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Aleph Hospitality (UAE) Signs Two New Zanzibar Hotels

09 Oct 2019 - The recently-signed management agreement will see the hospitality company making its entrance into Tanzania.

Aleph Hospitality has signed a management agreement for two hotels in Zanzibar, a deal that will mark the company’s entrance into Tanzania. The company recently announced the agreement during the African Hotel Investment Forum in Addis Ababa, an event which is sponsored for the second year.

The properties involved are a pair of boutique resorts, the Moja Tuu and Hakuna Majiwe, and the contracts are slated to go into effect in October.

Speaking at the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), Bani Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality, said in a statement, “Our entry into the Tanzanian market solidifies the company’s already-rapid African expansion, coming just days after the signing of an agreement for the first Marriott International property in Kisumu, Kenya.

“In addition to this growth of our branded hotel portfolio, we are thrilled to be adding two more independent hotels to our fold and providing our in-depth knowledge of international best practices and operating standards to unlock the true potential of these unique beachfront properties. We have proven highly successful at turning around existing operations and look forward to driving maximum returns for the hotels’ owner.”

Meet Aleph’s newest properties

Both of Aleph’s new properties are quite impressive.

Moja Tuu is a 35-key upper upscale beach resort, including 10 luxury beachfront villas, each with a private infinity pool. It is in Kiwengwa, on the northeast coast of Zanzibar and a 60-minute drive from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Ideally positioned for international leisure travelers, including honeymooners and groups of family and friends, the secluded resort, surrounded by tropical forest, features three restaurants, a private beach and a swimming pool.

The midscale Hakuna Majiwe in Paje offers spectacular white sand beaches and an authentic, disconnected barefoot experience. This 21-room hideaway, including 16 beach rooms and five garden rooms, features an all-day dining restaurant and a swimming pool and is 75 minutes from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport by car.

Amit B. Ladwa, the owner of both Tanzanian hotels, said, “We have long sought an independent management partner who can bring world-class operational expertise and extensive regional knowledge to our assets. Aleph Hospitality is highly experienced, flexible and agile, and we are looking forward to seeing our hotels thrive with our new partner on board.”

Aleph Hospitality’s continued expansion in Africa

This agreement continues Aleph Hospitality’s expansion in Africa, where it has a portfolio which stretches across five countries.

Aleph Hospitality has earmarked a pipeline of 35 hotels in the Middle East and Africa expected to be completed by the year 2025. The company manages hotels directly for owners, either on a franchise basis for branded properties or as a white label operator for independently branded hotels.

It is one of many global hospitality companies which have started to invest more in the African continent, citing improving infrastructure, less risk and many untapped markets within the region as causes for optimism.