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Melia Zanzibar

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The Melia Hotel and Resort is Zanzibar's leading international resort, situated on the north-east coast of the island. Melia Zanzibar is built on a 40 acre estate with a beautiful beach of pearlescent white sand lapped by warm ocean waters, 300 meters long, situated at the very end of the property to procure the perfect combination with nature. The resort is ringed by a natural coral reef, making bathing a relaxing and safe experience. The hotel is the perfect destination for honeymoon or wedding vacations as well as meetings & incentives.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
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Private balcony
Minibar
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Flatscreen TV
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Karen H wrote a review 21 Feb
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We had a very pleasant stay! The staff was very friendly and the food was great! We really enjoyed the swimming pool at the Level and the nice views at the beach. We will definitely return here if we are in Zanzibar again! Would recommand this hotel to everyone!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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speedyspeedy66 wrote a review Jul 2023
Nottingham, United Kingdom4 contributions11 helpful votes
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Before we even arrived we were off to a good start. Ahead of our holiday I emailed the hotel a few times and quickly received helpful replies. One of my requests was for our 2 rooms to be located near to each other and we were so happy to be given neighbouring rooms, thank you. My daughters and I were welcomed on arrival with a big smile and a friendly “Jambo” (hello) from the porter and this set the tone for our entire stay. Without exception we found the staff to be friendly, super helpful, and going out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Every member of the team we came across smiled, said hello and asked if they could do anything for us. I’ve stayed in some fantastic hotels but have to say the attentiveness, customer service and concern for our enjoyment was the best here that I have experienced and made our stay so special. The whole team deserves recognition for the wonderful service. Not sure how I will cope back at home when I actually have to do something for myself! We stayed in garden rooms which were large, clean and well furnished. Beds are surrounded by mosquito nets and there was a sliding mosquito patio door net which meant we could enjoy leaving our patio door open but keep the net closed thereby avoiding a mosquito invasion. The bathroom was huge and nice quality products were available throughout our stay. Spice Market is where we had breakfast and buffet dinner. Dinner was usually accompanied by a variety of entertainment, but there are other bars to escape to after dinner if that’s not your thing. Gabi beach has beautiful, soft white sand, turquoise sea, palm trees offering welcome shade and hammocks to relax in. The food at the beach is delicious and I can recommend the Octopus. Sun beds are plentiful both at the pool and the beach and staff are on hand to lay towels (provided by the hotel) out as you arrive and supply delicious drinks. The jetty is stunning and very photogenic, especially at dawn. The lunch menu changed daily, all delicious, especially enjoyed against the backdrop of wonderful ocean views. For dinner we had tasty fish cooked in aromatic Zanzibar spices while being serenaded by some fantastic musicians. We also ate at Tamu where we enjoyed delicious Swahili cuisine in a most amazing setting. It’s a beautiful place. The gym is very well kitted out and the beautiful view of the ocean from the gym almost made the treadmill bearable 😊 The shuttle service between reception, gym, spa, beach and The Level runs often; we never had to wait more than 5 minutes. The drivers were always cheerful, chatty and pointed out wildlife along the way. We did have a couple of problems during our stay but as soon as these were mentioned they were resolved which we really appreciated. Be prepared for frequent power cuts, but they never lasted more than a couple of minutes. One small thing we didn’t like was the persistence of the people on the beach selling tours, jewellery etc. I do understand we are all trying to make a living, but they stood waiting for us to walk away from the hotel and on a couple of occasions they followed us along the beach. That was enough to stop me walking along the beach beyond the hotel alone which was a pity. Not sure what the hotel can do about this though. Stone Town is definitely worth a visit, giving a glimpse of a very different Zanzibar. We had a guide and as 3 female travellers this was a wise move. A few practical tips: UK 3 pin plugs can be used in the hotel sockets; no need to bring adaptors. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere so don’t bother trying to obtain Tanzanian Shilling. Obtain your visa online before arrival as the queues to obtain visas at the airport were long. What a wonderful holiday.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 8 Jul 2023
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It brings us great joy to hear that your holiday with us was off to a positive start even before your arrival, with our team promptly addressing your requests and ensuring that your two rooms were conveniently located near each other. We understand the importance of such details in enhancing your overall stay, and we are delighted that we could accommodate your needs. We are thrilled to learn that our staff members impressed you with their warm smiles, genuine hospitality, and their willingness to go above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction throughout your stay. We believe that exceptional customer service is a key element in creating memorable experiences, and your kind words affirm our commitment to delivering outstanding service to all our valued guests. We will make sure to recognize and appreciate our entire team for their dedicated efforts in making your stay special. It is delightful to hear that you found your garden rooms to be spacious, clean, and well-furnished. We strive to provide a comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests, and we are glad that our attention to detail met your expectations. Your positive feedback regarding the mosquito nets, sliding patio door net, and the quality bathroom amenities is truly appreciated. We are pleased that you had satisfying dining experiences at Spice Market, where you enjoyed breakfast and buffet dinners. It is wonderful to hear that you relished the variety of entertainment options available during dinner. Additionally, we are glad to know that our beach area, Gabi Beach, provided you with a tranquil and picturesque setting. We appreciate your recommendation of the delicious octopus dish and the availability of sunbeds both at the pool and the beach. Thank you once again for your wonderful feedback. It was an absolute pleasure to host you, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for another exceptional holiday experience. Kind regards, Daniel Florido Cabrera Guest Experience Manager
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MartinJones9876 wrote a review 18 Feb
Wellington, United Kingdom95 contributions39 helpful votes
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Hard to find any fault in this Hotel. Beautiful setting, lovely beach, great pool, excellent food from a number of restaurants. We particularly liked the Beach Restaurant and The Pier. The staff are unbeatable, helpful, relaxed, friendly and always happy to help or point you in the right direction. Great base from which to explore Zanzibar. A magical place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kerry C wrote a review 17 Feb
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I recently returned from a birthday trip to Zanzibar with my daughter and we stayed at the Melia Hotel in Kiwengwa. WOW WOW WOW!! The hotel surpassed my expectations. The grounds, restaurants, views, and staff were above par. We stayed at Melia Level as all-inclusive guests and we were treated like royalty. Staff couldn't do enough for you! It was also a bonus that the 'level' has its own private 'adult only' pool for level members. Our villa hut was beautiful!! It was large and spacious and our views looked out to the Indian Ocean. Melia is located in the quiet end of Kiwengwa which was perfect for us. Each day was spent either walking out in the ocean when the sea was out with new local Massai tribe members (Nature and Moses) Boy could you walk out far! I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Daniel (Guest Relations Manager) who went above and beyond to ensure I had the best birthday ever!! Thank you! I would like to say a SPECIAL thank you to the following staff members for always greeting us with a smile and being so friendly. They couldn't do enough for you. Melia should be so proud to have them working for them. Lillian (waitress Melia Level) - Lillian would surprise us each day by bringing over our favorite drinks before we had even asked for them. She always greeted us with her infectious smile and was so friendly. Dai (pool boy - Melia Level) - Dai was amazing! I'm an early bird and like to lounge by the pool at around 7.30 am. Dai would always come over and take the time to talk to me and ask me about my time on the island. He also taught my daughter and me to play the bao game. Which is a traditional Tanzanian board game. We enjoyed playing it so much that we ended up buying one to take home. Habebo (buggy driver). Habebo would always sing my favorite song. He sang it with so much pride and joy! I loved getting in his buggy for our journey over the main building. Nash (IT man) - unfortunately, I had major issues trying to access WiFi whilst I was at the hotel. Nash went above and beyond to try and get it working for me. Although intermittent it seems that Kiwengwa is not a Google mobile fan. However, it did allow me to recharge and digitally detox from not being on the phone all the time. Azaki (Massai). What an absolute gem. He greeted me every morning with a smile. Such a beautiful person. I would also like the thank the following staff members at the Level. Silima Syed Tumain Cecilia Bruno Elifuraha Hawa Like I said earlier; every staff member listed went above and beyond and Melia should be so proud of every one of them. I am forever grateful for them making my birthday trip to Zanzibar one I will never forget. The hotel exceeded all my expectations and more. I have fond memories of the island and can't wait to return. Kerry & Jasmyn🙏🏽
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Sultan wrote a review 16 Feb
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia14 contributions5 helpful votes
The resort overall is good but old. The service was the best, staff were friendly and welcoming, especially Issa he took care of us and managed our requests professionally. The location is good almost near to where we wanted to go. However the room is a bit old and the bed wasn't not comfortable but they immediately changed the mattress which I liked about them. Food also is good and well-diversified.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ean B wrote a review 11 Feb
Knoxville, Tennessee10 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for a long weekend at melia Zanzibar. It was fantastic in everyway. First thing to remember is that there are two hotels within melia, the main melia hotel and the level. The level is where we stayed, it was a VIP style luxury place. We had our own little bungalow, the views of the ocean were beautiful and the assistance was fantastic. Our room attendant/ minibar guy was named Omar, he went above and beyond, memorizing our favorite drinks, making flower arrangements and brining mango’s for us (the mango’s are the best in Zanzibar). We ate room service which was quite good. We also ate at the buffet at the main melia restaurant. We caught bbq night and Indian night. Both had delicious selections. I highly recommend the Karak mouse desert, it was so decadent and incredible. Our waitress Bihati was super friendly and was open about her Christianity and the experiences she has had in Zanzibar. She brought a touch of personality and joy to our dinner. The bedroom had a pillow menu and was very comfortable, the air conditioning worked well and we slept very comfortably. 5/5 great place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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summersso wrote a review 11 Feb
Vienna, Austria76 contributions20 helpful votes
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A wonderful week in a huge family room in January 2024. Enormous 120m2 family room with two balcony’s with an ocean view was fantastic. Food and beverages were very good, although cocktails weren’t mind blowing (and ever in an all inclusive). Highlight was the service: all staff were constantly happy, smiling, singing, saying Hakuna Matata to the kids, and we felt this was a happy place! Restaurant offerings were fine, Gabi Beach Bar was our personal favourite, although the menus here at the Jetty could be a bit more exciting/varied. There were only ever two fish available (dorade and tuna) and neither tasted fresh or exciting. Gabi beach is stunning, and the golf cart ride to it from the Melia great fun. Melia pool was large enough, child friendly and impeccably clean. All in all a wonderful stay and we wouldn’t hesitate to return!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Lookandsee wrote a review 8 Feb
Cornwall, Canada1 contribution
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The location was beautiful . Over all the service was very good. The Jetty Restaurant was a remarkable position to have dinner at . The meals was wonderful and the service was equally good. All meals were good with lots of variety and attentive friendly staff. Any problems we had , which were few were resolved quickly . We would strongly recommend a stay here to anyone who likes the heat.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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fernandomreig wrote a review 6 Feb
Alicante, Spain3 contributions
My wife and I spent a week at the Melia Zanzibar in January and it was an unforgettable experience. The common areas of the hotel are spectacular, with a large swimming pool, lush gardens and direct access to the beach. The food was also delicious, with a wide variety of dishes to choose from. But the best thing about the hotel was undoubtedly the staff. They were all very friendly, helpful and always willing to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We felt at home. In short, we highly recommend the Melia Zanzibar to anyone looking for a perfect vacation in a paradise.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Fernando, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you and your wife had such a wonderful time at Melia Zanzibar in January. It sounds like you truly made the most of your stay. Our team takes great pride in providing exceptional service, so it's fantastic to hear that you felt at home and well taken care of by our staff. Creating unforgettable memories for our guests is what we strive for, and we're delighted that we could contribute to making your vacation a perfect one. Thank you for recommending Melia Zanzibar to others seeking a paradise getaway. We would be honored to welcome you both back for another unforgettable experience in the future. Until we meet again! Kind regards, Daniel Florido Cabrera Guest Experience Manager
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HTravelling wrote a review 6 Feb
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We spent a week here in January after a safari in Kenya for our Honeymoon. I'd read a couple of mixed reviews before we went and was unsure whether we should have upgraded to The Level. However, we really didn't need to - we didn't find the menus restricted anywhere and aren't too bothered about having branded spirits, the all inclusive G&T's were great, and the wine flowed well! The pool area was beautiful, heaps of space, infinity pool overlooking the sea, and a pool bar serving drinks and a great selection of foods. The beach was about 5 minutes on one of the golf buggy's, which were constantly running up and down, and we actually enjoyed this as we felt like we were getting out of the hotel. The Level area is next to the beach, so you might feel like you hadn't been anywhere. The beach was great, loads of sunbeds and staff with beach towels and bringing you drinks. The beach bar was also a great place for lunch. We ate at the Jetty a couple of nights which was delicious and included in the all inclusive, but really nice to not be at the buffet. We also ate at Tumu one night which was worth the treat (not included). The buffet was fine, what you would expect. Great selection at breakfast and a different theme every night, with live cooking stations too. Our room was great, it was huge, always cleaned to a high standard and the AC amazingly cool! The staff were all really helpful, we saw them playing games with younger guests, always willing to talk and very attentive. We had a great stay, and will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a memorable honeymoon at our hotel. It sounds like you made the most of every moment, from enjoying the pool area with its beautiful views to exploring the beach and indulging in delicious meals. We're glad to hear that you found the all-inclusive experience to be satisfying. It's great to know that you enjoyed the G&Ts and the wine selection, as well as the variety of food options available. It's heartwarming to know that you felt well taken care of and that you appreciated the efforts of our team to make your honeymoon special. We look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic stay in the future! Thank you for choosing our hotel for your honeymoon, and we can't wait to have you back again soon! Kind regards, Daniel Florido Cabrera Guest Experience Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Meliá Zanzibar
Which popular attractions are close to Meliá Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (2.3 miles), Mussa Abasi Village Spice Farm Kisongoni (4.1 miles), and Kiwengwa Caves (3.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Meliá Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Meliá Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Meliá Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Meliá Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Meliá Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Capannina Zanzibar, La Base JungleKite, and Blue Moon Villa Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Meliá Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Meliá Zanzibar have airport transportation?
Yes, Meliá Zanzibar offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Meliá Zanzibar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Meliá Zanzibar offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Meliá Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French, Arabic, and Afrikaans.