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Park Hyatt Zanzibar is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century. A typical Zanzibari mansion, centered round a peaceful courtyard, a retreat from the summer heat, Mambo Msiige is a unique gem with architecture that embraces Swahili culture alongside Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. The new and purpose built Zamani residence connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old with new, historic with contemporary.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar has been designed for those who recognise the finer things in life, those in search of relaxed, understated luxury and elegance. We are dedicated to providing unique and enriching experiences, with exquisite attention to detail and an attentive yet discreet service.
 
Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your stay:

  • Spacious, elegant guestrooms, many with magnificent views of Dhow harbours and the Indian Ocean
  • Sophisticated, uniquely designed suites, all offering private balconies
  • Explore the captivating charm and faded grandeur of Stone Town, with its ladyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques and colourful streets, filled with the rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts
  • Discover many of Stone Town’s famed attractions, on foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders
  • Refresh at the oceanfront infinity pool, facing the local beach
  • Rejuvenate with holistic therapies and spa treatments at the Anantara Spa
  • Relax in the peaceful courtyard, absorbing the stunning architecture and the intricate Zanzibari wood carvings
  • Energise at the fully-equipped fitness centre featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training facilities
  • Escape from the hustle and bustle in an exquisite retreat, an intimate sanctuary offering guests unparalleled experiences
  • Savour authentic culinary delights at the Zamani Residence, a unique dining concept offering spectacular cuisine
  • Host an exclusive event from an elegant cocktail reception or sophisticated wedding to a discreet board meeting or a stylist state function

Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers more than 160 square metres of flexible meeting and event venues, ideal for a wide array of functions from discrete board meetings and small, intimate social occasions to elegant cocktail receptions, sophisticated weddings and stylish state functions. All meeting & events venues are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, broadband connectivity and individually adjustable air-conditioning. At Park Hyatt Zanzibar, our experienced team of event specialists is committed to creating enriching experiences, combining luxury with modern sophistication and exceeding all expectations in crafting perfect events. For more details, please contact our dedicated event departments at +225 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Hotel Features

  • Located on the beach front in the heart UNESCO heritage site, Stone Town                      
  • An intimate haven with captivating architecture reflecting Swahili culture and a unique blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements                      
  • 67 spacious guest rooms and 11 suites, combing contemporary style and timeless regional accents           
  • Spectacular views of dhow harbours and the Indian Ocean                      
  • Unique dining concept with Zamani Residence, offering a range of spectacular, authentic cuisines                      
  • Hotel partly housed in historically significant heritage building, Mambo Msiige, steeped in history, centered around a peaceful courtyard and adorned with magnificently ornate and intricate carvings                     
  • Easy access on foot to Stone Town's key attractions        
  • On the edge of stone Town's labyrinth of windling alleys, bustling markets and mosques                      
  • Oceanfront infinity pool facing the local beach                
  • Anantara Spa with a wide selection of body treatments, massages and hair salon                      
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training facilities                      
  • Exceptional meeting and event facilities                      
  • Flexibility to host discrete board meetings and small social occasions to elegant cocktail receptions, sophisticated weddings and stylish state functions                      
                  
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Map & Directions


Park Hyatt Zanzibar is strategically located on the beachfront, in the heart of Stone Town. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the town's key attractions. Our concierge will be delighted to help you plan an itinerary of nearby tourist sites and activities during your stay.

Private, air-conditioned transportation can be arranged to and from the hotel.

Distances and Transfer Times to the Hotel

From Dar es Salaam airport
20 minute flight or 1 1/2 hours by ferry

From Ferry Terminal
1 1/2 kilometres, 8 minutes by car

From Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)
8 kilometres, 10 minutes by car

For more information, please contact our Concierge at +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Travel Tips

Park Hyatt Zanzibar sits majestically on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical centre of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. The hotel provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot via vibrant and colourful streets filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.

Weather and climate
Zanzibar is generally hot and humid throughout the year although the island sea breezes have a cooling effect on an otherwise typical tropical climate. The best times to visit are during the hot and dry December – February months and the similarly dry but cooler, June to October months.
 
February is the hottest month with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is July at 24°C (75°F). Zanzibar has two distinct rainy seasons - mid-March to late May and again in November. The wettest month is April with an average of 401mm of rain.

Currency
The local currency in the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) although US Dollars are widely accepted.

Transportation
The concierge at Park Hyatt Zanzibar will be pleased to arrange for a private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned car to or from any destination, 24 hours a day. Public transport on Zanzibar is limited. Daladalas are crowded local minibuses that operate extensively on the island. Taxis are quite affordable but guests are advised to negotiate a price before starting a trip as few vehicles have a functioning meter. Motorcycle taxis, known as boda bodas, are an inexpensive and quick way to get around the island. Guests are advised to always wear a helmet. Bicycles are a fun way to explore the island and can be easily hired. Travellers looking for greater independence can also hire cars. 4x4 vehicles are often the best choice for those wanting to travel off the beaten track. Most roads in Zanzibar are fairly well maintained and driving is relatively safe on the island.

Safety and security
Zanzibar is generally considered safe although as with travel anywhere, a degree of common sense and caution should be exercised.

Health
Prior to travelling to Zanzibar, visitors should consult their doctor about anti-malaria medication. On entry, you may also be asked to show a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.

Water
It is not considered safe to drink tap water so visitors are advised to consume purified bottled water.

Respect
Zanzibar is largely a Muslim community so respect should be paid when in public. When outside hotel property, visitors should make an effort to cover their legs and arms and be discreet with drinking alcohol. During Ramadan, the month of fasting, visitors should avoid eating, drinking or smoking publicly during the daytime.

Tipping
Tipping in Zanzibar at hotels and restaurants is entirely at your discretion, based on the level of service you feel that you have received.

What to wear
As Zanzibar experiences a hot and humid climate throughout the year, cotton casual wear is most suitable. Hats, sunglasses and sun protection should also be worn and something warm for early mornings and evenings is advised. Whilst swimwear is perfectly acceptable within the hotel, when in public, skimpy or revealing clothing should be avoided.

Visas
All visitors must get a visa. Visitors from most countries can purchase a single three-month tourist visa on arrival in Zanzibar for USD50.

For more information, please call the Concierge on +255 24 550 1234 or e-mail zanzibar.park@hyatt.com.








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Parking

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is located in the heart of Stone Town, with easy access on foot to most local attractions. Parking is not available on site but our Concierge service is available 24 hours a day to assist with any transportation requests.

For more information, please contact our Concierge at +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Business Services

Our Reception team at Park Hyatt Zanzibar will be delighted to assist you with any printing, scanning, photocopying, faxing or postal requirements you may have. Laptops are available for rent, subject to availability.

For further information or if you require a service not listed below, please call +225 24 550 1234 or e-mail zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Accessibility

At Park Hyatt Zanzibar, we are committed to ensuring that every guest experience is testament to Hyatt’s attention to detail and we strive to ensure that every guest, regardless of ability, enjoys a safe, pleasant and enriching stay. We have a dedicated guest room to accomodate those with special needs and physical disabilties. All public areas of the hotel are wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please call the concierge on +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Internet Access

At Park Hyatt Zanzibar, complimentary WIFI is available to all guests throughout the hotel. Whether wishing to catch up on emails over breakfast or enjoy browsing the internet from the comfort of your own room, it's easy to stay connected.

For more information, please call the Concierge on +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Additional Services

At Park Hyatt Zanzibar, we offer a host of amenities and services to ensure your stay is as pleasant, comfortable and memorable one. If you wish for something you do not see listed, please contact our Concierge. 

 

  • 24-hour In-Room Dining
  • 24-hour Concierge service
  • 24-hour Fitness centre
  • Oceanfront infinity pool
  • A wide range of holistic therapies and spa treatments at Anantara Spa
  • 24-hour medical assistance
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Transport services to and from the airport and anywhere on the island
  • Amenities for babies and young children
  • Babysitting services
  • Multi-lingual hotel staff
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Gift shop and Jewelry shop
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Flexible meeting and event facilities
  • Recreational activities
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Private Dining
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • All major credit cards accepted

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Transportation

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is strategically located on the beachfront, in the heart of Stone Town. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the town's key attractions.

Distances and Transfer Times to the Hotel

From Dar es Salaam Airport
20 minute flight or 1 1/2 hours by ferry

From Ferry Terminal
1 1/2 kilometres

From Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)
8 kilometres

Private, air-conditioned transportation can be arranged to and from the hotel.

Our Concierge at Park Hyatt Zanzibar will be pleased to arrange for a private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned car to or from any destination, 24 hours a day.

Public transport on Zanzibar is limited. Daladalas are crowded local minibuses that operate extensively on the island. Taxis are quite affordable but guests are advised to negotiate a price before starting a trip as few vehicles have a functioning meter. Motorcycle taxis, known as boda bodas, are an inexpensive and quick way to get around the island. Guests are advised to always wear a helmet. Bicycles are a fun way to explore the island and can be easily hired. Travellers looking for greater independence can also hire cars. 4x4 vehicles are often the best choice for those wanting to travel off the beaten track. Most roads in Zanzibar are fairly well maintained and driving is relatively safe on the island.

For more information, please contact our Concierge at +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Hotel Shops

At Park Hyatt Zanzibar, we have two luxury boutiques. Our Gift Shop offers a wide selection of stunning gifts and souvenirs whilst Lithos Africa houses an exquisite collection of Tanzanian gemstones.

Both shops are situated conveniently next to each other near to our Dining Room and Living Room.

For more information, please contact our Concierge at +255 24 550 1234 or email zanzibar.park@hyatt.com

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Hotel History

The Story of Park Hyatt Zanzibar 

The idyllic island of Zanzibar, sitting off the east coast of Africa, is a prime example of a location truly defined by its evocative name. Think Zanzibar and think white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, aromatic spices, red Colobus monkeys and ornate Arabian architecture. Over the last 2,000 years however, Zanzibar has been in contact with Persia, India, Arabia and the coast of East Africa, which has resulted in nothing short of an ardent history. The story of Zanzibar dates back to the end of the 15th century when the Portuguese arrived on the island. They remained there until the end of the 17th century, before being ousted by the Omani Arabs. In 1840, Sultan Said moved his court from Muscat to Zanzibar, which really marked the beginnings of Park Hyatt Zanzibar.

Sitting majestically on the most westerly point of the Shangani beach front in the heart of UNESCO Heritage Site, Stone Town, Park Hyatt Zanzibar, comprises two buildings; Mambo Msiige, a building rich in cultural and historical significance and the new purpose-built Zamani Residence. Mambo Msiige is a magnificent example of a traditional Zanzibari mansion. The stately main entrance features three Omani style arches with intricately carved wooden doors leading to a cool courtyard, designed to provide escape from the heat. It is believed that the building’s strong and stable structure resulted from the soil used in the construction being mixed with thousands of eggs! Construction and intricate details aside, Mambo Msiige acquired immediate significance due to its inherent uniqueness alone. The name ‘Mambo Msiige’, meaning ‘not to be copied or imitated’ has become a pertinent name for a building that incorporates such a rich variety of architectural styles.

The mansion was constructed between 1847 and 1850 by Sheikh Salim bin Bushir bin Salim al Harthi, a wealthy and prominent Swahili tradesman from a prominent Omani tribe and a dear friend of Seyyid Said, the then ruler of Zanzibar. The story goes that Sheikh Salim built Mambo Msiige to compete with two rich friends, Sheikh Abdalla and Sheikh Suleyman Habib. It remains the only building of the original three still standing. Sadly, Sheikh Salim became embroiled in the failed 1859 coup of Seyyid Bargash and Seyyid Majid confiscated the mansion. He was later executed in December 1889.

From 1864 to 1874, Seyyid Majid gave Mambo Msiige to the Universities Mission of Central Africa (UMCA) to use as a Mission House. In 1873, during Seyyid Bargash’s reign, the UMCA built a new Mission and in 1875, at the time of Consul-General Sir John Kirk, the British Agency acquired Mambo Msiige, after their previous premises was damaged during the 1872 cyclone. In fact, Sir John Kirk played a significant role in the history of Zanzibar and East Africa in general. He first came to Africa in 1858 as a botanist and medical officer in Dr Livingstone’s expedition up the Zambesi. Sir John Kirk, diplomatic to the last, got on well with Livingstone on an expedition notable, to put it mildly, for its frictional relationships. Kirk extensively collected botany samples during the expedition, laying the foundations for his very successful future career as a diplomat and adviser on scientific matters. Kirk eventually settled in Zanzibar as a medical officer for the British Consulate. Whilst a number of British Consulates came to Zanzibar including Christopher Rigby, Lewis Pelly, Robert Playfair and Henry Churchill, many could not deal with the heat and disease they faced. John Kirk, however, happily resided there with his wife, Nelly and his children between the years 1868 and 1886. He even lived at Mambo Msiige during his later years. Kirk built up significant knowledge of the region as well as speaking fluent Arabic and Swahili. His calm manner and excellent relations with Seyid Majid and later Seyid Barghash resulted in helping eradicate the slave market of East Africa. Sir John Kirk also photographed the famous panoramas of Stone Town and Mambo Msiige, providing strong evidence of the use of the Shangani seafront as well as the architecture of that time.

The journalist-adventurer Henry Morton Stanley consulted with Sir John Kirk in 1871 before setting off from Zanzibar on his expedition to find Livingstone. On his return in 1872, the body of Livingstone was placed at Mambo Msiige in preparation for the long journey to London that lay ahead. Henry Morton Stanley also visited Mambo Msiige with his expedition force on return from his mission to rescue Governor Emin Pasha of Equatoria (South Sudan). Perhaps little wonder that one room at the top of the building, Park Hyatt Zanzibar’s Diplomatic Suite, is thought to have been built especially for the use of Stanley.

Extensive remodelling of Mambo Msiige was undertaken between 1885 and 1887, at the end of Sir John Kirk’s reign as British Consul-General and at the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887. After 1903, Mambo Msiige was used as government offices, but post the First World War in 1918, it played host to the European Hospital, dedicated to the care of war casualties. From 1924, Mambo Msiige was again used for offices for the colonial government. The building was enlarged by the Public Works in the 1950’s, introducing a mix of traditional elements and non-traditional structure and materials, reflecting British Public Works architecture prevalent on the island. After the 1964 revolution, Mambo Msiige again served as offices, this time for the Republican government, including the Registrar General and the Ministry of Finance’s Audit department, but also the WAKF and Trust committee and Zanzibar Shipping Corporation. Zanzibari citizens mostly link the building’s significance to this period, with its role as the offices where births and deaths were registered and subsequently revere it as the place where their ancestors dwell.

The site of Park Hyatt Zanzibar continues to have great significance for those who live in Stone Town. Zanzibari’s love to keep fit and every morning, locals are seen exercising on Shangani beach immediately in front of Park Hyatt Zanzibar. Fishermen also use the area for cultural events as do the community at large as an open public space to be enjoyed.

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General Manager

Garry Friend


Hometown: Stone Town, Zanzibar – Born in Sydney, Australia


New favorite restaurant: The one place that I have been and really enjoyed the different seafood they have to offer is The Rock Restaurant at Michamvi Beach near Pongwe. It is an outstanding experience. My other favourite place is the Restaurant at Park Hyatt Zanzibar where you can sit and eat while enjoying the beautiful sunset and the sound of the waves. Zanzibar has a variety of food to offer each with their own unique spices.


Insider travel tip: The thing that I like to do most in Zanzibar is to go around different Shambas that are available here. And in every Shamba I go there is something special about that place which leaves me speechless and with a great experience. You will find many different restaurants around which you can have variety of food and you can also have as many adventures as you can i.e. jet sky, swimming with dolphins/turtles. I also like going around Stone Town, the historical place where I can meet different people and ask them different questions. People are very caring and charming in Zanzibar and that makes you feel at home. 


I never travel without: My portable speaker because I like listening to music, I also never travel without my iPad mini as it helps me with so many things and it helps me save time. And also my baseball cap, I take it everywhere with me. 

Things I love about Park Hyatt Zanzibar: There are just so many aspects that I love about Park Hyatt Zanzibar! These include my colleagues, they are just amazing, patient and sincere; they make me feel at home and completely comfortable. I also love the architecture of the hotel and of course not to forget our Hotel Owner.  


My quote: Set your Goals high and live your Dream!


 





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