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Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort Coming to Tanzania in 2025

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Marriott has announced that it will open a Le Méridien hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in 2025.

Here’s what you need to know about this upcoming resort.

Debut of Le Méridien Brand in Zanzibar

Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort will have just 75 guest rooms with Indian Ocean views. The resort is under construction currently but it will include a restaurant, bar, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, kids club, and lagoon.

“Zanzibar continues to grow as a sought-after leisure destination, and we are committed to continuing to support the overall growth of the tourism sector in Tanzania,” said Karim Cheltout, regional vice president – development, Africa, Marriott International.

Bottom Line:

This is Le Méridien’s debut in the East African country of Tanzania. Zanzibar is an archipelago located off the coast and is world-renowned for its white-sand beaches and culture. The island is served by Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). You can get to the island via nonstop flights from Dubai (flydubai), Muscat (Oman Air), Paris (Air France), and more.

Booking Marriott Hotels in Zanzibar

Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort doesn’t open until next year. However, you can book other hotels on the island in the meantime.

Marriott has just 2 hotels in Zanizbar: Spice Tree by Turaco, a Tribute Portfolio property, and Le Mersenne Zanzibar, Autograph Collection. Both are fantastic options if you’re looking for a high-end but affordable points hotel close to all the action.

Spice Tree has cash rates starting at just $179 per night for dates in June, which is the start of peak season in Zanzibar. You’ll also find award nights for as low as 18,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, a solid deal for a Tribue Portfolio property.

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Award availability for Spice Tree in June. Image Credit: Marriott

Rates at Le Mersenne Zanzibar start at around $200 per night this June, with award nights starting at 23,500 points.

Earning Marriott Bonvoy points is pretty easy. American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio. (Both sometimes offer limited-time transfer bonuses, giving you more points when transferring them to Marriott.)

Marriott also offers several co-branded credit cards with generous welcome bonuses (when you complete minimum spending requirements). Additionally, all cards offer some form of complimentary elite status.

Final Thoughts

Marriott is increasing its presence in a picturesque destination with the debut of Le Méridien, one of its flagship brands. It indicates that Marriott is investing more in Zanzibar, considered one of the world’s most exclusive travel destinations. While we wait for Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort to open, check out Marriott’s other resorts in Zanzibar to get a sense of what to expect in 2025!

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Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.

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