SOUTH AFRICAN BASED LUXURY TRAVEL HOSPITALITY FIRM, NEWMARK, ENTRENCHES PRESENCE IN EAST AFRICA
South Africa, Cape Town, 2 November 2021; THE spice island of Zanzibar has a new and luxurious trump card. Blue Amber redefines premium lifestyle and hospitality on the island, and is the most recent and significant property development of its kind. With luxury and eco-sustainable residential homes, this forward thinking resort that authentically embraces the island’s traditions and culture is touted as the largest resort development of its kind in East Africa. Blue Amber is also set to be Zanzibar’s premier island resort hotel, and South African based NEWMARK Hotels, Reserves, Lodges & Residences has proudly won the coveted international account to manage all the global sales, marketing and operations for Shirazi Resort & Villas as the property opens in phases from 2022.
An African-born company, NEWMARK, with over 20 years’ of experience managing prestigious and distinctive properties, is ideally suited to lead Blue Amber’s global sales and marketing campaign as well as the seamless daily operation of Shirazi Resort & Villas. With its ethos and long tradition of applying excellence to all its endeavours, Blue Amber adds further kudos to NEWMARK’s meticulously-curated selection of luxury properties that each represents unique experiences, while setting the benchmark for authentic hospitality and diverse cultural richness.
Ribboning along 4 kilometres of magnificent, unspoilt Indian Ocean coastline – and occupying 410 hectares of tropical landscape on the north-eastern side of Zanzibar – Blue Amber will attract property investors and sun seekers from around the globe. Those looking for their own private tropical island escape will find Blue Amber thoroughly enticing. Set within this magical enclave, Shirazi Resort & Villas promises to be an ideallic destination for both families and romantic couples alike. The resort will boast two barefoot luxury eateries, a spa, yoga pavilion and gym, as well as a beach club and pool replete with pool bar. The easy-going ambience will be shabby-chic and stylish, threaded together by genuine East African service and hospitality. There will also be an impressive shoreline aqua leisure centre where both residents and visitors may enjoy a multifunctional play space that includes a comprehensive watersports facility, along with a beach eatery and a selection of thoughtfully curated retail stores.
Zanzibar is a year round leisure destination, with endless white cashmere sands and warm cobalt waters. Safe and politically stable, it’s a dream destination for investors wanting to enjoy a tropical island escape at any time of the year. Offering a secure investment for a select few, the first phase of Blue Amber’s development is currently selling and includes 54 luxury pool villas, a leisure centre and premium resort hotel – all with magnificent ocean views
When not in residence, villa owners can enlist NEWMARK to capably oversee and manage their property until their return. NEWMARK offers a fully integrated property management service and can also let properties to screened tenants as part of a rental pool programme. This offers attractive returns to investors.
Owning a slice of East Africa’s evocative azure coastline now couldn’t be simpler. Blue Amber has designed investment to be easy; NEWMARK ensures operations are professionally managed and effortless to owners. Between them, the unimaginable becomes reality – and kicking back in style on the sunshine beaches of Zanzibar is but a short flight away.
Comments Neil Markovitz, CEO of NEWMARK Hotels, Reserves, Lodges & Residences: “I foresee immense investment potential in Zanzibar and have personally invested in a small tranche of this extraordinary island through the acquisition of boutique property Chuini Beach Lodge. I have strolled along the idyllic beach that fronts Blue Amber on many a sunrise and sunset, and can personally vouch that this is truly a unique opportunity to gain a Robinson Crusoe island lifestyle paired with first class amenities.”
About NEWMARK Hotels, Reserves, Lodges and Residences
NEWMARK is a leading hotel management and consultancy company founded in 2008 by hotelier Neil Markovitz. NEWMARK offers a comprehensive portfolio of turn-key hospitality management services covering sales, marketing, finance, revenue management, central reservations, operations, information technology and human resources.
The company manages a bespoke collection of hotels, reserves, lodges and residences in South Africa, East Africa, Mauritius and most recently has gained a foothold in Central Europe through the acquisition of a collection of boutique hotels in Portugal. NEWMARK’s portfolio includes Cape Town signature addresses such as the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, the deluxe Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa, the five-star Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House, the Stock Exchange Hotel in trendy Woodstock and the Onyx Boutique Hotel on the city’s Foreshore. Further into South Africa’s interior, the collection includes the Eastern Cape’s historic Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet as well as the nearby legendary Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve. Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the Nkomazi Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga complete the lodge and reserve collection. NEWMARK recently cemented a presence in South Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg, with the launch of The Catalyst Hotel situated in Sandton.
Beyond South Africa’s borders, NEWMARK represents and manages the boutique hotels of La Maison d’Été in Mauritius and Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge, and now also Blue Amber in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The company also represents a collection of luxury hotels in Portugal within the UNLOCK hospitality brand.
Current new projects include The Winchester Hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town, that reopens on 8 November 2021 after a R90 million renovation and refurbishment. And with construction nearing completion, the design centric Rockefeller Hotel launches on the Foreshore, Cape Town, in mid-December 2021.
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