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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Melia Zanzibar

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Melia Zanzibar
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Certificate of Excellence
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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7 reviews
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“Good memorable time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed in Melia for 2 nights (Me, Wife and 1 yr Old) The Welcome was warm, the ambiance was excellent and the rooms were worth it. We had booked Garden Rooms but since the Terrace Rooms above us were empty the Management was kind enough to upgrade us. All three meals were good (I wouldn't say Awesome) however the deserts were always to die for. The management staff and supervisors were going out of their way to make our experience worthwhile, however, it was the support staff and waiters who pissed us off every now and then giving us a kind of an attitude which makes you feel they're doing us a favor by serving us, and they never smiled. All in all, the experience was good, would I go again to Melia? Of course Yes.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

After having climbed the Kilimanjaro during an 8-day arduous but thrilling climb, we were ready to rest and relax for a few days before heading back to reality. We flew directly from Kilimanjaro (JRO) to Zanzibar with Precision Air and in less than 90' arrived in paradise. Once arrived, the Melia driver picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel, 45' later. We had arrived in paradise!

The GM, Cesar and his head of F&B, Nicolas, waited for us and gave us such a royal welcome before being escorted to our villa, which was absolutely amazing. A massive living room, bedroom (with a gorgeous posted bed), bathroom with exterior jungle shower and an incredible pool in your own private yard with the ocean in the background. We could not have dreamt about this!! It was perfect.

The service was amazing (people are so friendly, they pick you up in a golf cart and take you anywhere you like to go); the food absolutely delicious in the several restaurants, and the atmosphere whether at the Gabi Beach or at the jetty bar was truly exceptional.

We cannot wait to get back, and would highly recommend it to all couples who are looking for some indulgence after climbing one of the seven peaks!!

Thank you SO much, Cesar and Nicolas!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Mélia with a friend for give nights but I wish I could have stayed for 50. This all inclusive met and surpassed all our expectations.


PROS

From the bat, we were told by airport drivers that Mélia is one of the top three resorts in Zanzibar.

We booked a garden view room with plans to upgrade until we realized we could see the ocean clearly from our patio. The rooms were clean and spacious and the bathroom was divine! Perfect for couples but we enjoyed it all the same.

We made the mistake of booking bed and breakfast only but front desk staff immediately offered us an upgrade to all inclusive for a reasonable rate! No haggling needed here!

The resort offers a few restaurant and meal options (poolside, evening buffets, room service, habit beach restaurant) so we did not run out or culinary options. Plus there was a lovely library bar which was beautifully furnished and perfect for winding down a long hot day.

The spa was a marvel. It has a wonderful private pool that we took advantage of, as well as wonderful Anantara services, a gym and sauna, and much much more. Wish we had taken advantage of it more.

The staff was amazing throughout, from the front desk managers to the pool staff. We did not have one complaint to proffer and that is a triumph as far as customer service and national standards are concerned.

CONS:

Not enough spa staff to cater to even double bookings at time. And they ran out of a lot of stock.

Room service stands to be improved. Its night menu is limited and the service is slow (an hour!) after midnight.

TIP

GO ALL INCLUSIVE ! Trust me. prices are exorbitant otherwise, but please note that spa services are not included. Neither is shisha/hookah (booooo!)

All in all, I will definitely be back! Can't wait.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Mrs Baleja,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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Parnu, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stayed at Melia Zanzibar for 9 nights in March. It was amazing. We are family with two small kids (1,5 and 4-years), and children loved it too. We had garden view room, it was spacious with the same sized bathroom with bath, shower, outside shower and toilet. We stayed in house 15, so it is next to reception and main restaurant Spices. We had garden balcony where you could see ocean as well.

The pool was great, view to the ocean and Jetty-bar. Chlidren's part of the pool was a little bit separated from the main pool so I hope the other visitors didn't mind the childrens burst of laughter and little bit louder voices time to time. There was Children's Club behind the main pool area.

Staff of the hotel were very good, always smiling and trying to do the best for you. Room was cleaned well, and bed was made in the evening as well and fresh towels twice a day.

Gabi beach - such a great place with white sand. There was tide every day while we stayed there, so you could see locals go fishing and collect the seaweed that time. Gabi Beach a la carte menu, we loved it. Grilled chicken, beef and catch of the day - delicious! We thought about walking to Gabi beach but it was way hot :D, so the golf-cars are at your disposal in every 20 minutes.

Internet is free in main house lobby and by the pool, I bought 7-days internet to use in room, I paid 50USD.

I recommend the hotel as it is clean, beautiful, great food - you have the choice what and where to eat, great service with friendly stuff.

Room Tip: house 15 is right next to the main house. I think all the rooms have some view to ocean.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Mrs Merle,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

I was given a suite and was amazed. Outdoor & indoor showers. Bathtub pristine enough to actually use. Perfect mattress. HUGE living room & dining room. Gourmet food. Awesome pool. Incredibly large property. It was perfect and I will 100% return, potentially for my honeymoon :)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Mr. Asatu,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

My wife and I spent 14 days at Malia Resort and Spa. The hotel facilities was grate. Spacious rooms with all you need. I had a couple of very good Thai massages at the Spa. My opinion is that the food could have been better - bland. Service was at times very slow. Beach was good - but online a couple of hours pr day - depending on tide.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Bengt H
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Dear Bengt ,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

it was my first time in this hotel and i had come with my wife for our honeymoon. it was a very pleasant experience all there staff were very welcoming from abdallah who greated us and welcomed us to the hotel and Monica the receptionist plus azma the hotel pool restaurant waiter
they were all welcoming and friendly .

they upgraded us to a hotel suite which was a very good room with 2 balcony and it was a full board plan with unlimited food and drinks.

they have a private beach called GABI BEACH which is part of melia about 10 to 15 min drive by a golf car and they have a private restaurant inside that location which a plus point for us because when we went there they provided us with towels and soft drink when we arrived at the beach

the area was amazing, the food overall was good

our room location was good too and a good view from the balcony

this time around the year is not a high a season so for the first 2 nights it was really good me and my wife felt like we were the only ones staying in the hotel but then

plus they have the jetty lounge which is open in the evening for dinner and drinks during the day time but reservation for dinner is required and its a very pleasant place next to the ocean with a beautiful view especially during the day time

thank you melia and to all your staff for making mine and my wife's stay beautiful and pleasant

Room Tip: the suites are amazing room and spacious room they have 3 types of shower a) regular shower room...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sophia O, Guest Relations Manager at Melia Zanzibar, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Dear Mr and Mrs Abbas,

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Meliá Hotel Zanzibar for your vacation, as well for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience.

It is truly a pleasure for us to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and you may rest assured that their comments have been forwarded to the various Departments of the Hotel and the staff, as it is due to their effort and dedication that we are able to accomplish our goal - the total satisfaction of our guests.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again at your second home, the Meliá Hotel Zanzibar.


We are expecting you…

Sincerely,


Sophia Othman
Guest Experience Coordinator
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Property: Melia Zanzibar
Address: Kiwengwa, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Spa Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Luxury 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 
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Melia Zanzibar Hotel Kiwengwa
Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Kiwengwa
Melia Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kiwengwa

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