4.5
Very Good 2123 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 2123 Reviews
Amazing!!!
Reviewed 2 days ago

Generally, It was a shock that so amazing property might be in Africa. It's really Europe standart. Everything is done with attention to detalis. In comparison with some other restaraunts, food is amazing. As well as rooms. Also, a hotel is really beautiful. An only thing that beach is located a little bit fa but it's anyway so good. We were very happy.

Amazing place
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience at Melia. I have been there for my birthday in early May (I know, not the best timing due to rain). However, impressive location, wonderful staff, very good food. Overall, I would highly recommend Melia as a place to stay in Zanzibar. The Level romance pavilion was one of the best accommodation I have ever had in my trips. Special thanks to our hosts : Rocio, Rohan, Christian. Also to the wonderful Melia staff with special thanks to Paul, Said, Gaston, Eliza & Mariam. All of them have been very kind and extremely helpful.

Wonderful two week stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had accommodation in upper floor of separated ‘room clusters” offering large bedroom and loung with well equipped bathroom with outdoor shower. Excellent breakfasts and dinners . Hotel has large quiet ( no children during our stay ) swimming pools but by using free bikes relaxing on the hotel private beach with its small beach side restaurant was delightful. Excursions to forests, spice plantations good but definite must is to explore Stonetown that needs at least a full day. Reaching the Island by small single engine aircraft an adventure !

Amazing ... really amazing from the beginning til the end
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed 1 week in the resort, almost empty as wet season
From day 1 to the end it was just amazing
The place first is very beautiful
Service is really great with always a smile
Special thanks to the reception and the beach team that make our holiday a dream
Thanks a lot for your job guys !

Amazing hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

Went there for the first pert of the honeymoon took the ocean view bungalow it was very nice, spacious, very clean and with an amazing view perfect for honeymooners. great for couples and families, nice entertainment at night as well great food, the staff is very good and freindly, definitely recomend.👍