VENTURES AFRICA – The World Cup flavour stretches beyond the electric atmosphere on the soccer pitch and the contrasting emotions that accompany the results of games. More than often, the social environment often takes centre stage for the flood of fans and sports lovers.
While the players are expected to focus on event itself, they are also partakers of the fun and groove readily on show. Sights seeing, extra curricular activities, historical visits are all part of the comprehensive packages enjoyed by participants. However, one key requirement during the entire stay is a conducive environment. Countries often expend a huge budget on the accommodation of teams, meaning the best hotels are usually booked to capacity.
During the on-going world cup in Brazil, FIFA ranks the 32 teams based on the hotels they currently occupy. Here are the top ten:
Vitória Hotel Campinas Concept is the largest and newest venture network, opened in February 2003. Marco referential quality, the unit has 19 floors and 253 comfortable and modern apartments with wireless internet and audio and video of the latest generation for the convenience of its customers. The structure of the building is designed to optimize natural lighting and reduce heat load. Pool, Spa Serena (with treatments for relaxation, aesthetics), a full gym Victory Fitness are there for the full use of the team.
The German national team chose to build their own private training ground and hotel on the coast of Bahia, called Campo Bahia. A unique resort of ultra-modern holiday villas and vacation apartments set against the backdrop of Brazil’s Atlantic coastline. The village also offers leisure activities such as massages and kite surfing, in addition to a communal pool perfect for ultimate relaxation.
Host team Brazil will be staying at their usual private training ground, the CBF Training Centre in Granja Comary on the edge of the mountainous Serra dos Orgaos National Park.
Nearby is the Atelier Molinaro Boutique Hotel, an idyllic retreat boasting stunning views of the surrounding mountains. With just 21 suites, this exclusive hotel boasts a swimming pool filled with natural mineral water, a Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as volleyball and football pitches.
Portugal’s national team will be soaking up the luxury of the five-star Royal Palm Plaza this summer, in the city of Campinas. With a range of deluxe, super deluxe and special suites, the resort promises comfort, quality and attention to detail in a contemporary setting. The team will find an outdoor pool,a spa and a health club, as well as several shops, a beauty salon, a choice of eight restaurants and bars, and even a heliport.
Challengers Argentina will be staying in the city of Belo Horizonte during the tournament, at the training ground of a local football club. Located in the heart of Belo Horizonte, the Boulevard Express is close to the city’s main attractions and offers guests comfort, simplicity and an excellent breakfast included in the price.
The La Torre Resort is where the Switzerland team is staying in Brazil. Located in Porto Seguro, Bahia, one of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches, the all-inclusive luxury resort features tennis courts, a sauna and a private beach. The five-star accommodation has a spa and wellness center for relaxation, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities available
The Uruguayans are staying at the JN Resort, which combines of all the comfort and refinement of a modern and sophisticated to the natural charm of the region construction. Located in Sete Lagoas and also boasting easy access to capital Belo Horizonte and Confines International Airport, you can find the tranquility of a rural setting and all the comfort of a city. Comfort and elegance are present in every detail.
Located in the nearby city of Cotia, the Colombian team will be staying at the massive training center, usually home to the professional Sao Paulo team. The facility has 11 playing fields along with accommodation for up to 148 people.
Having two full size training pitches, a floodlit volleyball court and six tennis courts this 3.5 star accommodation on the outskirts of Rio will ensure that the players keep fit between matches. The hotel is built on its own private beach, where guests can also relax with sea views and some rooms even offering direct beach access.
Royal Tulip is located on the São Conrado beach in the popular tourist destination Rio de Janeiro. The hotel can host up to 3,000 people in 418 luxurious apartments with private balconies, boasting either sea or mountain views.
Fully equipped with an outdoor pool and stylish bar, the hotel certainly delivers on leisure activities, with two tennis courts, a gym and a sauna to help unwind after a tough match.