Epitomizing the legacy and endurance of what has become known as the grand dame of the Vaal is the progressive reinvention of present day needs and client experiences. The site where the Riviera on Vaal Resort is situated today was initially built as a kiosk to service pleasure seeker to the river who were popping down for a swim, boat ride or picnic on the banks. American film maker, entrepreneur and developer, Isadore William Schlesinger, fell in love with the area and built a pristine hotel and the doors to the hotel were first opened on 29 August 1936.
Sunday dinner and a movie became a hit as South Africans did not have the privilege of television until 1976, the Riviera on Vaal hotel was the place to be and be seen. The hotel, survived the devastating floods of early 1975, when most of the low-lying areas of Vereeniging were completely submerged in water, including most of the hotel grounds and the entire adjacent golf course.
Anyone who remembers The Bee Gees or Depeche Mode will also have a story or two to share of their wonderful times spent at Riviera on Vaal in the late 70s and early 80s. As a river ebbs and flows, the Riviera Hotel’s popularity lessened in the 1990s and early 2000s and it was placed on auction in 2003 and bought by the present owners Mac van der Merwe Property Trust, who saw and believed in its potential. The hotel offers Gautengers a wonderful recreational resort venue situated right in their backyard.
The inherent attractiveness of the location and facilities are lasting virtues. The Riviera on Vaal Resort is a shining star offering pleasure to all who love the grand dame of the Vaal.