The new Am­ber Re­sort is an­other rea­son why you should be book­ing a ticket to Zanz­ibar.

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Come 2019, there will be a new re­sort in Ras Al Khaimah – the Avani Al Mar­jan Is­land Ras Al Khaimah Re­sort. Lo­cated on View Is­land in Al Mar­jan, a col­lec­tion of four man-made is­lands off the RAK coast, the Mi­nor Hotels-owned re­sort will be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from both Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai in­ter­na­tional air­ports. The pur­pose-built re­sort with 225 keys will have dis­abled ac­cess guest rooms, suites, all-day din­ing and pool­side restau­rants, a kids’ club and a spa. How­ever, the high­light of the pro­posed re­sort is said to be an out­door swim­ming pool with a 360-de­gree view and beach­front ac­cess. A meet­ing and events fa­cil­ity with ca­pac­ity of 200 people is also in the pipe­line.

This is the third Avani Ho­tel planned for the UAE – the 372-key AVANI Ibn Bat­tuta Dubai Ho­tel and the 230-key AVANI Jebel Dhanna Re­sort are un­der­way; the Avani Deira Dubai Ho­tel is al­ready op­er­a­tional.

Over in Zanz­ibar, an­other coastal re­sort takes shape – the Zanz­ibar Am­ber Re­sort. The mas­sive new tourism project is said to the first of its kind in Africa. The re­sort is lo­cated in Stone Town, the Tan­za­nian ar­chi­pel­ago’s cap­i­tal, and a Unesco World Her­itage Site that is quickly out­weigh­ing the Mal­dives and other In­dian Ocean is­lands like the Sey­chelles on the pop­u­lar­ity scales, and spread out across 15.2 sq km of In­dian Ocean coast­line. We’re told Zanz­ibar Am­ber Re­sort will in­clude lux­u­ri­ous hos­pi­tal­ity and leisure brands such as an Anan­tara ho­tel (one of five in­ter­na­tional hotels set to open within the de­vel­op­ment) and the first Sig­na­ture Ernie Els De­sign Golf Course in East Africa. That’s just two fa­cil­i­ties of a list of many that the re­sort plans to wow guests with – oth­ers in­clude an aqua park, an un­der­wa­ter restau­rant, a souq and an eques­trian cen­tre with an in­ter­na­tional polo club. More at zanz­ibaram­ber­re­sort.com.

The Zanz­ibar Am­ber Re­sort is said to the first of its kind in Africa. Fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude an aqua park and un­der­wa­ter restau­rant

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