Peermont Doreale Grande

by Christina Bates
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Peermont Doreale Grande at Emperors Palace

Set within the renowned Emperors Palace resort, the hotel boasts luxurious rooms and suites, a world-class restaurant, respected spa, and much more. The resort also offers additional accommodation choices, a magnificent casino, a convention centre and an endless range of entertainment options.

Arriving at the resort we were struck by the bold statement design that takes its inspiration from ancient Rome – all marble floors, columns, frescoes and murals. This is a bold concept that will stay with you long after you’ve left.

You’d have to stay here for a month to experience all the resort has to offer, but we managed to cram as much as possible into our week. Our room was opulent to say the least – beautiful fabrics, four-poster bed and all the amenities we needed.

You can sample fine cuisine from all around the world, and some delicious cocktails at numerous venues in the resort. Aurelia’s serves African fusion food and the majority of the ingredients and recipes served here are South African in origin.

At Aurelia’s Lounge and Cocktail Bar you can sample cocktails, fine wines and spirits while listening to live piano music. Another venue for cocktails – and sunset views – is Neptune’s Pool Bar.

Among the entertainment options are a casino, theatre and cinema. And the two bars – including a pool bar – kept us refreshed during the day and through the night. Octavia’s Sensorium is the resort’s renowned spa, with a design inspired by ancient Roman baths. The staff greeted us warmly when we arrived – they were both friendly and informative.

The spa menu is extensive, with massages, beauty treatments and luxurious packages to choose from. I opted for a Purify Ritual Massage. The therapist first massaged my skin with a wonderful aromatic salt scrub. As vanilla and orange scents calmed my mind, my body was kneaded and pressed, then African wooden ‘batons’ were used across my aching shoulder muscles. My massage therapist told me these dumbbell-shaped tools help penetrate deep into the tissue area. After my 90 minute treatment I certainly felt relaxed, soothed and revitalised.

The spa also has a tempting hydrotherapy bath menu, with treatments including a Milk Bath and Romance Bath complete with floating rose petals. However, I decided to relax in the heated Roman Spa Bath. I felt like a Roman empress as I sat surrounded by exquisite marble, murals and frescos!

  • Aurelia’s offers fine dining South African fusion food with 80 per cent of the ingredients and recipes served here of South African origin
  • Aurelia’s Lounge and Cocktail Bar. Delicious cocktails, fine wines, spirits and live piano music make this a destination in its own right
  • Swimming pools, gym
  • Spa offering treatments, sauna, steam rooms

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