Vulintaba Country Estate is a lifestyle estate near Newcastle nestled in a picturesque amphitheatre of mountains just 3 hours’ drive away from Gauteng. ‘Vulintaba’ literally means 'Open the Mountains’, and offers a tranquil rustic lifestyle in a pristine setting with glorious mountain views. The resort also boasts a par 72 golf course with 9 greens and 18 unique tees.
Centrally located in the Estate is the top class Vulintaba Country Hotel consisting of 69 rooms, including 58 standard rooms, 4 Family suites, 3 penthouse suites, conference facilities catering for up to 400 people and a wedding chapel with 120 seats.
Obviously, a premier hotel like this called for maximum guest comfort, and Aircat airconditioning of Newcastle were called in to do the airconditioning installation. “Having been in the aircon business for over 20 years,” says Tim Williams, owner of Aircat airconditioning, “I’m well aware of the quality of Samsung airconditioners and these are what were primarily used for the installation.”
Different systems for different areas
Junaid Razack of Fourways Airconditioning KZN did the overall design involving several different areas: lower ground floor, ground floor, first floor, spa plus gym, chapel and 69 rooms.
Says Razack: “For the lower ground floor, we used an AM120 and AM140 Samsung DVM S condenser coupled with sixteen 4-way Samsung Cassettes of varying sizes. Climate control of the ground floor called for two AM120 DVM S outdoor units feeding 5 Samsung 4-way Cassettes plus two 48 000 Btu Alliance Underceiling units.
“One AM100 DVM S outdoor unit linked to four Samsung 4-way Cassettes took care of the first floor, while for the chapel, one AM100 DVM S outdoor was linked to 4-way Cassettes. Each of the 69 rooms had its own Samsung 12 000 Inverter Compact cassette with separate outdoor units. All the different systems were installed by Aircat airconditioning, who did a great job.”
Says Aircat owner, Tim Williams: “Fourways KZN who supplied the units were extremely helpful not only in doing the design and ensuring on-time supply, but also carrying out the final commissioning of all the systems.
“We encountered no problems with the installation which was completed in September 2015, and the owners of Vulintaba, Forever SA, are very satisfied with the final result.”