History of the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

Firmly established as one of the well-known landmarks of the Vaal Triangle, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club has a special place in the heart of the community. Etched in the people’s heart as the place where they committed to their lifetime beloved, celebrated many birthdays together and created special family memories on great breakaways…it’s got a lot of stories to tell since its first opening in the year 1925.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club has overcome a lot of challenges throughout the eight decades since its inception - what was first just a single storey house in the 1920s has now become an elegant building that has certainly stood the test of time. Its first significant development was at the hands of American movie maker, Mr Schlesinger, who sited the area as one of the most beautiful scenes he’d seen in his life. Under his ownership the Hotel became an ultra-modern destination, the first of its kind to have an en-suite bathroom when the doors officially opened then in 1936.

Throughout the years the Hotel was owned by various owners until it was purchased by entrepreneur Mac van der Merwe. For the past ten years it has been under the ownership of his family, managed by various management companies. It is now once again self-managed by the Van der Merwe Family with them having a direct input into the business; they’ve ensured it steadily grows to become a sought after destination in the Vaal. “We couldn’t have grown as much as we have without the support of so many people over the years. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders for their input in the Hotel’s success, what better way than with a grand celebration for a grand old lady who continues to offer guests unpretentious special experiences with added comfort,” said Melanie van der Merwe, Managing Director of the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club.

The close involvement of the Hotel’s General Manager and team, who have proven their successes over the past 18 months, spells a positive future ahead. Tasked with the challenge of training and maintaining the staff skills while also rebuilding facilities following the extreme Vaal River floods in 2011, has proven to an exciting time for change. Striving to understand and embrace the needs of its guests while also exceeding expectations, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel consistently seeks to recreate its offers with this in mind.

The Hotel has recently undertaken numerous new projects. These include soft refurbishments to the Hotel itself and its offerings including the Petit Verdot Floating Restaurant and Cellar Richelle. The addition of a new Executive Boardroom as well as an exciting outdoor children’s weekend programme are amongst the new developments.

Quality, service and high standards are ensured by the management team. You can be assured of attention to detail when you visit the Hotel because every day and every visit is a special occasion.

It’s without a doubt that the Riviera on Vaal Hotel is a suited ambassador of the tourism industry of our country; flying the flag high as a proudly South African product.

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