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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
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
Wow! What a place.
We have just returned home after a five night stay in an Ocean Front Bungalow, it was nowhere near long enough in this wonderful place.
Our room was gorgeous, total luxury and had everything we needed for the perfect stay. The view from our veranda was breathtaking, over the Indian Ocean. I spent every evening chilling on our swing seat listening to the waves lapping underneath us.
The Aqua restaurant was fantastic, in fact food generally was lovely but especially in Aqua, and the ambience was so nice and relaxed. The Jetty was nice, but only if you eat fish otherwise restricted as to what you can eat, but worth a visit anyway.
We paid for the upgrade to Premium All Inclusive, in my opinion worth it as had wider choice from the menus, labelled drinks and room service. (The room service American breakfast was amazing! Enough to feed five people!)
We went to Gabi Beach one day on the golf buggy, it was lovely but to be honest you couldn’t beat a dip in the infinity pool, listening to chilled out music and with fantastic poolside waiters. Very attentive and always happy to stop and chat.
Highly recommended, definitely want to come back again ????
We are on our last day of a very relaxing week. The staff was always cheerful and helpful, including helping locate lost items left at another hotel. The wait staff go out of their way to accommodate any special needs or requests, especially our favorite waiter Alphonce at the beautiful Jetty restaurant located right over the water. The most stunning shoreline we have ever seen. Our bungalow room right on the water was like our own little piece of paradise!
We are very HAPPY!! We start our Holidays an Excellent choice!! We stay in this hotel from yesterday and We only one night and We don’t need more that We said that is RIGHT CHOICE!! The personal is very good in special Rocio. She help us very much and explained all very well “Thanks Rocio”!! You are fantastic
And all all persons are very good for example at Species Market Restaurant , Suzani on excursión planing , etc etc , etc always have an Smile and Very kind persons Thanks so much. The hotel is very nice , the room very comfortable and decoration all all is perfectly
I will be continue our holiday because our holidays star now and we have 18 days is fantastic !!
We are sure that We will be THE BEST HOTEL for us
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We don’t make a mistake and We HIGHLY recommended 100% Hotel Melia Zanzibar Thanks a lot for all