Michelangelo Towers & Mall Celebrate 10 Golden Years
The Michelangelo Towers and The Michelangelo Towers Mall celebrate 10 golden years. In honour of their milestone birthday were invited to join them in style at the rooftop pool overlooking Sandton as we reflected back on a decade’s worth of achievements, exceptional service, luxurious accommodation and exquisite culinary offerings.
Surrounded by fairy lights, floating candles and the gorgeous ambience created by a beautiful saxophonist, we were inundated with tastes from each restaurant found in The Michelangelo Towers and The Michelangelo Towers Mall as well as finding ourselves privy to the extraordinary scintillation of Besserat Champagne with a few Skyy Vodka cocktails in between culinary delights.
The celebrations reached their climax with a heartfelt speech by David Stroud, General Manager, followed by the ceremonial cutting of a remarkable model cake in the image of The Michelangelo Towers and The Michelangelo Towers Mall. Finally all guests were kept on the edge of their seats by a raffle in which each store and restaurant owner provided opulent gifts.
From the moment we opened our doors it’s been an incredible journey, with all our achievements made possible by exceptional employees, unwavering service standards and, of course our valued guests. We are incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished, and look forward to many more golden years.” says David Stroud, General Manager.
On 12 November 2005 the heart of the Richest Square Mile started beating with the opening of a Renaissance-style icon unlike any other. Today, The Michelangelo Towers located directly opposite Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, has firmly cemented itself as one of the most exclusive venues in the world.
Measuring 143 metres high, The Michelangelo Towers peaks 33 stories, and boasts 196 apartments, two gymnasiums, two swimming pools (one outdoor and one indoor heated), a restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge.
The two Presidential Suites each have a private dining room and lounge, as well as 24-hour butler service for the more discerning guest.
The Michelangelo Towers is known across continents as the very essence of status and success, and has over the years been a chosen venue for countless VIP’s from kings, princesses, masters, politicians, government officials, to actors, musicians and renowned sporting stars who have stayed at The Michelangelo Towers and the Cupola Suite Penthouse.
The list of entertainment personalities includes Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Hudson, Morgan Freeman, Ryan Phillipe, Paul Walker and Jane Seymore. Those from royal blood lines include Prince Harry, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi and King Mswati of Swaziland. Sporting icons include Flloyd Mayweather (who stayed for three nights with an entourage of about 20 people, including body guards and private security), all members of the Executive Committee 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as members of The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa.
The jewel of the Sandton skyline – crowning the Michelangelo Towers’ is the Cupola Suite which last year hosted a Johnnie Walker Blue launch for The John Walker Limited Edition. The John Walker, aged in 100-year-old casks, is a rare blend of nine selected whiskies, some of which were from distilleries no longer in existence. The whisky came in a baccarat, crystal decanter, with a 24 Karat gold plated neck presented in a hand-made wooden cabinet. At R35,000 a bottle and with only 300 bottles made worldwide, the event was a highly exclusive affair with just 30 VIPs from different industries, including the owner of CNBC Africa and The Creative Council.
Over the years, the Cupola has become a sought after venue for high-end functions. This magnificent three-storey apartment is considered the crowning glory of the Towers and is a dome built entirely of glass. Every room affords its guests 360 degree sweeping views of the city of Sandton, as well as a full outlook of panoramas of the city of Johannesburg right the way to the Magaliesberg.
Top Billing has done several pieces on the Cupola Suite, as well as used the Suite as a filming venue. In May last year the Lifestyle Magazine programme did a real estate piece in the penthouse on the building being the most glamorous place to stay in Johannesburg.
While each and every function at The Michelangelo Towers is a lavish and extravagant affair, it also hosts every day celebrations.
“We had a lady’s 60th birthday with us and she spent over R1 million!” says Lindsay Wright, Guest Relations Manager of The Michelangelo Towers. “We’ve had numerous marriage proposals in different areas of the building, the most romantic was in the Cupola Penthouse, under the stars. Unfortunately it was rained out! We’ve had baby showers, we’ve even had a 21st in the Penthouse, which was quite extravagant. We once had a guest who bought three brand new cars in one day. He literally arrived at the front desk, asked for a room at the Towers and a place to park his luxury sports cars – an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo and a Porsche GT3 – and left the following morning. We hosted Bonang Matheba and Reach For A Dream in the Cupola this year. A 15-year-old girl named Hellen, with germ cell tumours, had a wish to meet Bonang, and along with Reach For A Dream we made her dream come true.”
Another exciting guest to stay at the Michelangelo Towers (indefinitely, it’s hoped) is a resident falcon who lives on top of the building. “We continuously receive calls from tenants saying that someone in the building is painting outside and the white paint drops on their balconies and we need to come and clean it!” laughs Wright. “It’s quite funny as we always have to go to their apartment and explain that it is not white paint after all, but the markings of a formidable hunter!”
The Michelangelo Towers continues to impress guests with recent refinements and additions including new staff uniforms, personalised gift drops that make a statement and a delectable welcome table for new guest arrivals. The Michelangelo Towers introduced elegant new uniforms this week for the concierges, porters and doormen. The head concierges now sport penguin style coats, as opposed to standard brown suits, while the porters and doormen all wear navy and gold uniforms. They have also changed from ties to bowties. To ensure each guest feels extra special, The Michelangelo Towers now do personalised gift drops, according to each guests’ preferences and each special occasion.
Before VIP’s arrive they are asked to complete a guest preference letter that goes out when all bookings are made. Not only does this prevent delays on check-ins but gives staff information on guests’ likes and dislikes. Based on the information, rooms are prepared accordingly for a tailor-made experience. Each guest is given a chocolate mould as a special gift. VIP’s from African countries get Potjie pots for their room drop, while proposal guests or anniversary couples get a piano. The Michelangelo Towers also introduced a new welcome table for when guests arrive. Pending the season, they serve hot chocolate with marshmallows and sweet pastries, or fruit juice with welcome snacks.
To ensure the Towers is always operational, a giant generator was installed to power the entire building during power outages and load shedding.
After 10 amazing years, The Michelangelo Towers continues to be an African icon recognised globally as one of the finest luxury venues in the world.