Santova Financial Services (Pty) Ltd has just convened their annual conference at The Bend. Aside from the excellent value for money, everything about the hotel was a near perfect venue for conferencing; the food was sumptuous, the accommodation spacious and comfortable and the actual conference hall was well equipped and far enough away from the hotel to render it peaceful and convenient. The cosy bar resplendent with a roaring fire-place was a perfect way to end the day at this gem of a hotel. For the more active members of our entourage one can indulge in fly fishing in the river (summer months only) and well stocked dams (I can attest to this after having landed a lovely hen fish of about 3.5 pounds) as well as hiking and mountain biking trails that traverse the massive property. Kudos to Dennis and the super-friendly staff for accommodating our myriad of requests; it goes without saying that we will definitely be returning to The Bend for our next conference.