When it comes to size and class, Melia Zanzibar is one of the most impressive resorts found in Zanzibar. This all-inclusive luxury beach resort is strung out along the North-Eastern coast of Zanzibar, boasting a private stretch of pristine beach-front.
A standout feature for guests of the hotel is the world-class service. The staff treat the visitors like family, creating an exceptionally warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Melia Zanzibar Review
Guests at the Melia Zanzibar have a choice between the all-inclusive half-board or bed-and-breakfast option, allowing them to tailor their stay to their preferences.
With accommodation options ranging from family rooms to private villas set in lush, tranquil gardens, to intimate pavilions with breath-taking ocean views, the resort has something for everyone.
Rooms start from US$300 per night, making it possible to enjoy the luxury the hotel has to offer on a bit of a budget.
Day tours in Zanzibar? Here are my top picks...
- Quad bike tour to a local village (4 hours)
- Stonetown food market and street food walking tour (3 hours)
- Zanzibar spice tour with traditional cooking lesson (3 hours)
- Rock restaurant and cave tour (6 hours)
- Private tour to Prison Island (3 hours)
Location and Views
Melia Zanzibar is a short 45 minute trip from Zanzibar’s capital of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. Often considered to be the part of the island most protected from the tides, the resort is located on the North-East coast.
From the main area of the hotel, guests have direct access to a secluded 300-metre long beach. Ringed in by a coral reef, the azure waters surrounding the resort offer an unparalleled swimming experience.
Read more in our guide on the best beaches in Zanzibar.
The resort has two outdoor infinity pools available and multiple water sports activities including snorkelling, paddling and scuba diving. For those who enjoy sports on land, there are tennis and table tennis facilities, billiards and a beach volleyball court. There is also a fitness centre available as well as a sauna and steam room.
Ranging from jaw-dropping villas and pavilions to cosy family rooms, guests have a vast selection of places to stay at Melia Zanzibar.
The standard rooms come either with a garden or partial sea view and are equipped with a King size bed or two single beds on request. Guests in the garden rooms can enjoy an outdoor shower and have inter-connecting rooms that can be arranged to facilitate a family-friendly experience. Standard family rooms are also available in which two children can be accommodated.
The Level Pavilions are available as either the Romance Ocean Front Pavilion or the Beach Pavilion, both of which are available to adults only. Majestically situated with magnificent sea views, the Pavilion rooms are ideal for honeymooning couples.
The Level Villas are available as one, two or three-bedroom options. All villas have their own swimming pools, exotic outdoor showers and private tropical gardens – perfectly suited for intimate romantic getaways or the ultimate luxury family vacation.
Another option for Level members is the Level 2 Bedroom Beach suite. Set amongst the palm trees, this large and supremely spacious unit consists of a 130 square metre terrace to soak in all the lovely sea views.
Price per room
- Melia standard two-sleeper rooms are priced from $300 to $500 per unit per night, depending on the package chosen.
- Melia connecting rooms cost between $850 and $1100 per night.
- The Level Pavilions will cost you between $800 and $950 per night.
- The Level one bedroom villa starts from $1200 per night and the three bedroom villa is roughly $3200 per night.
- The Level Grand Suite is priced from $750 to $850 per night.
- Conference and meeting facilities, all equipped with state of the art technology
- A dala-dala (or golf cart) service transporting guests to and from the beach
- A spa offering a range of treatments to enhance the sense of tranquillity
- The Level, a service offering exclusive access to premium rooms, services and facilities to its members
- All-inclusive packages
- Souvenir shop, laundry service and dispensary
Food and Drink
The Melia Zanzibar boasts as many as five restaurants and four bars that serve local and international cuisine and offer a selection of cigars and cocktails.
For an exclusive dining experience, head over to the resort’s signature Aqua Restaurant and Spices Restaurant. Situated on a cliff edge, Aqua offers fine dining with an unmatched view of the ocean below. Spices is al fresco dining at its finest with the restaurant spilling out onto a lovely outdoor terrace and island cooking benches on show in between the tables.
To unwind and enjoy a few drinks or some light snacks, the Library, the Pool Bar and the Jetty Lounge all offer a completely unique vibe. Surrounded by the serene waters of the Indian Ocean, the Jetty Lounge is located at the edge of the resort’s iconic jetty.
Nestled underneath a grove of palm trees on pearly white sands is Gabi Beach restaurant. Guests can recline in sun lounges and engage in beach activities while enjoying the groovy vibe of the restaurant.
For an enhanced experience, guests can opt to buy into ‘The Level’ for access to an exclusive lounge. The scheme offers perks like complimentary drinks and a la carte breakfasts set alongside a private infinity pool and sundeck area. Concierge and butler services and preferential restaurant bookings are available. The Level rooms, suites and villas are also located in the most sought after locations throughout the resort.
The Level offers a fine-dining menu for its members with a different theme each night that pays homage to the culture and culinary heritage of Zanzibar.
And that's a wrap on my Melia Zanzibar Review! It suits any travelling budget while still offering its guests all the frills of an exotic and luxurious Zanzibar holiday experience.
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