Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is a truly wonderful island that offers some of the finest tropical beaches within Africa. The name itself has captivated travellers imagination over the years and certainly lives up to expectations. Alongside the idyllic, crystal clear sea and vibrant reefs, excellent for diving, the island has a rich cultural and historical offering particularly within the old Stone Town.

Zanzibar is very combinable with a safari in East Africa and tends to be an ideal beach bolt on to safaris in Tanzania and Kenya.

Zanzibar offers a real mix of accomodation choices with many of our favourites being the smaller boutique lodges offering a true Zanzibari experience. However, there are one or two resort style hotels that offer a wider choice of activities and are often more suitable for families.

The archipeago’s turqoise seas are as stunning below as above the water line allowing for some magnificent diving. Manta rays, green turtles, hawksbill plus barracudas add to the array of colour with opportunities for wall dives nearer Pemba.

Zanzibar has seen a growth in visitor numbers in recent years but fortunately has remained relatively unspoiled or exploited. To really enjoy your time on the island it is important to find the right style and character of accommodation to suit you. The range is broad from large mainstream resorts to small exclusive hideaways; busy “backpackers” beach huts to private boutique guesthouses.

Click on the links in the right hand margin for accomodation options or our favourite:

Luxury beach lodges are Matemwe Bungalows, Kilindi, Unguja Beach Lodge or Fumba Beach Lodge.

Lower cost beach guesthouses but still offering something special are Pongwe Beach, Kasha Boutique, Matemwe Beach, Shooting Star or Echo Beach.

Cool places to stay in Stone Town are Beyt Al Chai, 236 Hurumzi, Swahili House or Serena Inn.

Ultimate exclusivity at Mnemba Island.

Or if you want a resort look at: Baraza, Breezes Beach Club, Blue Bay or Ras Nungwi.

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Safari&Beach Favourites

Baraza Resort & Spa

A stunning 30 villa boutique resort that has truly achieved 5* international standards. The quality of the furnishings and finish are o...

S&B Rating:
$500 Per person, per night  
Baraza Resort & Spa

Echo Beach

Echo Beach is a small, boutique style hotel, on the south east coast of Zanzibar, sitting right on top of a stunning beach....

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Echo Beach

Gold Zanzibar

Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa is located on the long stretching white sands of Kendwa beach in the north west of the Zanzibar: one of...

S&B Rating:
$125 Per person, per night  
Gold Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach is one of the best beach lodges on Zanzibar. Set within a secluded bay on the east coast, it has one of the finest beach l...

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
Pongwe Beach Hotel

The Residence

A luxury hotel bringing a new style and quality to Zanzibar whilst retaining resident Swahili charm...

S&B Rating:
$300 Per person, per night  
The Residence

Zawadi

An exciting new addition to our luxury hotels in Zanzibar, Zawadi is a cool all villa, all inclusive boutique hotel beside the Indian O...

S&B Rating:
$200 Per person, per night  
Zawadi

Boutique Beach Hotel

Green & Blue Ocean Lodge

Located in Matemwe, a very intimate bay in north-eastern Zanzibar, surrounded by a tropical garden with a direct view of the small isla...

S&B Rating:
$200 Per person, per night  
Green & Blue Ocean Lodge

Kasha Boutique Hotel

Located in stunning Matemwe and with the amazing view of the Mnemba Atoll, this small yet luxurious boutique hotel delivers all the Ara...

S&B Rating:
$210 Per person, per night  
Kasha Boutique Hotel

Kilindi

Kilindi is a luxurious 15 unit piece of functional art scattered along a picturesque-perfect stretch of Northern Zanzibar....

S&B Rating:
$650 Per person, per night  
Kilindi

Kisiwa On The Beach

Kisiwa On The Beach, is situated on the seductive south east coast of Zanzibar, among swaying palm trees, on a sandy stretch of white b...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Kisiwa On The Beach

Kono Kono Beach Resort

This lodge sits on one of the best beaches in Zanzibar. It has been recently refurbished with improved and new guest villas with a stu...

S&B Rating:
$170 Per person, per night  
Kono Kono Beach Resort

Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge is a wonderfully secluded luxury beach lodge at the northern tip of the stunning beach of Matemwe....

S&B Rating:
$250 Per person, per night  
Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Retreat Villas

Matemwe Retreat is located on an amazing stretch of private land overlooking the Mnemba Atoll....

S&B Rating:
$400 Per person, per night  
Matemwe Retreat Villas

Mnemba Island

Set on a private island off the north eastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island Lodge offers guests the perfect destination to get away fr...

S&B Rating:
$950 Per person, per night  
Mnemba Island

Next Paradise

A charming small hotel on a stunning stretch of beach between Matemwe and Kiwengwa. Excellent food, beautiful rooms and good fun atmos...

S&B Rating:
$125 Per person, per night  
Next Paradise

Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge is a relaxed, family-run, boutique resort situated on the eastern beaches of Zanzibar....

S&B Rating:
$115 Per person, per night  
Shooting Star Lodge

Sunshine Hotel

A cool boutique hotel located on the stunning beach at Matemwe. It claims modern design whilst maintaining eco-chic and chilled out am...

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
Sunshine Hotel

Sunshine Marine Lodge

Beautifully located amidst colourful gardens and providing spectactular views of the sea towards Mnemba Island, Sunshine Marine Lodge i...

S&B Rating:
$110 Per person, per night  
Sunshine Marine Lodge

The Palms

The Palms is a small private and intimate luxury resort with only six villas on the south east coast of Zanzibar....

S&B Rating:
$600 Per person, per night  
The Palms

The Z Hotel

The Z hotel has become a favourite. It is a modern boutique style hotel on the far north tip of Zanzibar within Nungwi village....

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
The Z Hotel

Unguja Lodge

Unguja Lodge is a small, owner-run, luxury hide-away enjoying a private and tucked away beach location in Kizimkazi on the southern tip...

S&B Rating:
$165 Per person, per night  
Unguja Lodge

Beach Resorts

Blue Bay Beach Resort

The Blue Bay Beach Resort & Spa is a large resort situated on landscaped, palm-decked 25-acres along the famed sparkling white sandy be...

S&B Rating:
$200 Per person, per night  
Blue Bay Beach Resort

Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beach Club is the perfect place for those looking for a relatively small resort style accommodation with excellent service and ...

S&B Rating:
$125 Per person, per night  
Breezes Beach Club

Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est

Located on the north-western shores of Zanzibar near Nungwi, Diamonds La Gemma dell' Est is a large all inclusive resort from the Planh...

S&B Rating:
$110 Per person, per night  
Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est

Essque Zalu

Boutique luxe arrives in Zanzibar as Essque Zalu opens its beautifully crafted doors at Nungwi...

S&B Rating:
$360 Per person, per night  
Essque Zalu

Hideaway of Nungwi

A large resort style hotel offering stylish rooms and extensive facilities on the beach between Kendwa and Nungwi....

S&B Rating:
$175 Per person, per night  
Hideaway of Nungwi

Ras Nungwi

On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi beach hotel overlooks a wonderful beach and sparkling expanse of iridescen...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Ras Nungwi

Sultan Sands Resort

Sultan Sands nestles on the beachfront of a twenty-five acre stretch of subtly landscaped gardens decked with over a thousand palm tree...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Sultan Sands Resort

Uroa Bay Beach Resort

An Italian managed resort style hotel lying directly on a private beach overlooking the crystal clear seas of the Indian Ocean....

S&B Rating:
$85 Per person, per night  
Uroa Bay Beach Resort

White Sands Luxury Villas

A stunning beach chic hotel made up of a collection villas spreading across this beautiful stretch of coastline....

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White Sands Luxury Villas

Barefoot and Happy

Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is superb example of genuine Eco-tourism which has been a successful operation for just over 10 years....

S&B Rating:
$250 Per person, per night  
Chumbe Island

Dongwe Ocean View

Newly refubished boutique 18 roomed hotel adjacent to fabulous beach at Dongwe on south east coast...

S&B Rating:
$75 Per person, per night  
Dongwe Ocean View

Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge is only 30 mins southwest of Stone Town within the Menai bay area. Set in 40 acres of exquisite wilderness with three...

S&B Rating:
$105 Per person, per night  
Fumba Beach Lodge

Kendwa Rocks

Kendwa Rocks is very simple, budget, guesthouse accommodation. Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, it is not a...

S&B Rating:
$50 Per person, per night  
Kendwa Rocks

Matemwe Beach

Matemwe Beach is located on a long and idyllic palm-lined beach and is one of the best beach guesthouses on Zanzibar....

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Matemwe Beach

Seasons Lodge

Seasons lodge is a family built, and family run, hotel, opened in 2011 by the Clarkes, an Irish-Ugandan family.  The lodge has been m...

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
Seasons Lodge

Stone Town

Beyt Al Chai

For those who want to experience the charm of a historical Zanzibar setting with a touch of ancient Arabian mystique, then Beyt al Chai...

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
Beyt Al Chai

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel is located in the heart of Stone Town. A very good mid range option with plenty of traditional character and charm....

S&B Rating:
$50 Per person, per night  
Dhow Palace Hotel

Emerson on Hurumzi

Emerson on Hurumzi is the second tallest building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The hotel has been restored to it's former glory when it was...

S&B Rating:
$110 Per person, per night  
Emerson on Hurumzi

Emerson Spice

Fusing a restored nineteenth-century Swahili sultanâ??s palace and Zanzibarâ??s first photographic studio, this multi-storied small h...

S&B Rating:
$100 Per person, per night  
Emerson Spice

Kisiwa House

Luxury boutique hotel convenient for exploring the centre of Stone Town. A great option for those seeking an authentic hotel catering ...

S&B Rating:
$85 Per person, per night  
Kisiwa House

Mashariki Palace Hotel

The Eastern Palace, once the domicile of the Sultan's religious councillor, and now restored beyond its former magnificence. The Mashar...

S&B Rating:
$160 Per person, per night  
Mashariki Palace Hotel

Serena Inn

The Serena Inn is Stone Town's most luxurious hotel with an old colonial style, and is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Serena Inn

Swahili House

Located in the bustling heart of Stonetown, Swahili House has re-opened after a full renovation and is one of the best small boutique h...

S&B Rating:
$75 Per person, per night  
Swahili House

The Seyyida

The Seyyida is an elegant 17-room boutique hotel located in the heart of the World Heritage Site of Stonetown - Zanzibar. The hotel is ...

S&B Rating:
$60 Per person, per night  
The Seyyida

Zawadi

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Emerson on Hurumzi

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Kisiwa On The Beach

Tanzania, Zanzibar

The Residence

Tanzania, Zanzibar

White Sands Luxury Villas

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Gold Zanzibar

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Kono Kono Beach Resort

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Sunshine Marine Lodge

Tanzania, Zanzibar

Green & Blue Ocean Lodge

Tanzania, Zanzibar

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