The first phase of the R220 million transformation of Southern Sun’s Elangeni & Maharani hotel into one magnificent complex is now complete.
The revamped Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel represents Tsogo Sun’s continuing commitment to Durban’s Golden Mile. Commenting on this, Mayor of eThekwini James Nxumalo, says, “Private sector investment into the Golden Mile is essential to the revival of an area that has so much potential to bring local and international tourists flocking to KwaZulu Natal. The refurbishment of the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel will ensure a significant boost for the beachfront as visitors are attracted by both the business and leisure facilities now offered by a complex that has achieved greatly improved aesthetics and enhanced service offerings, located in a convenient and spectacular position on the Golden Mile.”
The first phase of the project, which has just been completed, includes the total refurbishment of the Maharani Tower, including the bedrooms, core infrastructure, the conference centre and public areas; substantial new food and beverage offerings within the Elangeni Tower; the rework of the Porte Cochere’s creating a sense of arrival and better access to the complex; and the renovation of the external building facades.
The complex facilities include 734 stylish bedrooms; two well-equipped gyms; three swimming pools, with one heated pool; free Wi Fi connectivity; 15 meeting and conference rooms; two fully- equipped business centres; and 11 restaurants and bars.
The restaurants include new offerings ranging from The Grill Jichana, the Panorama Bar & Pool Deck, and the Ocean Breeze Restaurant, to old favourites such as Daruma, Durban’s iconic Japanese restaurant, the Lingela Restaurant and Piatto Mediterranean Kitchen.
“We’re proud to be able to showcase our dynamic new hotel offering that epitomises our vision to provide the greatest possible variety of quality hospitality, leisure, gaming, and entertainment experiences at every one of our destinations. I’ve no doubt that it will delight and inspire all its guests for many years to come, adding to the growth and development of Durban as one of South Africa’s leading tourism attractions,” concludes Graham Wood, Managing Director of Tsogo Sun – hotels.