Sibaya is set amongst the lush coastal foliage, just 10 minutes from King Shaka Airport and 5 minutes from the popular Umhlanga. I got to pop in and spend a night at the Sibaya Lodge.
If you are looking for entertainment on the North Coast, Sibaya has earned itself a reputation for being a ‘one stop shop’ for accommodation, food, conferencing and entertainment.
Entertainment for both children and parents
When I put the question to an audience, “what do you look for first in a travel destination?”, I received the answers “entertainment and activities”, “somewhere where the kids can be entertained” and lastly, “where can I be entertained?” This led me to thinking about my trip to the verdant grounds of Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom. There are two hotels located on the resort premises. The 3 star Sibaya Lodge with 118 beds and the luxury Royal Sibaya Hotel. The on resort entertainment here includes swimming pools sparkling under the sun, Mangwanani Spa with all sorts of lovely treatments; sophisticated slots and table games areas, slick enclosed bar areas, two theatre’s and a children’s game zone.
The various areas in the Lodge are access controlled and the rooms are comfortable with with pillows and beds that lure you to try an afternoon nap. The Smart TV allows you access to shows and further entertainment to make sure that you do not miss out on a thing. The blackout curtains are absolutely tops, ensuring that the summer sun won’t get you out of bed too early in the morning.
The rooms sliding glass doors also ensure that you have access outside to the beautiful views of rolling hills of Zululand and the ocean, while being able to enjoy the birdlife this lush area entices.
Food, glorious food
Sibaya sees a variety of food available for casual dining in the food court and two sit down restaurants. That is a total of five restaurants to satisfy your hunger.
I decided to visit the all new Tatso. Opened in November 2018, this restaurant launches a new buffet concept using a waiter-less service. It really works! Despite the crowds all happily talking and eating, the service flowed seamlessly and there were no long queues.
Tatso also allows up to two children under 5 for free and those up to 11 years old eat for half the entry fee of R185.
Once welcomed through the door, I walk past the mosaic of the cattle roaming on the hills and try not to gape at the stunning lighting.
The main dome seems like an anemone of steel arms ending in pearl shaped lights which is repeated around the room creating ambient lighting.
Once I have moved over to the food, I survey the options and try to make a selection from the starters of tuna, salmon avocado and salads.
Then I wander over to the mains featured, being fish, beef and curries being lamb, butter chicken, vegetable breyani and dahl for the vegetarian inclined. There is also a salad section where you can construct your own salads from a variety of ingredients.
You can also order specialty items at an extra rate that are on rotation with three a day, from the Add on Chef’s Specialty section including beef, chicken and venison espetada, sirloin steak and lamb chops and ribs. Add-on seafood items included Asian soft-shell crabs and prawns, served in peri-peri and lemon butter varieties.
To add to dinner, there is the option of the soda fountain for cold beverages and coffee station to make sure you do not go thirsty.
For those who enjoy a bit of a treat after their meal, there are a selection of sweet treats in the form of lemon meringue, soft serve, pistachio opera, and salted caramel tarts as well as the hot special of the night being bread and butter pudding with custard.
Let me entertain you…
After consuming entirely too much food I move off to one of the entertainment options, The Rockwood Theatre, that currently has the show Hollywood Hits, which is showing until the 7 April.
After posing for a picture at the impossibly large entrance door which makes you feel so tiny (great photo opportunity if there ever was one), I step into the Theatre entrance. I feel like I am walking into ”a whole new world” (see what I did there?? :)) and can’t help but smile at all the dazzling lights and theatrical setup.
The Hollywood Hits show will have you clicking your fingers, laughing at the Emcee’s comments and singing along to tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond. These are all seamlessly woven together by the music, humour, superb voices and dancing of the 10 piece cast of performers and musicians.
As the lights dim as I admire three floors with the different tables and areas set up with black and white photos of many stars and starlets as well as the clean decor lines that blend so well with the wooden finishes. There are kitchens, bars and spectacular and obviously dramatic lighting effects to ensure that patrons do not want for anything during the show.
This theatre seems the ideal setup for fundraisers, private and corporate functions in a supper theatre type setting.
The show begins and I am whisked into the world of the The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Grease, Flashdance, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Purple Rain and Disney favourites like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Frozen. The band make good music look effortless and the dance moves have you wanting to get up and join in.
The show had me on my feet like “The Dancing Queen” and having the “Time of my Life”.
The venue opens at 18h30 for dinner service, with show commencing at 20h00 on Thursdays to Saturdays and 14h00 on Sundays. If you want more information about Rockwood Theatre you can visit the website.
Ultimately, I had a fantastic time. Sibaya delivers exactly what you expect from a Sun International resort; Entertainment, Comfort and Beautiful lush surroundings.
So if you want a getaway that you can rely on to have you smiling and relaxing, you can head on over to Sibaya’s website to get all the details.
Until then….See you on the Road.