and it gives you and your loved ones free stays, restaurant discounts and savings on special offers and rates across the country.
We mean premium hotels like the AC Hotel by Marriott Waterfront Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, the Westin and Jozi’s fabulous Melrose Arch. Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! By Marriott, or their hotels at locations in the winelands and Garden Route and Durban’s gorgeous Umhlanga beachfront. Plus stays in Bela Bela and other luxury lodges.
Whether you are travelling solo, with family or for bleisure, it immediately made sense to us. Our team (who got one, too) unpacks the pleasures of a Prokard Explorer by Marriott.
Enjoy exclusive rooms with views of V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Table Bay at The Westin Cape Town. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD STAY AT SUCH A HOTEL”
A hotel stay is a right of passage. From the luxury of room service to cocooning in terry cloth robes, you never forget your first hotel stay. Junior project manager Simone Strydom, in her first job, never thought she could consider staying at a hotel until now.
What Simone loves most: The dining discounts, because she eats out so much with her fiancé. From family champagne breakfasts to romantic dinners, you get 50% off when dining with one other person, and you don’t have to be an in-hotel guest.
What she recommends: There are about 18 Marriott Hotels and Protea Hotels by Marriott in the Western Cape that give dining discounts, including at Cape Town Marriott Crystal Towers, and restaurants on the Garden Route, V&A Waterfront and the winelands. Use this handy hotel guide to find restaurants.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Durbanville is surrounded by D’Aria Wine Estate’s vineyards on one of the Cape’s oldest farms. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“I’M GOING TO USE THIS FOR BUSINESS”
A business trip is made all the more pleasurable when your base has all the essentials covered. Like at the expertly positioned and kitted-for-business AC Hotels by Marriott. The wood-panelled rooms at the AC Hotel by Marriott at the Waterfront have work desks fit for executives. What is impressive for editor-in-chief Joonji Mdyogolo is not only what’s in the room, but the amenities downstairs.
What Joonji appreciates: The Library, the co-working hub downstairs. Joonji loves that it accommodates new types of travellers, bleisure travellers, Generation Z and millennials who like to work and play according to their own rules.
What Joonji would recommend: Doing a company kick-off in January. You get 25% off when dining with 4 to 12 people (that can be a whole team) and the diners don’t have to be staying at the hotel.
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront is conveniently located just minutes away from the V&A Waterfront. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“GREAT GIFT FOR MY OLDER SISTER’S BIRTHDAY”
“My sister’s birthday was a week ago, if I knew about this I would have got it for her,” says content producer Lara van Zyl. “I would’ve been her favourite person in the world.” With all the free nights, dining and special offers, the card is the gift that keeps on giving.
What Lara loves: Lara can keep the Prokard Explorer by Marriott for herself and share two of her “stay 1 night get 1 free” vouchers. Even though Lara's sister is not a Prokard Explorer by Marriott carrier, she can still get 3 months dining benefits (through Lara) and qualify for an additional 5% off any special offers.
What Lara would recommend: The Prokard Explorer by Marriot is a perfect gift for loved ones. Lara would love to treat her sister to premium hotel stays, like the luxe Westin, with its Heavenly Spa.
The Westin Cape Town has 483 rooms and a gorgeous pool overlooking the harbour. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“ALL THESE FOOD BENEFITS ARE PART OF THE CARD?”
There are over 40 Marriott Hotels in South Africa, stretching from urban scapes like Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! By Marriott in Cape Town and beachfront getaways in Durban Umhlanga to the tranquil winelands in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and bush getaways in Bela Bela.
What we love: Prokard Explorer by Marriott makes so much sense when you have a family, because of all the food benefits. From family buffet breakfasts to gourmet burgers and milkshakes, use your Prokard Explorer by Marriott benefits and get 33% off when dining with two people and 25% off when dining with 4 to 12 people.
What we recommend: Make the next holiday an extended family getaway. You can share two of your “stay 1 night, get 1 night free” vouchers. Plus you enjoy up to 10% off the hotel rate of the day. On top of the free night of course. See the specials currently running at the hotel and location of your choice.
Protea Hotel Franschhoek overlooks the majestic mountains and vineyards of the historical village of Franschhoek. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“MY DAD TRAVELS BETWEEN JOBURG-CT ALL THE TIME”
Marketing intern Crystal Shikweni’s father frequents Cape Town for business. They could spend time together for free when he redeems free nights via the card: 1 free night at a Protea hotels by Marriott, three “stay 1 night, get 1 free night” classic vouchers, and two “stay 1 night, get 1 free night” premium vouchers
What Crystal loves: Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! By Marriott games with its giant jenga, naughts and crosses and chess for connecting with her dad. Her father would get 50% off when dining with her and she could also stay on one of the vouchers for free.
What she recommends: The AC Hotel Marriott by Waterfront Cape Town. You could sit by the bar with a glass of your favourite bubbly or cosy up next to a mini library with fellow digital nomads.
The AC Hotel Marriott by Waterfront Cape Town is just a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
“ENERGY BOOST – PERFECT GIFT FOR THE TEAM”
Good hotels equal good feng shui, it’s the energy of hospitality. “Personally I love working from hotel rooms – there’s something so profoundly intimate and polished about them,” says founder Marcus Zandhuis.
Plus you have the undisturbed Internet and electricity, room service, perfect meeting spaces and perfect flow. “With the free nights and F&B (food and beverage) discounts, the card’s an amazing end-of-year gift for a small team.”
What Marcus loves: You can even do your year-end at the hotel, save on the bill through the discounts. Or gift it to your team. “I was blown away by the team’s responses, that I gifted each member of my company, all hard-working and deserving talents, one. Thanks to Prokard Explorer by Marriott.”
What he recommends: Marcus got you one too! Sign up for the card. “The 30% off is something I’m super proud of to offer to our readers!”
Protea Hotel by Marriott Sea Point is located a few steps away from the Sea Point Promenade. Image: Prokard Explorer by Marriott
EXTRA: 30% OFF FOR YOU AS OUR READER
We're about Moments of Joy, and our goal, every day, is to make sure that you never miss out on a Moment of Joy. We are giving every CapeTownMagazine.com reader 30% off the Prokard Explorer by Marriott, so you can try these benefits for yourself. To enter keep use coupon code “CAPETOWNMAGAZINE” when you sign-up.
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