Kleine Constantia, the five-star boutique guesthouse in Constantia Kloof, has just been certified clean as a whistle. That’s according to Hello Hygiene!, a certification awarded by German company DQS, which audits the cleanliness of hotels around the world.

Using the strictest international criteria, Hello Hygiene! is the standard of quality applied to ensure that places offering accommodation are held to rigorous hygiene protocols. This communicates to guests that their health and safety has been taken into consideration in line with best practices around the globe, as determined following an inspection and audit with the highest quality control.

Kleine Constantia has just become the first establishment in Africa to receive the certification. Says Marisa Strobos, owner of Kleine Constantia, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this certification. I cannot tell you how hard my staff work to keep our wonderful guesthouse spick and span for both local and international travellers. We pride ourselves on great attention to detail when it comes to cleanliness, especially at a time of a global pandemic like Covid-19.”

What this means, says Strobos, is that visitors to the guesthouse can be at ease when it comes to their health and safety, knowing that the venue has been judged as being completely hygienic based on international standards. “This is especially important for our conferencing clients. Our facilities are deep cleaned and aired between each conference, as are our rooms and our kitchen.”

This is not the first time Kleine Constantia has made headlines with awards and certifications. The boutique guesthouse continues to enjoy the five-star status of the Tourism Grading Council, which every year audits accommodation around the country and ranks it accordingly. In addition, Kleine Constantia was included as one of the best local venues by international publication Destination South Africa, which only lists places that have also met its exacting standards.

“I really am cock-a-hoop,” says Strobos. “We try so hard to maintain international standards. This proves that our efforts are not in vain, and we can now serve our clients even more effectively. After all, it’s always about our guests.”