Travel Editor Brian Berkman asked Nigel Atherton, general manager of the Emperor’s Palace resort, why he loves his job at the Place of Dreams.
By Nigel Atherton, General Manager of the Emperors Palace Complex
Nigel started at Emperors Palace as Finance Director in 2005 before taking on the exciting opportunity to manage the resort two years ago. Don’t let his cool, calm demeanor fool you: he knows every nook and cranny of the East Rand entertainment resort and tells us about the 10 things he loves most about his home away from home – some of which he might surprise you.
1. The CODESA March: The Emperors Palace is proud to host the Codesa Walkway Heritage Museum, which is a visual and literary walk through our past as a country. The March uses panels with remarkable images, facts and speeches to document our history, from the times of the San and Khoekhoe to the arrival of white settlers. The Codesa March is one of our most important heritage pieces and has the ability to evoke a range of emotions, from anger and shock to hope and pride.
2. The Gautrain expansion project: The Gautrain’s Rhodesfield station is already extremely convenient for those visiting the Emperors Palace. However, the proposal to extend the line from Rhodesfield to Boksburg, as well as adding three extensions to Randburg, Mamelodi and Westgate, will make access to the Palace of Dreams even easier.
3. The Aerotropolis project: This multi-million rand public-private partnership has resulted in the creation of a unique business facilitation network, which includes four strategic business units, to support local entrepreneurs and enable them to benefit from the international airport’s Aerotropolis project OR Tambo planned by the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG). The project was established as a super business hub to help small businesses in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipal Area boost their entrepreneurial efforts.
4. Entertainment: You can’t beat the Emperor’s Palace when it comes to entertainment. From the Marcellus Theater to the Odéon Showbar to Marc Antony’s Cigar Lounge, there’s always something spectacular to take away. Emperors Palace is also the home of South African boxing, hosting many world title fights and quality tournaments featuring local and international boxers.
5. Rest and relaxation: Octavia Spa has something for everyone when it comes to world-class pampering. From Himalayan salt stone massages to milk bath wraps and floatation baths, Octavia is guaranteed to leave even the most stressed bodies and minds feeling rejuvenated!
6. Drink and eat : The Emperor’s Palace truly caters for everyone, with a wide range of restaurants to choose from. The choice ranges from international buffets and fine dining to contemporary Asian, classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars, casual family restaurants and even convenient fast food franchises.
7. Hotels: You can play and then stay at one of four Emperor’s Palace hotels, including the award-winning five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande, the stunning Peermont Mondior Hotel, the Peermont Metcourt Suites Hotel and the new contemporary-style hotel and extremely practical. Peermont Metcourt Hotel.
8. Price: The Emperor’s Palace has won numerous awards including Best Executive Hotel, World Luxury Hotel, Africa’s First Casino Resort and Best Airport Hotel.
9. Themes: We love to party at the Palace of the Emperors, so you can expect to find fabulous decor and entertainment for the whole family on special days. Mother’s Day and Easter are my favorites, but we have fun with everything from Valentine’s Day to Christmas!
ten. Giving: Our local community truly supports us in all our endeavors, which is why it is so important for us to give back to them. We achieve this through the ongoing provision of financial and leadership support, as well as professional training, through the various Peermont Trusts and other CSIR initiatives.