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Jafferji House & Spa
This upmarket place, under the same management as the Zanzibar Gallery and Gallery Tours & Safaris has nine top-of-the-line rooms – all named after famous Zanzibari figures, and authentically furnished – and a spa.
Zanzibar Palace Hotel
A new place – actually a renovation of an older hotel. Rooms all have Zanzibari beds and period design, some have separate sitting areas, some small balconies, most have large raised or sunken-style bathtubs, and most have air-con...
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
This attractive, upmarket place has a low-key ambience, airy sea-view chalets nestled on a hillside overlooking the sea, and less expensive ‘garden-view’ rooms in the main lodge, plus a huge and very comfortable and well-appointed suite...
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa
The nicest of the large resorts along the Kiwengwa coastline, with a more subdued atmosphere than its neighbours. Rooms have two large beds and all the amenities, and the grounds are expansive, green and serene.
Ocean Paradise Resort
An agreeable choice if you’re seeking a resort, with accommodation in spacious, round bungalows, a raised restaurant with commanding views over the water, large, green gardens dotted with palms and sloping down to the beach and a huge swimming pool.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Breezes Beach Club & Spa is an intimate place that receives consistently good reviews and is often fully booked...
Worth a mention simply because of its considerable presence at the luxury end of the market. Rooms and services are upmarket and there are several pools, including a 60m infinity pool as well as smaller private infinity pools.
Mbweni Ruins Hotel Zanzibar
Mbweni is a quiet, genteel establishment set in lovely, expansive and lushly vegetated gardens about 5km from town, and several kilometres off the airport road...
Smiles Beach Hotel
Smiles – on the eastern edge of Nungwi centre – has well-maintained and well-appointed rooms in two-storey tile-roofed cottages overlooking a manicured lawn and a nice patch of beach...
Chavda is a quiet, reliable hotel with some period décor and a range of bland, carpeted rooms with TV, telephone and minibar. The rooftop bar and restaurant are open during the high season only.
Pakachi Beach Resort
Just a few small and simple stone-and-thatch bungalows (one is a six-person family bungalow) with mosquito nets set in a lush garden somewhat back from the beach, and a good restaurant featuring local cuisine and pizzas.
A large whitewashed thatched-roofed house on the beach, with the village just behind. It has five rooms (maximum seven people) and a cook available on request.
Coral Rock Hotel
Set on a large coral rock jutting out into the sea at the southern end of Jambiani, with the beach to the side...
Warere Town House
Warere has good-value rooms – some with small balconies and all with hot water – plus a rooftop terrace. It’s just minutes’ walk from the port (staff will meet you), and behind Bandari Lodge and Annex of Malindi Lodge.
Mashariki Palace Hotel
Built in the 19th century, Mashariki Palace Hotel has an Arabian-style terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean and Stone Town. Some spacious rooms contain original features such as arches and balconies...
Diamonds Star Of The East
Diamonds Star of the East is a private sanctuary located along Nungwi Beach on the North Western tip of Zanzibar. It boasts a private beach, an open-air gym and a spa. A butler service is available...
Diamonds La Gemma Dell'est
Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est is in tropical gardens and waterfalls on the northwest shores of Zanzibar. It features a fully equipped water sports center, a spa and 4 restaurants...
Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel
Located along its own private sandy beach in Matemwe, Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel features large gardens and an outdoor pool. It is 45 km from Stone Town, and offers a restaurant and free Wi-Fi...
Doubletree By Hilton Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
On a white sandy beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar, this Doubletree Resort features luxurious rooms with ocean views. The lush tropical gardens showcase an outdoor pool and bar...
Sultan Sands Island Resort
Located on the beachfront with views of the Indian Ocean, Sultan Sands offers traditional-style African huts with a balcony or terrace. It includes a buffet restaurant and bar overlooking the pool with terrace and sun loungers...
Twisted Palms Lodge & Restaurant
Situated in a tranquil location on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Twisted Palms Lodge & Restaurant offers traditional African-style accommodation in thatch roof huts with a private veranda. It has a restaurant, café and massage facilities...
Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa
Located on Kendwa Beach, the oasis of luxury that is Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa offers guests stylish, individually decorated accommodation with a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean or garden...
Uroa Bay Beach Resort
Located 300 yards from its private beach, the Uroa Bay Beach Resort is on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It includes a pool bar and a restaurant, and provides free Wi-Fi in public areas...