African Hotel Group Tsogo Sun is planning to inject R220m to redevelop of two of its hotels on the Durban beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa into one major hotel complex – the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani.

The Southern Sun Elangeni and Southern Sun North Beach hotels will be refurbished, consolidated and relaunched during a three phase project.

The first phase of the project, which will be completed in May 2013, will consist of 734 bedrooms, two gyms and three swimming pools, with one heated pool.

It will also feature 17 meeting and conference rooms; two fully-equipped business centres; and eleven restaurants and bars offering a variety of a la carte and buffet meal options.

Phase two is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2013, and will see the addition of The Camelot Spa. The spa will feature five treatment rooms, a double treatment room with a hydro therapy bath and a Himalayan salt room.

Additional public areas and facilities will be included in the final phase of the project, along with the refurbishment of the Elangeni rooms.

Marcel von Aulock, Tsogo Sun’s CEO said: “We have great confidence in Durban and a significant investment in its future, and it is our sincere belief that we have a responsibility to support the city to ensure that it achieves its full potential as the premier leisure and event city in South Africa – one that offers a rich playground of activities, hospitality and events.”

Source: Spa Opportunities -Aoife Dowling