South African casino group Tsogo Sun has been polishing one of the jewels in its crown by investing R1.6bn in revamping its Suncoast hotels and casino complex on Durban’s Golden Mile.
The property, first opened in 2002, has been expanded and refurbished over the last two years with a relaunch just before Christmas. Its footprint has been increased by 8 000m2 to a total of 48 012m2, making it the size of five rugby fields. The renovation project saw the addition of 10 new restaurants, three retail outlets, more casino space, a Salon Prive with 180-degree sea views, a Theatre, a multi-purpose event venue and more underground parking.
The slot floor has seen the addition of 250 new slots taking the total to 1,850 with four new table games have been added to take the total to 71.
The restaurants now open out on to landscaped gardens, including a water play area, to cater for a younger customer.
Glenn Joseph, Tsogo Sun Gaming, CEO said: “We have spent over R4bn on casino and hotel refurbishments in the past five years, R1.6bn of which has been invested into Suncoast. It has been the bulk of our capital expenditure focus and is testament to our confidence in South Africa and in Durban in particular.”
Zibusiso Kganyago, Development Director of Tsogo Sun, added: “We are exceptionally proud of what Suncoast now offers as a truly world-class entertainment destination. In terms of retail facilities and our commitment to providing family friendly destinations, we’ve remained true to Tsogo Sun’s values and standards.”
Mike Dowsley, Director of Operations at Suncoast, added: “The fact that this build was completed in record time while remaining open 24/7/365 is an enormous achievement and testimony to the teamwork among all 57 contractors and our team of over 1 800 employees. We now have the perfect mix of fast food, family dining, casual dining and fine dining across a wide range of cuisines,” he said.