Although Africa is not yet a super yacht hub, it’s about to get much more popular, thanks to a brand new marina opening on the Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar. Baroque Access finds out all the details
Expected to be up and running by 2019 and fully open by 2020, the Zanzibar Amber Resort will not only feature five luxury hotels (including a Ritz Carlton and an Anantara establishment), numerous lavish offerings such as a championship golf course, aqua park, a fully-equipped equestrian center, international polo club, underwater restaurant and a nightclub, traditional shopping market… but it will also boast a super yacht marina. Oh, and did we mention that there are plans for a private airport for the island with an almost 10,000 foot runway?
The resort will also include a world-class state-of-the-art medical facility and a private international school, so that visitors can reside there permanently if they wish, in a selection of permanent residences in the resort, apparently around 1,900 luxury villas and more than 3,400 equally luxurious apartments that will be priced between $700,000 and $10 million.
The resort is being developed by Pennyroyal Gibraltar and it’s expected that the first residential property may open before the end of 2017. The championship golf course, designed by Ernie Els, and several of the hotels are expected to open in 2018. Once it’s completed, this exceptional island resort will be the largest in East Africa.
This extraordinary estate will not only offer penthouse condo’s and beachside villas; apparently a few private islands will also be available for purchase. But if you decide you’d rather spend a vacation than stay permanently in Zanzibar Amber Resort, and are keen to sail to Zanzibar, the Marina awaits.
Once complete, it will be the largest recreational marina in the Zanzibar region, the departure point for sailing and fishing charters as well as to explore the magnificent Zanzibar archipelago. It will boast more than 100 berths, built inshore of the ocean surge for protection, and easily accessible through a specially dredged approach channel. Support facilities will be top class, including sub-contracted specialists in all areas of yacht repairs, plus accommodation for crews and, of course, the above-mentioned airport facilities.
Aside from spending glorious days sunbathing on Zanzibar’s golden beaches or exploring the historic main town, Stone Town, visitors will soon also be able to enjoy the brand new Waterpark at Zanzibar Amber Resort, with its exciting slides, flumes, waves, fountains and the Lazy River.
Golf enthusiasts who visit the island can also enjoy the new 18-hole championship golf course, unmatched in Africa for its challenging offerings for golfers of all levels.