Club Med Tinley: A first for South Africa

Dolphin Coast KZN Cred: Chris Allan

By Renate Engelbrecht

Tuesday, Nov 28

In partnership with the esteemed local developer, Collins Residential Consortium, Club Med is set to redefine the South African hospitality landscape with the upcoming launch of Club Med Tinley. It is the first of its kind in the country, poised to become a symbol of transformation, empowerment and sustainable growth.

Locally inspired with a touch of Club Med

While Club Med might be an international brand, the idea is to include a lot of local flair into the new resort. The interiors, entertainment and even food and beverage offerings will be inspired by the location, climate and cultures of Southern Africa. Still, the global footprint of Club Med will be pulled through like a golden string, keeping up with the brand’s international standards which South Africans and the rest of the world have grown so accustomed to. In fact, it’s knowing what to expect at Club Med resorts that have made the brand a destination favourite among South Africans who want to explore all-inclusive international beach and mountain resorts. The bonus is that soon, you will be able to explore both beach and bush on local turf!

Club Med Tinley renders

Easy access to Club Med Tinley

With a strategic setting along the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, The Club Med Tinley resort will be conveniently accessible from the King Shaka International Airport, which is internationally acclaimed as the best Regional Airport in Africa since 2015 by the International Skytrax Awards.

Surf’s Up!

Known for its charm and beauty, as well as its warm weather throughout the year, the Dolphin Coast is ultimately the best spot for Club Med to launch its first-ever Surf School at Club Med. This offering will be available to both adults and kids.

Fun in the KZN sun

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Additional activities that future Club Med Tinley guests can look forward to will include both land and water options that will allow you to discover new sports, or even improve on your skills. With the resort being all-inclusive, holidaymakers will be able to enjoy sailing, surfing, diving, snorkelling, padel tennis, beach rugby, beach volley, bocce ball fields, archery, team building activities and even a wellness centre.

Render of Club Med Tinley

Retreat and rejuvenate at Club Med Tinley

Those keen on a rejuvenating retreat can enjoy some treatments at the resort spa and there will also be a fitness centre where they will offer daily classes. Furthermore, you can look forward to a yoga school and an adult-only Zen pool and bar for parents to find peace while the kids are being entertained at the Kids’ Club.

The planned Resort Centre should keep you entertained too, with shopping experiences, as well as gourmet food and beverages at the restaurant, bar or wine corner, and some artistic performances and live music.

Club Med Tinley render

Family-friendly to the tee

While you relax at the resort’s Exclusive Collection space with its lounge area, refined bar and the luxurious pool, the Club Med Tinley Resort’s world-class kids’ club offering will keep the kids busy. It will boast tailored facilities and certified staff for children of all ages from as young as 4 months old.

From beach to bush

In addition to the surf-lifestyle concept for healthy beach holidays, Club Med Tinley guests will also have the opportunity to venture inland, where they can discover the country’s popular wildlife. As part of the experience, they will stay at a Big-5 Game Reserve, 3.5 hours’ drive (or a quick 40-minute flight) away from the Club Med Tinley Resort. The 80-room lodge will be developed by Club Med standards, offering guests a dual beach and safari experience.


Club Med is investing big time

During the realisation phase of Club Med Tinley, an estimated 1200 construction workers will be employed. And, serving as one of the larger hospitality projects in South Africa, Club Med Tinley is anticipated to generate over 800 direct jobs and an additional 1500 indirect jobs, revitalising the local economy and empowering individuals and families.

The construction is likely to take up to 28 months, with Club Med Tinley to break ground early in 2024. The plan is for the resort to open around July 2026.

All in all, the investment – supported by South African debt funders and equity partners – is said to exceed R2 billion.

Eco-consciousness comes first

Club Med has been committed to eco-certifying the construction of all its new resorts with BREEAM (or a local equivalent). BREEAM is one of the world’s most recognised international and independent eco-construction certifications. In South Africa, Club Med Tinley’s aim will be to get a 4-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

The same will go for Club Med Tinley’s operations, where they will adhere to Green Globe standards. This is an international and independent sustainable tourism certification, rewarding establishments in the tourism sector that are committed to improving the environmental and social management of their activity in four different fields. It includes sustainable management, economic/social, cultural heritage and the environment. All Club Med resorts are Green Globe Certified.

In addition to this, Club Med embraces environmental stewardship, spearheading the ‘Bye Bye Plastics’ movement. It looks at increasingly cutting the usage of plastic water bottles and single use plastics in resorts. They also aim to achieve food waste reduction across all resorts in 2030.

And, together with Agrisud, Club Med is committed to fostering the growth and development of local businesses within the resort’s supply chain, thereby driving inclusive growth within the community and nurturing sustainable livelihoods.

Dolphin Coast_Chris Allan

It’s a matter of familiarity at an all-new destination

Staying at a Club Med resort gives you a feeling of reassurance as you know what to expect when it comes to the level of service and the all-inclusive offering. The holiday concept was created in 1950 and since then, Club Med has prided itself in discovering new, exceptional destinations with the Dolphin Coast now being one of them. The President of Club med, Henri Giscard d’Estaing says: “With this new project, together with our partner the Collins Residential Consortium, we aim to create value to the local communities and contribute to the international prestige of the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal.

With experience comes excellence

Collins Residential Consortium has a heritage that spans four generations, and they have a forward-thinking approach when it comes to the South African tourism and property development landscape. CEO of Collins Residential, Murray Collins says: “Together with esteemed visionary equity partners made up of private investors and companies with roots in South Africa, The Collins Residential Consortium’s ground-breaking venture into the Club Med resort reflects our dedication to enhancing the tourism landscape in Southern Africa, serving as a driving force for regional growth.”

Images: Chris Allan


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