By Khalifa Hemed
Published May 24, 2017
An an all-suite and villa resort with luxuriously-appointed spaces is set to open on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar in 2021.
Known as The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar, the hotel to be operated by Marriott International of the United States of America is expected to attract the affluent traveller to the enchanting Indian Ocean destination.
According to Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar will “be an all-suite and villa resort with 90 luxuriously appointed spaces including over water villas, each with its own private pool and a distinct contemporary design inspired by the island’s tropical tableau and unique culture.”
The hotel, says Marriott International whose portfolio is reported to comprise ‘more than 6000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories, “will boast a distinctive dining scene with four restaurants and bars allowing The Ritz-Carlton chefs to showcase their culinary versatility and engage with guests through curated and immersive dining experiences. Leisure facilities will include an outdoor pool, a Health Club, a Beach Club and a Kids Club. Guests will have access to a tranquil Spa with eight private Spa Suites offering individual and couple treatments as well as outdoor treatments. An intimate meeting facility will complement the resort facilities for personalized and bespoke events.”
The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed use development in Africa, occupying approximately 1750 hectares of pristine Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island. It will provide an integrated high end lifestyle experience with a marina, a signature golf course, residential villas and condominiums as well as leisure and entertainment facilities including a water park, and an equestrian centre.
“Celebrated as one of the world’s most exotic destinations, Zanzibar, is a perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott International’s President and Managing Director in charge of Middle East and Africa, during the signing of an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in Zanzibar. “The Archipelago has the potential to strengthen its position as a key leisure destination in the Indian Ocean and to effectively compete with the more established islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives.”
On their part, Saleh Said and Brian Thomson, the Directors of Pennyroyal Gibraltar said, “We are delighted to partner with Marriott International to debut The Ritz-Carlton in such a culturally significant destination and are confident that the brand’s allure, coupled with Marriott International’s strong base of loyal guests, will entice the affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination, making it one of the most coveted resorts in the region.”