Southern & Tsogo Sun's +R5m revamps

04 Jan 2013

In 2011, Southern Sun Resorts commenced with the R5.5 million refurbishment of the Sabi River Bungalows Golf Course including the upgrading of the greens and bunkers on the front nine.

Tsogo Sun’s Durban luxury five star property, Suncoast Towers continues to attract business travellers and leisure visitors alike thanks to its classic Art Deco architecture reminiscent of Miami’s South Beach and Durban’s rich sub-tropical heritage.

Located within the Sabi River Sun Resort, just outside Hazyview, the 18 hole golf course, nature trails and an abundant birdlife makes it a great destination for golfers and their families.

The refurbishment which was completed in December now boasts enlarged tee box complexes, offering a desirable course that avid golf enthusiasts should add to their bucket lists.

The Sabie River borders the property and 15 of the holes have water coming into play, with all but one of the par 3’s requiring a carry over water to reach the putting surface.

A vast array of fauna and flora adds to the course’s appeal.

But of course not everyone can play golf, which is why checking out the variety of activities on offer at the resort will provide entertainment for the whole family.

Game drives, bush safaris, five swimming pools, three floodlit tennis courts, a bowling green, a squash and volleyball court, a jogging trail and the widely acclaimed Eden Spa, all add fun and games to visitors at this property.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Tsogo Sun, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed hotels, gaming and entertainment company, has spent over R69 million on improvement and refurbishment of the Garden Court South Beach hotel property during the past five years.

The revamp of the 414 room Durban beachfront rooms is scheduled for completion by Easter 2013

According to hotel general manager, Amar Hurjan, the project came in the wake of the eThekwini Municipality’s R200 million upgrade of the beachfront promenade.

He says the hotel is perfectly positioned on the Golden Mile and in walking distance to uShaka Marine World, and that this is a major investment they are making in the beachfront.

The hotel was previously known as the Malibu Hotel, rebranded Garden Court South Beach in 1993 and it has since become home from home to visitors from the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

In order to keep up with high volumes, Garden Court South Beach has spent a further R1 million on converting single rooms into family rooms, which means that 61 percent of the property's rooms are suitable for families.

It is the second largest Garden Court in South Africa, second to Garden Court Sandton City.

Hurjan explains that since 2008, they have spent almost R70 million on upgrading rooms and bathrooms by installing new curtains, carpets, flat screen televisions, airconditioning controls and safes. 

He points out that they have also ensured the safety of our lifts by fitting new cables and in preparation for FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010, we spent a further R7.5 million on a standby generator and state of the art CCTV cameras, fire detectors and evacuation systems at a cost of R3 million.

New room doors, electronic key systems and upgraded water pipes completed the first two years’ renovations and they are currently busy with the upgrade of the podium and facade, and painting of the high-rise building.

“In order to keep up with high volumes, we have spent a further R1million on converting single rooms into family rooms, which means that 61 percent of our rooms are suitable for families,” he says.

The installation of new heat pump controls have resulted in an energy saving of up to 30 percent and the property now enjoys the Environmental Heritage Foundation’s Gold Status.

Garden Court South Beach celebrates its 40th birthday next year and plans are afoot to increase the breakfast room seating capacity to 450 guests at any one sitting.

During peak holiday periods the facility currently serves between 1 200 and 1 400 breakfasts daily. 

In 2011, Southern Sun Resorts commenced with the R5.5 million refurbishment of the Sabi River Bungalows Golf Course including the upgrading of the greens and bunkers on the front nine.

Hurjan says in December 2011, the hotel served 58 734 eggs, 1029 kg of bacon and 3.8km of mutton sausage.

Meanwhile, Tsogo Sun’s Durban luxury five star property, Suncoast Towers, continues to attract business travellers and leisure visitors alike thanks to its classic Art Deco architecture reminiscent of Miami’s South Beach and Durban’s rich sub-tropical heritage. 

Located in the heart of Durban’s famous Golden Mile, it not only offers luxury rooms but visitors can tap into the non-entertainment Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World which represents  Tsogo Sun’s optimistic view of Durban as a premier tourist destination. 

According to Graham Wood, managing director of Tsogo Sun hotels, this is the single largest investment on Durban’s beachfront and, along with the International Convention Centre and uShaka Marine World, forms part of the Platinum Triangle, and is a key element in the rejuvenation of the Golden Mile.

A unique feature of this property is the two bedroom penthouse suite spanning the entire 10th floor. The hotel has 37 rooms.

It comes complete with balcony and uninterrupted views of the ocean, entertainment area, a large dining area, lounge with a home entertainment system, a study and two en suite bathrooms.

The fully equipped kitchen allows guests to prepare meals and entertain or they have the option of a butler service.

The property also offers a lifestyle spa to truly unwind and all seven treatment rooms offer views of the Indian Ocean.

If good food and hot curries is what you love, the Riviera Restaurant serves a mix of authentic Mediterranean dishes as well as popular Durban favourites and seafood specialities. – Denise Mhlanga

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