Marriott International has announced the signing of an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town, often referred to as the cultural heart of Zanzibar.
The signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar took place at an intimate ceremony attended by the owners, Mr Saleh Said and Mr Brian Thomson, Directors of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited and Mr Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, along with other executives from both companies.
“Celebrated as one of the world’s most exotic destinations, Zanzibar, is a perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, 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 luxurious spaces including overwater 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 a 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 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 personalised events.
The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed-use development in Africa occupying approximately 1750 hectares of pristine Indian Ocean coastline in the northeast of the island. The complex will provide an integrated high-end lifestyle experience with a marina, a golf course designed by Ernie Els, residential villas and condominiums as well as leisure and entertainment facilities, including a water park and an equestrian centre.