Everything is done on a grand scale at the Peermont D’Oreale Grande, where opulence and Las Vegas glitz look to imperial Rome for their inspiration. No surprise when you discover the hotel is part of the self-contained Emperors Palace luxury casino resort, with shopping, restaurants, cinemas, casino and convention centre all in one secure and ornate gated complex. Conveniently close to OR Tambo airport, it adds entertainment and glamour to a Johannesburg stopover, with regular complimentary shuttle buses making the 10 minute transfer seamless. Unwind beside the swimming pool, in the day spa, or with a glamorous cocktail in the piano bar.

The 192 rooms and suites offer all the modern comforts you’d expect of a five star hotel with air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities and free wifi. The imperial theme is continued in touches of gold in the mirrors and the canopies over the beds, rich fabrics, marble topped tables and decorative urns, and in the marble en-suite bathrooms with bathtub and shower and elegant vanity. Business travellers can choose the new exclusive Club Floor and Lounge with concierge service, spacious rooms, executive suites and even more luxurious facilities.

There’s plenty to do in the casino complex without making the trip into Johannesburg. If you don’t want to have a flutter in the casino itself, take in a movie, a show at the Theatre of Marcellus, or cabaret at the Odeon Showbar. Browse the shops, choose from a variety of well know South African restaurant chains or simply wander the mall and admire the grandiose murals, mosaics, sculptures, Roman columns and arches. If it’s pampering and relaxation you need, a treatment at Octavia’s Day Spa in the hotel itself followed by a siesta beside the elegant pool should soothe away any residual traveller’s stress. Fine dining at the hotel’s Aurelia’s restaurant presents locally sourced South African ingredients in a contemporary fusion style that is both sophisticated and delicious.

Altogether the D’Oreale Grande is ideal for those who enjoy plenty of entertainment on their doorstep, together with the convenience of proximity to the airport and world class comfort.