The Palace Resort and Spa received the Best Refurbishment Award by VOASA “the vacation industry watchdog” in a ceremony held in June. Situated in a prime location along Durban’s beachfront, the resort is midway through its 5-year R20 million refurbishment programme. Managed by First Resorts, the Palace’s revamp includes extensive renovations to the façade, luxury apartments, restaurants, entertainment areas and Wellness centre.
In 2010 the first phase commenced with the completion of the reception, two restaurants (Pesto and The Bridge), and the Wellness centre. The latest trends have been utilized in the design. As the project rolls out over the next 3 years, the resort will upgrade a total of 76 apartments to the new look, exclusively designed for The Palace by Sphere Design and Architecture, and renowned South African Interior Designer Caron Mitchell,.[member]
The flagship restaurant, Pesto, has given the wider community an opportunity to enjoy The Palace facilities. With a new deck that opens onto Marine Parade, the restaurant creates an up-market, social area for guests to relax and enjoy sundowners. “We want to encourage the public to support the local businesses situated along Durban’s Golden Mile. With the current upgrades to the beachfront, we look forward to, and support the rejuvenation of the tourist industry in the area.” Says Johann Jordaan, Managing Director of First Resorts.
Guests are given an additional dining option, The Bridge, situated on the 5th floor. In a contemporary lounge area, with views of the Indian Ocean, you are invited to sit back and relax around the pool, enjoy a cocktail from the bar and order a light meal. On the same floor is the Wellness centre, equipped with a sauna and spa bath.
Chic new restaurant opens at The Palace Resort and Spa
First Resorts this week hosted Durban’s “Who’s Who” at the launch of Pesto, its stylish new North Beach restaurant located in the recently renovated Palace Resort and Spa. Pesto is part of the R20 million award-winning Palace hotel refurbishment project, offering a trendy all day restaurant experience. Dr May Mkhize, the First Lady of KZN, was amongst Durban’s elite to sample the chic cuisine.
“Pesto’s menu, although wide, is a medley of appetizing Mediterranean combinations which have kept the restaurant pretty full since its opening a few weeks ago” says Claudio Tripepi, Food and Beverage Manager for the First Resorts food outlets.
First Resorts manages over 50 resorts throughout Southern Africa and is the largest resort management company in the country. Other restaurants in the group’s portfolio include – amongst others – the Bushpot, at Bushman’s Nek resort in the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, the Martial Eagle Restaurant overlooking the Sterkfontein Dam, and La Montagne’s Crayfish Inn, located in the heart of Ballito.Tags: Durban, First Resorts, South Africa, The Palace Resort and Spa, VOASA