Resting approximately 40 kilometres from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanzibar Island is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life.
This underwater paradise is a mecca for watersport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, kitesurfing, and sailing on traditional dhows. The island’s old city, Stone Town, features a maze of narrow alleyways lined with boutiques, bars, restaurants, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses.
Don’t miss the chance to relax in the lap of luxury on the exclusive private island of Mnemba, lying just 3 kilometres off the coast of the main island.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Exclusive yet unpretentious, andBeyond Mnemba Island is an award-winning private beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Ten beachside bandas overlook a pristine coral reef (a scuba diver’s delight) at this romantic, private hideaway. From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking to massages on the beach and simply doing nothing at all, andBeyond Mnemba has something for everyone.
A boutique eco-luxury resort located on the front of the pristine sands of Paje Beach, Zanzibar, the resort counts 11 luxury villas (1500 square metres of plot each, a butler service, indoor and outdoor bathrooms and separate living room) with a focus on privacy, space and serenity. The resort also includes 3 Cinnamon Rooms. Amenities include a restaurant, bars, spa, a children’s playground and a luxury kite surfing centre. Ideal for honeymooners (especially our beachfront villas), families (2 bedroom and 5 bedroom villas), Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is family-owned and operated by a passionate team who promise an authentic, generous and unique experience with a personal touch.
Matemwe Lodge is shaded by lush tropical gardens on the edge of a beautiful lagoon that at high tide reaches right to the edge of the lodge. Quiet corners for lazy afternoons abound, from colourful guest areas to the swimming pool where you can watch fishermen sail their billowing dhows. The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is a specialty of the house, and all produce is bought daily from local fishermen and markets. The multilevel swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs is perfect for days spent soaking up the sun, and the poolside bar with fresh cocktails and drinks completes the island experience.
Xanadu exceeds tranquility, luxury and expectation. Eight uncompromising villas, surrounded by lush vegetation along a stretch of pristine white sand beach, Xanadu was conceived and crafted by her owners Eileen and Marcus out of a desire to breathe.