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Old October 2nd, 2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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#Hyatt Regency Oubaai - Resort Hotel - 3F - George

Name: Hyatt Regency Oubaai
Use: Resort Hotel
Floors: 3
Status: Under Construction
Location: Oubaai Golf Estate, south of George, Western Cape








Hyatt Regency Hotel

All of the development and project resources at Oubaai are now geared and focused on our “cherry on top”, the Oubaai Hotel and Shopping Centre. We have been spending a lot of time with the relevant parties in brainstorming, sketching, and laying out the design for this prestigious development and have now achieved a basic concept to develop over the coming months. The results, I must say, are very exciting.

I would now like to take the opportunity to briefly highlight some of the design features that will make it so special.

Firstly our proud Oubaai Architecture has been very well expressed in the design. In this regard I have presented here some basic images to give the reader an idea of the direction in which we are headed. Apart from the characteristic use of natural materials in a contemporary design, the elements have been laid out and enclosed in a manner that will encourage an easy transition and relationship between internal and external spaces. The main hotel core and reception will be oriented towards North, overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains and will include an impressive multi-storey glass atrium leading down into the shopping centre.

The hotel core has been linked with the shopping centre to promote our original concept of a Village complex with one attractive hub. The facilities in this hotel core (which include the spa, conferencing, bar lounge, restaurant, reception lobby and some hotel rooms) are complimented by their association with the shopping centre.

Security has been a major consideration in the design, and access points have been physically limited to small controlled areas. Most of the public shopping area is separated from the Village apartments by water, and only controlled access will be given over a pedestrian bridge for Oubaai home owners. The private hotel facilities will also be accessible directly from the Village in a controlled manner to facilitate the residents’ circulation in and out of the new areas.

The shopping centre has been designed in a traditional Village waterfront style and will be a very pleasant experience for home owners and visitors alike. An open “Village Square” has been included at the waterfront for miscellaneous use, and the intention will be to hold an open market periodically here. The shop tenant mix has been established based on feedback from interested prospective tenants, market research over the past year, and advise from our local and national commercial agents. The selection will give a complete, but basic shopping facility and will cater both for what the shopper needs and wants.

I would like to extend an open invitation to anyone that may be interested in the hotel and shopping centre design to visit our offices in Oubaai and comment on this important development. I would also like to extend an open invitation to all involved in Oubaai to share the enthusiasm around this project that promises to be a very special feature in the Garden Route for many years to come.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 01:13 AM   #3
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Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to Operate Second Five-Star Property in South Africa

2010 Opening of Hyatt Regency Oubaai Builds Hyatt’s Presence in Africa


CHICAGO | Affiliates of Global Hyatt Corporation and MAK Hotel Holdings, a member of the M.A. Kharafi Group, today announced the signing of a definitive management agreement for the 100-room Hyatt Regency Oubaai, due to open in George, South Africa in early 2010. The resort will be Hyatt’s second hotel in South Africa, following Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, which opened in October 1995.

The M.A. Kharafi Group acquired the Oubaai site in 2000, which is situated on 600 acres of prime real estate with sea and mountain views, with the express purpose of developing a premier luxury golf and lifestyle estate. In 2007, the estate was awarded the Best Resort in South Africa by the International Property Awards and Best Golf Resort in the Southern Cape by Professional Management Review.

The M.A. Kharafi Group has invested in excess of ZAR 650,000,000 (US$86 million) to date in the Oubaai site, and this investment will increase to more than ZAR 920,000,000 (US$115 million) upon completion of the hotel and retail complex, anticipated in early 2010.

Hyatt Regency Oubaai will be part of the picturesque Oubaai Golf and Lifestyle Centre, a 315-acre upscale residential and golf development on the Garden Route, which extends along the Western Cape from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Overlooking the Indian Ocean on Harold’s Bay, the development will also feature Ernie Els’ first 18-hole championship golf course in South Africa and a Lifestyle Centre and Golf Academy. The resort is located just five minutes from George Airport, in an area renowned for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and native reserves.

The development will also consist of residential villas and apartments and an upscale shopping center.

“South Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing holiday and business destinations, with endless opportunities for visitors of all interests,” said Gebhard Rainer, managing director of Hyatt Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“The opening of Hyatt Regency Oubaai is part of Global Hyatt’s initiative to expand its brands in Africa. We are particularly proud to be associated with this development, in an idyllic setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. The opening of our second property in South Africa will increase Hyatt’s presence in the region, and we look forward to welcoming our loyal guests to South Africa,” added Rainer.

Leading designers have been selected to complete the Hyatt Regency Oubaai including Quadtvisir Architects and interior designer Lionel Levin.

The development’s 18-hole links-style Ernie Els designed golf course was completed two years ago and is now fully operational. The majority of the residential and individual plots located within the development are now sold and under construction.

Additionally, a lifestyle center is already under operation and offers a sport shop, tennis courts, swimming pools, squash courts and other amenities.

“Hyatt’s commitment to luxury and its international presence has given us the initiative to take the group on board as the hotel of choice for Oubaai. We are confident that the global travelers coming to South Africa in 2010 will be able to experience a one-of-a-kind African getaway with the availability of first-class leisure facilities,” said Mohamed Fahmy, managing director of MAK Hotel Holdings a member of the M.A. Kharafi Group.

About Global Hyatt Corporation | Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, offers today’s travellers more than 730 hotels and resorts (more than 140,000 rooms) in 45 countries. The company’s affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt-branded hotels and resorts under Park Hyatt™, Grand Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency™, Hyatt Resorts™, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place™ and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brands, as well as the company’s newest global luxury brand, Andaz™, which recently opened its first property in London. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., operator of Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties, and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234, or logging on to www.hyatt.com.

About M.A. Kharafi Group | Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Company (M.A. Kharafi Group) is a private Kuwaiti based group with diverse interests and activities worldwide. Established as a trading company more than 100 years ago, it has since developed into a large multi-national company principally covering construction, manufacturing, IT, Aviation, Fast Food franchises, Agriculture, Real Estate and Hotels.

From 1956 with the advent of the construction boom, due to build-up of oil wealth in the region, Kharafi’s Construction Division quickly established a dominant presence, expanding in response to the demands of a rapidly growing nation. It today presents its clients with an unrivalled fully integrated offering, and is able to cope with virtually any type of civil engineering or construction project, having worked in some 25 different countries alongside some of the world’s foremost contractors and consultants.

A Grade ‘A’ International Contractor, the M.A. Kharafi Group has undertaken projects in the G.C.C., Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern Europe and has permanent branches located in the GCC, MENA , Africa and Europe.

In addition to its principal areas of activity the M.A. Kharafi Group also owns Americana, the largest food company in the Middle East, an airline, and investments that include Kuwait’s leading financial institutions and other companies listed on the stock exchange.

With an annual turnover of over US$4 Billion the M.A. Kharafi Group now operates in more than 25 countries and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide.


CONTACT
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VP, Corporate Communications
Phone: (312) 780 5711
Email: kmeyer@corphq.hyatt.com

ORGANIZATION
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http://www.hyattdevelopment.com/
71 South Wacker Drive
USA - Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-750-1234
Fax: 312-750-8550
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 01:14 AM   #4
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New Five Star Hyatt Regency at Oubaai in Herold's Bay

The five star hotel and resort to open early 2010

Hyatt Regency Oubaai is a 5 star luxury hotel worth nearly R1-billion being built at the Oubaai golf resort in Herold's Bay near George, overlooking the warm Indian Ocean.

The addition of the Hyatt Regency Oubaai will be the first international first class, five star hotel chain on the Garden Route. The Hyatt Regency hotel will consist of 100 spacious five star guest rooms and suites.

Building of the new hotel started in August 2007, construction will be completed during the 4th quarter of 2009 and the hotel's doors will open in early 2010.

This new 5 star hotel and resort on the Garden Route will be Hyatt’s second hotel in South Africa following the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, which opened in 1995. Global Hyatt has more than 750 hotels and resorts in over 45 countries.

Hyatt Regency will form part of the Oubaai Golf and Lifestyle Centre which is an up market residential and golf development that includes Ernie Els‘s first 18-hole championship golf course in South Africa, a golf academy and a lifestyle centre.

Both the golf course and the lifestyle centre have been completed and are in operation. Facilities of the Hotel will be available to the residents on the estate but certain areas would be reserved for exclusive hotel guest use.

The Oubaai golf resort is located five minutes from the George Airport and makes an ideal venue for a soccer team base camp.

Mohamed Fahmy, managing director of MAK Hotel Holdings – part of the MA Kharafi group – said: “We are confident that the global travellers coming to South Africa in 2010 will be able to experience a one-of-a-kind African getaway with the availability of first-class leisure facilities.”

The Hyatt Regency Oubaai hotel includes:
- 200 seat convention centre
- Health spa
- 3000m² Shopping complex
- A regency club
- All day dining
- Pool and pool bar
- Speciality pub
- Exclusive Spa
- Conference centre
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THE OUBAAI HYATT HOTEL



Approximately ZAR270-million will have been invested in the hotel by the time it opens its doors. This in addition to the R650-million the MA Kharafi Group has already spent on developing the Oubaai resort, which includes a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Ernie Els, his first, and a large selection of private residential properties on 263 hectares of prime real estate embraced by the Outeniqua Mountains and overlooking the Indian Ocean.

“Oubaai is extremely pleased to make such a huge economic contribution to the southern Cape,” says resort general manager William McIntyre. “In the building phase of the hotel, 600 construction jobs will be created. And once the hotel is operational another 200 permanent service industry jobs will have been added to the local economy. More people in the area will be earning monthly salaries and that alone has a knock-on effect on the region before taking any tourism benefits into consideration.”

He is especially pleased that a business such as the Global Hyatt Corporation, with its formidable international marketing reach, has chosen to extend its footprint to Oubaai. “There are five star hotels in the Garden Route, but none with the global clout and standing enjoyed by Hyatt. It is extremely exciting from a tourism perspective because Hyatt has an enormous client base throughout the world. Marketing Oubaai as a destination will take on a whole new complexion with Hyatt as the operational partner.”

The resort will be Hyatt’s second hotel in South Africa, following Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, which opened in October 1995. The Hyatt Regency Oubaai will consist of 100 spacious guest rooms and suites, a Regency Club, all day dining, a pool and pool bar, a specialty restaurant, a specialty pub, an exclusive spa and a conference centre. Hyatt operates at various first class golf resorts worldwide, inclusive of the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It operates 750 hotels and resorts in more than 45 countries.

Mohamed Fahmy, managing director of MAK Hotel Holdings, a member of the MA Kharafi Group, explains what influenced the choice of partner. “Hyatt’s commitment to luxury and its international presence has given us the initiative to take the group on board as the hotel of choice for Oubaai. We are confident that the global travelers coming to South Africa for Soccer World Cup 2010 will be able to experience a one-of-a-kind African getaway with the availability of first class leisure facilities.”

Gebhard Rainer, managing director of Hyatt Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is as excited by the new development. “South Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing holiday and business destinations with endless opportunities for visitors of all interests. The opening of Hyatt Regency Oubaai is part of Global Hyatt’s initiative to expand its brand in Africa. We are particularly proud to be associated with this development, in an idyllic setting. The opening of our second property in South Africa will increase Hyatt’s presence in the region; we look forward to welcoming our loyal guests to South Africa.”

The hotel complex will also feature a retail section with boutique shops, and specialty stores.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 05:19 AM   #8
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Oubaai = Dubai. For a second I thought WTF? Are Dubai-style hotels towers coming to town?
Fancy hotel for a little plaas town, hey?
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 05:51 AM   #9
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kharafi also own the sheraton in pretoria
they are Kuwati based and not from Dubai
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 07:43 AM   #10
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Its a beauty, thanks Die Kapenaar.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 09:42 AM   #11
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Go George Go! Our second largest city in the Western Cape is quickly shaking off it's "dorp" image and turning into a real, quaint, vibrant mini-metropolis. International brand hotels, major shopping centres, world-class golf estates, one fast growing domestic airport... looking good Garden Route.
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I love it. Can't wait to see George explode with developments!
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 11:29 AM   #13
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I'll try and load some stuff from George soon, lots in construction or recently completed. I live close to both Oubaai and Le Grand, so get a good view now and then. Construction on Le Grand officially started two weeks ago, and already alot of earth has been moved!
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 12:33 PM   #14
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BLAH

The hotel doesn't look too bad, but I really wish the Southern Cape would start scrapping all these ridiculous golf courses. Can't the rich people all get together and decide: Let's carry on screwing up Gauteng, and leave the Garden Route a garden?

*sigh* Guess it is just that on the other side of George, all imaginable kinds of ugly houses dot the Wilderness coaston the first row of dunes messing up the beach for every one else. Least Oubaai is up on a hill, leaving the beach pretty much open.
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i am moving to george in Feb. hoping to stay in herolds, will post development is the area.

hear what you are saying nomnolence, but that GP for you, oaks cant have a 'jol' without 5 champ courses in the near vasinity. same is happening in clarens area, 2 new 18 holes coarses going up with a total of 1000 house. jeez. not to mention, st fran and jbay...

atleast its better than industrial parks or strip mallz.
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this is pretty cool, now I can fly to George for a break on the weekend and stay at this place
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Go George Go! Our second largest city in the Western Cape is quickly shaking off it's "dorp" image and turning into a real, quaint, vibrant mini-metropolis. International brand hotels, major shopping centres, world-class golf estates, one fast growing domestic airport... looking good Garden Route.
I think this is a pitty. I grew up in the Eastern Cape and I have loads of fond memories with lots of time spent in George. The place has already lost it's charm IMHO.
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There needs to be progress. But I do agree with you in that concrete urban development frameworks need to be put into place. We need to allow developments that are sustainable, do not unnecessarily harm the environment and the delicate Knysna-Afromontane-Forest biome, or Fynbos Floristic Region, that do not "overdo" themselves by killing the charm of the region.

I think Thesen Islands is a good example of a charming-low-rise development that keeps the small-town ambiance of Knysna and that utilised an area that was underutilised (just a couple factories and the Oyster Company were there) and didn't contribute to sprawl, as it is within the town's existing limits.

George is the economic heartbeat of the Garden Route, but the Eden Municipality needs to be careful to approve projects that adhere to sound environmental and urban planning principals.
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R270m for a 5 star hotel? is that not rather cheap? Giles?

Nonetheless great to see a second Hyatt in SA and even better to hear all thats going on George way. never spent much time in the town to be honest, always just passed through to Knysna
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R27million per key (Im assuming excluding land value) does seem a bit light but then knowing Hyatt well , they are rottweilers when it comes to quality and accepting a good property so it wont be a shit property.

I haerd a little bird tell me Hyatt are also looking at a site in the new V&A waterfront along with Kempinski, Four Seasons and Hilton
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