Hotels on the Spice Islands of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Serena Inn, Zanzibar Stone TownPictured Above: In the heart of the legendary Stone Town of Zanzibar stands the Zanzibar Serena Inn, a member of Small Luxury Hotels. Two historic seafront buildings have been masterfully restored to their original splendour, to create this property. The 51 air-conditioned guest rooms have en suite showers, hair dryer, television, a fully stocked mini bar, as well as direct dial telephone.
The hotel offers a full service lounge and bar with one main restaurant, where the team of chefs create superb meals and, as with most coastal venues, seafood is a specialty and an absolute must on the menu.
With Stone Town's rich cultural heritage, the Serena is able to offer a variety of optional daytrips including round the island tours in native sailing dhows, scuba diving and snorkelling. And for those guests who are in Zanzibar on business, a fully equipped conference room is available.
Tembo House Hotel, Zanzibar Stone Town
Tembo House is strategically situated on the seafront of Zanzibar's Stone Town. The 36 rooms are spacious, and beautifully decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibari ornaments, antiques and furniture. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, multi-channel television and en-suite bathroom.
The hotel's swimming pool allows you to cool off during the heat of the day, whilst business travellers can take advantage of the conference room. Other hotel facilities include a souvenir shop, offering a range of gifts and curio items and the Bahari Restaurant featuring local and international cuisine. Marine sports and picnics can be arranged for you by our friendly reception staff at an additional cost.
Emerson & Green Hotel, Zanzibar Stone Town
The second tallest building in the historic Zanzibar Stone Town and once the residence of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire, the Emerson & Green Hotel is an integral part of the Zanzibar Skyline. The 10 guest rooms are beautiful and romantic, each exhibiting Zanzibari style in a distinct way. The first and second floor rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans, while the upper floors are quite airy and semi open with ceiling fans.
All guest rooms have large antique Zanzibari beds complete with mosquito netting. The hotel now has two restaurants, the famous Tower Top Restaurant, and the Kidude cafe and restaurant. The Tower Top is an absolute must, featuring panoramic views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Guests are seated on Arabic-style cushions and carpets, having left their shoes at the door. The five-course dinner is often accompanied by live local entertainment.
The Kidude cafe / restaurant on the ground floor is comfortably air-conditioned and is open for lunch through tea time and dinner. The lunch and varied dinner menus are delicious and very reasonably priced. The Kidude boasts an elegant Arab-style setting dedicated to Zanzibar's oldest living Taarab performer, Bi Kidude.
All guest rooms have large antique Zanzibari beds complete with mosquito netting. The hotel now has two restaurants, the famous Tower Top Restaurant, and the Kidude cafe and restaurant. The Tower Top is an absolute must, featuring panoramic views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Guests are seated on Arabic-style cushions and carpets, having left their shoes at the door.
The five-course dinner is often accompanied by live local entertainment. The Kidude cafe/restaurant on the ground floor is comfortably air-conditioned and is open for lunch through tea time and dinner. The lunch and varied dinner menus are delicious and very reasonably priced. The Kidude boasts an elegant Arab-style setting dedicated to Zanzibar's oldest living Taarab performer, Bi Kidude.
Mbweni Ruins Hotel. ZanzibarView from the Hotel Verandah
Mbweni Ruins is situated on the outskirts of Stone Town and is set in the magnificent Mbweni botanical gardens. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, a bar and swimming pool. There are only 13 bedrooms all decorated in the Zanzibar style with oriental rugs, four-poster beds, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities and verandah with a sea view.
The Mbweni gardens were created in 1991 and have earned a reputation for its plant diversity. The garden attracts a host of small animals, birds and butterflies. There are numerous nature trails that wind their way through the gardens to places of relaxation how about 'view points', food and historical interest. The Mbweni ruins are what remain of St. Mary's School for girls, which was built between 1871 and 1874 by the first missionaries to East Africa. The stark and beautiful ruins are a reminder of how the slave trade left broken families and orphaned girls.
Candlelit dinners can be arranged in the ruins, which conjure up the magical and mystical traditions of Zanzibar. Other activities include bird watching, tours of Zanzibar and its surrounding islands. Marine activities including swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling and dhow cruises can be arranged at an extra cost.
Blue Bay Beach Resort, Zanzibar East Coast
Situated on the East Coast of Zanzibar Island in an area known as Kiwengwa. This is a beautiful setting on a fine wide, white, and sandy beach, which is fringed with palm trees. The public areas are open and airy and both the lounge and dining area overlook the pool and the sea beyond.
There are 88 spacious rooms each with en suite bathroom, mosquito net, ceiling fan, air conditioner and TV. Bluebay Beach Resort has plenty to offer from relaxing by the poolside to the more energetic venturing into the clear blue seawater.
The facilities include a flood lit tennis court, a fitness centre, a fully equipped diving base, windsurfing, sailing and many other water sports. The resort also offers visits to Stone Town and neighbouring islands at an additional cost.
Matemwe Bungalows, Zanzibar East Coast
Matemwe Bungalows is situated on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, about an hour's drive from Stone Town. All of the rooms, including the main dining area and lounge, have a spectacular view over the Indian Ocean where the local ngalawa fishing fleets sail by on a daily basis.
There are 16 bungalows at Matemwe all individually built from local materials. There are eight self-contained rooms, four with shared bathrooms and four suites, which are bigger and ideal for honeymooners. Each room has a shower, mosquito net, solar power and a private verandah with hammock. The resort offers a variety of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, dhow sailing, mountain biking and a variety of board games.
Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar East Coast
Breezes Beach Club is a five star beach resort situated on the eastern side of the Zanzibar Island near the village of Bwejuu. It is set on the beautiful, pristine, untouched beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. The rooms and public areas are built in traditional architecture respecting the natural environment.
The resort has two restaurants, a dining room, two bars, a swimming pool, a tennis and volleyball court, an aerobic and fitness centre, a curio shop, a discotheque and conference facilities for up to 75 delegates. All 70 rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and a personal safe.
There are three categories of rooms, standard, deluxe and superior deluxe. The resort offers a variety of activities from relaxing by the poolside to the more energetic water sports and activities. Breezes Beach Club's setting is ideal for long walks along the beach and marine activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing.
The resort has two restaurants, a dining room, two bars, a swimming pool, a tennis and volleyball court, an aerobic and fitness centre, a curio shop, a discotheque and conference facilities for up to 75 delegates. All 70 rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and a personal safe. There are three categories of rooms, standard, deluxe and superior deluxe.
The resort offers a variety of activities from relaxing by the poolside to the more energetic water sports and activities. Breezes Beach Club's setting is ideal for long walks along the beach and marine activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing.
Mnemba Island Lodge, off Zanzibar East Coast
The name Zanzibar conjures up heady aromas of cloves, cinnamon and other exotic spices and images of dhows with billowing sails carrying vibrant cotton cloths crossing the Indian Ocean. A 45 minute drive from Zanzibar Airport or Stone Town brings one to a deserted beach from where an open ski boat transfers one to the Mnemba Island beach, some 20 minutes north-east of Zanzibar.
The private Mnemba Island is 1,5km in circumference and is surrounded by coral reef. Ten ' banda', built of indigenous woven palm matting with palm leaves used as thatch, have direct access onto the white sandy beaches. The 'bandas' have en-suite facilities of hot and cold water showers, w.c. and hand basin, ceiling fans and a spacious outdoor verandah.
The guest areas are all open-sided and comprise of dining room and lounge/bar area with a small library that has books, games and magazines. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Sun loungers are placed on the beach in front of each 'banda' from where guests can enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and scuba diving.
Between December and May is turtle season when these pre-historic creatures can be seen in the water and on the beaches. Deep sea fishing and diving courses are available at additional cost. A walk around the island reveals a variety of sea birds whilst snorkeling amongst the coral reefs introduces one to the magnificent colourful aquatic world. Mnemba Island is closed annually from 1st April to 31st May inclusive.
Fundu Lagoon Lodge, Pemba Island
Only 20 miles off the mainland of Tanzania, in crystal clear turquoise waters, is the secretive island of Pemba. Fundu Lagoon is situated on the southwestern coast of Pemba Island and is only accessible by boat. It is nestled into the secluded, untouched coastline of the Wambaa Peninsula and boasts one kilometre of private, white sandy beach.
The twenty designer tents are set under makuti roofs on wooden decks. Each has an en suite shower, w/c and basin with standing fans, desk and wardrobe. Ten tents are situated along the beachfront and the remaining ten on the hillside, all with superb views of the bay. Furnishings are stylish yet simple and are made from natural, local materials.
Snorkelling trips to Mesali Island, dhow sunset cruises and canoe safaris through the mangroves are available at no extra charge, yet are subject to availability. Pemba is listed as one of the top diving locations in the world and Fundu has a fully equipped dive centre and a fully rigged deep sea fishing boat for charter.
Activities subject to additional cost include scuba diving, water-skiing and wake-boarding. Fundu has excellent bird life including several species only found on Pemba.
Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa. Zanzibar East Coast
Located on the unspoilt eastern coast of Zanzibar, Karafuu Hotel is approximately 65km from Zanzibar town and airport. The hotel is built on seven hectares of pleasant tropical garden and consists of 61 junior suite cottages and 31 standard rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and built under makuti thatch. They are furnished with traditional Zanzibar furniture and are extremely spacious with en suite facilities.
Four restaurants, a cocktail bar, boutique and games room complete the main areas. There is also a discotheque, swimming pool, tennis courts, beauty parlour and two tennis courts for guests' enjoyment. Activities at an additional cost include diving, snorkelling, water skiing, surf biking, banana rodeo, canoeing, boat excursions and deep-sea fishing.
Ras Nungwi Beach Resort
Located on an expanse of beach wilderness on Zanzibar's northern tip, Ras Nungwi is a small and friendly beach hotel with a difference. Each of the 32 rooms has en suite facilities, and are individually furnished in Zanzibarian style with four-poster beds, ceiling fans and balconies. Superior and superior deluxe chalets are air-conditioned.
The proximity and variety of the surrounding coral reefs makes Ras Nungwi the perfect diving destination and the hotel has an on-site fully equipped dive centre and swimming pool. Deep-sea fishing, water-skiing and snorkelling are other activities on offer. Water sports are subject to an additional cost.
Sultan Palace Beach Resort
Sultan Palace is the first exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotel in East Africa, situated on the East Coast of Zanzibar and is approximately 60 kilometres from the airport. The 15 'Nautilus' shell shaped cottages are elegantly furnished with local antique furniture including the carved Omanite doors and Zanzibari beds. All cottages are air conditioned with private verandahs, mini-bar, ceiling fans, hairdryer and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
There are five Imperial Suites, each overlooking the Indian Ocean with queen sized beds, bathroom with twin showers and a private garden with hammock. Four Ocean Suites with single shower and double beds and six Garden Suites, overlooking the tropical gardens, with queen or twin beds complete the room compilation. The main building, with splendid terraces welcomes guests into the lounge, which offers a wonderful view of the Indian Ocean. On the first floor there is a restaurant with terraces while on the beach you will find a bar and restaurant.
With direct beach access enjoy swimming, snorkelling and going on boat trips along the canal. Diving is available in a professional centre and on request deep-sea fishing can be arranged. Sultan Palace also offers the unique opportunity to rent a vehicle to explore the magic spice island. Activities are not included in the nightly rate and are subject to extra charge.