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 December 10, 2014
Park Hyatt Zanzibar To Open Early 2015

 The idyllic East African island of Zanzibar is set to extend a warm welcome to the Hyatt family with the opening of Park Hyatt Zanzibar in March 2015. Setting precedent as the first Hyatt hotel in Zanzibar, Park Hyatt Zanzibar will reflect the intimate and understated elegance of the Park Hyatt brand while embracing the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of the hotel's location.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will sit on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical centre of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. As the cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years. The town's unique blend of Arabic and African cultural influences originate from the 19th century when Zanzibar Island served as a centre for the trade of spices. During this period, Zanzibar, also known as the "Spice Island," was the most important trading hub along the east coast of Africa. Today, the streets of Stone Town are filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will be housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a UNESCO heritage building, steeped in history, grace and mystique with roots dating back to the 17th century.

Mambo Msiige is a typical Zanzibari mansion and an architectural gem, featuring intricate carvings and centered around a peaceful courtyard. The name alone, meaning "not to be copied or imitated," embraces true uniqueness. The new and purposefully built Zamani Residence of the hotel connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old history and contemporary charm with architecture that embraces Swahili culture with a blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.

"We are delighted to be bringing the Park Hyatt brand to the culturally and historically rich island of Zanzibar, and in particular, to be housing the hotel within Mambo Msiige, a building of such extraordinary significance," said Marcela Herrendoerfer, General Manager of Park Hyatt Zanzibar. "The Park Hyatt brand is committed to creating rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences and we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming guests to deliver those experiences."

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will provide 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 will be easily accessible by foot from the hotel's ideal location including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders.

Guestrooms

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will feature 67 spacious guest rooms, including 11 suites. Ocean front rooms will feature spectacular views of Dhow Harbour and the Indian Ocean. A perfect blend of contemporary style, modern technology, timeless regional accents and sheer luxury, all guestrooms reflect the Park Hyatt brand's intimate elegance, providing an ideal place to stay for discerning business and leisure travellers.

Dining

Park Hyatt Zanzibar's Zamani Residence will offer a unique dining concept, featuring a range of authentic cuisines catering to all tastes. Zamani Residence will include a Library with Veranda, a Living Room and a Dining Room with an outdoor terrace and a residential style kitchen, which will allow guests to dine in a variety of different spaces. The hotel's Pool Lounge will specialise in local fish dishes complemented with traditional western sandwiches and salads.

Recreation

For those in search of rest and relaxation, guests will be able to retreat to the tranquil sanctity of the hotel's Anantara Spa and indulge in a selection of body treatments, massages and personal services within the spa's hair salon. Guests will also enjoy the exclusive oceanfront infinity pool and a fully equipped fitness centre featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training facilities.

Meeting & Events

Park Hyatt Zanzibar will offer more than 160 square metres of flexible meeting and event facilities, accommodating anything from discrete board meetings and small, intimate social occasions to elegant cocktail receptions, sophisticated weddings and stylish state functions. All meeting and events rooms will offer the latest audio-visual equipment and individually adjustable air-conditioning.

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