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Minor Hotels adds new resort in Zanzibar, Africa

Minor Hotels adds new resort in Zanzibar, Africa

Minor Hotel Group has added a resort on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

Currently operating as Essque Zalu Zanzibar, MHG has recently taken over the management contract and the property will be transformed into a Per AQUUM resort by the end of 2015.

MHG already has a strong presence in Tanzania, operating two spas in addition to six properties that are part of Elewana Collection.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is owned by Maisha, under majority shareholding of Musstir, one of Oman’s leading property development and investment firms, which is part of MB Group. 

Essque Zalu Zanzibar, which is nestled in a natural cove on the north east coast of Zanzibar, features 40 suites and nine three and four-bedroom villas. 


Dining options include three restaurants showcasing fresh local organic produce, a fine dining option and Arabic cuisine served al fresco.

In addition the hotel features regular art exhibitions featuring paintings, photography and glassworks by local, regional and international artists. Its spa offers a range of revitalising and holistic treatments.

Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive officer of Minor Hotel Group, commented: “This partnership represents a true meeting of minds as the Essque team shares Per AQUUM’s passion for defying expectations and delivering luxury that dares to be different. 

“We are already working with Musstir on an upcoming property in Salalah, Oman, under our luxury brand Anantara, so our partnership continues to go from strength to strength across multiple brands. 

“We have stated that our goal is to add at least five properties to Per AQUUM’s portfolio within the next five years, mirroring Minor Hotel Group’s current footprint, so this new management contract demonstrates that we are delivering on our promise to offer even more choice to our loyal guests and valued trade partners.” 

Per AQUUM’s portfolio currently includes three award-winning properties – Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA in the Maldives and Desert Palm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Per AQUUM is renowned worldwide for its visionary approach, unique hotels and naturally modern, environmentally responsible designs, under the leadership of the brand’s vice president, Nicholas Downing.