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
A great hotel, worth recommending.
We were delighted with the hotel, beautiful, clean and large rooms. Professional service - and what deserves recognition is the kitchen - the chef - we send thanks and congratulations.
We stayed here for 5 nights as aprt of our honeymoon and we were so pleased we did! Everything was excellent. We had booked a romance pavilion room as we loved the idea of being on the seafront. Due to the heat and humidity, unfortunately the air conditioning just wasn't sufficient so we didn't feel comfortable enough to stay in there. The guest services team were so incredibly helpful and gave us the choice of other rooms to stay including a 1 bed villa (with a private butler), which we chose, and didn't have to pay the extra for. True customer service and we were so grateful. Although we lost the sea view, the comfort was 100 times better. We were given a phone to contact our butler directly with anything that we may have wanted. We didn't really use it because everything was already more than enough anyway! We were part of "the level" which meant we could have a la carte breakfast on the jetty which was lovely. The buffet breakfast was great with lots of choice for everyone and all of the buffet dinners were also extensive, although we did think that they would be larger still (but now we're just being picky!). There was entertainment every night at dinner by the main restaurant - the spice market - which made the dinner experience even more enjoyable. We would go around 7:30 and stay until 10pm because of that. Everyone was so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The buggy service was brilliant and the beach was just gorgeous. We would spend hours walking out when the tide was low and looking for creatures on the sand. Would return tomorrow!
Beverages, food, hospitality, staff, tidyness and so on... no room for improvement! Beyond expectations. Romance pavilion was amazing. Especially the view when waking up. Compared to other hotels on Zanzibar, Melia stands out. Would 100% recommend.
Pros: great wifi, excellent hospitality, all inclusive food & beverage, private beach.
Cons: room decor was a little basic for the expensive price tag, food was mediocre especially at the Jetty (don’t eat there tapas were awful - try the food at the pool or beach instead).
Last tip: Some young(ish) couples and few families but def more of an older crowd in their 60s.
I visited Jetty launge restaurant to have lunch. They have great view but service was not fine. Especially one waitress was bad to me. First of all, she skipped to give some bread before starter. Second of all, when I received main course, I asked her to bring me a spoon but she immediately picked up my wife's used spoon and then she gave it to me instead of new one. So my wife had no spoon to eat. I asked her again to bring another spoon for my wife. I reported this issue to superviser. I hope that other customers can have a great time.