Multi-award winning Cabana Beach Resort, a Southern Sun timeshare property primely located on the uMhlanga Promenade, celebrated its reopening on 25 March after completing Phase 1 of what may be the biggest refurbishment any timeshare resort has ever seen. Funded from the reserves, cashflow and within average annual levy increases with no special levy raised, this major reinvestment into the property showcases how the levies are put to good use.
Phase 1 of the extensive 217-bedroom refurbishment began in January and covered the ground floor, second floor and beachfront cabana units as well as the painting and spalling of the external of the building and the tiling of passages from the Penthouse floor down to the third floor. In Phase 2, which is still being planned for the second half of next year, it will be swapped around to complete the bedrooms from the third floor up and the passages of the second floor down to the Cabanas at the adult pool.
Nothing left untouched
The transformation left nothing untouched. The rooms feature new vinyl flooring throughout, new aluminum sliding doors, all-new kitchens and the replacement of all the furniture, artwork, tables and chairs. There is also a complete modernisation of the fixtures, fittings and functionality which now includes reading lights, headboard lights, USB charging and a digital head end TV system with an extensive channel listing.
Better, bigger, brighter
To create a more inclusive space and experience, the kitchens were opened up and turned around. New headboards, sleeper couches, cupboard internals, better Wi-Fi capacity and the upgrade of the kids’ rooms in the four sleeper units has created a better, bigger and brighter unit.
In 2021, the public areas and reception area was completed, including the lift landings and the painting and spalling of the road facing side of the building at a cost of R18 million. This also encompassed all the other upgrades on the property, enhances of the already amazing gardens and grounds, additional seating and facilities at the adult pool, sports court, braai areas and the all-new beach showers.