Zanzibar – North East Coast
WHEN CAN I GO?
1 November 2019 – 24 November 2019
7 Night discounted All Inclusive holiday at Melia Zanzibar
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE DEAL?
- Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango ex Lanseria
- Return resort transfers
- 7 nights accommodation in a Melia Garden Room
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily
- Selected snacks from 10h00 to 00h00, use of fitness centre & gym, shuttle service to Gabi Beach, evening entertainment & complimentary Wifi in the main building
- Complimentary kayaks at Gabi Beach
- All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)
- 20% Early Bird Discount included – Book by 15 September
AIRFARE SURCHARGES & CONDITIONS
- This fare level is determined by Mango’s yield management of their seats and is not a set fare level but rather subject to the load factor booked on a specific date.
- *Block-out dates: 22-29 September 2019
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
- Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included.
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
- Rebooking and cancellation fees apply.
- All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
- Standard terms and conditions apply.
- All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Melia Zanzibar is a luxury All Inclusive 5 Star beach resort situated on the North East Coast of the exotic island of Zanzibar.
The resort is located on a 40 acre estate and has a 300 metre long beach of white sand, lapped by warm ocean waters providing safe swimming, great snorkelling and plenty of space to soak up the sun.
North East Coast, Kiwengwa
A total of 137 rooms are decorated in contemporary style and have been designed to maintain complete privacy. They are equipped with large comfortable bathrooms with bathtub, outdoor tropical rain showers (except the Romance Pavilions), private terrace or balcony and most of them have a side view of the Indian Ocean.
Melia Garden Rooms
Situated on the ground floor.
Melia Terrace Rooms
On the first floor.
Situated on the first floor.
Ocean View Bungalows
Located on the cliff top with spectacular views
Are on the Ocean Front.
Are on the first floor.
Have a secluded garden location and their own private pool and solarium.
- Private terrace or balcony
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Mosquito nets
- In room safe
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Mini bar
- High speed internet cable
- Flat screen TV
- Large bathtub
- Independent shower
- Deluxe amenities
- Hair dryer
- Bathrobes and slippers
The resort operates on an All Inclusive basis
All Inclusive package for Garden, Terrace and Family Rooms include
- Breakfast in Spices Restaurant, Lunch in Spices, at the Pool Bar and at Gabi Beach
- Dinner in Spices or the Jetty Lounge.
- Daily minibar refill (2 small bottles of water, 2 small bottles of soft drink and 2 small bottles of beer)
- In room tea and coffee facilities
- Selected drinks (marked with a star on all menus) and snacks served from 10h00 to 00h00
- Towel service at the pool and Gabi Beach
- Tennis Court and table tennis
- Kids Club (4 – 12 years)
- Aqua gym, pool games and daily activity programmes
- Nightly entertainment
- Complimentary WiFi in the main building
- Use of the fitness centre including gymnasium and sauna
- Complimentary shuttle from the main Building to Gabi Beach
The Level All Inclusive applicable for Romance Pavilions, Suites and Villas includes
- All of the above PLUS
- An a ’la carte breakfast is available in The Level Lounge and a la carte dinner is available at Aqua
- Daily minibar refill (2 small bottles of water, 2 small bottles of soft drink, 2 small bottles of beer, a small bottle of wine and a small bottle of spirits)
- Premium drinks in all outlets served from 10h00 to 00h00
- Exclusive solarium area in the pool garden – snacks and drinks served during the day
- 40% discount on Bali Bed packages at Gabi Beach
- A one hour massage per adult per stay (for stays more than 4 nights only)
- 15% discount on Spa massages
- 24 hour room service
Spice Market is the main buffet restaurant with 3 spectacular open show cooking islands and a beautiful terrace for alfresco dining. Theme evenings and live evening entertainment are some of the highlights.
Aqua is perched on the cliff side overlooking the ocean and offers a Mediterranean fusion menu. It is open for dinner only.
Pool Bar & Restaurant
Pool Bar & Restaurant is located alongside the main infinity pool and is a perfect venue for light meals, sandwiches and snacks.
Gabi Beach Club
Gabi Beach Club is tucked under the palm trees and is open from 10h00 to 18h00. An informal atmosphere with chill out music, bar, a grill menu and a pizza oven.
Once a week the restaurant hosts a Swahili evening with typical local food (seasonal).
One of the resort’s landmarks open for cocktails and dinners.
The Library bar
The Library bar is open until late in the evening and is air-conditioned.
Reminiscent of the days when Out of Africa author Karen Blixen came to this timeless paradise, experiences at The Spa provide an authentic connection between breathtaking landscapes, rich history and local culture.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
- Gabi Beach is situated at the top of the property and offers a beach towel service, sunbeds, umbrellas and Balinese beds (daily charge to rent). There are restrooms, bar and restaurant facilities, a beach volley ball court, complimentary kayaks and kite surfing lessons (chargeable)
- Tennis Court
- Table tennis
- Infinity pool
- PADI diving centre
- Fitness Centre (open 24 hours)
- Daily activity programme
- Evening entertainment (seasonal)
- Kids Club
- Conference room and meeting facilities
- Jewellery and souvenir shops
WELCOME TO ZANZIBAR
Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that you will hear on arrival when you are welcomed by the warm and inviting locals. Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa. There are many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as ‘Zanzibar’), and Pemba Island. As the number one beach location in East Africa, Zanzibar is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.
Zanzibar was inhabited by Portuguese navigators at the end of the 15th century. They were ousted 200 years later by the Omani Arabs and Zanzibar became a major centre for slave trading. The island became an Arab state and was an important centre of trade and politics in the region. European explorers, including Stanley and Livingstone, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar in the late 1800’s. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution and in the same year, Zanzibar and Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood. Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!
Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) will hear the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets, especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations of Christians and Hindus.
Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a very tropical climate. The average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between 20°C and 25°C. Temperature wise – this island is an all-year-round winner. February is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and March to May are the wettest months.
The local currency is Tanzania Shillings (TSH) but the currency cannot be bought outside of the country. Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change. We strongly recommend that you take USD cash in small denominations for incidental purchases, tips etc.
220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to take along an international adaptor.
As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel.
WHAT TO DO IN ZANZIBAR
Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small islands, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.
- Diving: With living reefs surrounding the islands, Zanzibar has excellent dive locations. There are plenty of places where the water temperature is warm, visibility is usually excellent, and currents are weak, all of which contributes to an ideal location for first time and novice divers. In addition to the warm and still waters full of colourful fish, there are many challenging dives as well. If you want to surf the current through a ravine, go for deep water, or search for wrecks, there are dive companies that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger resorts on the north and east coasts have professionally-run dive shops as well. Qualified divers must produce certification and a log book.
- Shopping: Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Stone Town is a great place for fun shopping and bargain hunting. You will find the inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in the market for a tasteful souvenir.
- Stone Town: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Stone Town is a mishmash of cultures, languages and architecture. Over the centuries, Stone Town has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving town with an extraordinary history. Walking around Stone Town, you can see the influence of the different cultures that make up Zanzibar. Coral and stone houses show offimposing Zanzibar doors with brass studs as a defence against charging elephants and carvings with scriptures from the Quran. A tour of the town is highly recommended.
- Excursions: There are loads of excursions available to help you explore this unique island. It is wise to stick to a reputable operator and not be lured by beach boys and vendors who prey on tourists promising cheap prices. There are two excursions that are not to be missed in our opinion. A visit to a spice farm village on the Spice Tour will allow you to walk through the farm with your guide – touching, smelling and tasting different spices and fruits. It will give you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.
Setting sail on a traditional dhow will be one of the highlights of your trip. Safari Blue is a full day excursion which takes you out into Menai Bay – a haven of beautiful uninhabited islands where the waters are frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The anchor is dropped on a sandbank which makes for some spectacular snorkelling. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari and chicken. Make sure this one is on your itinerary.
WHAT TO PACK
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class.
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
- The dress-code for dinner is usually smart casual and gents may be required to wear long trousers
- Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January to March to June
- When in town, men & women should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to locals
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Swimming shoes and goggles
- Mosquito repellent
- A sun hat or cap
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!
DID YOU KNOW:
- Due to its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal days and nights (12-hours each)
- The shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
- Zanzibar is popularly known as the Spice Islands.
- Zanzibar has the largest number of carved doors in Africa
- Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was actually Farouk Bulsara.