Holiday Issue 2019

28 Apr19244 The Plantation Lodge: The Ideal Destination For A Relaxing Tanzanian Break Created in 1997 when owners Renate and Udo Marahrens acquired their first plot of land, the Plantation has since flourished. Today, the Plantation welcomes a wide range of guests from around the world to sample its quality hospitality and revel in its glorious natural surroundings. The lodge's location promises maximum safari enjoyment: a stone's throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Lake Manyara national park, and just a short journey from the Tarangire national park and the Serengeti. The individually furnished rooms and suites melt harmoniously into the lush gardens and offer comfort and relaxation. Being a small owner-run lodge, the personal touch can be seen and felt throughout the Plantation. As every room is so different, the management team and staff are very aware of the different needs from clients and can offer them accommodation that will meet their exact needs and exceed their expectations. For special occasions the team can offer champagne, or for clients who require help with cases the lodge can provide this to ensure that every visitor enjoys a relaxing and enjoyable stay. As part of this focus on providing a personalised experience, the team at the Plantation always endeavour to obtain as much information from the agent prior to the guests’ arrival to ensure their trip is a memorable one. The owner treats the lodge as if it were her own home, and as such they are constantly adding new touches and making sure the rooms are perfect in every way. The rooms are redecorated regularly and those clients that return to stay at the lodge always notice the changes, and as such they enjoy a completely unique stay every time they visit. Although the lodge itself changes, the quality has remained the same since the Plantation first opened. Many of the lodge’s staff have been Situated in the stunning Karatu, Tanzania, the Plantation Lodge & Safaris Ltd offers a truly unique experience to guests seeking exceptional hospitality and beautiful surroundings. As part of our showcase of a selection of the winners from the 2019 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards, in which the lodge won Most Unique Hotel Setting 2019 – Tanzania, we profile it to learn more. working with the owners since it opened more than 22 years ago. Co- Owner Renate has very high standards and all her staff understand the high standard required and aim to achieve above that, Renate and her management team are on the ground at all times, personally interact with clients and are there to oversee all departments and that everything runs perfectly. Seeking to offer guests a unique experience that is in-line with current trends in the hospitality industry, the current focus for the Plantation is sustainability. The team is currently in the process of finalising the solarisation of the lodge so that it can move from 50% to 100% power from solar equipment imported from Germany. This is just a small part of the lodge’s environmentally-friendly focus. Recently the team managed to find water on a new piece of land, so they now have our own water which goes through a filter system, this is tested regularly and has cut back on plastic bottle usage. They are also in the process of installing a new irrigation system which will increase the vegetable garden capacity, allowing the team to continue to grow and serve fresh vegetables. Ultimately, the Plantation is a unique Tanzanian oasis, and moving forward it will aim to retain this reputation for excellence even as it moves towards greater sustainability to ensure it remains ahead of emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Company: The Plantation Lodge & Safaris Ltd Contact: Camilla Howard Address: Karatu, Tanzania Phone: 260961084576 Website: