I thought I would treat myself and my husband to some luxury and relaxation at Melia Zanzibar after reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and camping with the Maasai warriors. I am so glad we did, from the moment we arrived at Melia Zanzibar to the moment that we left, the service from the staff was nothing but exceptional.
The beach resort itself was beautiful and modern with stunning views overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Situated in a beautiful part of the island known as ‘Spice Island’, is the all-inclusive luxury resort of Melia Zanzibar Africa. It is a large complex with beautiful gardens, a private jetty with breathtaking views, two infinitely pools and a private beach. The resort is also ringed by a natural coral reef, making bathing and relaxing a safe experience.
There are 5 restaurants and 4 bars, so you will not run out of culinary experience options during your stay. The main restaurant (spice restaurant) has a different themed menu every night that is accompanied by its own entertainment. Make sure though if you are eating at one of the other restaurants you make a reservation.
The Melia Swimming Pools
I am a big fan of infinity swimming pools and the resort has two that guests can use. They also have suites available with private pools. You have the main pool and the gym pool both offering breathtaking views of the ocean.
The main infinity pool is large with lots of sun lounge chairs and an adjoining bar and restaurant to the side. You would not have a problem laying by the pool all day relaxing while being served cocktails and food by the friendly staff.
The spa and gym pool is a lot smaller. I personally didn’t use the gym or spa but I did hop in the pool to take in the views.
About the Room
We had a lovely room with a partial sea view and a small balcony but to be honest you could see most of the ocean from our balcony. The room was incredibly spacious, light, and modern, containing everything you would need with a comfortable four-poster bed. You were given fresh sheets and towels every day, as well as a romantic towel and flower sculptures placed on your bed every day.
The bathroom also was very spacious with two washbasins, a bath and two separate showers. One of the showers was outside in the middle of the bathroom. It was so nice to shower outside and look up at the moon and feel like you were with nature.
The Jetty Restaurant
There is a saying ‘Room with a View’, well this is definitely ‘A Restaurant with a View’. At the end of the beautifully built jetty that stretches out a couple of hundred metres out into the ocean is a bar and tapas restaurant bar called Jetty Restaurant. It is one of the most photographed landmarks at the Melia Zanzibar and you can see why, especially with the coral reef beneath it.
You can have pre, after dinner drinks and dinner here, depending on your mood. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to have dinner here but I understand that the tapas menu is really delicious and has many surprises.
Private Beach, Gabi Beach
If you really want white sand between your toes, while sipping cocktails and taking in the serenity, the hotel has a private beach Gabi Beach. It is only a couple of kilometres away and golf carts run regularly between the hotel and Gabi beach.
Here you will find a place to eat, drink, relax on sun loungers, go on a local boat, paddle in the water, play beach games and watch the locals go by. You can even go snorkelling offshore like in Tabark Tunisia.
How to get there & Location
The resort is situated on the north-east coast of Kiwengwa Island, also known as the “Spice Island”. There are two main ways that you can arrive on the island, by plane and by boat.
The closest international airport is Kisauni, Zanzibar Town and is about 90 minutes to the Melia Resort by private transfer. It is not easy getting to the resort and I suggest booking your transfer in advance with the resort.
By boat, you can get the fast ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar, which runs 4 times a day. The ferry terminal is in Malindi, right at the heart of Stone Town. If you are on a tight budget the ferry is considered the most convenient way to travel to Zanzibar.
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Top Tips for Staying at Melia Zanzibar
- Book a half day or day snorkelling tour from the Diving/Snorkelling office at the hotel to Mnemba Island. It is so beautiful and worth doing especially when the water is calm and clear.
- Take a day trip with an experienced guide to Stone Town Zanzibar and learn about the interesting history of slavery to the birthplace of Freddie Mercury
- There is nowhere really that you can venture outside the resort. The best option is to book full board with drinks
- Catch the golf cart to the beach and when the tide goes out walk back to the hotel along the shoreline. You can watch the locals collecting shells in the water and take in the stunning views.
Additional Information about the Melia
- Booking: Check availability and rates and book your stay, here
- Price Range: Expensive
- Wifi: Included in the price
- Breakfast: An international hot buffet breakfast. Lots of options to choose from.
- Drinks: You can pay an additional fee for unlimited drinks and cocktails.
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Disclaimer: All views are my own and based on my own experience and I paid to stay at the Melia Resort.