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Mixing Business with Pleasure

The Seychelles is renowned as an idyllic leisure-travel destination but until now has not been widely considered for meetings, conferences and events, a perception its newest hotel aims to change. Situated conveniently close to the international airport and capital Victoria, Eden Bleu Hotel combines the best of both worlds – an idyllic setting on an international marina and the most hi-tech, bespoke conference facilities on the archipelago.

Modelled more on a city-centre hotel than on resorts typically associated with the islands, the 87-room hotel’s opening in mid-October last year was the culmination of a hugely ambitious, 12-year project for Cape Town property developer Craig Heeger. The hotel is built on Eden Island, a 56-hectare residential and commercial development 100 metres off the coast of Mahé, with more than 16 hectares of private waterways and 578 freehold luxury residences.

‘Our location, together with the facilities and technology we offer, makes us an ideal venue for conferences and events,’ says Peter Smith, marketing director for Eden Island Development Company. ‘The association with the Eden Island rental pool means we’re able to provide additional accommodation for delegates if we need to. And, being on an international marina, with the Seychelles’ only shopping plaza next door, means we’re just as comfortable hosting a yacht crew as we are welcoming a family starting a holiday on the islands or wishing them au revoir before they head to the airport.’




As part of its CSI initiatives, Propertuity, the developers behind the Maboneng Precinct and 8 Morrison in Jozi and Durban respectively, have announced the launch of Spark Maboneng, a primary school situated next to the precinct’s soon-to-be-launched public park, Common Ground.

Spark Schools is a primary school blended-learning education model offered at an affordable rate, with the guiding philosophy being that a child’s acceptance into university begins in primary school. As part of its philanthropic commitment, Propertuity will be putting three learners through Spark Maboneng.


Boxing Clever

SA’s first shipping-container shopping centre, 27 Boxes, is currently being built in Melville, Joburg. The 2 400m2 retail space, which will comprise 63 shipping containers, is being spearheaded by Citiq. The 78 shops will include an art gallery, studios, a couturier, a bakery and a microbrewery.

According to Citiq’s CEO, Paul Lapham, the centre is geared towards creatives and small entrepreneurs. While permanent tenants can expect to pay monthly rentals starting from R1 600, regular pop-up shops will allow the centre to constantly change and evolve in terms of tenant mix and culture.



Changing Shapes

New residential apartment complex, Le Cirque, in Jozi’s Hyde Park-Illovo area, is set to be a showstopper thanks to the unique circular design executed by DBM Architects.

The nine-storey build is already 60% sold off-plan, with completion set for end 2016/beginning 2017. It offers luxury apartments, some of which are double-volume penthouses and all of which have ample terraces to capitalise on an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The two-bedroom units are priced from R4,3 million. The three-or four-bedroom penthouses, which also have a roof garden, are priced from R19,4 million. Amenities include pools, a gym, restaurant and cocktail bar, business centre, convenience store, salon, concierge services, personal chauffeurs, laundry facilities, room service and apartment-servicing facilities.




Mahathunzi’s Magic

Bordering Karkloof Spa – one of the world’s leading spa retreats – and Hilton College, Mahathunzi is KZN’s most exciting new wildlife-reserve development. Investing here offers a rare opportunity to collaborate with three of SA’s most respected architects – Andrew Makin of Design Workshop:sa (who designed world-renowned Singita Lebombo and Sweni), George Elphick of Elphick Proome Architects and Neil Hayes Hill – to build a dream home in the bush. It has taken two years for visionary developer Fred Wörner, of Karkloof Safari Spa, to realise his plan to develop the 1 000 hectares of pristine land, now available as 49 stands (20 to 33 hectares each).

At just 20 minutes’ drive from Pietermaritzburg (with seven flights a day to Joburg) and an hour-and-a-half from Ballito, Mahathunzi offers endless opportunities for those who work in Pietermaritzburg or Joburg, live at the coast and want a weekend retreat, or have sons at Hilton College. And for residents who want to work from home, no problem… fibre-optic cables, three-phase electricity and water from boreholes and dams are sorted. Who could ask for more?

Stands are from R4 million, excluding VAT. For more information call Tim Johnson on 082 424 6202, email or visit



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Words: Genevieve Putter, Michelle Snaddon and Jocelyn Warrington
Photographs: Supplied


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