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Lodge Overview

Welcome to the new Mt. Meru Resort, Arusha's one and only 5-star resort!

Finally! A hotel in Arusha has gotten the balance just right: Luxurious accommodation without an ounce of pretension. Modern amenities without losing traditional African character. Gourmet dining, enthusiastic service from a smiling staff and world-class facilities, all without breaking the bank. First opening their doors in December 2010, the Mt. Meru Resort has promptly vaulted to the #1 lodge in the Arusha area and is perfectly perfect for its role in any safari itinerary!

Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru, the Resort lies on 15 acres of lush landscape and offers discerning guests a welcome blast of luxury and modern conveniences when they need it the most, while maintaining an old-world charm that still celebrates the exotic flair of Africa and warm hospitality of the Tanzanian culture.

For most guests, Arusha is the launch pad and closure point for a safari in Tanzania, and thus the place where one's safari adventures both begin and end. Maybe you are just arriving to Africa for the first time after a long international flight, or maybe you have just completed several days of action packed safari adventures! The common denominator is that you desperately crave a comfortable, worry-free retreat to rest, relax and recover. Mt. Meru Resort offers just that. And a lot more!

Nothing soothes the weary traveler's soul like the ample facilities at Mt. Meru Resort. Nothing is left to be desired here. Comfortable guest suites offer welcome respite with plush bedding, crisp sheets, and oversized spa robes. Common spaces throughout the hotel beckon one to linger longer with a sparkling infinity pool, spa and business center. And of course no shortage of delicious cuisine choices and refreshing drinks can be found among the hotel's restaurants, coffee shop, pool-side pizzeria, cigar lounge and bar. Extra perks worth mentioning here include a lovely souvenir shop, Tanzanite boutique, gym and golf course. Wireless internet is also available in each guest room.

Furthermore, the Mt. Meru Resort offers guests an idyllic, convenient and safe location. Right off the main road that links Arusha to the Kilimanjaro, this hotel is a straight shot from the international airport JRO. Since most international flights arrive to Tanzania in the evening, this convenience becomes a huge asset to already exhausted guests very quickly after their arrival into the country!

Furthermore, Mt. Meru is located just 15-20 minutes away from the Arusha airport, making that early morning flight to the Serengeti as painless as possible for already jet-lagged guests. Guests interested in enjoying the area for an extra day or two will certainly appreciate the pristine and natural setting of the resort with 9 acres of sprawling manicured gardens, colorful birdlife and adjacent golf course. The hotel seems to be eons away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Arusha, but in reality the sights and shops of Arusha are just a few minutes drive away. Of course, one of the most impressive assets of the hotel is the stunning views it boasts of Mt. Meru itself, the very mountain for which it is named!

Rest, rejuvenation and respite are the definitive hallmarks of this new 5 star retreat. The one and only downside to staying at the Mt. Meru Resort is that you won't want to leave!

LOCATION Mt. Meru Resort is located on the outskirts of the charming city of Arusha and is about 40 minutes by car from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge is conveniently located about 15-20 minutes away from the Arusha airstrip, which is the main hub for all the intra Tanzania flights to and from the famous game parks. It is also close in proximity to Arusha's downtown and several good shopping areas. Mt. Meru Resort is also adjacent to one of the only golf courses in the area, which offers a stunning location as well as an opportunity for any golfers to practice their game.


The lodge consists of luxuriously appointed rooms, each of which is beautifully and tastefully decorated. The style here is modern and elegant, defined by clean lines and a palette of earthy colors that are naturally soothing to the senses. Each suite features a generously sized bed adorned in luxury linens. Chocolate-toned furniture, warm lighting, hardwood floors and rich fabrics give the space an air of sophistication without sacrificing comfort. Each room also features a flat screen television with DSTV satellite channels for a broad range of entertainment, news and even pay-per-view movies.

The space is generously sized to include a separate living room area, mini bar, coffee and tea station as well as a writer's desk and wardrobe. Tucked inside the wardrobe you'll extra linens, an electronic safe, white terry robes and matching slippers. The bathrooms are large and adorned with beautiful fixtures including a double vanity with porcelin basins, large mirrors, soaking tub and shower. A hairdryer and toiletries such as shampoo, soaps and shower gel are additional thoughtful details available for your enjoyment in each room.

main Lodge is expansive and offers no shortage of amenities. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at the main restaurant, or unique dining options at the hotel's world-class specialty restaurant can be arranged upon special request. Other noteworthy details include a health spa with massage rooms and beauty parlor, a large infinity swimming pool with terrace, outdoor/indoor bars, cigar and cognac lounge, coffee shop and cafe, outdoor pizzeria and a comfortable lounge with water feature. Other conveniences include a business center with high-speed internet service, Tanzanite boutique and curio shop, elevator service and wheelchair access.

With Tanzania's tropical climate, living spaces spill out easily into the sunny outdoors where one can stroll leisurely through well manicured gardens and listen to a kaleidoscope of different birdsongs. Relax and contemplate the wonders of Africa on the sun terrace or in the garden gazebo while gazing up at the stunning views of the neighboring mountain.

With all the peace and tranquility this setting provides, one may easily forget how accessible the sights and shops of Arusha are to those wishing to explore beyond. Arusha National Park, which can make a lovely safari prelude, is also within easy driving distance of the resort.


Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), as you are welcomed to Tanzania. It is approximately a 40 minute drive from the JRO airport to the Lodge. After a good night's sleep and an excellent breakfast, you will venture out to the great northern parks of Tanzania. On our signature fly in and drive back safaris, you will be transferred to the Arusha Air Strip (about 15 minutes) for your early morning flight into the Serengeti on the morning following your arrival.

On the last day of your safari, a day room is typically reserved so you may relax and enjoy a nice dinner before your departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport. We encourage guests to consider spending an extra night at the Mt. Meru Resort upon arrival to rest from the long international flight and acclimate to Tanzania before launching into an action packed safari adventure. You simply can't go wrong lingering a bit longer at this very special lodge, a true retreat in every sense that is bound to bring peace to the mind as well as rest to the body.

Food & Drink

The head chef who is from Mauritius does an impeccable job with the cuisine here at the Mt. Meru Resort! Delicious and attractively prepared, it is obvious that a lot of thought and attention goes into every detail of the menu.

Meals are typically served in the main restaurant. Breakfast consists of eggs cooked to order that can be paired with sausage, bacon and pancakes. The meal is further complimented by a buffet of cereals, cold meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast and a variety of pastries.

Lunch is also typically a buffet with salad and soup bar, freshly baked breads and a variety of different hot dishes of chicken, pork, lamb, fish and cooked vegetables that leave a guest with no shortage of options to choose from.

Dinner consists of various choices available off an al la carte menu, including soup, salad, a main meal consisting of meat (beef, pork, chicken or fish) paired with vegetables, dessert and coffee or tea to finish the meal. Vegetarian meals are always available upon request.

In the case of a late evening arrival from the airport, room service may be utilized in lieu of a restaurant meal. An early dinner may also be arranged for guests needing to get a head start for the airport upon departure.

Although alcoholic beverages at the resort are an extra cost, the wine list at Mt. Meru Resort is long and many high-end specialty drinks are available here. If someone is looking for an especially unique way to celebrate a special occasion, he or she may initiate a champagne sabering (opening the bottle with a sword) which is a French traditional method of opening the bottle and is very spectacular indeed!

Special Features

  • All ADS guests are reserved in one of the 16 upgraded luxury suites, based upon availability
  • Each luxury suite has a large bedroom with queen bed and separate sitting area
  • Each room has a flat screen television with DSTV satellite channels
  • Pay-per view movies available (extra fee)
  • In-room hairdryer
  • Each room has it's own individually controlled air-conditioning unit with wall thermostat
  • In-room electronic safe
  • In-room outlets/charging station
  • In-room telephone
  • En suite bathroom with shower and tub
  • In-room toiletries such as shampoo and soap
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • In-room mini bar (extra fee)
  • Large infinity swimming pool with special children's area
  • Wireless internet available in guest rooms for guests with their own laptop or wireless device (complimentary)
  • Business center with computers, internet and fax service (extra fee)
  • Main restaurant (meals for full board package are available here)
  • Specialty restaurant available (extra fees)
  • Room service available (extra fee may apply)
  • Coffee shop and cafe (extra fee)
  • Pool-side pizzeria (extra fee)
  • Fully stocked bar and long wine list; traditional champagne sabering available (extra fee)
  • 24/7 electricity
  • Elevators
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms available
  • Tanzanite jewelry store
  • Souvenir boutique
  • Gym
  • Spa and beauty parlor (extra fee)
  • Golf course (extra fee)
  • Laundry services available (extra fee)
  • Babysitting facilities (extra fee)
  • Excellent views of Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro's beautiful sister slope
  • Safe, convenient and tranquil location with easy access to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport
  • Within close proximity downtown Arusha and Arusha National Park