Marriott to debut Ritz-Carlton brand in Zanzibar

Slated to open in 2021, the 90 room all-suite and villa resort will be the first of The Ritz-Carlton brand in the Zanzibar archipelago

Alex Kyriakidis and Saleh Said.
Alex Kyriakidis and Saleh Said.

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

Slated to open in 2021, the 90-key resort will be located a 45-minute drive away from Zanzibar International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will provide easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town.

The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will be an all-suite and villa resort including over water villas, each with its own private pool and a contemporary design inspired by the island’s tropical culture.

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It will offer four restaurants and bars and a meeting facility, and leisure facilities will include an outdoor pool, a health club, a beach club and a kids club. Guests will have access to a spa with eight private spa suites offering individual and couple treatments as well as outdoor treatments.

The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed use development in Africa occupying approximately 1,750 hectares of Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island. The complex will provide a marina, a signature golf course designed by Ernie Els, residential villas and condominiums as well as leisure and entertainment facilities including a water park, and an equestrian centre.

Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, said in a statement: "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. The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will compliment Marriott International’s strong presence in the Indian Ocean and provide the necessary impetus to put the destination on the global itinerary of our guests."
 
Saleh Said and Brian Thomson, directors of Pennyroyal Gibraltar, added: "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."

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