Zanzibar Hotels

Melia Zanzibar

This five-star resort, formerly part of the extensive Kempinski chain, is located on the east coast of Zanzibar near the village of Kiwengwa. It provides luxury accommodation and service in a modern and stylish environment.

Accommodation at the Melia Zanzibar

The hotel offers rooms, suites and villas. All rooms are en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers, bathtubs and hairdryers, Internet access, international direct-dial telephones, alarm clocks, plasma televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bars and climate control. The Garden Rooms are large (45 meters square) and overlook the hotel’s grounds with private garden terraces. The Terrace Rooms are a similar size with roof terraces and balconies. They can be extended by interconnection with adjacent terrace rooms. The Zamani Suite is the most luxurious. It is vast at 100 meters square, and, as well as two balconies and a roof terrace it has both private living and dining areas.

Food and Drink at the Melia Zanzibar

There are three restaurants at the Melia: The Cloves, The Red Snapper restaurant and The Beach Club, Grill and Bar. The Cloves is open all day with a la carte options and buffet all-inclusive buffet dining. The restaurant also opens onto a terrace so that guests can eat al fresco.

The Red Snapper serves an al a Carte dinner daily and the Grill and Bar serves up western snack foods (burgers and sandwiches) as well as a selection of beers, cocktails and soft drinks. While food is good quality, tasty and varies daily, it is not as exceptional or as exciting as that at some at other eateries on the island. Considering the resort’s five-star rating food may be somewhat disappointing. The hotel is remote and there is little option but to choose the hotel’s restaurants without lengthy taxi rides. As the hotel’s to pay for restaurants are all moderately expensive this can be frustrating.

The hotel offers three bar areas all serving wines, beers and cocktails. The Melia’s Zanzi Bar is an indoor comfortable and spacious affair overlooking the hotel’s tropical gardens and offering entertainment some nights. The pool bar is very pleasant and far plusher than the average, but the Jetty Bar is, perhaps, one of the hotel’s greatest attractions. In a traditional makuti (palm thatched) hut, perched over the Indian Ocean, it is quite a fairy-tale place to enjoy a drink on quieter evenings.

Service at the Melia Zanzibar

Staff are friendly and professional. The service on offer is comprehensive and guests can request room service and private dining among other things.

Things to do near the Melia Zanzibar

The hotel offers a range of activities including excursions and trips from East to West Coast and back in their own 4 by 4 vehicle.

The Melia has its own spa offering a variety of treatments including beauty treatments and also a wellness centre. Guests can get into shape or just relax and enjoy a pampering.

Excursions that the hotel can arrange include Spice Tours, Stone Town trips, Game Fishing and tours of the Jozani Forest. The hotel is on the ocean and you can bathe and snorkel in the sea though there is no beach as such. The hotel’s beach club can be reached by shuttle daily from the resort.

Though Spa treatments and Excursions add extra expense to a holiday in Zanzibar they are part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience of staying at one of the islands top resorts, such as the Melia.

How to get to the Melia Zanzibar

The Hotel is approximately an hour by road from either Stone Town or the airport. For the most part the journey is on tarmac but the last stretch may be enough to convince you that your driver is totally lost. Don’t fear though, the hotel is located in a beautiful spot despite being very remote.

You can take a taxi from Stone Town or the airport or the hotel will happily arrange transfers for a set charge (roughly USD 50 each way).

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