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The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar, under development for 2021 opening
Saleh Said, director of Pennyroyal Gibraltar, right, signs with and Alex Kyriakidis, president, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, sign on the new deal

The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar, under development for 2021 opening

Marriott International has announced the signing of an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in the exotic Zanzibar Archipelago.

Slated to open in 2021, the 90 room all-suite and villa resort will bring the defining luxury experience of The Ritz-Carlton to one of the most magical destinations in the world.

Located within a convenient 45-minute drive from Zanzibar International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will provide easy access to the fabled and magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town, often referred to as the cultural heart of Zanzibar. 

“Celebrated as one of the world’s most exotic destinations, Zanzibar, is a perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

“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.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will be an all-suite and villa resort with 90 luxuriously appointed spaces including over water villas, each with its own private pool and a distinct contemporary design inspired by the island’s tropical tableau and unique culture.

It will boast of a distinctive dining scene with four restaurants and bars allowing The Ritz-Carlton chefs to showcase their culinary versatility and engage with guests through curated and immersive dining experiences.

Leisure facilities will include an outdoor pool, a Health Club, a Beach Club and a Kids Club.

Guests will have access to a tranquil Spa with eight private Spa Suites offering individual and couple treatments as well as outdoor treatments.

An intimate meeting facility will complement the resort facilities for personalized and bespoke events.

The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed use development in Africa occupying approximately 1,750 hectares of pristine Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island.