No need to bring in your outdoor hospitality furniture during the winter months! Our winters are mild enough not to spend all day bundled up inside – it’s the reason so many international visitors choose to holiday in our sunny country. Hoteliers, restaurateurs and lodge owners, here’s how to make the most of your outdoor areas to offer your guests the best winter holiday experience…

A Sunny Outdoor Space

Nothing feels as good as the winter sun on our faces! On the flipside, nothing is as unpleasant as a biting chilly wind at our backs. To keep guests happy, make sure your hospitality venue has an outdoor area which is both sunny and protected from the wind. Having a section of your outdoor area undercover in case of rain, or being able to section it off from the elements by way of self-sealing roll-down patio blinds is a good idea to keep guests warm and dry.

Outdoor Umbrellas for the Winter Sun

Folks don’t associate winter with sunburn, but beware! Even though the nights may be chilly, many winter holiday destinations in South Africa – the Lowveld, and the East Coast in particular – experience warm and sunny conditions during the day. And in mountainous regions, like the Drakensberg, the slopes bounce UV rays off their surface, raising UV exposure. What’s more, research suggests UV exposure is actually higher when the sun is lower in the sky, as it is during winter. The moral of the story? Make sure you have plenty of outdoor umbrellas available to keep guests comfortable in the midday sun!

Invest in Outdoor Furniture

The pièce de résistance of any outdoor space – beautiful outdoor couches and occasional chairs. The key to successfully arranging outdoor furniture at hospitality venues is to create separate seating areas catering for different capacities by grouping couches and chairs in groups of twos, fours and sixes. Do create areas for different activities – armchairs and coffee tables accommodate guests wanting a quick cuppa and a light meal, whilst couches encourage them to settle in for an hour or two to read a good book and enjoy the fresh air. Blankets in boxes or baskets are a nice touch for when the temperature does drop.

Fire it Up!

When the sun sinks down over the horizon, keep guests warm with outdoor heaters, strategically positioned near each collection of couches. Outdoor fire pits make a stunning alternative to gas heaters, and lend themselves to game lodges, mountain resorts and urban boutique hotels, alike. Have some sherry or gluhwein on hand, and your guests will feel toasty in no time!

All-Weather Hospitality Furniture

Alifurn’s range of durable outdoor furniture’s a natural choice for hotels, resorts and restaurants. With rust-resistant aluminium frames and weatherproof fibre-cane, your guests will be lounging about whatever the weather. See our catalogue, or contact us for further information on our trade discounts…