By Mike Garden
I had the welcome opportunity of staying at the 4 star Cresta Lodge situated in Harare’s Msasa suburb just 7km from the city centre. The minute you drive into their large estate you experience that ‘wide open space feeling’ that always reminds us, residents, why we love living in this beautiful country. This sentiment is heightened, even more, when you walk into the welcoming reception area, with comfortable seating allowing you to have a coffee while you wait for your bags to be taken to your deluxe room by their smiling porters.
The bedrooms are sizeable allowing one lots of room to move around whilst the work desk gives the businessman a comfortable spot to place his laptop computer for downloading emails using Cresta’s very fast internet connection.
There is a large conference centre at the back of the buildings where Cresta has 6 different conference rooms of varying sizes. I took my management team out there a few weeks later for an all-day seminar to discuss our plans for the next year as Bindu Media. The staff was very attentive to our needs ensuring that we could focus on our objectives of the day with very tasty cakes and coffee.
Visitors who do not like working in their rooms can choose to sit down in the quiet environment of the “Cool Beans” patio with tempting Cappuccino and hot snacks available as and when your hunger pangs flare up.
For me, though, I found a comfortable cane chair outside by the pool area where I sipped cold, fresh orange drinks whilst reading a great novel and being surrounded by indigenous trees and immaculate green lawns spreading out far in front of me.
I like my early morning runs so I popped down to Mukuvisi Woodlands that’s 2km away for a quick 5km jog before breakfast. Great start to one’s day!
Copyright: Nzira Newsletter Issue 2