Win a Holiday Worth a Million Rand Winners

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Win a Million Rand Holiday: Winner Announcement


Sun International's Win a Million Rand Holiday winners, Iain Gore & Shiara van Ast

Sun International's Win a Million Rand Holiday winners, Iain Gore & Shiara van Ast

Sun City, Saturday 30 January 2010… It was a night to remember for Iain Gore and his fiancé, Shiara Van Ast when they were announced as the winners of Sun International’s Win a Million Rand Holiday competition. They were awarded the incredible prize at an exclusive reception in the Crocodile Lounge at the Lost City.

The Million Rand Holiday Prize

The prize promises to be the trip of a life time for the lucky couple. Worth a million Rand, the grand prize includes 12 incredible nights of luxury: 4 nights in the Presidential suite at The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia, The King Suite at the Palace of the Lost City and the Table Mountain Suite at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

Iain and Shiara will also experience feasts created by world renowned chefs, soothing spa treatments, fine bottles of French champagne, rounds of golf, a helicopter flip over the Victoria Falls, a chauffeur driven wine farm visit to Stellenbosch, an historic journey to Robben Island, an elephant back safari, lunch on Livingstone Island and dinner on the luxurious Royal Livingstone Steam Train. They’ll also have their own private butler assigned to them when they arrive at each of the five-star Sun International hotels, ensuring that all their needs are taken care of.

A Rags to Riches Weekend

Sun International pulled out all the stops to give the finalists a wonderful and memorable “Rags to riches” weekend. The fun began on Friday 29 January when each finalist was collected from their home. On the journey to Sun City they enjoyed a gourmet picnic basket and a bottle of French Champagne.

On Friday evening, a welcome party was held at the Shebeen located at the Motseng Cultural Village at Sun City Resort. The evening was lively and entertaining as the contestants got to know one another, regaling each other with stories and sampling the traditional feast of biltong salad and thick porterhouse steaks. There were even challenges to find the pool table champion.

The following morning the finalists enjoyed an indulgent breakfast in the Gold Room at The Palace. The finalists were treated to spa treatments at the Gary Player Country Club Health Spa or spent time interacting with elephants at the elephant wallow in the adjoining Pilanesberg National Park.

On Saturday evening, they all gathered in the African Suite at the Palace of the Lost City for pre-dinner drinks where they were welcomed by Ed Jordan, the MC for the evening. At the Crocodile Lounge overlooking the Lost City Golf Course they enjoyed a 5-course dinner and the evening provided a taste of how the rich and famous live amidst a sea of conversation and the tinkle of violins and laughter. Lidia de Atouguia, Divisional Marketing Manager for Sun International Resorts announced the winners.

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of excitement for Iain and Shiara – they got engaged at Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Hotel in October last year and this was what put them in line to win the prize.

The winning couple were given the Palace’s African Suite for the night but they wanted to share their excitement and happiness and invited all the finalists back to the suite to celebrate their win. Shiara, a budding musician happily played the baby grand in the suite accompanied by Ed Jordon.

3 Responses to Win a Holiday Worth a Million Rand Winners

  1. Shiara van Ast says:

    There are not many words to describe the weekend we had in all its AWESOMENESS! Thank so much we still can’t believe it! It truly has made our year and we have a lot to look forward to so thats saying a lot.
    Thank you to Lidia,Jana,Ronel,Ed,Brett,Collette and everyone at Sun City for such a wonderful experience!
    You will never know just how much you all touched our hearts!

    Much love to everyone hope we meet again VERY soon :)

    Iain and Shiara (soon to be) Gore

  2. Belinda says:

    Wow!! Myself and my partner were priveleged to be part of this awesome weekend. We didn’t win, but we did take home memories to last a lifetime. The food was incredible and the Elephant Experience just rocked our world! There is something almost spiritual about standing next to these huge, gentle giants – Everybody grab a pen and put this on your bucket list – now! The Shebeen was the perfect start to a perfect weekend – those 650ml bottles of beer got all of us chatting like old friends and the food…. Oh My! A trip to Sun City would be incomplete without a visit to both the Shebeen and the Elephant Sanctuary, although I wouldn’t recommend that they be done in that order on the same day….. We were champagned and fed to the point that we thought we might POP – but everything was so tempting it was hard to stop. The visit to the Africa Suite took our breath away, what a beautiful room, we just stood in awe of the place and all the famous people who had been there before us! The Awards Ceremony, in true Sun International style, was also planned to perfection. We got all the trimmings, the red carpet and the orchestra and the 5 course meal – we couldn’t have asked for anything more! Well done to Brett and Jana who planned our weekend – nothing went wrong – how did you do that? To Iain and Shiara: Congratulations!!! Live it UP for all of us!! You beat us at pool and then beat us to the Grand Prize but you are both truly deserving of it!! We have yet to meet to nicer people. Enjoy your holiday and may you have the wedding of the Century and a forever of happiness xx Belinda & Laetitia

  3. Belinda Abraham says:

    We just wanted to thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend. We truly felt like millionaires! I can honestly say that we enjoyed every single minute of the weekend – we tried out ALL the pools and did our best to try EVERYTHING on the buffet tables but that was a bit difficult to achieve…….. And this morning – We’re really missing the breakfast……….. and the champagne………..

    The Elephant Interaction was so incredible we just don’t have words! We drove out to the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartebeespoort a little while ago and then found that it was so expensive we couldn’t afford to go in. So this was a major WOW for us – if this was all we had won it would have been enough but there was soooo much more! Thanks for planning everything so well and to the finest detail! Saturday evening’s event was fantastic, the food was out of this world and then there was the champagne and then there was more champagne……..

    Thank you as well for the Piggy Banks, what a beautiful surprise to return from an amazing event and then still find a gift on your bed! We are committed to making good use of it and start saving for a palace weekend straight away!! Look out for the 2 checking in with a piggy bank under the arm….. The packed lunch for the road home was just a totally unexpected and went down so well because we spent the entire afternoon in the swimming pool and worked up quiet an appetite again, oh and there was champagne AGAIN………

    We arrived home safely and back to the reality that nobody’s coming to park the car or carry our luggage upstairs…… BUMMER! But we made memories that will last forever, thank you for making this possible.

    Thank you for hosting us, making us feel so special and spoiling us the way you did. It was an honour and a privilege to be in the company of what must be Sun International’s star employees! Please extend our gratitude to Lidia, Brett and the rest of the Team! You guys ROCK!!!!

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