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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Southern Sun Maputo: A Mozambiquen Gem by Bruce Chapman

voteThere is a distinctive Mediterranean feel about Maputo which is the capital of one of Africa's best loved holiday destinations, Mozambique.
Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques, is Mozambique's largest city and its economy is centred around its bustling Indian Ocean harbour. Its vibrant day markets and an exotic nightlife typify the Mozambican experience.

These days, Maputo is a world away from the civil war that threw this prosperous African city in to chaos and poverty in the 70s and 80s. Today this city is one of Africa's true gems and a stay in Maputo is a fantastically colourful experience.

Southern Sun is proud to announce the rebranding of its Maputo hotel

As of 1 June 2008, Holiday Inn Maputo became the Southern Sun Maputo. 2007 marked the culmination of Southern Sun's brand evolution where the group invested significantly in the rebranding of its existing properties as well as the modernisation of nearly all of its hotels.

Southern Sun Maputo forms part of the Southern Sun Hotel & Resorts portfolio. "We are very aware of the opportunities for growth within the African continent and our brand presence is an integral part of a strategy aimed at structuring our growth outside of South Africa with Africa's leading hotel brand" comments Richard Weilers, Managing Director: Southern Sun Hotels Offshore. As a member of the Southern Sun Hotels Group, the rebranded Southern Sun Maputo will assume its position as a key hotel of the largest hotel group in Africa.

Not only have Southern Sun Hotels been popularly voted 'Africa's Best Brand', they also have 40 years experience in providing unrivalled hospitality to guests. Southern Sun Hotels are best known for their distinctly personalised hospitality, their contemporary style, unrivalled charm and the excellent calibre of cuisine on offer. Southern Sun is proud to provide a vibrant and new brand identity to one of Maputo's leading hotels.

Southern Sun Maputo

The luxurious Southern Sun Maputo beachfront hotel is situated on the Avenida da Marginal which affords visitors splendid Indian Ocean views. Conveniently located close to the Maputo International Airport as well as to a host of the capital's finest tourist attractions, the Southern Sun Maputo is a haven for business and leisure travellers alike.

Mozambique's Portuguese heritage is echoed throughout the well-appointed hotel and accommodation comes in the form of 2 luxurious suites, 6 executive suites and 158 guest rooms. There is also a room that is specially equipped for physically challenged guests.

When not luxuriating besides the sparkling pool or enjoying a workout at the hotel's fitness centre guests at the Southern Sun Maputo can explore the dynamic city to their heart's content.

One of Maputo's most renowned landmarks is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception) which was the nucleus of the original settlement in 1876. Other top tourist attractions include the Central Railway Station, Botanical Gardens, Steel House and museums such as the Geology Museum, Coin Museum and Natural History Museum. Visitors to Maputo can hop on a ferry to Inhacca Island where they can view the maritime museum, historic lighthouse and have lunch at one of the renowned island restaurants. Others may wish to head south into the wetlands of the 236,000-hectare Peace-Parks Maputo Elephant Reserve where the rolling green hills meet the sea. Crocs, hippos, side-striped jackals, antelope and in excess of 200 elephants can be found here and the area is currently being restocked with an additional 500 animals.

Maputo truly is an enchanting city to explore.

After a long day of sightseeing culinary delights specially prepared by chefs who know just how to combine international and local flavours, will enchant even the most seasoned of palates. Offering a variety of accommodation options, value for money, professional expertise and guest care, the Southern Sun Maputo looks forward to warmly welcoming its valued guests for years to come.

About Southern Sun Hotels

Founded in 1969, Southern Sun Hotels has almost 40 years of experience in providing great hospitality to its local and international guests. Southern Sun's portfolio of hotels provide world-class accommodation across all markets, and offer the widest distribution of hotels in South Africa in major urban centres and key leisure destinations. They are designed to meet the needs of all guests, whether they are travelling for business or leisure.



About the Author
For more media information, please contact Bruce Chapman at Southern Sun Maputo on 258 21 495050 via the website http://www.southernsun.com.

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