When Sun City goes under the knife, knuckles gratuitously become feverish!

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Goin’ under the knife. The iconic Sun City is changing its face to the value of R800m.

Since its development 40 donkey years’ ago, the reinvention ensures that it stays at the cusp of experiential entertainment and leisure experiences for the visitors.

During media tour recently, refurbishments were taking place under the soaring heat.

From the entrance of the resort right-up inside it looked more of a construction site, with debris and overalls and drills all over the place.

“Sun City is the jewel in the crown of Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming group. It has a special place in the hearts of the millions of people who visit the resort each year. This substantial investment is part of our promise to give our guests a place, and unmatched experiences, to create lasting memories,” says Mike van Vuuren, the Managing Executive at Sun City.

And for ardent Golf enthusiasts, they won’t be affected as the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place in December.

Special provisions have been made for the multimillion event says the vivacious and our host Nicole Turner, Sun City spokersperson, who also reassured that it’s all system go.

Refurbishments are as follows:

Refurbished are 382 luxury self-catering apartments at the Sun Vacation Club;

Cabanas hotel is under way;

the Sun City Hotel, at the heart of the resort, is also being repositioned to provide an “always on”, Vegas-style party zone, complete with night clubs, burlesque clubs and restaurants (Mugg & Bean included);

Five star Cascades hotel, Santorini has made way for an upscale restaurant, Bocado;

The Palace, already famous as one of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers a new exclusive, ultra high-end casino ‘The Palace Villa and Salon’ while its restaurants, Plume, and the Tusk Bar and Lounge, are also refreshed;

Adventure Adrenalin Extreme hub offers heart-pounding, adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Human Sling Shot and a quad 4×4 challenge at the complex main entrance;

Valley of Waves water park has added new exciting rides and food offerings with the inclusion of recent opening of a microbrewery-themed gastro pub, The Brew Monkey, which offers spectacular views over the tidal pool, with a choice of sitting indoors or outdoors on the deck;

Sun Park, a multipurpose facility for hosting lifestyle events, music festivals, product launches and other experiences;

Experiential Centre replaces Entertainment Center. It will house South African Hall of Fame honouring the country’s sportspeople and performing artists, as well as an optimised Convention Centre on the upper level.

Sun Vacation Club restaurants, Cabanas and Sun City Hotel are scheduled for completion by December 2015.

For our efforts we did the 4×4 challenge (yes, I was lagging behind for reasons best known to me alone and it shall remain like that) and other group went for quad-bikes before ending the day with ‘cool-downers’ and sumptuous lunch at the hip and happening Brew Monkey restaurant situated next to the popular Valley of Waves.

“No job losses will be experienced as a result of the changes,” assured Turner.

For more information visit: www.suninternational.com

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