After undergoing a R1.6 Billion redevelopment, Suncoast in Durban has significantly increased the number of dining options available for visitors, and now offers 3000 seats across its eateries. But it’s not just the food court that’s had a renovation – the entire property has been refurbished.

Floor space has increased to 48 012m² and facilities added and upgraded to ensure that Suncoast delivers entertainment to a diverse market of patrons. Constructed in 2002 by Tsogo Sun, Suncoast has an annual footfall of almost 6 million entertainment-seekers. The redevelopment project – which includes the addition of 10 new eateries, three retail outlets, increased casino space, a newly located Salon Privé with 180-degree sea views, a Barnyard Theatre, a multi-purpose event venue and increased underground parking – has added 8 000 square metres of space to the Golden Mile.

Speaking at the celebration of Suncoast’s relaunch on 6 December, Glenn Joseph, COO of Tsogo Sun Gaming, said, “Tsogo Sun remains committed to the development and economic growth of Durban. We have spent over R4 billion on casino and hotel refurbishments in the past five years – R1.6 billion of which has been invested into Suncoast. This redevelopment project has been the bulk of our focus with regards to capital expenditure, and is testament to our confidence in South Africa, and in Durban in particular.”

Commenting on the dining options at Suncoast, Dowsley says, “We now have the perfect mix of fast food, family dining, casual dining and fine dining across a wide range of cuisines. The new offerings open up a world of choice in one destination.” Among the choices are Calisto’s (Portuguese), La Rosa (Mexican) which is a first for KZN , Mythos (Greek), Lupa (Italian) and Billy G (upmarket buffet).

“It has been an incredible 24 months of development on this project.  The fact that this build was completed in record time, whilst remaining open 24/7/365 is an enormous achievement and testimony to the teamwork amongst all 57 contractors and our team of over 1 800 employees. Our sincere thanks must go to the City stakeholders for their partnership, shared vision, support and guidance, to Durban Tourism and Tourism KZN for positioning Durban and KZN, and to our precinct partners who continue to work to raise the product offering on the Golden Mile,” says Dowsley.

“We are ever conscious about sustainability for our employees as well as for the environment, and throughout this build we have ensured that maximum water and energy consumption saving has been in place.  We are blessed with a truly sustainable lifestyle in a city that is not only geared for growth, but has been voted as the Most Liveable City, and as the Greenest City in SA. So, our strategic focus on sustainability and employment will continue into the future as we support Durban as the ultimate place to live, work and play.”