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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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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.

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