4.5
Very Good 2110 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 2110 Reviews
Amazing hotel
Reviewed 19 hours 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.👍

Stunning minus the cat in the dining area
Reviewed 2 days ago

I hate a phobia of cats. So every day was tense when we had to go eat because there was this one cat in the dining area hiding under the tables. Every day they had to chase this cat out of the dining area. Other than than beautiful hotel lovely staff n beautiful island.

Melia Zanzibar
Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked this hotel which was highly recommened to us.The hotel is set on 54 hectares of beachfront and is absolutely beautiful.We stayed in one of the plush villas and were treated like royalty for 7 nights.Our package was all inclusive and included the beautiful Gabi beach where you will experience the best seafood platter on the island.We used the hotel for snorkeling and diving excursions which were safe for the children and were run in a professional and safe manner.The staff were extremely friendly and constantly entertained our children throughout the holiday .We will definitely return one day and relive the experience all over again .Thanks again Melia team Zanzibar

Family vacation
Reviewed 5 days ago

Awesome place
We really enjoyed staying in Melia.
A really nice place to stay with kids and the staff is very friendly.
Melia has an excellent service.
We booked a family suite however we got an upgrade and they gave us one bedroom villa with a pool for free.
Moreover we really enjoyed staying in the villa and we enjoyed staying in Melia.
And the food was really tasty and yummy!

Honeymoon
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had an amazing experience in Melia Zanizbar. The service was excellent, the quality of the food was great and the atmosphere was superb. I definitely recommend Melia for Honeymooners. 😎😎