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The Largest Luxury Resort in Africa Will Open in 2020

A massive new resort in Zanzibar will have five hotels, its own airport, and an underwater nightclub. A new vacation playground is coming to Africa. Spanning some 3,756 acres across Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Amber Resort is a “luxury tropical community” that will host East Africa’s first Signature golf course and deep water marina, its own airport, an aqua park, luxury villas for sale, and five international hotels and over water lodges for guests. Thanks to its immense size, Zanzibar Amber will be the largest luxury property in Africa, and will be the very first to offer non-residents the opportunity to buy vacation homes.

While the full design elements and pricing are still being planned for the property, the space will also include an underwater restaurant and nightclub, a souk where guests can spend their time shopping, a fully equipped equestrian center and international polo club, and a facility for super yachts. When it comes to residential opportunities, there will be some 1,914 luxury villas that range from three to five bedrooms, and some 3,440 luxury and penthouse apartments that range from one to four bedrooms to choose from.

It will also have medical facilities for residents and visitors and a private international school. Visitors can look forward to the Ritz Carlton, Zanzibar, which will be an all-suite and villa resort with 90 rooms and over water villas that each have their own private pool. "With the commissioning of this luxury tropical resort by Pennyroyal Gibraltar the premium hospitality offerings and world-class facilities will benchmark luxury in Africa," representatives from Pennyroyal Gibraltar, the firm building the property, told The National in an interview regarding the endeavor. Though the first residential property is planned to open this year, the golf course and several of the hotels are slated for completion in 2019, with the full completion of the first phase expected by 2020.