January 13, 2017: Zanzibar Amber Resort to debut East Africa’s first Signature Golf Course’.
Ernie Els Design is excited to announce that it has completed a new agreement with Zanzibar Amber Resort and is now in the planning phase for what will be East Africa’s first Signature Golf Resort Development. Construction is due to begin in 2017. This stunning new development is located on the northeast of Zanzibar Archipelago, a small cluster of islands renowned for their outstanding natural beauty.
Speaking at the launch (below) Ernie said, “As a course designer, I feel so fortunate to be working with Zanzibar Amber Resorts. And to be awarded with some of the most beautiful settings in the Indian Ocean is a wonderful opportunity for us. Our clients and I share the same vision and I am confident our work here will set a new standard, leaving a lasting legacy for Zanzibar and the region’s golfers as a whole.”
Sustainably appointed across 638 hectares, and blessed with 4km of pristine Indian Ocean coastline, the Estate (CGI below) has been master-planned to host an array of premium residency options that extend from penthouse condominiums to beachside villas and private islands. The residences are supported by a 99-year lease, extendable by a further 49 years, and represent the first opportunity for non-citizens to have access to a titled property in Zanzibar.
For visitors there is an exclusive portfolio of five international hotel brands to choose from, something of a hospitality ‘dream-team’ without global comparison in a single resort environment. What’s more, Zanzibar Amber Resort is easily accessible being just a short drive from the International Airport, which is serviced by major airlines such as Qatar, Turkish, Condor, Kenya and Ethiopian Airlines, along with many regional connections from major East and South African hubs.
Brian Thomson and Saleh Said, the Directors of Zanzibar Amber Resort added, “As we began discussions with Ernie, we realized that we share the same vision, to build a distinctive and superior golfing destination that will further enhance the golfing experience of both professional and leisure golfers. It became clear to us that Els’ highly regarded course designs, African profile and International Hall of Fame career were a perfect fit for our aspirations. As the catalyst of integrated lifestyle destinations and luxury tourism products around the world, we have brought together a formidable collection of premier brands such as Ernie Els Design, Anantara, and others soon to be announced, that represent the best in the business and these partnerships will create a highly sought-after tourism and leisure offering within the region.”
About Ernie Els Design
Ernie Els Design is a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by its principal, four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els. The international scope of Ernie’s 70 professional career victories is mirrored in the increasingly global reach of his designs, with signature courses and renovations making an impact in emerging and established golf markets alike.
Ernie Els Design enjoys unique relationships with the world’s finest developers who share the company’s ambitions, creating attractive destinations that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and sound environmental practice. The company employs the most experienced staff – including leading architect Greg Letsche as its senior design associate – and the latest technology from its two offices in Florida and South Africa. With additional field offices in Singapore and Dubai, the company provides a near 24-hour service and applies the latest technologies and expertise to service our development partners and clients throughout the world.
Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with a string of prestigious accolades. Notably, in 2015 Ernie was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ at the World Golf Awards. In addition, many of Ernie’s signature courses have won prestigious industry awards including ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ for The Els Club Teluk Datai in 2014. In 2016, it also became the first layout in the Ernie Els Design portfolio to be listed in Golf Digest’s prestigious ‘World Top-100’.
Meanwhile, other courses in the portfolio have hosted Tour events. Indeed, when the Els-designed Albany in the Bahamas was the venue for the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge in December 2015 & 2016, it became the fifth Ernie Els designed course to host a professional tour event, following The Els Club Dubai (Dubai Open Golf Championship), The Els Club Copperleaf (Tshwane Open), Anahita Four Seasons Golf Resort (Mauritius Golf Masters and 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the first ever tri- sanctioned tournament by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour) and Wentworth West Course (BMW PGA Championship).
In addition, the company’s portfolio extends beyond the golf course to feature the The Els Clubs Collection, Els Performance Golf Academy, Els Club Estates, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, along with an award winning wine portfolio created by Ernie Els Wines in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, Stellenbosch.
About Zanzibar Amber Resort
Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited are the investors and developers of Zanzibar Amber Resort, the largest five-star resort in East Africa, carefully appointed across 638Ha of land and 4km of private beach in North Eastern Zanzibar. The resort will cater to the rapidly escalating demand for high-end destinations within the expanding East African Tourism and Real Estate sectors. Zanzibar Amber Resort is wholly owned by Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Limited, an SPV created specifically to undertake the Zanzibar Amber Resort development with all local operations conducted through Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Zanzibar Limited, a 100% owned subsidiary.
Zanzibar Amber Resort is a Luxury Tropical Community that blends contemporary lifestyles with premium hospitality offerings and world-class facilities to create a new benchmark in African luxury. The Estate embraces East Africa’s first Signature golf course and state- of-the-art and full-facility, deep-water marina, alongside luxury features as diverse as gourmet underwater restaurant and glamorous Souk, a fully equipped equestrian centre and international polo club, a dedicated airport and a tropical aqua park. A private international school and world-class medical facility will be also made available for the community’s general well being.
As of December 2016, clearance and pre-construction preparation works have already commenced, including the provision of a 20km public approach road to the Resort’s impressive gateway. Additional access roadways, extensive site clearance, perimeter walls and construction of a state-of-the-art sales centre are also underway.
Zanzibar Amber Resort will be developed strategically, in strictly managed phases, so as to maintain their commitments to Government, investors, partners and buyers. The marina, golf course and all infrastructure work, including roads and services for the entire resort, will be delivered within three years, undertaken in tandem with the completion of the Resort Entrance, a founder luxury hotel, and the first, off-plan apartment and villa neighborhood release. The meticulously-integrated scale and master planning of the resort allows for the completion and release of each neighborhood and subsequent phases with minimal disruption to the resort and its existing residents and guests.
Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited are committed to Best Practice standards and methods throughout, balancing the expectations of investors and the premium standards of a luxury resort with the needs of the communities with whom they work, and the finite natural resources available for fulfilling their vision.