Putting Durban on the map: Thanks Club Med!

Durban is set to see a real increase in international tourist flows with the launch of two new Club Med resorts.

Putting Durban on the map: Thanks Club Med!

Durban has been chosen as the location for a new Club Med property which incorporates two lodgings.

One resort will offer beach holidays to guests, while the other provide wildlife experiences. The new resorts are due to be opened in 2026.

It seems like it is not just airlines that are showing interest in South Africa in current times. Exclusive holiday resorts are also keen on South Africa for new developments.


Club Med is a French travel and tourism operator headquartered in Paris. It specialises in all-inclusive holidays.

The company was established in 1950. It either wholly owns or operates nearly eighty all-inclusive resort villages in holiday resorts around the world. A number of South Africans might have experienced Club Med’s hospitality at the group’s resorts on the island of Mauritius.

The brand is generally known for its fully inclusive holiday experiences and is synonymous with excitement and activity in various locations including tropical islands, lush forests and snowy mountain slopes.

The site for Club Med’s Durban property. Image: Screengrab/ Collins Residential.


Club Med has announced the launch of its Club Med Tinley eco-resort in South Africa.  The resort will offer both beach and Big Five bush experiences. Bush experiences will, however, be at available Club Med’s exclusive bush property, The Safari Lodge.

The site is a 30-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport and 45 minutes from Durban.

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The new property will put South Africa on the world tourism map. The Club Med brand has a large following and is able to market the new South African resort to 50 million people globally.  

South Africa’s Club Med resort will be a grand affair.  The property is set to cost around R2 billion. As the first of its kind in the country, the all-inclusive eco-resort is set to create more than 800 direct jobs and an additional 1 500 job opportunities in the region.


Club Med Tinley will offer a surf-lifestyle concept for healthy beach holidays.  Guests will be able to enjoy both beach days and safari experiences.  The property will curated with special attention to local art and culture.

According to Tourism Update the resort will feature 342 premium rooms, 64 exclusive collection spaces, and a 500-delegate capacity conference centre.

There will also be an 80-room bush lodge. This will be located in a Big Five wildlife area in Zululand, which is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive from the beach site.

Nine hectares of the 32-hectare beach resort will be developed, while the rest of the land, which is currently a sugar cane farm, will be rehabilitated to restore coastal wetlands, dunes and forests. Thus, guests will have direct access to pristine beaches.

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