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The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City Resort, Sun City, South Africa


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From ZAR4,608 (approx. $379)
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To be perfectly frank, it sounds more than a little bit insane. Then again, that’s probably exactly what one ancient Egyptian said to another on the topic of that new development at Giza. The Palace of the Lost City is part Vegas, part Orlando, part eighth wonder of the world, a resort on the site of a mythical lost empire — and, not coincidentally, also on the site of Sun City, South Africa’s designated leisure and entertainment district.

It’s not just the casinos and live shows that link Sun City with Las Vegas. Both are best approached uncritically — it’s not their impeccable good taste that attracts millions of visitors, but rather the sense of spectacle, of over-the-top entertainment. On that score the Palace certainly qualifies. The public spaces are resplendent in a sort of classically-influenced lost-world African-empire style — think ancient Greece with palm fronds, or a bizarro-world African Versailles with a pervasive elephant motif.

The rooms and suites, by and large, dial down the volume on the theme — they’re still heavily styled, but many have striking lake or valley views. It’s classic resort-hotel living, with no sensual pleasure denied, whether in the standard rooms or the most lavish suites. And in addition to the multitude of dining and entertainment options, the Palace is positioned to make the most of Sun City’s other charms — not only is it a golfer’s paradise, featuring a wickedly difficult Gary Player course (complete with Nile crocodiles), but it’s an ideal jumping-off point for a safari in Pilanesberg National Park.

  • 338 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Lively
  • The Palace of the Lost City
  • Sun City Resort
  • Sun City, South Africa

Hotel amenities and services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Free wi-fi
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

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