Zululand Observer - Weekender

Casino upgrade adds new sparkle


GUESTS at Umfolozi Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort are in for a rather pleasant surprise the next time they visit, following a series of exciting upgrades that have taken place in and around the casino and entertainm­ent areas of the property to the value of R8.5-million.

In an effort to continuous­ly excite and delight valued guests, Umfolozi management signed off on a series of refurbishm­ents and upgrades to the Privé area of the casino, an exclusive area reserved for high stakes gaming at Umfolozi.

‘We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the upgrades at Umfolozi, and we are sure Privé guests especially will love the new look and feel of the casino and surrounds,’ says General Manager Pam Nagappa.’

We are always in search of ways to enhance the Umfolozi experience for our guests, and these upgrades are just some of the ways we have identified in our mission of maintainin­g the hotel’s position as one of KZN’s premier gaming and entertainm­ent destinatio­ns.’

Key upgrades to the Privé area guests can look forward to include the addition of 15 new slot games, an additional cash desk to speed up the cash-for-chip exchange and payout process, a new walk-up service bar in the Privé area, and new ATM and gun safe areas for added convenienc­e and security.

Male and female guests can also now enjoy the newly-revamped restrooms in the Privé and lobby areas, complete with brand new toilets with water-saving features, as well as contempora­ry new tiling.

To enhance the look and feel of the current space, Umfolozi has updated its signature colour palette for a more sophistica­ted and contempora­ry aesthetic that pays homage to its African roots, installing new vibrantlyp­atterned carpeting, décor and wall treatments, and lighting fixtures.

A series of exquisite artworks and photograph­y pieces have also been put up around the newly renovated area to add to its appeal.

The table games will also be moved out of the existing Privé area, into a new Privé area where table gamers can enjoy American Roulette and BlackJack to their heart’s content.

‘To accommodat­e this move, the Umfolozi crèche and much-loved Kids Zone have also been moved to accommodat­e the addition of new child-friendly restrooms, more convenient­ly located in these areas.’

An exciting addition for younger visitors is the three new PlayStatio­n consoles and games now available in the Kids Zone area, and to give parents of little ones added peace of mind, the crèche centre now features a new security feature that prevents unwanted access into the area.

‘We’ve studied the trends in the gaming, entertainm­ent and hospitalit­y spaces, and these exciting developmen­ts are a direct reflection of our findings, and what we feel best suits our unique and valued clientele,’ says Nagappa.

‘We are ready and waiting to welcome local and internatio­nal guests at Umfolozi Hotel, situated in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.’

 ??  ?? General Manager Pam Nagappa (right) shares her excitement about the upgrades with constructi­on worker Nozipho Ndlovu
General Manager Pam Nagappa (right) shares her excitement about the upgrades with constructi­on worker Nozipho Ndlovu

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