Images courtesy of Riu Hotels & Resorts.
Riu Hotels & Resorts has opened its second hotel in Zanzibar, a four-star resort with 461 rooms in the north of Unguja Island.
Riu Jambo makes the most of its idyllic location on Nungwi Beach with a unique overwater structure that stretches out to sea, housing the hotel’s dining services.
The latest opening is right next to the Riu Palace Zanzibar, which was renovated in 2019 and features luxurious facilities.
The main building, with five and six floors, houses the hotel reception and most of the rooms. It has a spectacular façade with murals inspired by African culture and several of its towers are crowned with masks.
Sustainability and energy efficiency also play an important role in this building. The lobby is completely open with natural cross ventilation and lots of natural light thanks to numerous openings, which also allow guests to see different areas of the hotel. The main centerpiece of this area is a large skylight in the middle of the hall. Natural materials are used in furniture, decoration, floors and coverings.
93 of the site’s 461 rooms are on the same level as the seafront, staggered so as not to obstruct the view of the surrounding landscape. They are all fully equipped to guarantee guests maximum comfort during their stay. The rooms are decorated in earthy tones and wood again plays a central role. This combination, along with paintings of typical Tanzanian scenes, is designed to create a welcoming atmosphere.
Dinner on the water
The dining room’s overwater structure is an original wooden construction accessed by a walkway and stretching out to sea. Two of the hotel’s three restaurants are located here – the Italian restaurant il Panzotto and the Kulinarium fusion restaurant, as well as the Bahari bar.
The hotel also has an Asian restaurant, Yunnan, and the main restaurant, Maisha, with a terrace and international cuisine. Guests will also find the “Bongo Flava” lounge bar with terrace and the “Hakuna Matata” pool bar with a swim-up bar, as well as “Rafiki”, a snack bar on the beach.
Riu Jambo has a total of five pools in its outdoor areas, one of which is exclusively for children, plus a spa area is located next to the gym.
The grounds of the new property previously housed the La Gema dell’Est hotel, which Riu purchased in 2019. Some elements of the previous hotel have been retained, such as the spectacular overwater structure.