Club Med will open its first resort in KZN, South Africa called Club Med Tinley. The R2 billion project is in partnership between Club Med and Collins Residential Consortium and will offer a combination of a beach and safari experience, according to the company.
Club Med Tinley is expected to open in July 2026, after a 28 month construction period starting early 2024. The project is estimated to generate over 800 direct jobs and an additional 1,500 indirect jobs, invigorating the local economy and empowering individuals and families with newfound opportunities, the company announced. The project will also employ 1,200 construction workers, providing a significant boost to the job market.
Club Med Tinley: all inclusive, family holidays
The Beach Resort at Club Med Tinley is nestled on the North Coast, fondly known as the “Dolphin Coast,” and offers panoramic views of pristine beaches and coastal dunes. While carrying a strong flair of the African continent, the resort interiors, entertainment and even food and beverages are inspired by the location, climate, and cultures of Southern Africa. Prepare to enjoy the resort staying in either the Premium rooms or Exclusive Collection space accommodation.
The resort will feature fun family activities creating a warm and inclusive environment. This will translate into world-class kids’ clubs with tailored facilities and certified staff for children of all ages, from 4 months old, inspiring curiosity, fun, and friendship.
Sports and activities for all
Activities and sports are an integral part of the Club Med DNA and expertise, and active guests can expect a diverse array of land and water activities. One will find sporting sites and professional G.Os who aim to have you discover new sports or improve your skills. With an all-inclusive holiday at Club Med Tinley, holidaymakers can enjoy sailing, surfing, diving, snorkelling, the very first Surf School at Club Med (for adults & kids), padel tennis, beach rugby, beach volley, bocce ball fields, archery, team building activities, and a wellness centre.
Wellness, shopping, dining
For those looking for a wellness retreat, the resort will offer an indulgent spa, fitness centre with several classes every day, a yoga school and an adult-only Zen pool and bar where you can find the perfect peace, relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Resort Centre will offer a shopping experience as well as gourmet food and beverages at either the restaurant, bar or the wine corner. In this location, entertainment, artistic performances and live music will happen both during daytime and evening. In contrast, the Exclusive Collection space will provide an oasis of tranquillity and indulgence with a serene lounge area, refined bar, luxurious pool, and a large range of exclusive services.
See the Big 5
In addition to the idyllic beach experience, guests at Club Med Tinley will also have the opportunity to stay at a Big-5 Game Reserve, located 3.5 hours by road or a swift 40-minute flight from the resort. Here, an 80-room lodge will be developed to Club Med standards in order to offer guests a dual beach and safari experience during their stay.
Strategically located in KZN
The strategic location of Club Med Tinley adds to its charm and beauty. Nestled on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, this cosmopolitan haven offers upmarket accommodation destinations, leisure facilities, and warm weather throughout the year. The resort is conveniently accessible via the modern and convenient King Shaka International Airport, making it an attractive destination for both local and international travellers.
Club Med Tinley promises a memorable South African beach and bush experience, providing guests with the opportunity to reconnect with nature and the wild. The resort will feature a surf-lifestyle concept for healthy beach holidays and will be shaped by art and local culture. Additionally, guests will have the chance to embark on a safari experience to discover the wildlife of Africa.
Club Med sustainability focus
Club Med will adhere to Green Globe standards: an international and independent sustainable tourism certification. This standard rewards establishments in the tourism sector that are committed to improving the environmental and social management of their activity in 4 fields: sustainable management, economic/social, cultural heritage and the environment. 100% of Club Med resorts are Green Globe Certified.
Sustainability is a key consideration to Club Med and this project embraces environmental stewardship by spearheading the “Bye Bye Plastics” movement, which looks at progressively cutting the usage of plastic water bottles and single-use plastics in resorts, a commitment already successfully implemented in the brand’s resorts around the world. Echoing this, another eco-commitment by Club Med aims to achieve food waste reduction across all resorts by 2030.
A notable aspect of this project is the collaboration between Club Med and Agrisud, a distinguished non-profit organisation. Together, they are 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.
For more info, check out www.clubmed.co.za/l/clubmed-tinley
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