Zamani Sol Melia

Zanzibar, Tanzania


Our Rating

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Room Type

107 Standard rooms, 10 Suites, 7 Villas

Child Policy

Children of all ages


Two pools, several restaurants and bars, gym, spa, tennis court, beach club, kids club, laundry service, internet access, curio shop and conference facilities


Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling & Freediving, Kayaking, ATVs and Quad Bikes, Dhow Rides


About This Accommodation

Zamani Sol Melia is located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, 40 minutes from Stone Town. Although a year-round destination, the months of April and May bring long rains. This is a large hotel and, despite being a quality operation with lovely décor, it lacks character. The property caters to a sophisticated crowd, but does not offer the authentic Zanzibar experience most people are looking for and that we like to promote. In saying that, what Zamani does, they do well. 110 rooms and a handful of private villas offer gorgeous accommodation with all the amenities you could ask for from a top hotel. It also has a terrific jetty which extends into the sea and ends at a bar that has steps leading down into the water.

Although the hotel does not have its own dive center or water sports facilities, it offers luxury vehicle transfers to your desired activity. The hotel also does not have its own beach, which is a major drawback, as the beach is the reason you go to Zanzibar! You have to take a golf cart to a nearby beach or dive center.

This could be a Hawaiian resort, rather than an East African island getaway, and is not really the Zanzibar experience we promote. We recommend using a smaller hotel with direct beach access for a more authentic African island experience.

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