As the car pulls up to the entrance, the towering palm trees sway back and forth. The clouds roll over as glimpses of the grand architecture comes into sight leaving the dull landscape behind you. In front of you stands Sun City, an African oasis, a world of luxury and adventure.
Sun City lives between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg, about a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. It’s the perfect location for an opulent weekend away or a fun family holiday. The resort has endless activities for both day and night. Go from great heights in a hot air balloon during sunrise to lounging on a tube on the lazy river at the Valley of the Waves. Guests can see the Big 5 at the neighbouring Pilanesberg National park, join a Segway tour of the resort, or enjoy a day of golf on one of the exceptional courses. The options truly are endless!
The resort is home to four hotels: The Cabanas, Soho Hotel, Cascades Hotel and The Palace, each offering a unique experience, making Sun City a holiday destination that caters for every traveller’s budget.
The Cabanas – 3 Star:
Situated on the bank of the Sun City Waterworld Lake, The Cabanas has recently undergone renovations. The guest rooms, the reception area and the restaurant now boast modern finishes with pops of bright colours, a refreshing change from the African flair of the Sun City Resort.
This family oriented hotel offers a wide range of facilities and activities like mini-golf, go-carts and an outdoor pool, as well as access to the resort’s Valley of the Waves and golf courses.
Guests have a choice between a twin room or family room. The family room has a slightly larger living space and a sofa bed, perfect for kids up to 12 years old, while the twin room is better suited for families travelling with teens. Every morning, guests can tuck into an English breakfast at the Palm Terrace restaurant as they plan their day of sunshine and adventures.
Soho Hotel – 4 Star:
If being close to the action is what’s on your check-list, then Soho Hotel is the place for you. The first hotel to be built on the resort, Soho has direct access to the casino and is central to all resort activities.
Consisting of 340 pool and lake-facing rooms, the hotel offers beautiful presidential suites with private balconies to luxury twin and family rooms. Guests get to wake up to gorgeous views and calls of nature before heading down to the hotel’s restaurant for a buffet breakfast followed by a day lounging at the hotel pool or strolling through the beautiful gardens.
After an action-packed day, wind down at one of the hotel’s restaurants, or try your luck on a slot machine before a night on the dancefloor at the hotel’s club, Encore. If relaxing with a cocktail in hand tickles your fancy, visit Harlequin’s Cocktail Bar for live music and delicious Cherry Daiquiris.
Cascades Hotel – 5 Star:
Named after the tranquil waterfalls surrounding the hotel, Cascades hotel is a tropical paradise that brings calm into the bustle of the resort. As the sun filters through the lush vegetation, guests will come up close and personal with resident monkeys and birds, a sure spectacle on a morning or afternoon walk around the property.
The polished 5-star hotel boasts 241 sophisticated rooms that overlook the property’s gardens and sandy white beach pool area. Guests can enjoy 24-hour room service with a fresh Nespresso coffee in their fluffy white slippers or head down to the hotel’s restaurant, Peninsula, for a drink on the sunny terrace.
Waking up to the soothing sounds of the waterfalls, guests can head downstairs for a buffet breakfast; an array of goodies to satisfy any hungry traveller! The helpful hotel concierge is on standby as guests decide what’s in store for them for the day – a game drive in Pilanesberg National Park, an adventure through the Southern Hemisphere’s largest maze or a relaxing day at the hotel’s beach pool area…
The Palace – 5 Star:
Known the world over, The Palace is one of South Africa’s most sought after 5 star hotels. Epitomising African luxury, there are surprises on every corner – from zebra hide chairs and tusk-shaped stationary to pillars carved with African stories and the most intricate African landscape painting found on the entrance ceiling. The Palace transports its guests into a mythical lost African kingdom from the second they step through the front doors.
The hotel has 335 elegantly decorated rooms and suites with beautiful views of water or jungle, and an exquisite swimming pool shaded by tall palm trees. Guests can dine at some of the finest restaurants, indulge in a high tea fit for the queen or socialise over a drink at the Tusk Lounge and Bar; the options are endless.
Guests have direct access to the thrilling Valley of the Waves that can be reached by the winding paths through the property’s jungle. Choose to spend hours soaking up the sun on the beach before retiring to one of the hotel’s lounges, or take a trip up to the King’s Tower for a breathtaking view over The Palace and its surrounds – a hotel-exclusive view not to be missed!
A World Within A City
Whether it be a family trip or a luxurious romantic getaway, Sun City definitely caters for every traveller. From the accommodation to the activities, parents can thank the African gods for a resort that promises a memorable, action-packed holiday with their children, while couples can think back on an adventure that offered romantic sunset safaris and intimate moments over opulent dinners. Sun City is undoubtedly an African oasis complete with endless luxury and adventure.
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