Fresh Picks: Hotel Melia Zanzibar

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we zoom in on Hotel Melia Zanzibar, because one can never OD on oceanfront oases.

Where: On Unguja (“the spice island”) in the Zanzibar Archipelago about 20 miles off the coast of Tanzania. It’s beautifully balmy here pretty much year round with seven to eight hours of sun a day, but the best times to visit are during their dry seasons at the beginning of the year or June through September.

What: A total of 117 suites and rooms, including the seven extra special private villas equipped with their own sun terraces and swimming pools. The food and drink options total seven too: The Spice Market, Aqua, Pool Bar & Restaurant, O’Grille, Jetty Bar & Restaurant, Blu Bar and The Library. There’s also a spa and kid’s club, so the tykes take on the latter while you enjoy the former. Plus, a staggering amount of activities are available at the resort and around the island, should you feel active (i.e. deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, paragliding, kite surfing, ping pong, beach volleyball, tennis).

Who: People who like sun and sand and sea and pools and food. If you can’t stand those things, you won’t like it here. Consider yourself warned.

Why: Because saying “Just got back from holidaying in Zanzibar, darling” sounds so much more exotic than “Just spent five days in Fort Lauderdale” (no offense, Fort Lauderdale).

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