After a two hour drive from Sandton to Rusternburg turned into a four hour drive, I finally could begin my adventure at Sun City's The Palace that would be my home for a night.
At around 7pm, on Friday, we arrived at Sun City. Now I must be honest, this was my first time at the ‘Lost City’ so I had no expectations. Just a curiosity about the place I would be laying my head at that night. Walking into the really large foyer area, I was greeted by high ceilings and walls of muted, possibly nude and pink colour combos. The next thing I noticed, was the chandelier in the dining room. It hung in the center of the room giving it a look of sophistication.
I saw many, many foreign tourists there. Possibly something to do with the cheapest room going for R4 577 a night.
After getting checked in and freshening up, we went off to meet up with the rest of the group I was with at the on site restaurant, The Grill Room.
The Grill Room, a relatively small and cosy restaurant is visually appealing with large leather chairs placed around beautifully decorated, but simple tables. The staff are always at arm's length so that meant the service is on point. There is a warm atmosphere in the restaurant as well. We had the luck of hearing the choir of staff sing for one of the patrons for his birthday. They sounded magical singing simple, old happy birthday.
My dinner was lamb chops and roasted vegetables, with a starter of prawns with avo. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company, but I decided to retire early because I knew we had an early morning the next day.
Back in my room, I struggled, possibly because of my impatience with appliances with heating up my room sufficiently. The aircon just didn’t do what I wanted it to. The room itself was bathed in warm light when I arrived back from dinner, very clean and fit for royalty- well at least that’s how I imagine royalty lives.
Decorated in warm hues, the room had a very understated lavish feel to it, heavy oak wooden cupboards, one of which doubled as television stand. The selection of the furniture in the room, the couch, the light finishings, the side tables all fit into the theme of the antique, stylish and comfortable. The bedroom leads into an adjoined bathroom, with a shower and bathtub, that was decorated in line with this antique feel. If you find yourself wanting to watch television, worry not because the hotel has you covered. A variety of DSTV channels is available, and if that’s not to your liking, you can connect it to one of your own mobile devices.
I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the view from my room. It was pitch dark when I arrived at the hotel. But I noticed when I stole a peak at night that there was just the right amount of greenery.
I had a small chuckle at the mini handbook, that states very kindly I thought, that if you want the robe, you best call the number listed below and buy it. After such a gentle warning, I resisted the urge to take home the branded robe.
An avid coffee and tea person, my absolute favourite thing about the room was the selection of teas and the Nespresso pixie machine.
After a warm and peaceful rest, we headed out for our morning activity. By the time we returned at around 9:30 am, we were treated to a large buffet breakfast selection, that had all my favourite things.
I only realised when I saw the plaque with five stars on it , on my way out of the hotel on Saturday, that I had just experienced a five star hotel for the first time.
The Palace is majestic, sometimes a bit overwhelming in its opulence, but a comfortable place to stay at.
For more information on the palace visit: https://www.suninternational.com/palace/