Marriott International has inked an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited for the first ever Ritz-Carlton branded property in the Zanzibar Archipelago.
The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will be situated a 45-minute drive from Zanzibar International Airport and will offer easy access to the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town.
Speaking at an intimate signing ceremony was president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Alex Kyriakidis: “Celebrated as one of the world’s most exotic destinations, Zanzibar is a perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton. 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.”
Directors, Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited, Saleh Said and Brian Thomson also expressed their delight with the new partnership, stating: “We are confident that the brand’s allure, coupled with Marriott International’s strong base of loyal guests, will entice the affluent travellers to visit this enchanting destination, making it one of the most coveted resorts in the region.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will be an all-suite and villa resort, comprising 90 luxurious spaces, each fitted with a private pool and boasting designs inspired by the exotic destination.
Key facilities at the resort will include four dining outlets and bars, an outdoor pool, a health club, a beach club and a kids’ club. Wellness facilities will include a spa with eight private spa suites offering both indoor and outdoor treatments. For corporate guests, an intimate meeting facility will be available for personalised events.
The hotel will form part of the Amber Resort complex, which will be one of the largest mixed use developments in Africa, spanning 1,750 hectares of the Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island.