The Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a 67 room luxury hotel located in the historic Stone Town beachfront on Zanzibar Island in Tanzania.  Enjoying the stunning views of the Indian Ocean at this luxury hotel is the perfect last stop at the end of a long safari tour of East Africa.  Part of the hotel used to be a 17th century mansion with beautiful architecture that combines Swahili culture alongside Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.  The impressive decor and design, along with its ideal location near tourist attractions makes this hotel stand above the rest.

a close-up of a chandelierBooking

Since this is a category 5 hotel, I was able to use the points plus cash rate of 10,000 points plus $125.  I also used a suite upgrade certificate and was booked into the 1,000sq ft Park Suite King room, which normally goes for $960 a night in the summer.  The cheapest room goes for $460 a night in the summer, making point redemptions a great value at this location.

a sailboat in the water


After emailing the hotel, they coordinated an airport pickup at a reasonable rate.  The check-in process was swift and staff was friendly.  I also was easily able to book tours of Zanzibar at the concierge desk with ease.a ceiling with lights

Location (5/5)

If you are looking to tour Stone Town with ease, while also having access to the beach, this is the perfect hotel.  If you are looking to stay on a private beach away from crowds, this may not be the best choice.  The beach in front of the hotel is small and most hotel guest hang around on the hotel property where there is a small pool and plenty of seating areas with amazing ocean views.  When you are ready to tour Stone Town, all you need to do is step out of the hotel and you are there.

a building with a fountain in front of it

Property (5/5)

This property is gorgeous and impressively designed.  I loved how they combined architectural elements from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, reflecting the culture that makes up the history of Zanzibar.  The hotel was so close to the ocean it felt like I was on a cruise ship when I looked out at the ocean from most areas of the hotel.

a building with a large window

a deck with chairs and a railing overlooking the ocean

a deck with chairs and a tree overlooking the ocean

Loved sitting around the lanai and looking out at the ocean.

a pool with a large umbrella

The infinity pool was small, but not many folks were in it so I still enjoyed it

a courtyard with a fountain and a building with trees

a view of the ocean from a restaurant

View from the breakfast buffet in the morning

a room with tables and chairs

The designers somehow were able to fuse together so many cultural elements

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The bar area. I loved how every window showcased that beautiful ocean.

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The interior of the hotel had many areas where guests could relax and hang around.

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Another interestingly decorated room.

a white building with a chandelier

Hallways and courtyards reminded my of the Riads I stayed at in Morocco

a room with tables and chairsFood (5/5)

Like many things in Zanzibar, the food was also a fusion of many foods like Indian, African, and Middle Eastern dishes.  All the food was well seasoned without a bland dish in site.  Even the hamburgers were amazing!

a kitchen with food on a counter

Breakfast Buffet

a bowl of eggs on a table

Reminds me of Morocco!

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Great way to start the day

a bowl of soup with various dips on a plate

This was great. I forgot what it was called.

a burger and fries on a plateRoom (5/5)

The room was huge and had two separate balconies and bathrooms with high quality furniture.  The ocean view from the insanely comfortable bed was the best I have had.  I was very tempted to lay around all day in the bed and just stare out the window.

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Can’t ask for more here. Its perfect.

a room with a view of the ocean

View from the bed. Would be nice to wake up to this every day.

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Cool lighting fixture

a table and chairs in a room

Small seating area in the bedroom

a glass bottle and a phone on a table

Complementary water

a tray with tea cups and saucers on it

Complementary coffee and tea

a tv on a table

Large TV

a living room with a couch and a coffee table

Huge couch in living room

a room with a couch and a table

Living room and small dining area with table and 4 chairs

a table and chairs on a balcony overlooking the ocean

Great view from balcony

a table and chairs on a balcony overlooking the ocean

Looks like the view from a cruise ship

a bathroom with a sink and a bathtub

Large bathroom with TV in front of bathtub

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Great bath products from South Africa

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a pair of white robes on hooks


Gym (5/5)

The gym was a good size with top of the line equipment.  I don’t think i’ve seen nicer equipment in a hotel.

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Weight lifting equipment

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Service (5/5)

From the front desk staff, concierge, to wait staff, the service in the hotel was professional, friendly, and eager to help.  Wait times for food were efficient and booking tours from the hotel was an easy process.  I appreciated the welcome note and fruit on arrival, which is starting to disappear at Hyatt Hotels.

a plate with fruit and fork on a tableConclusion

In conclusion, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a special hotel rooted in history with impressive architecture and design.  The ocean views from the hotel are unbelievable and its location in the heart of Stone Town makes it the perfect launching point for tours of Zanzibar.  Additionally, the food and relaxing atmosphere of the Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides a wonderful experience at the end of any East African Safari.a sailboat on the water