Sandton Central is alive with festivities, fun and relaxation this holiday season. The leading hot spot for shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment has a packed programme of attractions this summer.
That’s the word from Elaine Jack, City Improvement District (CID) Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) – SA’s cosmopolitan financial hub and the centre of the latest trends, style and entertainment. Importantly, all this is set in a safe, clean, well-managed urban environment.
“Visiting Sandton Central should be on everyone’s must-do list. It’s a vibrant hot spot with lots to do and see for all ages,” says Jack.
Sandton Central is home to the country’s quintessential shopping experience, Sandton City, which is admired as highlight of the festive season with its wonderful programme of holiday activities, shows, services and, of course, shopping.
Several of the country’s leading hotels and restaurants are also located in Sandton Central, making it the perfect place to enjoy year-end celebrations, unhurried lunches with friends, and precious outings with the family, or a longer stay right in the heart of everything that’s happening.
Jack comments: “When it comes to shopping, dining, theatre, cinema, hospitality and more, Sandton Central is world-class. It includes Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Michelangelo Towers Mall, Legacy Corner and 24 Central, among other exciting options. You’ll find a mind-blowing diversity of leisure and retail experiences throughout the day and late into the night.”
She adds: “There’s always an exciting energy in the Sandton Central, especially at this time of year. It’s an experience that draws people from around the province, the country and even further away. The sights and sounds enjoyed on long summer days and warm starry nights make it uniquely inviting.”
Sandton Central offers visitors and residents more than just world class business, retail, residential and tourist facilities. It is also home to three wonderful parks that connect this thriving city to the great outdoors – Innesfree Park, Mushroom Park and Sandton Central Park.
Providing the perfect venue for summer picnics and a fun day in the park, Sandton Central offers ample space for people to reconnect with nature, unwind and socialise with friends and family on lush green lawns sheltered beneath the shady trees.
Jack says: “Like leading cities across the globe, Sandton Central’s well-designed urban fabric that provides a full experience for the people who use it. Sandton Central’s parks provide beautiful green spaces for people to socialise and enjoy recreational activities and events.”
This time of year is also among the most affordable to visit the prestigious precinct.
At the beating heart of African commerce, the holiday season sees a slowdown in business travel, giving rise to a clutch of special offers and low-season rates from one of the highest concentrations of upmarket and internationally branded hotels on the continent. Sandton Central hotels include the likes of the InterContinental, Radisson Blu, Hilton, Sandton Sun, The Michelangelo, The Maslow, Protea Hotel Balalaika, and Holiday Inn.
What’s more, getting to Sandton is easier than ever with the Sandton Gautrain Station, which offers commuters special lower prices during the holiday season. There’s also been massive improvements and upgrades to its roads and road signals, plus further improvements are underway.
And, with the many major developments underway in Sandton Central, its skyline is constantly evolving. It has, without doubt, become the superlative showcase of award-winning contemporary commercial architecture and cutting-edge certified Green Star SA buildings.
Jack comments: “We welcome this significant investment from the corporate and real estate sector and we’re excited about even more investment and development to come in the future. Sandton Central will continue to find new and innovative ways to provide an excellent urban environment that supports a seamless, enjoyable and sustainable experience for everyone that uses it.”
She adds: “Sandton Central is more than a neighbourhood, it is a thriving community of active citizens – public, private and individuals – who are passionate about the place in which they work, live and play. We wish everyone a joyous, safe and fabulous holiday season, and look forward to even more exciting investment, developments and events in Sandton Central in the coming year.”