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whERE TO STAY - zanzibar  

Zanzibar has a big number of hotels and lodges in various price ranges to choose between, in town as well as on the beaches. You can read about some of our favourites here but keep in mind we have more to offer.

 

 
EMERSON SPICE, STONE TOWN
This characterful, chic hotel has a 360 degree view of the UNESCO world heritage site that is Stone Town. In tribute to its religious diversity, from this eyrie you can see a cathedral, a Hindu temple and a mosque.

With delicately carved wooden trellising and hanging lanterns, this is an incredibly romantic location, and the food lives up to this promise too. Dinner is a six course menu of small dishes with an emphasis on flavour and freshness. Zanzibari seafood, spices and fruit are the main stars here, often in combination, with typical dishes including passion fruit ceviche, lemongrass calamari with black pepper banana, tambi prawns with grilled mango, coconut fish, squid ink risotto, and sorbets of custard apple with saffron and mango with cardamom.

Read rewiev and article about the hotel
 

 

 
EMERSON ON HURUMZI, STONE TOWN
The sister hotel to Emerson Spice, located nearby in the heart of Stone Town. The bedrooms,  especially the large ceremonial ones, are some of the most atmospheric in Zanzibar. Stained-glass windows and wooden lattice-work throw mysterious patterns over marbled bathtubs and oriental rugs, while vast mosquito nets are draped over carved four-poster beds.

The view from the towertop restaurant over the motley roofs of Stone Town forms a magical backdrop for a Swahili dinner served at knee-high tables by robed waiters.
   

 

Zanzibar Retreat
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel located on the famous Matemwe beach on the North East coast of Zanzibar.

The hotel faces the longest interrupted stretch of finest white coral sand on the Spice Island making it a perfect location for long walks and swimming at high tide. Built in 2007, the hotel was planned for tranquility and relaxation using the highest quality local materials.

The rooms are made with beautiful wood carvings, hardboard verandas and are roofed with traditional Makuti (coconut thatch). On the beach are small makuti bandas giving plenty of shade and space for relaxing and enjoying the exclusive view of the beach.
   


 

 
BLUE BAY BEACH RESORT

A luxury beachfront resort with traditional Swahili charm, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on the finest white, sandy beach on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar.

Set in 30-acres of tropical gardens with over 1,000 palm trees, the resort is one of Zanzibar’s most prestigious properties offering the ultimate in beach comfort: excellent accommodation; fine wining and dining; a host of sports and leisure facilities; the famous Oasis Spa; and our award-winning service. Free WiFi is also available throughout the Resort.

As well as being a magical destination for holidaymakers wishing to soak up the sun and the enchanting culture of Zanzibar, the resort also offers excellent facilities for meetings, conferences and group incentives. Our weddings and events team can also plan your private party, your wedding ceremony and reception and, of course, your honeymoon.

 



 

 
SUNSHINE HOTEL, North East

Sunshine Hotel is a 15 room, beach hotel, located in Matemwe on the north-east coast of Zanzibar.

Sunshine Hotel – Eco friendly, stylish and cozy, carefully designed by professional designers, creating a unique chilled-out ambiance to make you feel happy and relaxed.

Set right on the unspoiled white sandy beach, lined with palm trees and washed by warm, turquoise waters of Indian Ocean, it’s a perfect getaway from every-day life.

 



 

 
KONO KONO BEACH, South East

Konokono Beach Resort is located on the Michamvi Peninsula, on the South East Coast of Zanzibar - one of the most authentic and secluded places on the island - and overlooks the wonderful Chwaka Bay.

Several kilometres of white pristine beach face Konokono. The resort is a quiet paradise offering privacy and tranquility in the heart of nature. In this quiet surrounding you will find all the modern luxuries such as a beach bar, restaurant, pool and spa which were designed with your comfort in mind.
 



 

 
Neptune Pwani Beach Resort
The flagship of the Neptune Group, Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa, situated on the Eastern Coast of Zanzibar in Kiwengwa, is the latest addition to the Neptune Groups portfolio of hotels. It opened its doors early December 2006. This 5-star resort hosts 4 VIP suites and 150 deluxe rooms nestled on 30 acres of the most exquisite landscape on the coast and one of the most spectacular beaches in East Africa.

The Resort has been decorated in a Swahili theme using Zanzibari furnishings to give a style and comfort that are distinctly Zanzibar.

The Resort offers a wide array of facilities including a spa and fully equipped conference centre with WIFI. 
 

 
 

 
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Located on an expanse of beautiful beach wilderness on the northern tip of Zanzibar, and protected by a coral reef, Ras Nungwi is a small and exclusive hotel, ideal for all forms of water-sport, or for merely relaxing in the temperate water while soaking up the equatorial sun.

All 32 rooms are tastefully furnished, with hand-crafted four poster beds and indigenous décor, and all have en suite facilities and balconies.

Lodge rooms have a garden view and all types of chalet room have a sea view, with proximity to the ocean being closer the higher the category.

Zanzibar Deep Sea Fishing’s base location at Ras Nungwi is in close proximity to some of Africa’s best deep sea fishing grounds. The waters between Zanzibar and Pemba are home to some excellent year round game fishing opportunities .
 



 
 

 
CHE CHE VULE, North East

Che Che Vule is idyllically situated on the palm fringed East Coast of Zanzibar.

This secluded beach Villa was built back in the 1990’s as a private house. During 2007 & 2008 the property was expanded and upgraded and since then we’ve been delighted to invite visitors from all over the world who seek an exclusive, stylish retreat with all the comforts of a resort, yet, with emphasis on personal service.

Our small team is all from villages nearby and include your private chefs, butlers housekeepers, gardeners and security guards. Their aim is to ensure that our guests at Che Che Vule enjoy an unforgettable time. Their pride and humble shadow-like service your joy.

 



 

 
Tembo House Hotel, Stone town
Tembo House is strategically situated on the seafront of Stone Town, an ideal location for relaxing after a day’s sightseeing.

All rooms are spacious, and beautifully decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibari ornaments, antiques and furniture. First-class facilities include air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, multi-channel television and en-suite bathroom. Swimming-pool. No alcohol is served in the hotel. 
     

 
 
Serena Inn, Stone town
Top of the range when it comes to quality, location, service and comfort. They have swimmingpool, restaurant, business centre, bar and conference facilities. 
     
   

Mind & Soul Travel (TZ) Ltd
P.O. Box 6246, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel. +255 (0)784 683655 or +255 (0)786 234070 info@mindsoultravel.com