Late last year popular Durban hot-spot, Suncoast Casino embarked on a R1.6 Billion makeover which included expansion to its gaming floor and an all new Salon Prive Casino for their elite clients. Yesterday I attended the official media launch of the new Prive floor and was honestly blown away with what I saw. As we all know Suncoast Casino's main theme is Art Deco, as Durban and Miami share many trends, Tsogo Sun saw this opportunity when initially building the multiplex to adopt this theme and it has added great value to the Durban Skyline ever since. With the expansion, this trend continues to flow but more bold and more wow factor and it is more evident that ever in the Salon Prive.
The Prive is located on the first floor and is only accessible to the serious gamers, there are two glass elevators, decorated in gold art-deco style borders, similar to that found in many American art-deco lobby's that take you from either the two dedicated basement parking levels, for Prive members only, directly up to the Casino. Once on the Prive floor, the attention to detail in decor grabs you, from the tiling to the large entrance doors, which lead you to the reception area to welcome you to Prive. From the striking ceilings, hand painted murals, the extravagant tiling and lavish art pieces, it certainly makes this new venue one of the best I've seen in the country.
Prime Architects and Volume Design were responsible for articulating the incredible design, Howard Dembo from Prime Architects says;"The existing Art Deco exterior of Suncoast forms the basis for the Prive Interior Scheme as a natural extension of the architectural style. With Durban being considered the Art Deco Capital of South Africa and with various fine building examples of this Architectural style being protected and restored to preserve the rich legacy of this Style movement, it made sense that the designers drew from influences of this iconic design, creating a rich and vibrant interior that visually excites yet compliments the Architecture."
The Prive also has a deck which leads out from the exclusive restaurant and bar, it has 180 degree ocean views of the Golden Mile where guests can relax on the lounges provided while sipping their favourite beverage. The gaming area features 21 tables, 202 slot machines and 3 private gaming rooms and features a smoking and non-smoking area. It has everything you need for the ultimate gaming experience, 24 hours a day.
Present at the opening was MEC of Economic Development & Tourism Sihle Zikalala who emphasized the value of private development in the tourism sector and not only by new developers but from continued support from existing investors too. This forms only part of the upgrade with the new attractions set to opening in December. Visitors to Suncoast can look forward to a whole new dining experience with a variety of restaurants, some new and others existing, the Banyard Theatre as well as a large multipurpose venue. When completed, it really will add such a great addition to an already fantastic establishment.