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The KZN (and indeed South African) hotel mix has always had a glaring gap, beach resorts. Tongaat Hulett have been pushing for this to change and partnered with the KZN government to get certain legalities out of the way.

Tinley Manor is surrounded by sugar cane fields owned by Tongaat Hulett, and they have set aside two land parcels for resort development. Both face the ocean and the river mouth.

Club Med Tinley Manor is the first proposed beach resort for the area. It is 25min from King Shaka international airport and about an hour from downtown Durban. Perfect distance to be out of the city, but in spitting distance still.

This is one to watch.


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when? done loads of club meds with the kids in the med and awesome experience. moving back next week so will keep an eye on this
 

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when? done loads of club meds with the kids in the med and awesome experience. moving back next week so will keep an eye on this
Not sure on the time frame yet, but in Tongaat Huletts most recent land report they stated they were installing infrastructure to support the development of the sites. So if this is underway, I would hazard a guess that construction would start in a year or so? Guess we need more info to be released.
 

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Better renders and a resort layout. This will be very prominent with 345 rooms and a further 50 larger suites. The first subsaharan Club Med resort and meeting the drive for more beach resorts along the KZN coast. There are plans for another resort on the other side of the river mouth.

Club med have a site up and running with JLL http://clubmedtinley.live.jll.com

For more images of the hotel, I can't get them here - http://clubmedtinley.live.jll.com/gallery/


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cant wait , back here now and the quality family all in resort concept is clearly lacking here
 

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This development had me puzzled trying to line up the Tinley north and south river banks with the plans till I worked out it is not situated at the main Tinley (Mhlali )River mouth itself but a just little further north past the Dorado Bay complex.
They will be using the current Tinley Manor Beach /Palm Lakes off ramp, so nothing to be done to gain access to the site. It appears Tongaat have a residential suburb planned for Tinley south bank.
 

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Yeah. The resort is just a small part. The master plan includes a second resort on the other side of the inlet, and masses of residential and commercial development. Will transform all the cane fields.
 

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Well website was not up and running 3months ago when I last searched on this project. The renders are also newer than the ones on the architects website.

Again we keep hearing that this imminent from Tongaat so it's all we have to go on
 

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Thanks, they look new and fresh! This is type of resort SA has been lacking for far far too long and will make a massive difference in attracting a broader range of tourists to the country giving a proper beach and bush offer
 

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Well website was not up and running 3months ago when I last searched on this project. The renders are also newer than the ones on the architects website.

Again we keep hearing that this imminent from Tongaat so it's all we have to go on
I am confident that this is going ahead. Our family own a piece of land that they want to purchase to include in this development.

About a month again they said they were in talks with Club Med about them being the potential operator. So the deal must have now gone through.

I think they might move on site before the end of the year.
 

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Fantastic to see that it is confirmed and locked to be Club Med. This will be transformational for KZN and will unlock other parts of the puzzle... And with 3 more resorts planned in Blythedale, Zimbali Lakes and North shore of Tinley.

Will unlock true beach and Bush holidays year round
 

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Plans for Durban’s new luxury R1 billion Club Med hotel unveiled

The luxury Club Med resort has finally found a home in South Africa! Here's a quick look at their other African locations, and where in Durban it'll be built.
by Tom Head 2019-05-20 18:17

It’s the brand that is synonymous with opulence and luxury. And now, it’s going to get a debut in South Africa. Club Med will be adding Durban to its list of fancy getaways after the resort agreed a R1 billion deal with landowners Tongaat Hulett Developments, just weeks after the national Travel Indaba concluded in KZN.


Durban Club Med


The view from Tinley Town, where the facility will be built – Photo: Dustin Thomson

What’s unique about Club Med?

Club Med offers a range of varying holidays, including city breaks and winter vacations. But they’ve made their name by establishing themselves on stretches of sandy beaches in sunkissed locations. The French outfit knows what tourists want from their travels, and it seems Durban has charmed them with its own “je ne sais quoi”.

Their sprawling pools and ostentatious builds come equipped with bars, spa features and the most pristine rooms available to holidaymakers. Each hotel is themed and tailormade for its host country

The Durban build, which will undergo construction within the next year, has been a long time coming for the city. Olivier Hannaert, MD of Club Med Southern Africa, told Tourism Update that Durban has been on its radar despite its reputation as a “seasonal” venue.

“Club Med is not looking at the inbound trends but rather on our internal capacity to fill the resort. South Africa is an attractive destination for the 48 countries that are selling Club Med. All parties are excited and working hard toward shaping the first Club Med resort in this country.”

Olivier Hannaert

Tinley to host South Africa’s first Club Med

Well, let’s talk numbers, shall we? The resort should have 350 rooms and 50 villas on its premises by the time construction is completed in 2022, occupying more than 30 hectares of land. And it’s all going to take place in one incredible place: Tinley Town.

Durban Club Med


Durban’s best-kept secret has the most seductive coastline of anywhere in South Africa, and it’s just 10km from King Shaka Airport. The ease of commuting from this quaint location and connecting with the rest of the world will become a major selling point for the developers.



Durban set for huge tourism revamp

And the multi-billion rand facelifts don’t end there for Durbanites, either. Sihle Zikalala is the tourism MEC for the city, and he confirmed that both the Blythedale Coastal Resort and Point Waterfront are set for major renovations. The politician confirmed that R50 billion will be spent converting Durban into a year-round powerhouse.

More here: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/travel/durban-club-med-hotel-r1bn-plans-photos/
 

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Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

After a decade of planning, Club Med has confirmed plans to build its first resort in sub-Saharan Africa. The global resort operator has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local partner, as yet unnamed, to construct a resort north of the coastal city of Durban, in South Africa’s eastern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.

While the finer details have not been disclosed, it’s expected the new resort will offer upward of 350 rooms, with extensive conference facilities on-site. It will be situated on a 30-hectare coastal site, six miles from King Shaka International Airport. Emirates and British Airways both offer direct flights to the city.

But perhaps more interesting than “what” is the “why”: Why has Club Med chosen South Africa, why KwaZulu-Natal, and why now?

The expansion into sub-Saharan Africa certainly fits with Club Med’s aggressive strategy.

“Club Med’s development policy, and the tradition of Club Med, is to open three to five resorts each year. That is the plan globally,” explained Olivier Hannaert, managing director of Club Med Southern Africa.

It’s been slow off the mark when it comes to Africa though. Of the 69 Club Med resorts across the globe only five are situated in continental Africa, with none south of the equator.

The planned resort ticks the “Africa” box, but the warm seas, tropical reefs, and established demand for coastal resorts would suggest Kenya or Tanzania — particularly the island of Zanzibar — are the more obvious choice for growth. Why South Africa?

“Yes, it’s natural to open a resort in Zanzibar, but our competitors are already there, and in Kenya we have not yet found a property that fits with our expectation,” said Hannaert. “We believe Club Med is a strong enough brand to open a resort where nobody has opened a resort before us. We create the market; we create the destination. South Africa makes good sense because of the combination of bush and beach experiences. We also have an office in South Africa, and the domestic market is strong.”

Within South Africa it’s the Western Cape province that draws the bulk of inbound and domestic tourism, but its cold, wet winters make it a highly seasonal destination unsuitable for a large resort needing year-round occupancy. KwaZulu-Natal also offers the benefit of combining a beach destination with the “Big Five” safari reserves in the north of the province.

“The KZN north coast offers year-round sunshine and is accessible as a self-drive destination,” said John Ridler, spokesperson for tour operator Thompsons Holidays. “This will make the Club Med experience more affordable for local travelers and will be excellent for incentive travel. Club Med will no doubt also attract international visitors which will expose South Africa to a much wider audience.”

https://skift.com/2019/05/31/club-med-will-expand-into-new-market-with-first-south-africa-resort/
 
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