We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Melia Zanzibar - A Trip of a Lifetime!!!”
Review of Melia Zanzibar

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Melia Zanzibar
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Certificate of Excellence
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Melia Zanzibar - A Trip of a Lifetime!!!”
Reviewed 6 December 2011

I have stayed at Melia Zanzibar twice in a span of 3 months. The first time I went was in October 2011 when it just opened. I needed a break from the day-to-day chaos of life and knew there was no better place but Melia Zanzibar. The property is amazing and the service is phenomenal. It took less than 24 hours for all staff I was associating with to know me by my name. I was welcomed by all staff with a smile and was always given the best service when I needed any assistance.

The property in itself is so large and has so many different things to do that no area feels over populated. You are able to find space for yourself and can be comfortable. Gabi Beach is a spectacular luxury beach club that is definitely the place you want to be when the sun is setting (by the ocean with a cocktail). The restaurant options include, Spices, serving an array of international cuisine which was always tasteful; Aqua restaurant was my personal favorite, if you want to titillate your taste buds with amazing flavors this is the place to be. Offering an a la carte menu, Aqua has some great Mediterranean flavors. The jetty bar and lounge has snacks like tapas and some great sushi.

The pool (Wow!) is amazing. On a cliff … the view from the pool is the endless ocean and palm trees. This is where you can actually appreciate the sound of silence. The Jetty has an option of going into the ocean as well. The warm Indian Ocean is great!

After an amazing day relaxing outdoors the Anantara Spa is a great place to spend the evening before dinner. I recommend that you try out the Thai massage. Even though I was not able to grab one the first time I went to Melia, I made it a point to take some time out the second time to relax at the spa.

The rooms are amazing! I am going to start with the large bathroom that includes a tropical rain shower and an indoor shower. The terrace and ocean view from room is calming, giving you the true appreciation of nature.

I picked Melia so I can rest and relax. When you feel the need to get away from the chaos of daily routine, Melia is the place to be. It gives you the homely feeling with all the services needed.

If you need a break you should definitely go to Melia Zanzibar. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Ayesha S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jose_Carlos_Hidalgo, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, 28 February 2012
Dear Ayesha S;

Thank you very much for your comments it is a pleasure for us to count with your confidence and loyalty to Melia and Melia Zanzibar. As you said we are very focused on the details, and our pool is breathtaking what we call a “Wow moment”

We are looking forward to receive you again, and we are sure it will be soon.

Regards from all the team
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,571 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    1,135
    310
    87
    25
    14
See reviews for
248
922
62
59
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (174)
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Czech first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
DAR ES SALAAM
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2011

Just returned back to Dar es Salaam after an amazing Business & Holiday trip to Zanzibar.
Stayed at MELIA HOTEL, An amazing, beautiful Hotel one can dream to go.
Was there for 4nights. I never received such care before in any Hotel I hv ever visited before.
The management is soo nice, was almost like a dream Home to me.
The beautiful beach GABI Beach that hosted a beautiful beach party. Never had such a blast.
I fell in love with Melia Hotel & GABI BEACH.
I miss everyone already & friends from MELIA.
I wont take too long buddies. See you in a few weeks again.

VIDA MAHIMBO.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Vida M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jose_Carlos_Hidalgo, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Dear Vida,
We celebrate to read your words. To us it is a great honour that you chose us for your well deserved get-aways from Dar es Salaam. We are very happy that you feel home because for us you are one more of the family of Melia Zanzibar. See you soon
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

I stayed at Melia when they just opened in October 2011 and had a wonderful time. This is a truly 5-star property; the staff was extremely welcoming and friendly, always smiling and going the extra mile to help. When I checked in, there were 4 or 5 people helping me out, taking my bags, offering welcome drinks, etc.... When I got to my room, the staff spent a few minutes showing me everything in the room, etc...

My room was very spacious with a lot of closet space and the bathroom area was just great with 2 showers (one indoor, one outdoor), flowers on the bathtub and a his and her sink... a couple would not have a reason to fight over who showers first, etc...

The beach area is very well done, with chaises longues and little private cabins. The only thing is that it's on the East Coast where there is low tide all morning to early afternoon, so swimming is not possible till later in the day. However, at low tide, you can explore the bottom of the ocean and there is so much to see, amazing star fish, seashells and other treasures.

The food was amazing; many restaurants and different food options and themes every night. Being at a beach reasort, seafood was fresh and plentiful but you can't help trying he meat and chicken which were always cooked to perfection with the most flavourful spices and marinate. Desserts were astounding; and the baked good seemed like they were just made in the best patisserie in Paris - the croissant was just as crispy as it should. The best surprise was when I ordered the Tuna Wrap at the Pool Bar.... it came with fresh tuna steak, cooked to perfection, quite moist and flavourful... heavenly!

Service was outstanding..... Throughout my stay, the staff was always present, but not intrusive, always helpful and smiling. They also had a turn-down service where they left a different type of goodie everynight; the coconut square was my favorite.

As for the spa..... amazing treatments and services; I managed 2 treatments in my 3-day stay.

I picked Melia so I can rest and relax after climbing Kilimanjaro and a safari and they delivered - I loved my short stay at Melia; if it were any closer to London, I would go there for short breaks regularly.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank A1972
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jose_Carlos_Hidalgo, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Dear A1972,
Thank you very much for your high words, comments like yours show us that we are in the right line and strive us to keep the good work. Our Chefs and Spa therapists and Front office staff are very happy and flattered. We are very much looking forward to receive you again
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2011

We were among the first dozen guests at the Melia Zanzibar, staying within the first two weeks of its opening. It is a beautifully designed resort, although we could not avail all the facilities due to heavy rains for most of our stay. The private beach is a nice touch! The restaurants (not all of which has opened by the time of our stay) are amazing - especially the Jetty sticking out into the ocean, which was a meal experience I will never forget. I wish the cuisine offered more local fare instead of focusing entirely on European cuisine. The only other part I did not like was being forced to use wired Internet in the rooms due to no wireless Internet network (but I guess that may be part of the plan to force guests to take a "vacation"!).

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank arpanator
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jose_Carlos_Hidalgo, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Dear Arpanator,
We are very pleased that you selected our Hotel for your stay in Zanzibar when we had just inaugurated. Thank you very much for your comments about the beach, and our restaurants. We have already opened them all, and we will be very happy to welcome you again and indulge with the delicacies of our Local and international cuisine.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paris
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2011

What a place ! The hotel had just opened when we were there (October 2011), and we spent our last 48 hours of our honey moon ! It was really excellent. For sure, the place is beautiful all over Zanzibar, but you will have with Melia a service and a special care that you won't find everywhere ! I wish I could go again, with have a rainy winter in Paris now... :-(
Thank you again to the all team ! Hope we'll meet again !

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank Matthieu C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jose_Carlos_Hidalgo, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Dear Mathieu

We are very happy that you chose us for your Hooneymoon. As you know you were one of our first guests, when we had just opened the Hotel, so it is very special for us to hear your nice comments about us. We are very much looking forward to welcome you here

Best regards
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Kiwengwa
1.1 mi away
Dream of Zanzibar
Dream of Zanzibar
#2 of 3 in Mahonda
1,583 reviews
16.6 mi away
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
#2 of 17 in Nungwi
618 reviews
16.6 mi away
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar - Nungwi
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
13.1 mi away
Zanzi Resort
Zanzi Resort
#2 of 169 in Zanzibar Island
489 reviews
32.2 mi away
The Residence Zanzibar
The Residence Zanzibar
#1 of 5 in Kizimkazi
935 reviews
25.4 mi away
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Melia Zanzibar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Melia Zanzibar

Property: Melia Zanzibar
Address: Kiwengwa, Tanzania
Phone Number:
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Spa Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Melia Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Jovago.com, Melia, TravelUp, Agoda, Odigeo, Hotels.com, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and Cancelon so you can book your Melia Zanzibar reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Melia Zanzibar Hotel Kiwengwa
Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Kiwengwa
Melia Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kiwengwa

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing