Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club: Grandeur of the American South
18 January 2012
Elvis may not have been around to put foot in this building, but had he done so, no doubt he would have agreed that Peermont’s Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club rocks!
Drenched with Southern American charm, the resort recreates the grace of the Deep South when baronial mansions were set resplendent on manicured lawns and indoors, life was elegant and stylish, yet not without some delicious bending of social rules to make things interesting.
Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club is located in the town of Secunda, Mpumalanga, just a one hour and 15 minute break-away on the newly opened N17 from the urban sprawl of Johannesburg and Pretoria. With golf course, gaming, entertainment and recreation for all ages, it is a destination with across-the-board family appeal.
Old world extravagance with high-tech edge
The 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel at Graceland houses its guests in Victorian-American grandeur, all 98 bedrooms and suites with views across the golf course or pool terrace. Their facilities, however, are very much of the present era, comprising satellite TV, modem points, wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and air conditioning.
The room complement includes 62 Classic rooms, 31 Deluxe rooms, three Junior and one Presidential suite and one Special Assistance room. Smoking and non-smoking rooms can be requested. The fabulous hotel offers guests a Sunday Sleep-Over special every week which allows them to stay over in style at the hotel for only R200 per room.
Try your hand on the greens or at the tables
The Graceland Country Club is the jewel in this resort’s multi-faceted crown. Here designer and golfing legend Gary Player has made the most of the property’s natural features to construct a challenging, 18-hole championship inland links-style golf course. It sports a mix of elevation changes, water hazards, rolling fairways and strategically-placed bunkering.
Along with a variety of slot machines and table games on its main casino floor, Graceland offers the Manhattan Privé and a smoking section named the Horse Shoe Smoking Casino. Guests can chance their luck at Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and Texas Hold’em Poker. An ongoing programme of gaming promotions comes with low minimum bets and generous payouts, giving gamblers more playtime for their money.
The Diamond Rush promotion runs until 25 March and has a total of R330 000 in cash and a Chev Aveo up for grabs! The final car draw will happen on 25 March at 21h00 on the main casino floor.
Food and entertainment takes American inspiration
In keeping with its theme, dining at Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club is interwoven with American notes. At the New Orleans-style Blue Bayou guests enjoy Southern cuisine while the informal American Café, overlooking the casino floor, presents lighter fare. Breakfasts, lunches, teas and refreshments are also on offer at
The Palm Terrace with its views over the golf course and pool. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Diners who eat at the American Café on Fridays and Saturdays between 16h00 and 19h00 stand a chance to have their bill burnt. Children under 12 years eat for free after 17h00.
The Buffalo Bill’s Showbar is the best Wild West Saloon this side of the Atlantic, staging a continuous programme of live events. The latest in blockbuster movies are on view at the Limelight Theatre.
Younger family members can enjoy video arcade games at the Magic Company and mock combat at the newly introduced Hobby Hotspot Paintball Circuit. Sweets, snacks and novelty gifts are available from Sweets from Heaven and at the Frontier Trading Store.
The resort’s proximity to Gauteng’s economic heart has made it a popular conference venue. The Liberty Hall Convention Centre and Graceland Arena are perfect for banquets, product launches, seminars and team-building events. Coupled with several break-away rooms, they can support any type of corporate gathering for up to 1 200 delegates.
Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club makes a great starting point to discovering the many attractions of the province of Mpumalanga - don’t forget to pack a pair of blue suede shoes!