Over the last few months, Tsogo Sun, a business and luxury hotel chain in Africa, has been renovating some of its top hotels in South Africa. The hotel chain has over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout the continent. Three of the hotels that recently received renovations include Sabi River Sun Resort, Riverside Sun and Sandton Sun.
Sabi River Sun Resort
Located on the banks of the Sabi River in the panorama region of Mpumalanga, the Sabi River Sun Resort is the ideal getaway for families, nature lovers and golf enthusiasts. The resort sports 60 newly refurbished guestrooms and 104 timeshare chalets on 200 acres of lush bushveld.
The resort’s convenient location lends itself to fun filled stays with a large variety of unique African sightseeing experiences including God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest village and numerous mountain waterfalls.
With lifestyle experience at is essence, the resort also offers an amazing array of activities including game drives and bush safari’s, unrivaled sporting facilities, an 18-hole golf course, 5 swimming pools, 3 floodlit tennis courts, a bowling green, a squash and volleyball court and a jogging trail.
As an extra indulgence, the resorts’ Eden Spa offers an array of decadent treatments, starting with a signature foot ritual that soothes away tired, aching feet with authentic, sun baked Kalahari Calabashes and indulgent aromatic fragrances.
Tsogo Sun’s iconic Sandton Sun hotel has returned to its rightful place as a sophisticated and modern landmark in the area, following an investment of R210 million into its recently undertaken refurbishment.
The 31-year-old hotel is situated in a prime location within the busy and exclusive business and retail hub of Sandton, and has been repositioned as a gateway into the Sandton City shopping centre. With street and hotel access linking it with Sandton City’s new Diamond Walk, which is described as ‘Africa’s definitive luxury and super-luxury retail destination’, the hotel is a natural asset to the centre and to the city of Johannesburg.
Describing the revamp, Sandton Sun General Manager, Peter Davidson, says, “We focused on taking the detail into account when we planned the refurbishment, ensuring that we incorporated simple things that will make our guests’ stay more enjoyable – and that we offer everything that a guest might need.”
With the refurbishment, the number of hotel rooms has reduced by eight to 326 spacious rooms and suites that have been designed to be luxurious with all the necessary conveniences and comfort. “We created a feature in selected rooms where people can sit and work, ensuring we added touches such as USB points. The bathrooms have been rebuilt to luxurious standards,” says Davidson.
Throughout the hotel, furniture has been refurbished and repurposed where possible, and the ambience is slick and sophisticated, while still offering every guest a home away from home. The ‘new’ Sandton Sun, says Davidson, is now ahead of the game; it is the preferred property among the luxury hotels in the area.
Just 40 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg, you will find the answer to all your conference, team-building or business event needs at the Riverside Sun. The hotel recently enjoyed an extensive renovation and provides the perfect location for business conferences and corporate functions.
The hotel’s 169 newly renovated rooms with views of the Vaal river guarantees a restful evening, which will leave business guests ready to embrace the challenges of the following day.
The hotel offers five newly renovated conference venues, complete with state of the art furnishings and equipment. These rooms can be used individually or may be combined as a gala venue, catering for 500 guests. Adjacent to the conferencing rooms are three syndicate rooms which seat 10 people each and is perfect for strategy breakaway sessions or smaller meetings.
A new offering from Tsogo Sun, the Riverside Sun now includes a Wine Cellar that seats 40 people comfortably. Modelled on the Gordon Ramsey’s wine bar in London, the Riverside Sun Wine Cellar can be used for special dinners or a variety of tastings from wine to whiskey, brandy and beer.
“The benefits of hosting a corporate event at Riverside Sun are endless. The combination of being close to Johannesburg, but still providing the tranquil country atmosphere, complemented by our flexible offering and dedicated and professional service guarantees all our guests a successful, enjoyable event,” says Yashvir Jithoo, General Manager at the Riverside Sun.
The Riverside Sun offers a plethora of special dinner options, with elegant menu options, in various locations. Guests can enjoy dinner whilst cruising on the river, or delight in a casual braai on the island – a piece of land that juts out into the river – once the boat has docked. Perfect for year-end functions, the hotel offers an unforgettable dinner under the stars, a themed dinner in a Bedouin tent or a traditional gala dinner in the conference centre.
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