The New Pre­mier Re­sort Sani Pass

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Stand­ing 2,876 m above sea level, Sani Pass at­tracts off-road en­thu­si­asts and hik­ers from around the world. Af­ter tack­ling the chal­lenges of this gru­elling moun­tain pass, trav­ellers can now en­joy lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion nes­tled at the foot of this spec­tac­u­lar es­carp­ment.

To meet the de­mands of everdis­cern­ing guests, Pre­mier Re­sort Sani Pass, si­t­u­ated in the South­ern Drak­ens­berg, has un­der­gone a R75-mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment, up­grad­ing the ho­tel from three- to fourstar sta­tus.

Orig­i­nally built in 1958, Pre­mier Re­sort Sani Pass is a his­toric build­ing with lots of old-world charm. How­ever, it was lack­ing the mod­ern con­ve­niences re­quired by to­day’s trav­ellers, and these have now been in­stalled. They range from air-con­di­tion­ing in all of the fa­cil­i­ties and rooms, and Wi-Fi through­out the ho­tel, to a brand new 300-seater con­fer­ence room.

“A key fo­cus point for the project has been pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties for fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing a new well­ness cen­tre, gym, spa, and cinema. Our aim is to cater for ev­ery need,” says Sa­muel Nas­si­mov, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Pre­mier Ho­tels and Re­sorts.

Ar­chi­tect, Paul Batho, and interior de­signer, Paolo Fal­coner, have worked hard to re­tain the orig­i­nal charm and char­ac­ter of the build­ing, while bring­ing it into the 21st cen­tury by mod­ernising some of the de­tails.

Com­ple­ment­ing the new and ex­cit­ing fea­tures, the 120 rooms of­fer spec­tac­u­lar views of the Ezemvelo Na­ture Re­serve.

“Pre­mier Re­sort Sani Pass is one of those places where fam­i­lies hol­i­day and al­ready book their spot for the next year when they check out. The ho­tel plays an in­te­gral part in so many fam­i­lies’ happy hol­i­day mem­o­ries. We wanted to make it all the more mem­o­rable and en­able more guests to ex­pe­ri­ence the ho­tel,” Nas­si­mov says.

With the ren­o­va­tions now al­most com­plete, guests can make the most of the many ac­tiv­i­ties the ho­tel has to of­fer, in­clud­ing snooker, bowls, ten­nis, volleyball, squash, and putt-putt, or sim­ply tak­ing a dip in the ho­tel’s swim­ming pool. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous, there are bolder out­door op­tions such as hik­ing and bik­ing trails, 4×4 ex­cur­sions, fly- and bass-fish­ing, horse trails up the moun­tains of Le­sotho, and pony rides for chil­dren.

“Pre­mier Ho­tels and Re­sorts is a cre­ation de­vel­oped from pas­sion and a need to do things dif­fer­ently, and our Sani Pass re­sort is a true tes­ta­ment to this,” Nas­si­mov con­cludes.

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