Park Hyatt opens in Zanzibar in March, first property in Africa

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will sit on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical centre of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. As the cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years. The town’s unique blend of Arabic and African cultural influences originate from the 19th century when Zanzibar Island served as a centre for the trade of spices.
During this period, Zanzibar, also known as the “Spice Island,” was the most important trading hub along the east coast of Africa. Today, the streets of Stone Town are filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will be housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a UNESCO heritage building, steeped in history, grace and mystique with roots dating back to the 17th century.

Mambo Msiige is a typical Zanzibari mansion and an architectural gem, featuring intricate carvings and centered around a peaceful courtyard. The name alone, meaning “not to be copied or imitated,” embraces true uniqueness. The new and purposefully built Zamani Residence of the hotel connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old history and contemporary charm with architecture that embraces Swahili culture with a blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will feature 67 spacious guest rooms, including 11 suites. Ocean front rooms will feature spectacular views of Dhow Harbour and the Indian Ocean. Park Hyatt Zanzibar’s Zamani Residence will offer a unique dining concept, featuring a range of authentic cuisines catering to all tastes. Zamani Residence will include a Library with Veranda, a Living Room and a Dining Room with an outdoor terrace and a residential style kitchen, which will allow guests to dine in a variety of different spaces. The hotel’s Pool Lounge will specialise in local fish dishes complemented with traditional western sandwiches and salads.