The CODESA Walkway
A walk through not so ancient history is preserved and presented in The CODESA Walkway. Whether local or international guests, conference delegates or Emperors Palace guests, many have experienced the walk through South African history.
Located only a few feet away from the 29 conferencing venues, this awe-inspiring walkway provides a look into one of South Africa’s most significant times. The CODESA (Convention for a Democratic South Africa) talks held at the World Trade Centre, now Emperors Palace, eventually led to a democratic South Africa.
In December 1991, political parties gathered at the World Trade Centre to commence negotiations for a political settlement in South Africa. This was to be the venue for formal talks for the next two years. The CODESA negotiations took place from 1990 until 1993 between the governing National Party (NP), the African National Congress (ANC), and several other political organisations. The negotiations resulted in South Africa’s first multi-racial election which was won by the ANC.
The CODESA Walkway is proudly housed in the heart of the South Wing in the Convention Centre at Emperors Palace, in what was the original area of the World Trade Centre where the negotiations took place.
The dining possibilities at Emperors Palace are endless, with a gourmet experience that exceeds the expectations of even the most refined palate. Guests looking for a fine dining experience will not be disappointed, and even family-fare can be found at one of the many exceptional Emperors Palace restaurants.
Octavia’s Day Spa
Located in the opulent Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel, Octavia’s Day Spa is a magnificent, world-class facility that indulges guests beyond all expectations. Elegantly themed in the style that epitomised Ancient Rome, a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere ensures that guests are overcome with sheer indulgence. Octavia’s Sensorium facilities are of the highest class and quality, guaranteeing pure sensory enjoyment.
This includes: Massages; Facials; Body treatments; Hair removal; Manicures and pedicures; Waxes; Tinting; Tanning; Sauna and a Steam room
We also offer exceptional facilities for our guests’ pleasure such as the magnificent Roman Bath and the Swiss Shower, as well as a complete range of beauty products. Professional staff are on hand to provide recommendations regarding the latest techniques in a full range of spa treatments.
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The Emporium at Emperors Palace is home to one of the largest cinemas on the African continent. This spectacular state-of-the-art movie theatre seats 500. The Emperors Palace movies experience consists of six movie theatres including two ultra-modern digital cinemas using a combination of Christie digital and 35mm projectors, as well as a permanent 3D cinema.
The family movie theatre provides a combination of beanbag and top end seating to accommodate a fun filled informal experience. In another theatre cinema goers can enjoy a screening in plush seating with private bar facilities. The Nu Metro at Emperors Palace guarantees an extraordinary cinematic experience.
Enjoy an evening of friendship, good food and superb entertainment. The Barnyard theatre features home-grown music shows that are guaranteed fun for the whole family. This vibrant and engaging venue can comfortable seat up to 400 guests. Tables and chairs can be removed upon request in order to arrange the venue to meet guests’ exact needs.
The theatre boasts a fully stocked cash bar and coffee station as well as scrumptious pizzas, subs and platters which can be pre-ordered or purchased the evening of the event.
Marc Antony’s Cigar Lounge offers Emperors Palace guests a true touch of sophistication. This cigar lounge caters to the finest palettes with not only the world’s finest cigars but also premium cognacs and whiskeys as well as South Africa’s most sought after wines.
The smart casual dress code suits the lounge’s ambient feel. Guests who prefer a more laid back drink can also indulge in cocktails or Marc Antony’s selection of local and international craft beers.
All that is left for guests to do is to sit back, relax and give the hustle and bustle of life a skip while emulating a day in the life of a renowned Roman politician.
Theatre of Marcellus
True to its name, the theatre is fit to provide guests with memories worthy of an esteemed Roman general. One thousand theatregoers can enjoy show-stopping entertainment in the 17 tiered auditorium from lavish seating with exceptional lines of sight. VIP seating is also available for revered guests.
Numerous international as well as local acts have graced the stage at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace over the past 15 years. Dance shows, musicals and plays have also created a lasting rapport with audiences over the years.
Every empire craves quality entertainment. To ensure that the experience at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace remains nothing short of spectacular, a R6 million transformation was undertaken. The significant renovation guarantees that this world-class theatre remains one of Gauteng’s finest.
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