What does your dream Zanzibar holiday look like? Is it water sports, a large-group villa or bungalows for the entire family, or a more intimate couple’s retreat in a secluded private setting? Maybe you want a combination of experiences. Whatever your preference, whatever your desires, here are the top Zanzibar hotels that you need to experience.
The Residence Zanzibar
One of best Zanzibar hotels for intimate privacy. The Residence Zanzibar offers 66 private villas generously spread amongst a 32-hectare estate of tropical gardens. On top of that, each villa is equipped with generous day beds, cozy wicker chairs for settling in with a book, and a private pool on a wooden deck. Meaning guests don’t need to leave the privacy of their retreat if they shouldn’t wish. However, it would be a mistake to skip out on experiencing the breathtakingly white beach, lagoon-sized central infinity pool, and pampering spa. Not with stand, its six treatment rooms and a rejuvenating menu designed by a niche British spa brand, ila, which you really can’t afford to miss.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the best of both worlds. It’s right near the heart of UNESCO-protected historic Stone Town. It’s set on a peaceful beachfront with fantastic private grounds. As the first five-star hotel in Stone Town, the hotel has a fascinating history. On the other hand, the core was once the mid-19th-century manor of a wealthy Omani trader. This has been lovingly restored and extended to create a beautiful marriage of Omani and Tanzanian heritage and design. Rooms feature decorative ceiling fans, canopied beds, and monsoon showers along with Arabesque and Indian accents like lampshades and floral carvings. Above all, a serene infinity pool looks out onto the Indian Ocean while a dining room serves Arabian, Portuguese and Swahili-influenced cuisine. hyatt.com
On the northern tip of Unguja Island, around 60km from Stone Town, Zuri, which means “beautiful” in Swahili is an apt description for this premium Zanzibar hotel. African-style roofing and earthy but contemporary interiors are featured throughout the 56 villas. Bungalows, and suites, are comfortably spread across the resort’s white-sand beachfront and tropical gardens. Each only step away from the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Bungalows come with terraces and outdoor showers, while villas and suites each offer the added luxury of a private jacuzzi. Guests frequently gather for sundowners served up on the beachfront to jaw-dropping sunsets and soothing DJ sets. Guests can enjoy a range of cuisines from international dishes served up by live cooking stations at the main restaurant. Can also be light bites at the poolside and beachfront or bespoke and intimate private dinners and cooking lessons across the resort. zurizanzibar.com
It was originally built as a holiday home for ABBA’s Benny Andersson. Now, it serves as Zanzibar’s ultimate romantic escape. An architecturally striking masterpiece with 15 curvaceous villas set amongst 35 acres of lush tropical gardens. The Swedish musician’s influence is evident throughout, with accents of Scandi minimalism woven with Middle Eastern heritage in each of the pavilion suites. Rainfall showers and private plunge pools encourage guests to embrace the gorgeous natural surroundings. While a 25-meter infinity pool and nature-centric spa are standout central amenities. Round-the-clock butler service is an added luxury. elewana.com
On the ivory sands of Zanzibar’s northeast coast, this all-inclusive resort is a secluded escape that backs right onto the Indian Ocean. Split between the original building and a newer complex called the Level. The latter of which has an altogether more modern Mediterranean feel with its own restaurant and lounge. It offers exclusive experiences to guests checking into the top-tier room categories. Speaking of which, room categories range from garden-view double rooms to the Level’s ocean-facing. Adults-only pavilion rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with their own private infinity pools. Five restaurants and four bars keep guests’ appetites satisfied with the Jetty Lounge. Aptly positioned on the end of a wooden jetty, a favorite spot for sundowners. melia.com
Zanzibar’s original eco-chic beach lodge is the perfect location for a rustic tropical getaway, located near the village of Matemwe in the northeast of the island. This Zanzibar hotel houses just 12 guest villas serviced by two swimming pools that almost flow off the rugged coral cliff into the ocean. However, opposite the hotel is a marine conservation area and diving hotspot. Consequently, it is where green turtles’ nests and more than 600 species of coral reef fish can be found. Also, guests can enjoy modern rooms with traditional touches like woven rugs, antique furniture, and Zanzibari chests, an all-day restaurant focusing on the locale. Definitely among the best Zanzibar hotels. matemwe.asiliaafrica.com
Fun Beach Hotel
Fun Beach is a beachfront hotel located between Paje and Jambiani that gives you access to some of the best-loved Zanzibar Island beaches. Take in towering palm trees, lush gardens, white sandy beaches, and sparkling warm water.
Enjoy plentiful amenities for the Zanzibar hotels holiday filled with excitement. Above all, relish the fresh island breezes, or duck inside for air conditioning in the comfort of your individual bungalow. You’ll make unforgettable memories bonding with travel companions on your private veranda with its pool view and personal garden just outside your door. Fun Beach Hotel
Qambani Luxury Resort
Ambani is a luxury beachfront resort boasting expansive grounds, and plenty of outdoor and indoor living areas. Singular features like its two pools one of which is a large infinity pool built for a breathtaking ocean view. Consequently, enjoy access to a secluded Zanzibar island beach and all meals included with your stay. That is to say, with your choice of seven exquisite villas and a tailored experience, Qambani is sure to make your Zanzibar Hotel Holiday unforgettable. Qambani Luxury Resort
Mwezi Boutique Resort & La Luna Suite Apartments
Think of the Mwezi Resort as your Zanzibar island home away from home. This outstanding Zanzibar hotel offers seven Full Moon Bungalows, six Moon Bungalows, three Pool Houses, and one Beach House. Nevertheless, each house is thoughtfully placed in a staggered-row configuration. So, to ensure every guest enjoys unique views and Indian Ocean breezes from their own open-air veranda. A paradise beachfront resort watches the sun or moon rise from the ocean. As a result, fall asleep to a tranquil sea breeze, and relish a secluded paradise under a canopy of stars.
Connected to Mwezi Boutique Resort. La Luna Suite Apartments are positioned within a tropical garden which cradles two air-conditioned garden rooms and 19 self-catering air-conditioned suite apartments. However, it is one of the Zanzibar Hotels that sleeps up to four people and overlooks a large pool at the center of the property. Guests spending their Zanzibar holiday at La Luna Suite Apartments, are welcome to enjoy the services and facilities offered at Mwezi Boutique Resort, with both properties linked via a short walk. Mwezi Boutique Resort. Read More About Zanzibar
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