If there is one gap that KwaZulu-Natal has always had in terms of its venue offering, it is the lack of integrated beach resorts that meet the minimum requirement for international branded resort operators of having 300 rooms or more.
Abie Wentzel, Acting General Manager for Tourism Development of Tourism Kwa-Zulu Natal, says that research has indicated that the KwaZulu-Natal coastline lacks a critical mass of internationally recognised beachfront hotels spanning the five-, four- and three-star brackets. However, a number of new resort-style developments are on the cards for this region, although they are still in the planning and development phases.
Tinley Manor Resort – Tinley Manor
A R1-1.2bn four- to five-star beach resort development with 450 rooms, 650sqm conference facility, resort and beach facilities, restaurants, swimming pool, recreational and sport facilities, and additional villas. The resort has undergone a feasibility study and the business plan is complete. Designs and EIA are being finalised. Developers, funders and investors are needed.
Nonoti Beach Resort – Stanger/KwaDukuza
This proposed R350m development comprises a beach resort on a 195ha site. It is wholly-owned by the community of Nonoti, which is formed by 200 households. The concept includes 250 rooms with four-star status: 24 four-star self-catering units and 16 three-star self-catering units. Entertainment facilities will include six restaurants and a 200-seater conference facility.
Sovereign Sands Beach Resort – North Coast
The R218m beach resort will consist of a four-star hotel with 220 rooms plus common facilities and a beach club/restaurant. A number of three- to six-roomed private family villas, which are already constructed, will also be available to the hotel operation to supplement the number of available rooms. The common facilities will typically consist of a restaurant, pub, pool terrace, a wellness centre and meeting/conference rooms.
Blythedale Coastal Resort – Blythedale beach
The 1 000ha coastal resort will consist of a themed resort area with a 600-roomed hotel and an additional 200 resort units. Resort facilities include three beach nodes consisting of swimming pools, restaurants, bars and convenience shops; an 18-hole championship golf course, equestrian centre and sporting school; wellness centre and spa; and an environmental centre and nature reserve. The resort is valued at R350m.
Sibaya Resort Hotel – Umhloti
This mixed-use estate development will be predominantly residential units – generally resort-style in nature, complemented by an office park, hotels, conference and entertainment facilities and social amenities, such as educational institutions and recreational components. The value of the development is not yet available.
Port Durnfort Resort – south of Richards Bay
Port Durnfort will be a R350m, four/five-star resort development.
St Lucia Hotel – St Lucia
The R88m project will include a four-star hotel with 55 rooms; a conference room that can accommodate 200 people, with the facilities to divide it into a full service restaurant serving three meals.
KwaBonambi Hotel – KwaBonambi
The R120m hotel development will comprise a two-star standard business hotel, with 50 rooms. It will offer standard rooms (sleeping two people per room) that can be converted into family spaces through inter-leading rooms. A small conference venue will be developed at the hotel with the capacity to accommodate 100 delegates.
Thokazi Royal Lodge project – Nongoma
The R85m lodge development will incorporate a four-star, 25-room lodge with a conference venue for 50 delegates. The development will be phased, with proposed improvement costs for Phase 1 for the lodge upgrade including the refurbishment of the main house, new covered deck area, new kitchen, refurbishment of the existing chalets, refurbishment of a new standard unit, and refurbishment of the existing pool and site services.
Durban Point Waterfront Hotel development
The mixed-use development will be located in the Durban Point Precinct, and will include a five-star 350-room hotel, with access to a shopping centre, public beach, safe swimming, learner surfing, snorkelling zone, promenade, green amphitheatre and other water-based activities. The Precinct includes hotels, residential apartments, office park and retail developments. It is located on a 55ha site neighbouring the Durban Harbour. The total project is valued between R30bn and R35bn.
Woodstock dam – Drakensberg
The R576m resort development will be a waterland theme-park offering a range of outdoor water-based activities, restaurants, a game park, conference centre, four/five-star hotel and spa, world‐class restaurant (on water), and a 1 000-seater amphitheatre with wedding facilities that will be the anchor of a golf estate development.
by Candice May