Spanish-based international hotel group Melia, whose Club Melia vacation club is one of the world’s most popular, has a new property which just opened this month in Zanzibar.
The resort lies on a 100-acre estate with a private beach in the northeast of the island, and five star highlights include seven villas – all with their very own private pools and gardens – and 100 rooms with lounges, large bathrooms, an outdoor tropical rain shower and garden or terrace with sea views. The resort was previously operated by Kempinski.
The luxury beach resort’s Gabi Beach club includes concierge service, large Balinese beds and a wood-fired oven serving grilled specialities.
The restaurant, Spices, offers international cuisine with a strong Arab and African influence on both the à la carte menu and buffet; and Aqua restaurant, located on the cliff top. Super views accompany an à la carte menu of Mediterranean and African flavours and there is also a pool bar for light meals, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and snacks. Continuing the beachfront theme, the Jetty Bar & Lounge at the foot of the ocean serves international snacks and tapas while The Library is a signature bar.
Al fresco spa treatments at the hotel’s Anantara spa take place in six private treatment cabins or two outdoor Thai massage pavilions, and guests can while away an afternoon in the lap pool before soaking up the sun on the private deck.
Meliá Zanzibar is the brand’s latest hotel in Africa, and adds to its portfolio of hotels in Egypt and Cape Verde.