Travel | 10 Jan 2018
10 Reasons to visit the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World is a hive of activity in Port Elizabeth and not called an ‘entertainment world’ for nothing. Drawing locals, visitors and international tourists alike, the reasons to visit the Boardwalk are too many to list here, so we’ve had to whittle them down to our top 10...
1. Location, location, location!
One of the top reasons to visit the Boardwalk is because it has the best location in Port Elizabeth! Situated on the Golden Mile in the coastal suburb of Summerstrand, the hotel and casino has the Blue Flag-awarded Hobie Beach on its doorstep and is in close proximity to Port Elizabeth and its many attractions. Part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, the Friendly City on the western shore of Algoa Bay is known for its many beaches and bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the surf.
2. Luxury living
Visiting the Boardwalk means you get to live like royalty during your stay in five-star accommodation with your own spectacular sea view and 24-hour room service. The 140 rooms include luxury rooms and larger suites through to the magnificent Presidential Suite — for those special vacations and occasions. Modern and stylish with every possible amenity already thought of, the accommodation alone is a good reason to visit the Boardwalk.
3. Come play
As the only licensed casino in Port Elizabeth, you don’t have to ask, “Why visit the Boardwalk?”
Whether you’re a high roller or a cautious player, the Boardwalk caters for everyone with hundreds of slot machines and a wide variety of tables. Find your favourite table game – there’s American Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat or play your favourite slot machine. Because the Boardwalk casino is open 24 hours, you can play anytime day or night!
4. A family-friendly welcome
Travelling to the Eastern Cape with children? That’s an excellent reason to visit the Boardwalk! From ten-pin bowling, adventure golf and go-karting to thrilling arcade games at the Magic Company and the latest family flicks at our Nu Metro cinema, the kids are spoilt for choice.
Our fully supervised crèche will also take care of the little ones while you have a date night or a spa treatment. Hungry? Come to the fast-food court with all the kids’ favourites from Wimpy to Steers and the Hotdog Hut.
In addition to the family-friendly activities at the Boardwalk, there’s so much to do nearby.
Here are just two examples:
The Open Sky Entertainment Park on a smallholding in Little Chelsea is pure heaven for kids with pony rides, an animal farm, a water park and more.
To see the whales, dolphins and penguins of Algoa Bay, take the kids on a boat cruise with Raggy Charters.
5. Upmarket conferencing
Are holidays in PE mainly working holidays for you? Is your company looking for a large venue or a small meeting room? Look no further than the Boardwalk. Housing the International Convention Centre – the largest conference venue in Port Elizabeth, the design means that the right-size space can be created for any event. When all the work is done, delegates can unwind and enjoy all the entertainment at the Boardwalk or take a short stroll to the beach.
6. Entertainment galore
From comedy and music to special events, entertainment at the Boardwalk is all about world-class productions and variety. Don’t miss the ‘Summerstrand Showstopper’ – the choreographed musical fountain which is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. With 25 000 Tivoli lights and water jets ‘dancing’ to beautiful music, it’s an unforgettable experience for all ages.
7. Dining delights
Go around the world with Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and South African cuisine. The restaurants at the Boardwalk cater for all tastes and budgets – from fine dining at Kipling’s Brasserie and excellent Asian cuisine at Yi Pin to local dishes at The Bayside Pantry and the family-friendly Col’Cacchio pizzeria and Red Rock Spur.
Indulge in high tea and the magnificent view of the Indian Ocean at the Lobby Lounge or hit News Café for a light meal, cocktails and live music.
8. Bar vibes
Whether you enjoy a cold one with your rugby game, a G&T in the afternoon or an after-dinner liqueur, the Boardwalk has a variety of bars to suit your mood. In the casino, the Bravo Bar is where sports fans meet to catch the latest game and, if you’re following the craft-beer trend, Dockside Ale House specialises in homegrown PE brews. The upmarket Tshawe Bar is the Boardwalk’s signature cigar lounge and makes the perfect place to savour your favourite Cognac.
9. Activities and attractions
The Boardwalk is the ultimate shopping destination with its boutiques, jewellery shops, bookstores and local crafts. If retail therapy is calling, it should definitely be on your list of things to do in Port Elizabeth.
In the mood for a little adventure? Water sports are available at the Boardwalk plus there’s an on-site gym as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool! A round of golf can be enjoyed at the Humewood and St Francis Links golf courses nearby…
10. Pampering pleasures
What’s a holiday without some pampering? If me-time is on your list then try Camelot Spa for a relaxing massage or rejuvenating beauty treatment. And if time is limited, the Hairspray express spa will have you feeling fabulous in a flash.
With these 10 compelling reasons to visit the Boardwalk, we hope we’ve inspired you to experience the many things to do in Port Elizabeth. We look forward to giving you our best Eastern Cape welcome.