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
Parking on site
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Sprawling full-service resort on Zanzibar’s east coast, with a private beach club and Indian Ocean views
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
The preferred airport for Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski is Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 33.1 km / 20.6 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.