Below are lists displaying some ideal hotels according to region. Here we have put the 4 most popular hotels in each designated area. We have chosen these top four for a number of reasons and all of these criteria combined do not necessarily apply to each hotel. The criteria we have based our choices on are as follows:
Please click on the region’s name to see our choice of hotels:
Tembo’s public areas are spacious and refreshing, with an inviting pool and lounge. Most of our rooms have balconies over looking the beach or the swimming pool courtyard. Each bedroom is self-contained, air conditioned, equipped with fridge, telephone and cable television. With antique furniture from across the world, each room signifies the true essence of Zanzibar; its rich history seeped with stories of global traders and explorers from all continents. Like its sister Dhow Palace, Tembo Hotel is an old building going back several centuries, and it is full of authentic memorabilia. It is well known for its hospitality and old-fashioned sense of duty and commitment to quality, often lacking in the fast lane of the modern world’s hospitality trade.
Zanzibari Dhows optimizes East Africa’s culture; carrying people, goods and treasures to and from Zanzibar over hundreds of years, and the hotel’s name reflects just that. The Dhow Palace building is in the heart of the stone town, and has born witness to historic events throughout Zanzibar’s vivid history. The Dhow building itself became the center of attention back in 1993 when it was transformed from a family mansion in to this elegant hotel. In 2005 a new wing was added, in keeping with the hotel’s old original style of high ceilings and extensive missionary work. Most rooms have a veranda, air condition & ceiling fan, flat Screen TV (LCD) with cable TV, free wi-fi, fridge/mini bars, ensuite bathroom, hair dryers, telephone extension and mosquito net. A small pool is situated by the semi open lounge/café.
Zanzibar Serena Hotel places you in the heart of Zanzibar Town, within walking distance of Stone Town Beach and the Old Fort. This 5-star hotel is also within close proximity of Forodhani Gardens and the famous ‘House of Wonders’. It is the epitome of good service, and the Aga Khan renovated the historic buildings into its present hotel state. It has 42 individually furnished guestrooms that are light and spacious, featuring minibars, LCD televisions and Air Conditioning as well as a private balcony, and wireless Internet access to keep you connected. In addition satellite programming is available for your entertainment. The rooms’ private bathrooms have separate bathtubs and showers ‘feature designer toiletries’ and hair dryers. Serena Hotel is renowned for its excellent food and service, and its beautiful, historical main building was the island’s original dispensary in the 1800s.
The Park Hyatt embraces Zanzibar’s rich culture, heritage and historical significance of it’s location on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site. The hotel is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique going back to the 17th century. It features 67 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 11 suites. Standard guest rooms range in size from 45 square metres to 50 square metres and ocean front rooms feature spectacular, picturesque views of dhow harbours and the Indian Ocean. The suites offer private balconies and all guest rooms feature spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and rain shower facilities. All the guest rooms at Park Hyatt Zanzibar offer the finest services and facilities you would expect from both the Park Hyatt brand and from a world-class hotel.
As part of the luxury Emerald Collection, Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa offers spectacular oceanfront settings known to be among the finest in the world. It features 100 luxuriously appointed ocean front accommodation including villas, suites, presidential suites, luxury junior suites, prestige junior suites, luxury superior junior suites; all beautifully styled and finished with the latest facilities. The following complimentary facilities are available: a 50m infinity swimming pool (separate children’s pool) with fresh water, internet café, a pool table, a library, board games, table tennis, tennis court, fitness centre, kayaking, hobbie cat, windsurf- ing and guided tour of the Hideaway Botanical garden with local spices and fruit trees.
La Gemma dell’ Est Resort is located on the north-western tip of the island and the site of Zanzibar’s most precious beach. This delightful hotel offers a high level ‘All Inclusive Package,’ and facilities available include a business center, saline pool, gym, a gorgeous beach with activities including an excellent Scuba Diving school, a spa, 5 Bars and 4 restaurants. It features 138 rooms, all of which have a sea view, surrounded by a luxurious tropical environment. All rooms feature a private terrace, wide double bed or two singles with mosquito nets, adjustable air conditioning, fan, telephone with international calling capability, room bar restocked daily, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, digital safe, luggage rack, large bathroom with shower cabin, and hair dryer.
Amaan Bungalows offers a wide range of accommodation styles to suite every budget and need. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, taking a long holiday, on tour around Zanzibar, or indulging in a short break – you’ll find your absolute beachfront, leisure holiday at Amaan Bungalows Resort. Its high quality holiday accommodation is well-maintained facilities; with friendly and professional staff, and a superb location offering activities both within the resort and throughout the surrounding area. Our accommodation features locally designed serene architecture, modern bathrooms, king sized beds, mosquito nets, superb customer service and a warm Africanized environment just a Minutes walk from the beach.
Langi Langi Bungalows are situated on the northern coast of Unguja near Nungwi, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort has 35 rooms of various sizes. All rooms are sea view. The accommodation is refreshingly simple in design and décor, offering a slice of traditional Zanzibari aestheticism combined with ample Western comfort. Wicker furniture offsets large canopied beds and each room has king or twin beds with spacious en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and ceiling fan, hot and cold water, telephone, safe deposit box and fridge. Hair dryers are available on request for a USD 50 deposit. The rooms are spacious and light and most have large balconies. All hotel rooms have easy access to both beach (1-2 minutes walk) and the pool.
Neptune Pwani Beach Resort lies on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, on the Kiwengwa shoreline, a perfect destination to ‘truly get away from it all.’ Elegantly furnished, the resort is an ideal choice. The Resort has been meticulously created, emulating traditional Zanzibar style, using the best in local design, interiors, furnishing, meeting top international standards. The accommodation at Neptune Pwani comprises of 154 rooms including, 78 Sea side rooms on the ocean front and 72 Sea view rooms set back from the sea side – but all with sea facing terraces or balconies. Each traditionally thatched bungalow is generously spaced and set amidst beautifully maintained grounds leading down to the oceanfront. In addition there are 4 suites and each room features king size or European Twin beds, mosquito nets, individual controllable air conditioning, TV with satellite channels, in room electric safe box, mini-bar and coffee maker, comfortable sitting area for 2 people, a spacious balcony, modern bathroom with walk-in shower, WC, hairdryer, hand basin and ‘Taylor of London’ fine toiletries.
Located on the East Coast of Zanzibar, this luxurious 5 star All Inclusive Resort is set in the midst of exotic and colourful tropical gardens directly on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the Indian Ocean. Elegantly furnished, the resort is an ideal choice for those guests who are in search of a retreat slightly off the beaten track. The architectural style of the buildings brings to mind old African-Arab Palaces, with its interiors combining the exotic together with comfortable modern style of living. Fittings and furniture have been designed by Italian specialists and made in elm wood. The 157 rooms include 64 deluxe garden rooms with an exclusive swimming pool with children area and bar, 40 deluxe ocean view rooms, 40 junior suites with ocean view, 10 junior suites ocean view with Jacuzzi, and 3 royal suites with private pool. It has spacious grounds and a number of restaurants offering a range of different, tasty cuisine.
Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar and it is sit on a beautiful 30-acre site with its bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking gardens, the public areas, the pool, the more than 1,000 beautiful palm trees, the white beach and sea beyond. It offers superior rooms, garden rooms, junior suites with Twin Beds or Double Bed with billowing mosquito nets, a separate dressing room, en suite bathrooms, external Veranda /Balcony, split level air conditioners, ceiling fan, mini-bar, hair dryers, smoke detectors, telephones, satellite TV, electronic safes, and tea & coffee making facilities. The SULTAN Suites “Where the sultans of Zanzibar would want to stay,” positioned right on the beach in a private compound, private beach and comes with its own butler service.
Pongwe Beach is a tranquil location – the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace. It is the ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon, or a holiday with an air of exclusivity. It has Sea View Suites, Beach Front Rooms and Garden View Rooms all have Zanzibari double beds and an additional bed for triple rooms, a locally woven wardrobe, en-suite shower, mosquito netting & fan, and seating on a private terrace. The Sea View Suite has its own private plunge pool, and like the Garden Suite it is just a 30 second walk to the beach. The Sea View rooms are a step away from the beach! It offers the perfect paradise island experience. The bay’s clear blue waters protected by a reef one kilometer from the shore — making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Breezes lies along a pristine and untouched beach on the South East coast of Zanzibar island, which is the most quiet and untouched part of the Island chosen by the reputable Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the top 30 beaches in the world. Breezes is famous for its attention to detail, intimate and private dining, its beautiful Zanzibari decor with stunning carving, glistening brass and rich fabrics creates an elegant and unique atmosphere. Breezes features the award winning Frangipani Spa. The hotel’s suites are located on the upper floor of the bungalows with large balconies and sun beds. The Suites have a walk in dressing room and larger bathroom with large terrace, private sunbathing area, and a covered outdoor lounge area. Deluxe Rooms are located on the ground floor of bungalows with terraces tastefully decorated in natural ivory tones, with cotton throws, teak wood finishes and Zanzibar carvings. The Standard Rooms are located further away from the sea on the property with a terrace and garden view. Standard and Deluxe rooms are identical in terms of décor and size. All rooms & suites are fully air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, refrigerator, personal electronic safe box, hairdryer in bathroom and a full third bed functioning as a sofa.
Located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. Baraza Resort and Spa is a 5 star all-inclusive hotel voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. With just 30 villas, this All Inclusive Resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans with its unique decor. Accommodation includes: Garden View Two Bedroom Villas with a master bedroom, en suite bathroom and freestanding bathtub, walk in dressing room, plus second bedroom. The Sultan Two Bedroom Villa has a master bedroom, en suite bathroom and freestanding bathtub, walk in dressing room, second bedroom with en suite bathroom. The Ocean View & Ocean Front One bedroom Villas are Bedroom Villa has a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bathtub, walk in dressing room.
All suites & rooms have a living room, all modern amenities, two sun loungers, and a plunge pool. The Presidential Two Bedroom Villa has two master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, freestanding bathtub, walk in dressing room and terrace – spectacular sea front views, a large plunge pool, and a outdoor day bed lounging.
Arabian Nights consists of an Exclusive Hotel, Arabian Suites, Arabian Nights Guest House, and Abrabian Nights Villas & Appartments. The view is stunning, the staff excellent, with simple restaurant and the best food on the beach. The ocean front rooms have a master suite and can accommodate 1-2 people – with telephone, a color TV for entertainment and an exclusive bathroom with shower and a tub. Cozy-up and relax in a comfortable recliner by the balcony and feel the clean fresh breeze of the Indian Ocean as you read a good book or just relax lying around. The Gardens & Pool view rooms are located towards the back of the hotel and offer the same accessories and furnishings as the Ocean front rooms.
Arabian Nights Suites are right on the shores of Paje Beach, very close to restaurants and several kite centers. It is in the middle of Zanzibar’s renowned kite surfing paradise where people from across the globe meet to enjoy this exhilarating watersport in perfect conditions (be you a beginner seeking expert tuition in the sport or an experienced kite surfer). Sea front rooms (similar to décor and facilities at its hotel) offer a spectacular view of the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
The Guest House is a quaint, comfortable place where ‘water babies’ meet to share stories about Kite Surfing and eat, sleep and surf 24/7!
Karafu is very popular with groups, families and those looking for lots of activity under the sun. It is a spacious resort, with wide-open views over its talcum powder beach. Public areas include 2 boutiques, 2 conference rooms, 2 swimming pools, 1 game room, a baby area, tennis tables, 3 bars, 3 restaurants, and a unique, floating restaurant that brings a new meaning to dinning! This restaurant is located 200 meters off the coast in front of Kae Beach, and offers an “à la carte” menu with shellfish and lobsters. Note: It is open for dinner only on request and with favorable weather conditions.
In addition Karafu has a Masai village, 2 tennis courts, a football field, a fully equipped diving center, gym and a delicious pizzeria, event lounge, and a excursion / transfer desk. Above the cliff of Karafuu hotel’s premises, on top of the long white sandy beach of Pingwe Bay, you will find the tranquil world of ‘SAMAWATI Spa’.
Karafuu is also well known for organizing very special and romantic weddings and honeymoons. It also plans meetings & incentives, utilizing two capacious conference rooms (air-conditioned and fully equipped); combined with excellent gala dinners and all the other trimmings involved with specialized ‘Incentive Groups.’
The Residence Zanzibar is surrounded by gardens and set on its own stretch of white sand beach, and this luxury spa resort is only 55 minutes’ drive from Zanzibar City. Guests can enjoy 2 on-site restaurants as well as a butler service. All of the spacious villas have an elegant style with views out onto the gardens. Some have ocean views, and all come with a small private pool, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The resort’s 66 luxuriously appointed villas fuse contemporary style with the elegance of the island’s African, Omani and European heritage. Set within 32 hectares of tropical gardens, the villas offer the perfect combination of spaciousness and privacy. Relaxing comes easy on the lounge deck outside, furnished with wicker chairs and daybeds, overlooking a 1.2-metre-deep private swimming pool and soothing garden, beach or ocean views. If you feel like exploring the beautiful gardens and local surroundings, stroll at your leisure or hop on the bicycles that are provided with each of our Zanzibar luxury villas.
The Residence Zanzibar has a glass-walled swimming pool and fitness centre, and it is possible to book spa treatments on site. A Kid’s Club offers children’s activities, while adults can enjoy a relaxing drink at the Jetty Lounge Bar.
Area activities include snorkelling, visits to the Jozani Forest Reserve and dolphin safaris. The village of Kizimkazi is only 20 minutes away by car.
Swahili Beach Resort is a beach resort on the well know dolphin coastline of Kizimkazi. Kizimkazi is an un-spoilt village where the traditional Zanzibarian lifestyle is rich with culture and has not changed in centuries! Its surroundings are as peaceful, as the people are friendly and welcoming.
Swahili Beach Resort has the amenities and the luxuries normally associated with a larger resort, but it also has the character and eye to detail, usually linked with smaller, more exclusive hotels. The resort is decorated in stunning authentic Zanzibar furnishings; is small enough to be intimate but big enough to offer luxuries such as a large & inviting pool, room service (a rarity in Zanzibar) and many other luxuries.
All 19 Sea View Rooms have a separate dressing room, en suite bath room, spacious veranda, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hair dryer, satellite TV, mini-bar, smoke detectors, telephones, safe box and room service. The Sands Rooms are the largest and closest to the ocean. These are single story semi detached units with 2 rooms per unit. They enjoy both a beach and ocean view. The Superior Rooms are located a little further back but still enjoy a sea view. These rooms are double story semi detached units with 4 rooms per unit. The Cabana Rooms are sort of in between! – but also have a beach and sea view.
It is the perfect location for those who want a sophisticated Zanzibari beach resort without the crowds!