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Sky is not the limit

The Southern Sun, Elangeni and Southern Sun North Beach hotels, overlooking the amphitheatre and beaches on Durban’s Golden Mile, have been popular Durban landmarks for many decades and are determined to remain so. Last year parent company Tsogo Sun invested R220-million in refurbishing, consolidating and relaunching the adjoining hotels as one destination complex – Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani.

This includes the refurbishment of the bedrooms, core infrastructure, the conference centre and public areas of the Maharani Tower, substantial new food and beverage offerings within the Elangeni Tower, as well as its bedrooms, plus a rework of the Porte Cochere and 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; 17 meeting and conference rooms and a business centre.

There is a new-look Mangwanani Boutique Spa alongside a refurbished pool area in the Elangeni tower on the second floor, the heartbeat of the hotel. The historic Raffles nightclub has been transformed into the Sky Venue. This is, quite literally, one of Durban’s top spots, atop the 31st floor of the Maharani Tower.


The multipurpose venue with unbeatable views, adaptable custom lighting and sound can be used as an exclusive bar, club, theatre or venue for conferences and launches. Sky Venue caters for 150 people and its Ultimate 80s Rewind evenings bring back those Raffles memories, complete with 1980s fashion and accessories.

Another revival has been the Tall Ships bar of old on the ground floor. At the front you can catch the complimentary Sunbus shuttle several times a day, which gets you to and from Suncoast.

Eleven restaurants and bars mean you are sure to find something to suit your mood and taste.

Read the full article at The Independent on Saturday

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