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Name: Le Meridien Kruger Park Golf Resort & Spa
Use: Luxury Hotel & Spa
Floors ?
Status: Planned
Location: Near Hazyview in Mpumalanga province within 10km of the Kruger National Park

Starwood Hotels to manage Mpumalanga luxury resort

Engineering News

Published: 14 Jun 07 - 15:17

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced on Thursday that it had signed a long-term agreement with Meadow Star Investments 28, of Johannesburg, to manage the Le Meridien Kruger Park Golf Resort & Spa near Hazyview, in Mpumalanga.

The property formed part of a R1,2-billion tourism project in Mpumalanga, which would open in November 2009.

Le M?ridien Kruger Park Golf Resort & Spa will feature 180 luxury rooms, suites and a presidential suite, a selection of dining outlets, and some 9 350 m2 state-of-the-art meeting and business facilities.

This is the latest addition to Le M?ridien portfolio since Starwood acquired the brand in November 2005, and represented the first entry of Le Meridien in South Africa and Southern Africa.

"The project will create in excess of 2 000 sustainable direct and indirect jobs for the area, and will encompass health, sport and nature", said Marcel Barlogis, CEO and founder of Meadow Star, the land owners.

"It is the first time that broad based-black economic-empowerment is part of a major tourism development in the Mpumalanga province, in as much as the local black community obtained a major stake in the company", he added.

The 220 ha resort, with a farming history dating back to 1898, is situated next to the Sabie River and is within 10 km of the Kruger National Park, the world's largest game reserve, and a short drive to the world's third-largest canyon, the Blyde river canyon.

Le Meridien brand, currently represented by approximately 120 properties in 52 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in November 2005.
 

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The first Le Meridien hotel that was canned in 1999

If you remember back there was a development by Inner Cape Investments, owned by German-born Jocchen Bouchel, to develop the Le Meridien Gateway Hotel in Cape Town which was planned to open in September 1999 as the first Le Meridien hotel in SA. The luxury sectional-title hotel, which would have been located in Mouille Point, was to have been 10-floors with 200 rooms at a cost of R230 million. Like Phelan Holdings failed Claridges Hotel which was canned in August 2004, the Le Meridien Gateway was billed as a six-star hotel with Penthouse Suites on the top floor with spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Green Point Common and the mountain. Jocchen Bouchel developed the posh 26-unit Places on the Bay development in Camps Bay in 1992 but his Le Meridien project did not get off the ground due to the recession in South Africa in 1999 which had resulted in prime interest rates reaching 26% and the project was shelved.
 

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Fourth Starwood Hotels & Resorts property in South Africa

The 180-room Le Meridien Kruger Park Golf Resort & Spa will be the fourth Starwood Hotels & Resorts property in South Africa following the 175-room Sheraton Pretoria Hotel & Towers in Arcadia, the 145-room Western Cape Hotel & Spa in Hermanus and the 483-room ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel (soon to be upgraded to the Westin Grand Hotel) in Cape Town.
 

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Engineering News doesn't have pics but there might be some on other websites including any by the developer. I think it would be an exciting project in Mpumalanga province as it will be the biggest hotel in that province and one of only a few five-star hotels in that part of SA.
 

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Le Meridien used to have a presence in the Southern African region

Until last year, Le Meridien Hotels did operate on a managing contract for the previous 20-years the 184-room Hotel Presidente in Luanda, Angola which now is unbranded and probably is now equal to a three-star hotel. The opening of several new hotels in Luanda since the civil war ended in 2002 has given the long-established Hotel Presidente (which opened in 1970 during Portuguese colonial rule) competition for the first time. The Hotel Presidente is a 25-storey tower onvelooking the bay of Luanda.

Le Meridien was also active in managing five hotels in Malawi such as the Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre and the Capital Hotel in Lilongwe which it took over from Protea Hotels in 1999. I think these hotels are also unbranded now as Le Meridien no longer runs them.
 

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great news in terms of 2010 accommodation
Agreed, it would help the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which is a boom town that needs more hotel rooms too.

Really the province of Mpumalanga is lacking in hotel space aside from the numerous game lodges near the Kruger Park (the biggest concetration of game lodges in the country as well as the continent). Most of the hotels are in Nelspruit and Hazyview.

The St. Michiel Country Estate in Belfast on the N4 will also have a five-star 100-room hotel run on a sectional-title basis. See my thread on it.
 

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Engineering News doesn't have pics but there might be some on other websites including any by the developer. I think it would be an exciting project in Mpumalanga province as it will be the biggest hotel in that province and one of only a few five-star hotels in that part of SA.
Great new development. But there are actually loads of 5 star hotels in that area. Kruger park is bursting full of them. With many being some of the greatest lodges in the world.
 

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You're right, it has the highest concentration of "best hotels" in the world!
 
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