Thursday, 26 April 2018
The Riu Palace Zanzibar is a luxury hotel with 102 rooms and suites located on the northern tip of Unguja, the main island of the archipelago of Zanzibar.
The Hotel is located less than an hour from the airport and the capital, Zanzibar City, the centre of which is known as Stone Town.
RIU formalised the purchase of the hotel today, 18 April 2018, from the Emerald hotel chain, which up to now has operated the hotel as the Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa.
The New Riu Palace Zanzibar will be the perfect complement to RIU’s offer in the Indian Ocean, where it offers two hotels in Mauritius and one in Sri Lanka.
The hotel belongs to the exclusive The Leading Hotels of the World collection thanks to its excellent location right on Nungwi Beach, one of the loveliest of the island, to the tasteful decoration on display in every room and space, and to its excellent service.
It has three restaurants, the main one with a buffet serving international cuisine, an Asian restaurant and a grill—as well as two bars.
The hotel has a full-service spa, a children’s club, conference rooms, a gym and a tennis court.
RIU will maintain the characteristics of the hotel for this year’s season and, in the coming 2018-2019 winter season, will introduce the RIU 24-hour, all-inclusive programme and adapt its offer to the exclusive line of Riu Palace Adults-Only hotels.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous zone of Tanzania that has become very popular with travellers as part of a trip that combines a safari in the Serengeti National Park with a stay on the marvellous beaches of the island.
Zanzibar has a fascinating history influenced by Persians, Arabs, Muslims, Portuguese and the African continent itself.
The historic centre of Zanzibar City, the birthplace of singer Freddy Mercury, is known as Stone Town and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation.
The company specialises in holiday resorts and over 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service.
With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza.
RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 92 hotels in 19 countries which welcome over 4 million guests a year and provide jobs for a total of 28,894 employees.
RIU is currently the world's 34th ranked chain, one of the Caribbean's most popular, the third largest in Spain in terms of revenue and the fourth largest in number of rooms.