Sol Kerzner – founder of the Southern Sun hotel group, Sun International, One&Only and Kerzner International – has died of cancer at home in Cape Town, South Africa.

A tribute to the 84-year-old businessman on the Kerzner International website described him as “A Legend. A Pioneer. Our Founder”.

It said: “Sol was a visionary pioneer, inventing the concept of entertainment destination resorts, first with Sun City in South Africa and then with the iconic Atlantis resorts around the world.

“In addition, he originated bespoke luxury resorts, with the introduction of One&Only, a philosophy of unique, authentic, ultra-luxury experiences with genuine service from the heart.

“He not only built resorts, he built destinations, always finding the best location for his vision and celebrating each country in which we operate.

“Sol was also an incredible leader. He connected with every team member and challenged us to become innovators and entrepreneurs. His boundless energy and passion inspired thousands of colleagues around the globe. Whilst he retired as Chairman of Kerzner International in 2014, we are proud to honour his immense legacy.

“We will, in his infamous words, ‘Box On’.”