Located in the heart of Durban's Golden Mile beachfront, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World has been the focal point of the cities entertainment buzz for over a decade now and it's just completed a R1.6 billion upgrade. Last week saw the launch of the new additions as well as a full revamp of the existing complex, and as per the norm with Suncoast they do not do things on a small scale as it was a grand affair!
In an invitation only event, with the guest list extending from the who's who of Durban, to well known local celebrities and not forgetting the loyal Suncoast patrons, being held in the all new multipurpose indoor venue, the Globe. It was transformed into a wonderland with decor than mesmerized you at every corner and gymnasts along with trapeze artists performing keeping guests entertained as they mingled, sipped on fine champagne and enjoyed the array off food on offer. Performances by Lira, Veranda Panda and a breathtaking violan performance from the artist elevated into to the air while playing.
Kicking off the evenings proceedings was the MC for the evening, the ever beautiful Jeannie D, which followed with addresses from Tsogo Sun's Chief Operating Officer Glenn Jospeh and Suncoasts Operations Manager, Mike Dowsley who then glamorously announced the opening of the new additions with a sabrage of a champagne bottle. Durban's mayor was present and also gave her words of thanks to Tsogo Sun for their continued investment in the city.
It was then time to party and one can imagine after 24 months of this momentous redevelopment which has expanded Suncoast to over 48,000 square meters, it was well deserved. Just to run through what they have done, apart from the new additions the existing complex has undergone a massive refurbishment with the food court being expanded and new additions for guests to choose from. The casino has undergone a full revamp as well, with more tables, more machines for visitors. The Prive casino has moved up a level and offers the high rollers an impeccable gambling experience with its own entrance and private gambling rooms.
The new additions see's a new restaurant complex which is adjacent to the current complex, and houses many of the favourites. Spur and John Dory's have relocated from the inside to the new portion is joined by the likes of Mythos, La Rosa, Calisto's, Lupa and Havan Grill. Next to the restaurant portion is the Barnyard Theatre which is set to open this week and seats 400 people with an array of shows planned for the upcoming year.
The main talking point is the globe though, with 2000 square meters of space, undercover and fully air-conditioned, it's a unique structure for Durban and can play hosts to many things. With events already planned and have taken place already, like Big Top Rock and Shut Up & Dance. Some events you can still look forward to in the Globe are, Just Jinjer & Tailer, Loyiso Gola Unlearning, Riaad Moosa and Friends. Overall, the entire place looks fantastic, I love what they've done with the colour scheme, while it isn't as bright and multi-coloured as before, it accentuates the Art Deco vibe that Suncoast is so synonymous for. It's a welcome change to the Durban beach front and just in time for the summer holidays.