The New Premier Resort Sani Pass
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.