4.5
Very Good 2024 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Access to the resort’s private beach club and its wide white sand beach
  • Exceptional, preemptive service, from the front desk to the pool attendants
  • Organic fruit, vegetables and decorative flowers grown on-site
  • Enormous Anantara spa offers a range of local treatments

What To Know

  • Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Book in advance for spa treatments and a table at the must-try Jetty restaurant
  • Naturally romantic location, but the resort is just as popular with families and young Euro groups as loved-up honeymooners

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sprawling full-service resort on Zanzibar’s east coast, with a private beach club and Indian Ocean views

The Look

A modern belle with traditional taste, the boxy main building is all glass and steel, but intricate wooden lattice panels on the exterior, and bright furnishings and carved Arabesque accents inside add some local design flair. An informal lobby lounge, sofa-strewn library and small gift shop occupy the top floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the Spice Market restaurant’s outdoor dining terrace, the manicured grounds and the Indian Ocean beyond.

Bed and Bath

The resort’s 124 guestrooms and suites cover the design spectrum, from cozy Garden Rooms with modern bathrooms to thatch-roofed cliffside suites overlooking the Indian Ocean. What they all have in common is a large footprint (the smallest start of 452 square feet), a modern tropical look with dark wood and brightly colored furnishings, and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting. Melia Garden Rooms are closest to the main building, housed in boxy two-story buildings overlooking the manicured grounds; Terrace Rooms add nestlike wooden balconies and views of the pool and ocean beyond. For longer stays or family trips, Zanzibar Suites have separate living and dining areas, while enormous One-Bedroom Villas have private furnished terraces and access to a dreamy infinity pool.

Beyond

The Melia Zanzibar’s four main restaurants range from Arabian- and African-inflected dishes at Spice Market to upscale Mediterranean fare at the cliffside Aqua. For added romance, the Jetty bar and restaurant serves a seafood-heavy menu in its airy dining room, which is perched on stilts above the Indian Ocean — early evening reservations are strongly recommended for prime photo ops before the sun sets. By day, join the largely European crowds beside the main pool, or take the free golf cart shuttle down to the resort’s private beach club, Gabi Beach. Unusual in Zanzibar, this wide white sand beach is not swallowed up by the strong tide, so guests can dedicate a full day to sun worship on the bright orange loungers and cabanas, with breaks for lunch and snacks at the alfresco Gabi Beach Bar. For a different sort of pampering, the world class Anantara Spa offers myriad massage and body treatments in an enormous complex located between the main resort and the beach.

In the Area

On Zanzibar’s protected northeast coast, the resort is less than an hour from the capital, Stone Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the petite city is filled with souks, labyrinthine streets, mosques, sultans’ palaces and colonial buildings. While there, visit the Anglican church, a memorial built on the site of one of the world’s last slave markets. For a more active excursion, organize a tour of the nearby Kiwengwa Caves or book a kitesurfing lesson farther north, on Nungwi Beach. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow or a private snorkeling trip to the surrounding coral reef.

How to Get There

Melia Zanzibar
Kiwengwa
Kiwengwa, 00000 Tanzania

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2024 Reviews
Tropical Paradise
Reviewed 4 days ago

From the moment you arrive, you feel in paradise. We arrived quite late around 11 pm when all the restaurant had been closed but they put some sandwiches in our room so we had a bite to eat after a long flight. This proves how everybody is client orientated. The rest of our stay was equally perfect. The grounds and lush gardens are really well maintained. The rooms are really big and clean. The outside shower is a nice feature. The entire staff is well trained and super friendly. The food in the restaurant is top quality and offers a lot of variation. There is a golf cart driving every 20 minutes to the hotel's private beach but it's also a very nice walk (+/- 1.5 km) which help you to lose some the weight you will definitely put on. The free wi-fi is great (even on the beach) Melia Zanzibar offered us the perfect holiday. Don't hesitate and book your holiday here, you won't regret it and it's totally worth it. Many thanks for the great memories to the entire Melia staff.

very beautiful location
Reviewed 5 days ago

the hotel is worth staying especially for honeymooners.Very beautiful beach front and clean.Abit pricy but worth it.Clean rooms and nice swimming pool with nice view.perfect for holiday relaxation with friends

Excelent resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stay 8 nights from 12 until 20 nov 2018. The resort is huge and has luxuriant vegetation. The room (garden view) was very spacious, the bathroom beautiful. Cleaning perfect.-twice on a day.All the staff members were very helpfull and nice. Food was great (we had all inclusive package).We liked very much spending relax at Gabi beach, at the pool. Amazing resort ! Thank you very much.

birthday
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s a really nice place to be with your family , friends. , couples and the rest , it’s located in the northern part of Tanzania , and also the biggest resort in Zanzibar . Please make sure you visit

nice hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice hotel
excellent service and amazing food
huge breakfast buffet
nice and friendly staff
huge swimming pool
amazing beach restaurant
beautiful gardens
variety choice of restaurant for dinner, we did try all the restaurant and all were just amazing
recommand to everyone