A Guide To Sun City – The Palace of the Lost City

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A Guide To Sun City – The Palace of the Lost City: If you have not seen the movie ‘Blended’, you absolutely need to! What’s the relevance you might ask? Large parts of this movie was filmed in The Palace Of The Lost City, and trust me when I say that apart from the hilarious scenes in the movie itself, this location will keep you glued to the screen. This place is literally mind blowing, a perfect holiday destination for friends and family, a romantic place for lovers, you name it, this five star luxury hotel located in South Africa will make you wish you never have to leave. In this post, we bring you everything that you need to know about this beautiful palace, and more. So get prepared and brace yourself, as we take you through this surreal destination.

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The entrance to The Palace of the Lost City courtyard. © WATG/Flickr

An idea that was birthed in 1989 when they wanted to make the lost city and the jungle a magical icon in the Sun City became a full reality in 1992. From that period till this moment, the palace has received numerous visitors from all over the world. It was inspired by an ancient myth of an African kingdom that was lost to the jungle surrounding it. Encircled by mountains and a game reserve in its front, the architectural and interior themes of the hotel portray the full essence of various African tribes. Monuments like faux elephant’s tusks, sculptured bronze, exquisite mosaics illustrations, stone carvings and hand painted ceilings are things that welcome you into the palace. The gardens have sparkling streams and waterfalls that look like something out of a movie.

The hotel houses about 338 luxurious suites with everything designed to give its guests a great and relaxing time; a mini bar, television, coffee maker, Wi-Fi, sparkling bathrooms and every other thing you can think of are all present to make you feel at home.

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A view of the Palace of the Lost City Courtyard and Shawu the elephant. © WATG/Flickr

The Palace Of The Lost City boasts of quite a number of things, some of which the say has never been seen in the whole of Africa. For instance, the rainforest and jungle which were completed in two years by a team of dedicated gardeners who put in so much work to feature over 3,200 species of plants, shrubs and trees. Two major things that catch the fancy of the guests that patronize the palace are the valley of waves and the maze. The valley of the waves is a massive water park of

Swimming pools, waterfalls, streams, tube rides and slides. So you can be rest assured that the little ones are absolutely going to love this place! Don’t forget to pack your swimsuits. The second feature is The Maze. The maze was designed to look like a semi-ruined Mayan stone maze in preserving the theme of theme of the lost city and the valley of the waves. The maze can only be reached by a 90 meter suspension bridge which has been carefully engineered for absolute safety. This feature is there to give you that thrill of trying something till you actually get it. It might get confusing at first, but slowly you’ll get a hang of it. After such a tasking exercise, the maze bar is there to offer you some of the best refreshments to get you back in the game, so there’s nothing to worry about.

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The Palace of the Lost City © 2014 Sun International

Newlyweds? You have got the perfect spot for your honeymoon as the palace of the lost city offers you the honeymoon package where guests can enjoy a 2, 3, 4, or a 5 night stay in a luxurious accommodation, VIP treatment and their very own honeymoon turndown service. You are definitely in for a good time. No doubt this is one of the best Hotels in South Africa.

Personally, we feel that a single post is not enough to exhaust all that this place does and stands for, but we do hope that we have been able to bring you a great and tangible amount of information about this wonderful place.

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Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere. Given the busy street life, it is a great destination filled with activities for all ages. Historical ruins like Forte Jesus de Mombasa (Fort Jesus), an historic Portuguese fort, and the Old Town are attractions influenced by Mombasa’s trade culture, with many examples of Portuguese and Islamic architecture. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Mombasa that are both affordable and stylish. We have selected our top five budget hotels in Mombasa for travelers, guaranteed to give you the best stay possible.

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Voyager Beach Resort

Off Mt Kenya Road, Nayli, Mombasa, +254 20 4446651

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Mombasa’s city centre is 10 km from Voyager Beach Resort. This ship-themed resort offers cheap accommodation and gives guests easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting, cultural attractions, and views of the lush gardens or Indian Ocean. The vibrant themed resort is famous for hosting some of Africa’s finest family entertainments and animation programs, including unique themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, with very supervised kids’ activities and days out with Africa’s best-known and most experienced children’s’ safari club. Guests can enjoy a variety of Africa’s finest family entertainments and animation programs, including unique themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, with very supervised kids’ activities and days out with Africa’s best-known and most experienced children’s’ safari club.

Bahari Beach Hotel

Nyali Beach, Mount Kenya Road, 80100 Mombasa, +254 41 4472822

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Bahari Beach Hotel is also a budget hotel facing of the most beautiful Beaches in Kenya, the renowned Nyali Beach on Kenya’s North Coast, overlooking the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Bahari is set within lush and colourful gardens, where palms, tropical flowering shrubs and bougainvillea form a superb backdrop for the water garden and its soothing streams and fountains. Decorations with brightly coloured paintings of the Maasai people and furnished with a décor that makes intriguing use of traditional materials. There’s a restaurant serving a variety of dishes. Guests can enjoy a work out in the fitness centre, relax on the beach, or explore one of the many activities offered at the hotel. The +Nyali Golf Club is 5 minutes’ drive away, and the Moi International Airport is 25 km away.

PrideInn Nyali

Behind Nakumatt Nyali, Maheshi Doshi Road, 2nd Avenue, Nyali, +254 728 006356

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A luxurious coastal setting at the famous PrideInn Nyali characterized by palm trees and Makuti structures. This hotel features tastefully decorated rooms and cottages that are equipped and designed in a classic natural style. Each unit has satellite TV and air conditioning. A wide variety of international cuisine is served on the on-site Royal Kitchen Multi Cuisine Restaurant’s à la carte menu. The closest beach is 1 km away, while Mama Ngina Drive is about 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Travelers are offered cheap accommodation and guaranteed to achieve maximum comfort. PrideInn Nyali is a great choice for business travelers offering one of the best conferencing facilities in Mombasa, Kenya.

Bamburi Beach Hotel

Malindi Road, 80100 Bamburg, +254 41 5485611

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This warm and friendly hotel welcomes guests with a distinctly African vibe and a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean. Leisure facilities include 2 air-conditioned squash courts, and private balconies are featured in all rooms. Bamburi Beach Hotel features a large pool with a palm-tree island. The ocean deck edges onto the ocean and offers a comforting atmosphere during the day enjoying a sunbath with a terrific view of the ocean. Grilled fish and meat dishes are available at the Karibu Grill. This is also one of the best budget hotels in Mombasa.

Hotel EnglishPoint

Silos Road, 80100 Mombasa, +254 20 5147039

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EnglishPoint Hotel lives within the ground-breaking development of EnglishPoint Marina. Hotel EnglishPoint is located in Nyali Beach District in Mombasa, Kenya overlooking Mombasa Old Town and the Old Port. With a third floor boutique restaurant, and ultra modern Spa. Some units feature an inbuilt sauna, a Jacuzzi and splendid views over the creek. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. This budget hotel also features several courtyards, a boardwalk, restaurants, a pier, a spa, a fitness centre and a night club.

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