Gran Melia Arusha

Arusha

Day 1: Arusha

Gran Melia Arusha Location Map

Arusha is a small town in northern Tanzania, and is the gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Most visitors will pass through here on their way to or from their safari destination.

Depending on the time your arriving flight lands, a stay in one of the many lodges and hotels in/around Arusha is either a necessity as you will be arriving late at night or it is recommmended so that you can relax and rest after your longhaul flight, ready to start your safari adventure fresh the next morning.

If you have time to explore, the streets jostle with safari vehicles, market traders, Masai warriors in traditional dress, and excited tourists. Curio markets offer the opportunity to buy good quality crafts and gifts at reasonable prices. The nearby Arusha National Park is just a 40 minute drive away, and offers the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats and spot wildlife if you want to add to your Tanzania safari adventure. The imposing Mount Mero towers over the town, adding to the appeal of a stay here.

The Gran Melia Arusha is set out on 18 acres of beautiful landscaped coffee and tea plantations, with a natural river running through the property and several springs, and offering spectacular views of Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania, in the distance.

Pamper yourself in the beautiful spa or relax in the heated outdoor pool where you will feel totally rejuvenated and ready for your once in a lifetime safari experience. If you are looking for a bit of seclusion, then have a wonder through the herb and vegetable garden hidden between the plantations. If you have some energy to burn off, there is a 24 hour gym and a 1.5 km running track.

All the rooms and suites have been designed to capture the diversity and energy of local Tanzanian tribes and the rich colours of the coffee plantations.

The world-renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor is at the helm of the hotel's Yellow Chilli restaurant, which offers the authentic taste of a different kind of Indian cuisine. The other 2 restaurants ensure there is a dish to suit every taste.

Example Details For Gran Melia Arusha

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe City View Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Gran Melia Arusha Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 12:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All of the rooms/suites have individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, hairdryer, make-up mirror, bathrobe/slippers, and a desk and chair.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, 2 restaurants, 3 bars (including a rooftop bar), gym and spa, coffee shop, hairdresser, dress boutique, 24 hour concierge and a travel desk.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

The Saba Saba restaurant is open all day. Breakfast is served from 06:00-10:30, lunch from 12:00-15:00, and dinner from 18:00 till 22:30.

The hotel is a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and a 20 minute drive from Arusha Airport.

A laundry/dry cleaning service is available (additional cost).

A babysitting service is available on request.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

The Serengeti

Days 2 - 5: The Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Location Map

Located in the heart of the Central Serengeti's wide open plains where Africa's Big 5 roam across the endless landscape, you will find the exclusive Four Seasons Safari Lodge. Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, the lodge is set next to an active waterhole, where you can watch the wildlife coming down to drink during the day from the main viewing deck or even from your room balcony.

Fuel up before your morning game drive with a breakfast buffet filled with locally sourced, African-inspired flavours and international favourites. Enjoy lunch while drinking in the sweeping views of the Serengeti while sharing platters of African tapas, homemade pizzas or fresh salads, then head out for an afternoon game drive. As the sun sets over the Serengeti, return to the lodge for a sundowner drink in the bar, before joining other guests in the Boma for an authentic African feast around an open-air firepit, or take your pick from live cooking stations in the main restaurant.

The unique Discovery Centre is part museum and part lecture theatre, offering an interactive experience where you can learn about the wildlife, history and people of the Serengeti. Situated in the main building, the Centre's focal point is an interactive map of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, which highlights the movements of the Great Migration.

There are  77 spacious guest rooms, suites and private villas to suit everyone. Local textiles and artwork, four-poster beds with mosquito netting and elevated, open-air sundecks help keep you in constant touch with the Serengeti, without sacrificing the modern comforts of air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet. Thanks to infrared cameras, you are notified on your bedroom television when animals are approaching the watering hole, which means you’ll never miss out on seeing elephants, herds of buffalo or troops of baboons playing in their natural habitat.

Inbetween game drives, relax around the free-form infinity pool, enjoy a spa treatment, go on a guided bush walk, or work out in the fitness centre.

For an additional cost, what better way to take in the stunning Serengeti landscape than from the air? Wake up early and depart for an hour-long, sunrise, hot-air balloon flight over the savannah, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush.

Example Details For Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Terrace Suite Water Hole View
Includes: Game Package: Serengeti National Park fees; all meals; beverages, local wines, spirits and local beers; airstrip transfers; shared twice daily game drives with a Four Seasons Safari Lodge guide; and complimentary internet up to 2 devices per room are included.
 
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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 8 years old and above are welcome.

All the rooms and suites have air conditioning, a hair dryer, flashlights, an in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, tea/coffee making facilities, flat screen televisions, Iron and ironing board (upon request), outdoor balconies along with a sofa, dining table and 2 chairs. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms.

In addition, the terrace suites and the terrace waterhole suites have Infinity plunge pools and private decks.

The property has a free form infinity pool, fitness centre, spa, games room, 3 restaurants and 2 boutiques.

Kula's Restaurant offers a breakfast and dinner buffet from 06:00 - 10:00 and 18:30 - 22:00.

The Boma Grill is open from 19:00 to 22:30.

The Maji Bar and Terrace offers lunch between 11:30 and 17:00, and the bar is open from 11:00 to 23:00.

The spa is open from 10:00 to 20:00 and offers a variety of different treatments and massages (additional cost).

The lodge has a Discovery Centre offers an interactive experience where you can learn about the wildlife, history and people of the Serengeti. It also has an extensive reference library. For keen photographers, the fully equipped photographic exhibition space has camera-cleaning gear and an iMac with image processing software, where you can review, back-up and edit your photographs.

The lodge has an on-site doctor available 24 hours a day.

There is a twice-daily housekeeping service available.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB and China Union Pay credit cards are accepted.

Melia Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Days 6 - 12: Zanzibar

Melia Zanzibar Location Map

Situated on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, the all-inclusive Melia Zanzibar resort is situated on a 40 acre estate with a beautiful beach of pearlescent white sand lapped by warm ocean waters, 300 meters long, situated at the very end of the property to procure the perfect combination with nature.

The powder white sand of the beach provides a dramatic natural entrance to the resort’s beautiful Gabi beach restaurant nestled quietly in the palm trees. Feel the beat, have a drink, and enjoy the grill menu in an informal atmosphere. About one kilometer from the resort's Main Lobby, golf carts every 15-20 minutes can take you to this little piece of paradise, where comfortable sun lounges draped in soft towels are arranged under the palm trees.

One of the other landmarks of Melia Zanzibar is the beautiful jetty that transports you out into the Indian Ocean. At the end of your walk you will discover the Jetty Bar & Restaurant - ready to welcome you for pre and after dinner drinks and snacks.  Alternatively, the Pool Bar is located alongside the main infinity pool and offers an extensive menu of cocktails, international wine and beers and other beverages.  The Spices Restaurant is modelled after the traditional spice market found in Stone Town, offering a relaxed dining experience that features an international mixture of cuisines with a distinct Arabian and African influence in buffet style.

Accommodation at Melia Zanzibar has been designed to offer the highest standards of luxury ensuring that your stay is both personalised and memorable.

There are 5 accommodation options ranging from private villas complete with their own beautiful gardens and breath-taking infinity pools, to romantic pavilions overlooking the Indian Ocean. Equipped with large comfortable bathrooms, outdoor rainforest showers and private terrace or balcony, mostly with side views of the magnificent Indian Ocean.

All rooms and suites are decorated in comtemporary style and have been designed to maintain complete privacy.

There is also a luxury spa sanctuary, inviting you to take time out to indulge in an Out Of Africa journey full of 1920s decadence and refinement. By stepping into this intimate world you can discover true relaxation and indulgent pleasures.

Example Details For Melia Zanzibar

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Ocean View Bungalow
Includes: Breakfast; lunch; dinner; soft drinks; some alcoholic drinks; activities; and beach services are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out.
 
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Melia Zanzibar Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 12:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms are all en-suite with an outdoor tropical rain shower and a private terrace or balcony, with most having a side view of the Indian Ocean. They also include a mini bar (refilled daily), 2 bottles of mineral water, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, safe, bathrobes and slippers. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and villas.

The hotel has a library, souvenir shop, 2 swimming pools with sun beds, a tennis court (with flood lights), fitness centre including a gymnasium, and a sauna (male and female).

There is a kids club for children aged 4 to 12 years (seasonal).

The hotel has 5 restaurants and 4 bars to choose from.

Spices Restaurant (breakfast 06:30–10:30, lunch 12:30–15:00 and dinner 18:30–22:00)

Gabi Beach (open 10:00-18:00 kitchen opens 12:30-17:00)

Jetty Bar and Restaurant (open 17:00–01:00)

Pool bar and restaurant alongside the main infinity pool (open 09:00–18:00)

Aqua Restaurant (only for dinner open 18:30–22:00)

The library also has a bar close to the lobby (09:00-midnight).

Activities available include tours of Stone Town, visits to Jozani Forest or Prison Island, deep sea fishing and spice tours.

Dhow sunset cruises are also available (departure 15:00; return around 19:00).

Quad bike tours can be arranged (please note - a driving licence is required).

Credit cards accepted at Melia Zanzibar include MasterCard, American Express and Visa.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is a dispensary with First Aid services and a nurse (24/7) is also available. A doctor visits the hotel several times per week (additional cost).

Tanzania has a large Muslim population on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected when outside the hotel's grounds. Trousers are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.