Welcome to Park Hyatt Zanzibar , Gazing across the sands of Shangani Beach towards the sunset, at the fringes of World Heritage-listed Stone Town, you’re just steps from Forodhani Gardens, the House of Wonders, the Arabian Fort and the harbour, yet secreted away from the bustle and, yes, inevitable hustle of the old centre.
Style and Character
Core of the hotel is Mambo Msiige (‘Not to be copied’), a mid-19th-century mansion built by a wealthy Omani trader and lovingly restored, with ornately carved doors and serene courtyards. The sympathetically designed new Zamani Residence wing, though not quite as atmospheric, has alluring terraces overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean. Near-ubiquitous lounge-jazz musak is the only slightly jarring note.
Service and Facilities
The legendary Zanzibari warmth is reflected in beaming service, from lobby to bar to restaurant to room. Expect most members of staff to remember your name, ready with conversation if you feel like a chat (but restrained if not). The compact gym is probably the best equipped in town; expert South-East Asian masseuses provide top-notch treatments in the stylish Anantara spa. Small but lovely infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar Standard and ocean-view Park King rooms are spacious; most of the latter have balconies. Contemporary interiors in the 56 guestrooms and seven standard suites have Arabesque and Indian accents in lampshades, traditional brass-studded chests and floral carvings, with just a hint of corporate five-star middle-of-the-roadness. Healthy-sized bathrooms feature standalone tubs plus twin basins and monsoon showers. Amenities include a vast television, Illy coffee machine, iPhone dock, citrussy Laura Tonatto toiletries and Voss water. Four huge, individually-designed specialty suites offer more expansive luxury.
Food and Drink
The large Dining Room restaurant could pack a little more character — unlike the cuisine, which is exceptional, from morning pastries to flapping-fresh grilled fish served in the Pool Lounge overlooking the beachfront infinity pool. Subtle Arabian, Portuguese and Swahili influences sprinkle the menu, but for a treat order a Persian feast prepared by chef Ali Cherati. The Living Room lounge bar dishes up lighter snacks along with cocktails and a mean gin and tonic — sundowners sipped on the terrace are mandatory.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible. There is one dedicated room for guests with special needs or physical disabilities, with trained support staff.
Yes. Toys, chairs and other amenities for babies and young children, plus babysitting services.