Best of Bloemfontein 2017

Bloemfontein has no limits when it comes to possibilities. There are always something to do, eat, drink or buy in the City of Roses. The Best of Bloemfontein Reader’s Choice Awards celebrate all this and more, but also gives you the opportunity to tell us who and what you consider the best of the best in central South Africa.

Bloemfontein Courant launched the City of Roses’ hottest competition, Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards, in 2013. These awards have ever since become the talk of the town and business owners have realised the value of customers nominating their favourite businesses for good service.

On the website Bloemfontein Courant provides readers with all the necessary ballots to nominate and vote for the businesses they feel have outdone themselves.

Readers can vote in more than 70 categories – everything from Best New Restaurant to the Best Shopping Centre; from your Favourite Radio Personality to the Best Place to buy Biltong!

The competition is all about the best businesses and people in Bloem. The winning businesses and personalities will each receive a certificate of merit, which are proudly displayed in their stores.

The winners are announced in October each year, and published in Bloemfontein Courant’s Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards supplement – a handy, Best of Bloemfontein newspaper with a year-long shelf-life. . . a newspaper to refer to whenever you are looking for the best in the City of Roses.

But we haven’t forgotten about our loyal readers. Each year the names of readers who have voted in the competition are entered into a lucky draw and they will once again walk away with some amazing prizes.

After the competition the winners’ details will also be available online at www.bestofbloemfontein throughout the year.

How the competition works

To qualify for the wonderful prizes, your name, address e-mail address and phone number must be provided and at least 80% of a ballot must be completed.

We only accept original newspaper published ballots or online entries. Photocopied ballots will be discarded. Readers can either fill in all the ballots or just one. Each ballot counts as a separate entry.

Terms and conditions

Ballots suspected of orchestrated mailing will be discarded. We only accept original newspaper published ballots. Photocopied ballots will be discarded.  The final results will be subject to audit by the appointed auditors. Entries close on September 8, 2017.  Readers of Bloemfontein Courant voting in Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards will be eligible for lucky draws.  Central Media Group (CMG) employees, prize sponsors, their advertising agencies and immediate families are not eligible to win published prizes.  The obligation to make payment to the lucky draw winners is undertaken by the sponsors. CMG cannot in any way be held liable for the failure of the sponsors to make payment of the prizes in this competition. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. The results as audited will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. For a full list of competition rules, log onto or phone 051-505-0900.

Fabulous prizes to be won

Bloemfontein Courant readers have the opportunity to give recognition to their local favourites while standing a chance to win sensational prizes at the same time. By casting your vote you will automatically be entered into a draw for fantastic prizes like these:

The beautiful Walkersons Hotel & Spa has enchanted visitors to Dullstroom for more than twenty years. The stunning views of hills and well stocked trout dams, luxurious accommodation and five star dining make Walkersons a charming and memorable destination. Walkersons gives away one voucher for two people. This voucher entitles you to a 2 night midweek stay at Walkersons Hotel & Spa in a lakeside suite for 2 people sharing. This voucher is inclusive of accommodation, dinner, breakfast and tourism levy. The couple also get a 60 minute Swedish massage or a 60 minute back, neck and shoulder massage. All beverages and any other extra’s will be for guest own account.

Brahman Hills Hotel is situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. Having evolved from the old Windmills Hotel and having undergone an extensive renovation, Brahman Hills makes for an authentic country escape. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Midlands, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re far from the madding crowd. The hotel offers a voucher for a 2 night midweek stay at Brahman Hills in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands in a self-catering cottage for 4 persons sharing at the Blue Crane Game Reserve. The prize includes dinner on one evening at 89 on Copper for 4 (includes 2 bottles of wine selected by the manager), as well as 1 hour spa treatment for 2 persons.

Opened in 2006, Clico Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the tranquil, leafy and upmarket suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg. Clico’s location is convenience at your fingertips being just 900 metres from the Rosebank Gautrain station which means business hubs such as Sandton can be reached within five minutes by train, and the OR Tambo International Airport is only 20 stress-free minutes away. They offer one voucher, which entitles you to a 2-night stay for 2 guests on a bed and breakfast basis. Included is one complimentary 6 course tasting dinner with wine pairing, to be enjoyed in our newly built Clico Restaurant.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is a boutique 5 star hotel in Knysna, which offers guests luxurious accommodation options, exceptional cuisine, stunning panoramas, and a range of world-class facilities – all in all, a unique holiday experience. Turbine Boutique Hotel offers one lucky winner a two nights stay for a couple, full board, including 2 spa treatments, but excluding drinks.

De Hoop offers a wide range of accommodation. From affordable self-catering chalets and cottages to five-star fully catered lodges. Crisp linen and towels provided. Situated in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa, this very special reserve is under three hours from Cape Town. It is located near Arniston, Swellendam, and the Breede River. De Hoop offers a voucher which includes a three nights stay for two people in a suite (full board). The offer excludes drinks.

Protea Hotel Willow Lake, the only hotel in South Africa to be located in a zoo, provides a unique and tranquil experience all within a spectacular wildlife atmosphere. From the moment you check in, the exclusive patio area gives you breathtaking views of the Bloemfontein Zoo. Situated in the ever-growing corporate hub of Bloemfontein, Protea Hotel Willow Lake is easily accessible both from the airport and from the N1 and within walking distance of the Loch Logan Waterfront Mall, Kings Park, Vodacom Park Stadium and close to Grey College as well as Mediclinic. Five lucky readers can each win a breakfast voucher for 2 people from Protea Hotel Willow Lake.

The Willows Function and Conference Centre is situated 15 km south of Bloemfontein. The facility consists of a grass-roof function centre surrounded by beautiful large trees and a spacious garden. Four star guest house accommodation is available with 7 suites to choose from. Come and relax any time of the week and truly enjoy the true farm-style accommodation at The Willows. For a video tour and gallery visit their accommodation page. The Willows offers a week night stay for 2 people worth R1 200, which includes dinner & breakfast.

Maison Costa is a professional hair institute specializing in hair and beauty, and owned by Mark Trisos. Maison Costa is a top class company with 4 excellent salons based in the top malls in Bloemfontein. They use products from Loreal Professional, Kerastase and Redken 5th Avenue. Four readers can each win a Maison Costa shampoo, cut and treatment, worth R600 each.

Welcome to Kamlai Tong Oriental Thai Spa in the heart of Bloemfontein. Kamlai Tong or Gold Bangle is an ancient Thai symbol of growth and prosperity. Good health is achieved when the three bangles symbolic of body, mind and soul exist in perfect harmony. Kamlai Tong Spa offers 10 readers each a 60 minute couple voucher, worth R640 each.

Cosmoderm in Bloemfontein delivers highly individualized therapies in a relaxing setting. They are dedicated to meet your aesthetic needs with immediate results and no down time. They perform all consultations and therapies in a manner that is both lasting and medically sound. Cosmoderm offers 10 readers a 60 minute couple voucher, worth R50 each.

Bottle, can, or keg? Discover Heineken beer in all its shapes and sizes to make the most of your Heineken drinking experience. Heineken offers 6 cooler hampers worth R350 each, as well as 1 backpack hamper, worth R1 200.

Hannon Beauty Products. Hannon Bothma, co-owner of the Hannon brand, is a household name where beauty is concerned. He is well-known for his work as stylist and consultant on the make-overs featured on television and in all the major fashion magazines in South-Africa. Hannon offers two lucky winners each a beauty voucher worth R1 540.

Mimosa Mall. . . a one of a kind Shopping Mall, constantly evolving on a distinctive offering and warm experience. It is certainly a landmark in the City of Roses. Mimosa Mall offers one lucky reader the opportunity to win a R5 000 shopping voucher.