Swedish businessman, Kenneth Wåhlberg, fell in love with Villa Tuscana while vacationing in Port Elizabeth 5 years ago and embarked on the journey of acquiring and restoring the building whilst renovating the interior in partnership with The Mantis Collection.
Villa Tuscana stands gracious and tall on Erasmus Drive in Summerstrand, with a charming façade reminiscent of a Tuscan country side villa.
The official launch of this boutique hotel took place on Tuesday evening 5 September and I was invited to stay on and sample the accommodation in a room featuring a calm colour pallet with modern furnishings in light wood and vibrant Tuscan accents. I slept like a baby – the cynic will say that it was because of the copious amount of good red wine that I drank and I may be inclined to agree!
As a newly baptised vegetarian I had a meal especially prepared for me and didn’t get to experience the Unique Selling Proposition that owner, Kenneth has introduced via his state of the art kitchen – next to zero waste pre-prepared food which promises an efficient cost per unit for each ready-made meal. Kenneth made much show of how to plate the food in an easy and quick way from the retractable base on the patented ready made food packaging. The concept is one by a Malta based company called Romy Foods.
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinners and offers a great break away space for a working lunch or business meeting. There is a vibrant pool area for al fresco dining, relaxation, or a fun cocktail party.
Villa Tuscana originally had 10 rooms and now has 12 – 8 suites and 4 studio rooms all with full bathrooms and the most modern touches with wifi throughout. A 12-seater boardroom is available for private meetings, small conferences, and private fine-dining experiences. In-house guests will also have access to exclusive secretarial services aimed at making the business person’s stay that much more effective.
In a nice gesture Kenneth invited his neighbours over for the launch and one of them just happened to include my sailing buddy, Leon van Niekerk and wife Angela – of course the red wine started then…
I realised just how ancient I am when chatting to one of the photographers at the launch, Stirling Olivier. Quite a unique name you would think and not one that could easily be forgotten. It was only when Stirling asked me if I was the father of Brittany that the penny dropped – this young man had been at pre-primary with my youngest daughter and attended birthday parties at our home and I had completely forgotten – apologies Stirling but it was so nice to witness what a thorough gentleman you have become.
Kudos to Kenneth for investing on our fair city and contributing to enlarged and continued employment. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and wish you fair winds and much happiness in the Friendly City.
A new general manager, Tanya van Vuuren has many years of experience and will be guiding the team at Villa Tuscana.
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