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Melia Zanzibar with Travel with TJD

Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Couple of months ago, I’ve launched a conceptual experience called #TravelwithTJD, the very first and only of its kind where I invite 8 followers from across the world to travel with me on an all expenses paid trip including flights and hotels.
After a major success of our first #TravelwithTJD in Sri Lanka, I am thrilled to announce the second experience with 8 new guests in…Zanzibar.
#TravelwithTJD is a karmic way of giving back to travel lovers and those who have followed and supported TJD all the way and is the first of many concepts created by Travel Junkie Diary.

Our first diary starts with a review on Melia Zanzibar with Travel with TJD

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Photo by Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo by Ibrahim Al Beshari

Flights

flydubai and Travel Junkie Diary partnered up and offered the guests business class tickets to Zanzibar. flydubai started flights to Tanzania in October 2014 and operates four weekly flights to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam. Flights timings available here. The lowest available fares: 1,650 AED for return tickets on Economy and 3,500 AED for return tickets on Business Class.

*Thank you flydubai for being our official partner on this Travel with TJD to Zanzibar

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Hotel Stayed in Melia Zanzibar

Melia Zanzibar is 50 minutes away from the airport by car. This luxury beach all-inclusive resort is situated on the northeast coast of the exotic island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. We arrived by nightfall. It was a long 7 hours flight from Dubai but the excitement was building up to this moment. The hotel greeted us with cold towels and Coconut water, which as some of you know is my favorite! We were debriefed on the hotel property in 10 minutes and everyone was already checked in. We were invited to a welcome dinner BBQ by Gabi Beach with sea food and local dishes. Melia Zanzibar has a kids club and is also great for family escapes and romantic getaways. It’s 45 minutes away from Stone Town and has internet wifi throughout the whole property.

For Bookings

Tel: (+255) 789 743254

[email protected].com

 

 

Rooms

Equipped with large comfortable bathrooms, outdoor tropical rain shower with sky view (except the Romance Pavilions) and a private terrace or balcony, many with a stunning side view of the Indian Ocean. For those staying in the Romance Ocean Front Pavillion, Gran Zanzibar Suite and Villas have access to the private lounge THE LEVEL and will receive extra benefits such as butler service, complimentary daily al a carte breakfasts, snacks and cocktails and early arrival and late checkout.

Price: Prices start at $281.00 USD per room per night

 

F&B Dining

Our welcome BBQ dinner was at Gabi Beach, a typical local night out with music, dancing and great dishes. We had our breakfast every day at our special table in Spice Market. It had almost everything you can ask for at breakfast and the chef is Middle Eastern and blended the dishes perfectly together. I’ve never laughed so much in my life as much as we did the night we dined at the jetty. It was sea food deliciously cooked and prepared for us, serving tapas and delicious mocktails. It was the night where we stayed up till 1am laughing at jokes and being grateful we all found became friends. The goodbye dinner was hosted at Aqua, an a la cart fine dining and we were lucky enough to have the chef whip us some of his favorite Indian cuisine. It was emotional end of trip dinner.

The Beach

Gabi Beach is one of the places we missed during our stay, but were fortunate enough to have a look the day we were leaving. The tide was out and everyone was far into the sea making it a dramatic natural entrance. We were welcomed with their signature mocktails and everyone was mesmerized at the grandeur of this place, even though we were all rushing before our flight. About one kilometer from the main Lobby, golf carts can take you to the Gabi Beach. Golf service car available every 15/20 minutes. Next time I visit Melia Zanzibar, Gabi Beach will definitely be on my list!

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Photo by Greg Sideris
Photo by Greg Sideris

 


Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand is the Group’s city and resort hotels brand that combine a mixture of stunning yet functional facilities within preferred business and leisure destinations, such as Meliá Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, Meliá Jardim Europa – Sao Paolo, Meliá Caribe Tropical – Dominican Republic, Meliá Barcelona – Spain, Melià Vendome – Paris, Melià Whitehouse – London and Meliá Zanzibar – Tanzania. The brand is designed to offer the five senses a fresh and innovative experience through igniting the Spanish tradition of excellence in hospitality. All hotels pay close attention to sensory design coupled with fresh and welcoming decorations, balancing aesthetics and design functionality. Meliá hotels feature a VIP experience called “The Level” that offers a private lounge with open bar, exclusive room accommodations, special in room amenities and the finest service. www.melia-hotels.com

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  1. Capturing Magic moments and why you should love it too – The Vienna BLOG says:

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  2. Tarek Khassab says:

    I fly regularly and often thanks to my Job. I can almost say my title gives me the greatest opportunity to visit wonderful places and stay at the best hotels, regardless, I would give all that up to experience what I have seen your followers and guest experience. I am definitely having a travel with TJD envious moment. Hope u get the chance to feel what they have felt!

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