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Above: Views of the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Photos of the other properties mentioned in the article to come.




Three of Sun International's collection of superb resorts in sub-Saharan African were launched to 250 US and Canadian travel agents at this year's SA Tourism Travelmart in Atlanta, Georgia from September 6-9 2001. Linked by scheduled air services, the three properties are among Sun International's premier showpieces.

They are Sun City, a fusion of dream architecture and world class facilities deep in the bushveld of South Africa's North West province; the elegant Table Bay Hotel, on Cape Town's famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and the new two-hotel property at the edge of the Victoria Falls in the Mosi-oa-Tunya World Heritage site in Zambia.

Together they provide a trilogy of unforgettable experiences, sights and sounds, and offer visitors a real taste of the mighty continent of Africa, served up with sophistication and style. Individually, they stand as icons of excellence.

With its wide portfolio of resorts which are all-in-one attractions, Sun International has been voted the Best Hotel Group in Africa by UK and USA travel publications. And in the forefront of individual awards and accolades are these three properties.

Sun City is decidedly different - a resort protected from the elements by a circle of hills which once formed the rim of a long extinct volcano. Amid these ochre and olive bushveld surroundings lies an amazing Kingdom of Pleasure. The resort can accommodate over 3 000 people in its four, differently niched hotels and self-catering Vacation Club (an RCI Gold Crown resort). The most remarkable is The Palace of The Lost City, which provides stunningly opulent hospitality earning it's place amongst the Leading Hotel's of the World

At the Travel Awards ceremony held earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur Sun City walked away with 4 awards including "Africa's Leading Hotel", Africa's Leading Resort and "Leading Conference Hotel", which is further recognition of the enormous effort that has gone into positioning the resort as the best in the southern continent and among the very best in the world," said Philip Georgas, Regional Director, Resorts, for Sun International.

Below the Lost City and its Valley of Waves, where surfing waves roll onto powder white sands and visitors ride the water slides from the Temple of Courage, lies the Bridge of Time. This leads into the Entertainment Centre with its Jungle Casino and wide range of banqueting and conference facilities, including the 6 000 seater Superbowl.

Close by is the elegant Cascades, which also has a remarkable garden stretching down towards the golf course, one of two at the resort. This hosts the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, which attracts the world's finest players.

Then there's the sensational Sun City Hotel and recently refurbished Health Spa, and the family-orientated Cabanas spread across the lawns above Waterworld and the spectacular Valley of Waves.

"If there is anything that I would like to emphasize, it is that Sun City is now a leading International Leisure FIT and family resort " says Lorenzo Giani, Sales Manager of Sun International, North America.

Formerly a centre for gaming, Sun City now places its emphasis on the upscale adventurer market. It abuts the Pilanesberg National Park South

Africa's 4th largest and home to the Big 7 which makes it a superb game viewing base. The upgraded Pilanesberg airport which will shortly achieve international status, will then include direct flights to and from the Victoria Falls property near Livingstone in Zambia, linking up to the already existing direct flights to and from Cape Town and Sun City.

At another point of the triangle is the elegant and gracious Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, which has also earned inclusion as one of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is flanked on one side by towering Table Mountain with its tablecloth of tumbling clouds, and on the other by views across the Atlantic Ocean to historic Robben Island.

It is an ideal centre from which to get a taste of the scenic winelands, enjoy unforgettably beautiful coastal drives and explore the delights of Cape Town itself.

However, being so close to a working port and the fascinating Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its malls of shops, restaurants, remarkable Aquarium and numerous exhibitions, it's tempting to stay close to home.

The Table Bay, with its 329 rooms and suites, reflects Victorian elegance combined with contemporary charm. In the Atlantic Grill Room and Terrace, where an open-face cellar displays 4 000 of the best Cape wines, the a la carte dining experience matches the grandeur of Table Mountain itself.

More cosseting awaits in Africa's first in-city Health Spa with its boutique hydro spa and beauty parlour. It is staffed by personal trainers and experts in holistic treatments which include hydrotheraphy, Shiatsu, sea-wrapping and aromatherapy.

As for doing business in style, the international Business Centre's conference room for 260 has state-of-the-art equipment. There are also versatile reception areas for up to 800 and an executive boardroom, all with dramatic views of the ocean.

The third point of this Golden Triangle, is the latest Sun International venture situated on one of the most extraordinary sites in the world, right at the lip of the famous Victoria Falls in Zambia. It is the magnificent new $55 million two hotel resort opened earlier this year. The hotels are the five-star Royal Livingstone and the three star Zambezi Sun, mere metres from the lip of the famous falls.

Part of the infrastructure on the 46-hectare site, is an entertainment centre and a convention facility to match the best in the world.

In referring to this resort as an African treasure, Sun International does not overstate the case. The elements which combine to create the Falls resort were conceived and built with great care and meticulous planning. Consideration had to be taken of the fact that the development is on a World Heritage Site, near one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on our planet.

The resort brings with it a sense of excitement. Aside from the accommodation Sun International has devised adventure packages for guests and visitors that will bring thrill seekers from every corner of the globe.

Architecturally, the buildings take their cue from African echoes. The wonderful five-star rated Royal Livingstone Hotel, stretched along the banks of the river, consists of a series of 17 colonial-style buildings, with deep verandas, set among indigenous trees and grass preserved and augmented in the development process.

The rooms and suites echo the quiet beauty of their surroundings and in the centre, thatch-roofed buildings, most African in their influence, house the lounge, restaurant and bar that will discreetly be run to world class standards. A classic swimming pool visually links the waters of the river with the terraces of the hotel, and a sweeping timber deck plants its feet in the swirling water of the Zambezi.

At the three-star Zambezi Sun, informality is reflected in the joyful colours of the largely hand-painted interior decorations, the huge meandering swimming pool with brilliant ceramic mosaics, and its exuberant architecture.

Also constructed in a series of eight buildings containing the rooms, surrounding a central pavilion of restaurants, kitchens and a fabulous convention centre, the Zambezi Sun acknowledges its African roots in the deep rich red earth colour on the rounded planes of its walls. White wood-grain balconies give views onto the river, with its boiling rapids in the rainy season and the roiling mists of the waterfall. In the early evening the dark outline of the hotel is set against iridescent curls of smoky vapour that dance above its roofline. Above all, there is the thunderous sound of falling water.

Whether you are bent on business or pleasure, Sun International's Golden Triangle can tap into just what you need and provides leading International destinations for the FIT, leisure and MICE markets around the world" said Ian Anderson Executive: National & International Sales.

This triangle of superb destinations creates a glittering formula for unique tourism experiences, underpinned by Sun International's emphasis on service excellence and luxuriously sophisticated amenities. Each guest is special ... and made to feel special ... embraced in a welcome that is truly Out of Africa.

For further information, please contact:
Lorenzo Giani on Tel 800-990-8299 / Fax 954-713-2071
E-mail: Lorenzo.giani@sunint.com