Meliá Zanzibar is terrific for travellers looking for all-inclusive accommodation on this idyllic island. It is owned and operated by Meliá Hotels & Resorts, a company with ample experience all over the world. Offering a variety of guest accommodation, Meliá Zanzibar is suitable for solos, couples, honeymooners, families, and groups.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel is approximately 45 minutes by road from Zanzibar’s international airport. Set in an estate of just over 16 hectares, it boasts a beautiful white-sand beach stretching for 300 metres alongside the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The seas around the resort are bordered by a coral reef, providing a safe place for bathers. Inland, Meliá Zanzibar has well-kept trees, lawns, and flowerbeds – the views across the gardens out to sea from many of the property’s communal areas are very pleasant!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
There are seven categories of rooms, suites, and villas at Meliá Zanzibar – Room with Terrace Partial Sea View, Family Room, Romance Oceanfront Pavilion, Grand Suite Zanzibar, and 1-, 2-, and 3-Bedroom Villa. All are very well appointed. The first option features air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a king-size bed, mosquito nets, a private balcony, a partial sea view, two telephones, a 32-inch flatscreen television with satellite channels, high-speed internet, an in-room safe, a mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, twin washbasins, shower, and large bathtub, as well as a tropical outdoor shower!
The Family Room can fit a cot or extra bed too. Designed to sleep up to three children, it contains all the features of the standard room, plus a lounge area, a second balcony, and a DVD player. Each of the Romance Oceanfront Pavilions has a fabulous location on cliffs overlooking the ocean! Guests who choose this option enjoy extras such as private check-in, private lounge at Aqua Restaurant, premium snacks and drinks in the evening, and a free massage at the spa with a stay of at least four nights. The Grand Suite also comes with these perks, as does each of the three types of Villa. Every Villa has all the standard features as well as a guest toilet accessible from the living room, an outdoor terrace with sunbeds and a tropical garden, an infinity pool, and both a butler service and chef service on request!
The hotel has five restaurants, each delivering a different cultural experience. For example, Spices Restaurant is situated on a tree-lined terrace, provides Arabian/African cuisine, boasts three open show cooking islands, and specialises in themed evenings, whereas Jetty Lounge is at the end of the hotel beach jetty and welcomes guests with pre- and post-dinner drinks and snacks in a very relaxing environment. Other restaurants and bars include Gabi Beach, Pool Bar, The Library, and Aqua. The hotel also benefits from a sumptuous spa, a souvenir shop, sports courts, and a spacious swimming pool! And business clients are well accommodated in African House, the main conference room, which holds a maximum of 200 persons and supplies equipment such as a screen and projector, a high-quality audio system, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Lots of exciting activities are available from Meliá Zanzibar. Within the hotel’s own grounds, you can swim, play tennis and basketball, and enjoy table tennis too! Alternatively, you can head to the beach for volleyball, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, and boat cruises. The north-east of Zanzibar is a very scenic part of the island! Visitors hoping to take in a little culture will love popping across to Stone Town for a city tour. This is a flexible excursion that incorporates trips to the town market, the slave market and slave chambers, the House of Wonders, the National Museum, Livingstone’s House, Sultan’s Palace, the Old Fort – and that’s just for starters! Prison Island, half an hour off the coast, is highly recommended too.
If you love wildlife, you will be pleased to see giant tortoises and peacocks among the prison ruins! Jozani Forest is also worth checking out, for its Sykes’ monkeys and red colobus – and the landscape of swamps, thickets, and mangroves is really exciting to explore. You can even book a short safari to the Serengeti or any of Tanzania’s fantastic national parks! Back on Zanzibar, the Spice Tour is pretty special, comprising a half-day trip to one of the island’s spice farms. If you wish to see other traditional elements – for example, the local villages and paddy fields – you can hire a quadbike for a morning or afternoon. And at the end of the day, you can embark on a sunset dhow cruise, served by your personal butler while romantic music fills the air – bliss!