I recently received an invitation to attend a fundraising dinner hosted at Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City by the Academy of Chefs. It was an invite that was simply too good to turn down. Beyond the fantastic cause behind the event, it gave my wife, Barbara, and I the opportunity to rekindle some of that Sun City magic that dominated so many great holiday memories of my youth, and to revisit one of the touristic treasures of our beautiful nation.
In the spirit of Mandela month, the Academy of Chefs together with Sun City, aspired to raise R250 000 for victims of the Nepalese earthquake. In addition to the money raised for the Nepalese relief effort, The Palace of the Lost City also reached an amount of R510 000, combined from three different fundraising initiatives implemented with the assistance of the Academy of Chefs, to build an orphanage in Monakato.
The evening was one to be remembered, with those in attendance respecting the spirit behind the great Madiba and donating generously to a very admirable cause. Based on the fact that the dinner was arranged by an organization made up by some of the finest South African culinary personalities, expectations were high and we weren’t left disappointed with a five-course dinner that would have been appreciated by even the harshest of critics.
If you haven’t stayed at the Palace before, it is an absolute bucket list must. The hotel lives up to its lavish reputation and still maintains that regal finesse that made Sun City the brand name that it is. I have visited the Palace of the Lost City several times over the years, but the finishes and the attention to detail still mesmerise me, and one can’t help but take a step back and appreciate the true artistry behind the resort.
The following morning we were taken to a new level of euphoria with one of the most decadent breakfasts that we have had the pleasure of overindulging in. From your traditional continental and full English menu items to sushi and Peppermint Crisp waffles, the spread covered every imaginable option and was worth every moment of indulgent discomfort that we felt for the rest of the day.
South African hospitality is of an exceptionally high standard and Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City played an integral part in defining the class and sophistication that has become expected from our resorts and tourism facilities.
If you are looking for somewhere to treat a loved one for a special occasion or for an extravagant getaway, the Palace of the Lost City should definitely be on your radar screen. Spoil yourself, I have no doubt that you deserve it.
Happy Mandela Month, Joburg.
To read more about the Academy of Chefs and this amazing initiative check out their website at www.saca.co.za/Academy.
For more information about Sun City, visit www.suninternational.com.