Zanzibar resorts

Zanzibar resorts

Zanzibar offers a large selection of fine accommodations both in Stone Town and on the beaches, catering to different tastes, interests and budgets. Whenever possible, we generally recommend that visitors combine a short stay in Stone Town to explore the history and architecture of the isles' cultural heart, with a stay on one of the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches.

Below are some of our favorite properties on the island.

Stone Town Accommodations

These fine accommodations in "down town" Zanzibar may not offer water sports or a garden, however they more than compensated with rich and vibrant characteristics. One or two nights cultural immersion stay in the Stone Town is considered an excellent a compliment to a relaxing a beach vacation. Combined they make for a well round Zanzibar experience. However given it's long and rich history many wish to learn more and wind up staying a little longer than planned. It's often time well spent and rejuvenating.


Some of our favorites in Stone Town

Tembo House Hotel – Silver

Tembo House Hotel & Apartments is situated at the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town by the picturesque seafront. It is conveniently located about five minutes away from the port and only a further 20 minutes from the Zanzibar International Airport. The magnificent main building has a rich history dating back to 1834 when it served as the American Consulate in Zanzibar.


Emerson Spice Hotel – Gold

Emerson Spice Hotel is located in Stone Town, on the west coast of Zanzibar. It is a wonderfully authentic property with a 360 degree view of Stone Town. It is considered to be in a prime location amongst the rooftops of Stone Town, with many hotels fighting for recognition as the best place to enjoy an atmospheric sundowner, as day passes to night and voices echo in the stone ravines below.


Zanzibar Serena Inn – Gold

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.


Zanzibar Beach Resorts

The beach resorts in Zanzibar are fabulous and nicely hold their own against the finest in the world. Generally set in pristine gardens by the beach these delightful properties offer a variety of water sports and some of the beaches anywhere. The east coast beaches are considered more beautiful. However they face the prevailing winds and as such the seas are a little rougher.

The northern coast of Zanzibar is considered the best for relaxation and water sports. The east coast of Zanzibar is famous for its pristine palm fringed beaches stretching out as far as the eyes could see. Some of the most popular properties in Zanzibar are in the North East part of the Island. Pemba Island has some really outstanding properties too.


Some of our favorite Zanzibar Beach Resorts

Blue Bay Beach Resort – Silver

Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. The Resort is on the most beautiful 30-acre site with its bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, the more than 1,000 beautiful palm trees, the sparkling white beach and the azure seas beyond.


Sultan Sands Island Resort – Silver

Sultan Sands Island Resort is a uniquely constructed magical Africa resort, with a choice of 76 rooms built in single storey African style rondavels - each with two tastefully decorated rooms with a separate changing room leading into the superbly appointed en-suite bathroom. It nestles on the beachfront of a 25 acre stretch of subtly landscaped gardens decked with over 1000 palm trees.


Hotel Melia – Gold

Situated on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Meliá Zanzibar is contained within a beautiful 40 hectare estate providing spectacular, uninterrupted views of the magnificent Indian Ocean. The resort offers a private beach of pearlescent white sand lapped by warm ocean waters. The island is ringed by a natural coral reef, making bathing and snorkeling a relaxing and safe experience.


Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar – Gold

Located on the East Coast of Zanzibar, Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar is a superb 5 star all inclusive Resort nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. The exclusive and elegant atmosphere of the hotel is perfect for guests avid of a perfect hideaway.


Essque Zalu – Platinum

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the island's north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from 40 suites, all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. Ensconce yourself in luxurious-styled spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof.


Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est – Platinum

Located on the north-western shores of Zanzibar, this enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with private terrace and with sea views. The 4 restaurants, 3 bars and oriental café offer a vast array of international and local cuisine, combining notable service with culinary excellence.

For a complete Zanzibar experience, it's recommended you stay in the Stone Town for a few days followed by a lazy relaxation at beach property. Always keep in mind that some of the smaller exclusive properties are very popular especially during high season. Many are often fully booked anywhere from 6 months to a year in advance.