Palace Of The Lost City

5 New Additions To The Palace Of The Lost City

The Palace Of The Lost City has become synonymous with South African glamour and luxury and is a flagship property for Sun International, that has seen some new additions as it marks three decades of reign.


  • In 2022, The Palace Of The Lost City celebrated its 30th Anniversary as a South African icon.
  • The property was the idea of hospitality giant Sol Kerzner, who passed away in March 2020.
  • The Palace Of The Lost City now has a full spa, salon and gym offering as well as refurbished rooms and a fresh new management team.
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A Palace built around the fable of an African kingdom lost in the mists of time (or so the story goes) captured the public’s imagination 30-years ago. In 2023, Sun International’s flagship property has brought 5 New Additions To The Palace Of The Lost City to life, to make sure the hotel fit for royalty remains a crown jewel in South Africa’s hospitality offering:


The Royal Spa

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The Royal Spa is set amongst the backdrop of lush botanical gardens and trickling streams. Image: The Palace Of The Lost City

Certainly one of the most overdue additions, The Royal Spa is fit for…well…royalty! This gorgeous space on the 1st floor of The Palace Of The Lost City was specially created to produce a naturally exquisite therapeutic retreat, set against the backdrop of lush botanical gardens and trickling streams to relax and soothe the senses, while rejuvenating body, mind, and soul.


The Camelot Spa Group designed the facilities and curated the treatment menu on behalf of Sun International. The palatial spa has six individual treatment rooms and three suites with hydrobaths and sensation showers, set in lush garden surroundings with water features.


The Royal Spa experience includes beautiful spaces, a Rasul Chamber, Himalayan Crystal Salt Sauna, individual and couples treatment rooms as well as beautiful indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. Why not try the Royal Spa Signature Massage or a Royal Signature Rejuvenating Shimmer Milk Hydrobath?


If there ever was something The Palace Of The Lost City was missing, this was it!


The Royal Salon
Adjacent to the Royal Spa is another space, many have been looking forward to: The Royal Salon. Designed for everyone’s grooming needs, The Royal Salon offers a host of hair related services, from cuts to blows, shaving to styling, balayage, treatments and more! As part of the Spa experience, there are also waxing, make-up, threading and tinting services, as well as manicure and pedicure stations.


The new beauty spaces at The Palace Of The Lost City are sure to add some much needed pampering to an already luxurious stay!


The Gym

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The Gym, the space once home to the Salon, features some of the latest Technogym equipment. Image: The Sandton Times

When The Palace Of The Lost City was originally built, it had no gym, and whilst burning calories on a treadmill was not a priority 30-years ago, things have significantly changed for the better. As part of the recent refurbishments, The Palace Of The Lost City now has a good sized gym with the latest Technogym equipment, from cardio to weights and more! For those who enjoy staying in shape whilst indulging in a bit of a break, laps in the hotel pool or schlepping to some other part of the resort to find a treadmill is a thing of the past.


The Refurbished Rooms

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The newly refreshed rooms have kept some classic items with splashes of new elements. Image: The Palace Of The Lost City

The Palace of the Lost City has seen all of its 326 rooms, 16 suites and African Suite undergo a full refurbishment with décor bringing a contemporary African stay to life. The refurbishment was rolled out by interior architectural design specialists David Muirhead and Associates along with a team of 215 people on site including a construction team, painters, a quantity surveyor, contractor, project manager, air conditioning experts and an IT team.


The Sandton Times covered all the decadent details: First Look: The Palace Of The Lost City 30th Anniversary Refresh.


The African Suite

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The African Suite, home to Hollywood stars, musicians and heads of state, has received a totally fresh new look. Image: The Palace Of The Lost City

Reimagined for a new generation of superstars and decision makers, The African Suite, once home to icons like Michael Jackson and the like, has a fresh new contemporary African inspired look, whilst still keeping a hint of flamboyance. Fitted with two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, a sauna, walk-in closet, study, lounge, dining-room, jacuzzi, bar area, private kitchen and more, this is a superlative getaway. Following in its footsteps, the Royal Suite and King Suite will also receive a new look whilst retaining their individual style and uniqueness.


In addition to this, The Palace Of The Lost City has welcomed a new management team including Sun International stalwart, General Manager Nico Myburgh as well as new Executive Chef Wesli Jacobs, who are tasked with bringing this South African icon into 2023 and beyond.


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