The exotic Zanzibar Archipelago is set to welcome the first Ritz-Carlton hotel following the signing of an agreement between Marriott International and Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited.
The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar, a 90-room all-suite and villa resort will be located 45-minutes from Zanzibar International Airport with easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town.
“Celebrated as one of the world’s most exotic destinations, Zanzibar, is a perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
He added that 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 hotel will feature over water villas, each with its own private pool; four restaurants and bars; an outdoor pool, Health Club; Beach Club; and Kids Club. Others will include a Spa with eight private suites and an intimate meeting facility to complement its events facilities.
The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed use development in Africa that proposes to provide an integrated high end lifestyle experience with 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 center.
The complex will occupy approximately 1,750 hectares of pristine Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island.
The ceremony of the signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar was attended by Saleh Said and Brian Thomson, Directors of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited and Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International as well as other executives from both companies.
The hotel will be an addition to the fast growing brand’s portfolio across the region which currently operates in Tunis, Tunisia and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar is expected to be opened in 2021.