Meliá expands its presence in Africa with the opening of Ngorongoro Lodge, Meliá Collection

Opened on July 1, this new hotel is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area offering a unique experience with a sustainable approach

(Source: Meliá Hotels International)

Meliá Hotels International has opened the doors of the Ngorongoro Lodge Meliá Collection hotel, with which it expands its presence in Africa and its collection of unique hotels. Located in the north of Tanzania, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the establishment has been renovated to make it the company's fourth hotel in the country and the second The Meliá Collection, a selection of exclusive hotels with their own personality.

Ngorongoro Lodge presents itself as an eco-friendly hotel, having been renovated with consideration for and honoring its very special location. The hotel is located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 8,000 square kilometers and an iconic 600-meter-deep crater around which more than 25,000 wild animals and various species live. of hominids.

In line with Meliá Hotels International's firm commitment to sustainability, the renovation carried out at the hotel has taken into account the protection of the natural ecosystem of the Ngorongoro and the preservation of the culture of the Maasai tribe. The Ngorongoro Lodge hotel has a modern infrared system that allows it to carry out better management of energy consumption through the transmission of heat from the systems, making it 90% self-sufficient. On the other hand, 95% of the products that are used and consumed in the hotel are local and, in addition, Ngorongoro Lodge will produce its own water through a bottling plant.

“The remodeling of the hotel to turn it into what is now the Ngorongoro Lodge Meliá Collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of the destination and its culture,” explains César Martínez Torrecillas, General Manager of the hotel. He adds that, “with the aim of respecting and preserving the environment, we have implemented actions to reduce our carbon footprint. Every aspect of the hotel has been created with the intention of offering a unique experience with the least possible environmental impact.”

The hotel has 56 rooms, including 6 suites, 17 junior suites and 1 villa. All of them offer impressive views of the Ngorongoro crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Inspired by the Maasai culture, the rooms and common areas of the hotel are decorated following a neutral color palette that achieves spacious and bright spaces and draws our attention to the wonderful views that the environment offers. The spaces and rooms are also made up of elements that refer to the traditional patterns of the place and feature works of art by local artists, such as the traditional pieces made by hand in Sanaa. In addition, the amenities are also locally made as one more part of the sustainable commitment to the place.

The gastronomic offer of the Ngorongoro Lodge hotel is also inspired by the destination. At The Crater Grill guests will find traditional African cuisine with Asian influences, the best selection of local fish and poultry with an explosion of aromas and local ingredients. For its part, The Crater Lounge offers the best East African wines and an extensive menu of drinks and cocktails that guests can enjoy together with the best views. Throughout the day, The Crater Bar is perfect for tasting Tanzanian coffee, the best teas or local spirits with exclusive views of the crater.

The Ngorongoro Lodge hotel also has a complete spa with the best treatments. Guests will enjoy luxurious massage techniques accompanied by soothing aromas and sounds. The hotel's spa also offers a destination-inspired experience including the locally produced, naturally-sourced Inaya Zanzibar brand whose products include ingredients and properties from African nature.

Unique experiences in the destination

In order to offer an even more unique experience, the Ngorongoro Lodge hotel offers its guests unique experiences to make their stay at the hotel and their visit to the destination unforgettable. Those travelers looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Tanzania will find unique activities at the hotel with a wide variety of routes and excursions, exhibitions and shows. Guests can discover the Ngorongoro Crater on a full-day game drive and discover the wildlife of Tanzania, viewing animals such as rhinos, lions and giraffes. This experience in a safari vehicle with a guide also includes a complete picnic lunch.

For guests looking to learn more about the local Tanzanian culture, the Maasai will open their homes at Ngorongoro Lodge. Guests are welcomed into the boma, the traditional Maasai house, where they can watch and participate in their cultural activities, including traditional dances, house building, crafting ornaments and cooking a variety of local dishes. For thrill-seeking nature lovers, the Balloon Safari offers a panoramic view of the famous Ndutu region where you can enjoy its stunning scenery. Offering unique experiences to inspire and educate guests, the adventures are endless at Ngorongoro Lodge,

In addition to the various experiences offered at the Ngorongoro Lodge, Meliá Hotels International has also created an exclusive travel itinerary through its different hotels in Tanzania for those guests looking to explore the beauty and nature of the destination. The luxury itinerary is made up of a minimum of 6 days and 5 nights, starting at the Gran Meliá Arusha hotel, which, with views of Mount Meru, is located between the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks. Afterwards, guests will move to Ngorongoro Lodge where, among the experiences it offers, they will enjoy the game drive through the Ngorongoro crater. And they would end up at Meliá Serengeti Lodge, a hotel surrounded by nature and an infinite sky of endless land. This itinerary has an approximate cost from 3,500 euros (flights not included).

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