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
From the moment we arrived,the service was top notch. Every staff (from the ground staff working outside to the recpetionist) always greeted you with a smile and a 'Jambo'. The variety of meals and drinks with the All-inclusive package from different restaurants located across the premises made the cullinary experience a lot more exciting.
My only feedback which I would say to improve an already stellar service is with the switches/buttons controlling the AC and Lighting in the standard room. The light emitted from the control panel was rather bright in the dark room and may disturb an otherwise light sleeper (like myself).
perfection at its best, hotel staff and management
will leave you speechless from the moment you arrive
service, food , entertainment is top, i highly reccomend this hotel and
look forward to returning myself someday
We finished our honeymoon at Melia for 6 days and it was not enough time! The staff here is top notch. Khatib made our experience so memorable. He taught us how to play Bao, a local game, and always made sure we were taken care of- he even went with us shopping on the beach to make sure we got 'local' price. He went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. Witness (both of them!) gave 5 star service and always had a wonderful smile on their faces.
I highly recommend getting a room with 'the level' access as you are able to enjoy a beautiful pool right above the beach and the dinner option available to level guests was spectacular. The food was much better than we expected, especially for an all-inclusive. Fresh seafood and fruits with execellent presentation.
You feel very safe at Melia. You see guards out patrolling the grounds and the beach at all hours of the day and night.
The only negative to the hotel is that the beach is a 6ish minute golf cart ride away and carts were not always around (although as soon as you alerted the reception area you needed transport they got someone right away). The best way to avoid the wait is book one of their new rooms closer to the beach.
The tide is signficant in this area with the tide going out for much of the day when we were there. Sea urchins are rampant when the tide goes out so make sure to wear water shoes and be cautious about where you step.
Overall our stay at Melia was fantstic and it was the first time we felt that we were not ready to leave a hotel after spending almost a week there.