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
Meliá Zanzíbar is wonderfully relaxing. The rooms are huge and quiet. The stocked included mini bar with local nuts is a real treat. The breakfast and delicious nene buffets are excellent. The staff friendly. The 2 sit down lunch options are wonderfully delicious specialty the pizza and cesar salad. We enjoyed the local entertainment but wish there dance music every night.
We had the pleasure to stay in this wonderful resort. Our family had the best hospitality experience that one can expect from such wonderful resort and helpful staff. Our experience has been truly magical and the staff members made our stay truly memorable.
Hakuna Mata. Nothing was too much for them and my family and me thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Asante Sana Melia Zanzibar. We will miss you all.
Until next time. Tuta Onekana.
Just returned from the Melia Zanzibar on Tuesday, delighted with our choice of resort, it was quite fantastic. Stunning location on the north east coast with beautiful beaches. The customer service ethic in the hotel is second to none, nurtured by the General Manager, Nicolas, the willingness of his staff to go above and beyond was quite extraordinary. Choice of several dining locations, all of them were excellent, choice, quality and variety of food, fantastic. Rooms and facilities in general, excellent. A massive thank you to Hassan, Vikram, Abdul, Paul, Timini, Mariam, Authuman, Fredy, Mussa, Samson, Omar, Marjan and Ali who made our stay all the more memorable! Sorry if I missed anyone, if I did, you were great too! ;-) I would class the Melia Zanzibar as a luxury property with mid range prices, great value for money, wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!