The USD$ 330 million (700bn/-) Zanzibar Amber Resort will be one of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, developers Ritz Carlton Said.
Speaking to reporters here, President for Marriot Middle East and Africa, parent company of Ritz Carlton, Alex Kyriakidis said Marriott International Inc. was in final talks with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd for the Ritz Carlton Zanzibar Hotel which will be developed as the Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed lifestyle community.
The hotel will occupy the prime Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of Zanzibar, he said, adding that the hotel design will combine modern architecture and a touch of Zanzibar style to bring together the unique feeling of Tanzanian hospitality.
Kyriakidis is visiting the isle to familiarise himself with the project and meet with some of the prominent stakeholders in the tourism industry and government of Zanzibar.
“This development will be a catalyst for boosting premium tourism to the island of Zanzibar and Tanzania in general,” he said.
According to Kyriakidis, Zanzibar Amber Resort, a mixed-use project will offer a retail souk, a tropical aqua park, a marina, an equestrian centre and international polo club, along with further hotels.
The expansive facility will also feature East Africa’s first signature golf course, he added. Developers say they were working in close collaboration with local stakeholders, including the government and the Ministry of Environment, to master plan a self-sufficient and sustainably designed community with energy plants, agriculture, aquaculture and potentially an airfield in the later stages of the project.
“Currently, the luxury hotel brand Ritz Carlton has only one hotel in Africa located in Cairo-Egypt, and Zanzibar Amber Resort is proud to have the luxury brand in its portfolio,” Kyriakidis told reporters.
Also speaking here yesterday, Saleh Said, the director of Pennyroyal said: “Having Ritz Carlton on board the Amber portfolio will place Zanzibar on the prime tourist charts, which is part of our focus, to change the perception of Zanzibar from a backpacking tourist destination to high end tropical paradise.”