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
Nice hotel, though old with old furniture and appliances. Staff super friendly and always smiling. Location was nice but due to the low tide is not possible to swim in the sea. Spent the day by the nice swimming pool.
After a week of Safari and couple of days exploring Stone Town; we were looking for a place where we can relax and take It easy.
Melia Zanzibar provided just that and even more.
The Villa is well equipped and the resort is beautiful and well maintained. The facilities are excellent and the staff are very friendly, well trained and always happy to help.
Food is great and evening entertainment is an added bonus.
My kids are having a great time and enjoying using the Kids Club from time time.
Everyone at Melia is keen to make you happy which left a wonderful impression on us.
I am not able to remember all the staff names but here are a few I can recall;
Yusuf who supervises the catering stuff at the beach restaurant and Spice Market restaurant.
Winnie, Abdallah, Mohamed, Monica, Ghaleb and many more who were very accommodating and super friendly.
Great made dishes by the great chef Allan.
Arthur ( Guest Experience Manager) has been excellent to us; constantly checking on us.
Senior managers such as Antonio and Vikram have been very kind and great during our stay.
A paradise within a paradise ... we will be back for sure.
Thank you Melia Zanzibar.
We enjoyed a very relaxing 6 days at the Melia resort. We had a romantic ocean view villa that we loved. It was spacious and comfortable, had an excellent bathroom and a big bed with fantastic views. The air conditioning worked well to keep the room nice and cool. The grounds of the hotel are really beautiful and well looked after, as are all the public spaces.
The hotel seemed quite quiet while we were there which we liked. We were able to easily get tables are our preferred dining spots and find nice, quiet places to read and relax during the day.
We were on the premium all inclusive package and we really enjoyed the food and drink on offer. We ate breakfast at the jetty, the main restaurant and as room service. We took lunch each day at the pool bar and really enjoyed the service we got here. Special mentions to Elizabeth, Samson and Constantino who all remembered us and our drinks order each day and served us in a friendly, relaxed way. For dinner, we particularly enjoyed the theme nights such as Swahili night, Indian night and Asian night. We also had fantastic meals at the Jetty and the Aqua restaurant.
Although we really had a lovely time, there were a few little things that stop this hotel from receiving a perfect score. There were a few things wrong in our room (a light not working) that tool several calls to get fixed. When we ordered room service, they were extremely polite on the phone, asking lots of questions, but what we got wasn’t exactly what we had asked for. We also had a problem at check out where they tried to charge us for an airport transfer that we had already paid in cash for. It felt at times like they were very keen to please, always asking how things were, but didn’t quite have the systems in place to get things done efficiently.
I was unwell on the last day of our trip and had to make a visit to the onsite clinic. The doctor who saw me was very kind and professional (although I was charged $65 for a quick check and some Imodium!)
Overall, I would really recommend this hotel as a place to rest and relax, and with a few small tweaks, it could be even more excellent!
When we arrived at the hotel on saturday, they told us to be upgraded to another room because we were on a honeymoon and because it was late, we would get a regular room and arrive the next day to make a transfer. When we arrive the next day, they told us that there was no possibility and the hotel was fully booked (which should have been said from the beginning because we did not unload the suitcases because of this). They said they would check it but did not come back to us and we stayed in the usual room with suitcasses that did not fit
Fantastic holiday for the entire family. Great service and extremely helpful staff ! Very tasty and fresh food with plenty of options. Very interesting animations and evening program. Clean and big room. VERY kids friendly !