Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will open the Anantara Zanzibar Resort in 2020 as part of the in-development Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed-use project along the Indian Ocean.
The master-planning and infrastructure works for Anantara Zanzibar Resort have already launched. The luxury waterfront resort will have 100 guestrooms, alongside 50 one- and two-bedroom pool villas.
The Zanzibar Amber Resort is an upcoming mixed-use project that will include several hotels along with a retail souk, a tropical aqua park, a marina, an equestrian center and an international polo club. The resort will also have East Africa’s first signature golf course, which will be designed by Ernie Els.
We are proud to announce that Ernie Els Design has signed on as a partner to develop East Africa's first signature golf course! pic.twitter.com/yJqHi9Lt6L— Amber Resort (@zanzibaramber) January 14, 2017
The owning company, Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Limited, is working with local stakeholders, including the government and the Ministry of Environment, to plan “a self-sufficient and sustainably designed” community with energy plants, agriculture, aquaculture and (possibly) even an airfield in the later stages of the project.
“We believe Tanzania has enormous growth potential in the tourism and lifestyle sector, and we look forward to working with Pennyroyal Gibraltar to maximize the resort’s potential,” Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, parent company of Anantara, said in a statement. “The development of Anantara Zanzibar Resort marks a key strategic move that provides synergy and diversifies Minor Hotels’ well-established presence in East Africa, complementing the Elewana Collection of luxury safari camps, lodges and beach resorts in Tanzania and Kenya.”
“We anticipate that this strategic partnership will bring Zanzibar Amber Resort to the attention of a modern, cosmopolitan, thoughtful traveller that represents exactly the kind of market demographic to which we aspire, and look forward to a successful and enduring partnership between Pennyroyal Gibraltar and Minor Hotels,” Brian Thomson, principal of Pennyroyal Gibraltar, added.
Anantara currently operates 37 hotels and resorts in 12 countries, and recently added two new resorts each in both Sri Lanka and Oman.