Where to stay in Zanzibar, top accommodation options

Zanzibar Holiday Accommodation

Zanzibar is a dreamy island destination off the coast of Tanzania loved by honeymoon couples who seek romantic hotel and private villa accommodation for their first holidays together as newlyweds. The famous spice island is also a fantastic family-friendly destination with plenty of hotels and resorts offering first-class accommodation, entertainment, luxury facilities and wonderful restaurants.  Add to this long white beaches, thrilling water sports and ocean activities, PADI dive centres and vibrant nightlife and your Zanzibar island accommodation is made in heaven!

If you love history, culture and food then Zanzibar spice island is for you and you can choose from our hassle-free and money-saving accommodation specials. All you have to do is book an affordable all-inclusive package deal for you and your partner or family and we customise it to include all the personal extras that you love.

Voyage2Africa will find a special lodge on the East Coast where accommodation is more spacious than in other regions and where honeymoon couples will love the seclusion and time to be alone in nature. We guarantee the best beach holiday accommodation at Matemwe Lodge, a secluded venue, situated above a picturesque white beach featuring stylish upgraded rooms, with a deep-rooted charm. 

Perfect Pongwe Beach Hotel is another simple and very popular accommodation venue alone in a private shady cove, a down-to-earth resort offering very good value for money. We love Shooting Star above the stunning Kiwengwa Beach, also a firm favourite amongst seasoned travellers. It’s run by charismatic Zanzibari staff and attracts a youthful crowd as well as many honeymooners into its lively social mix.

For Zanzibar holiday beach lovers who like to socialise and jive, head to the North Coast to find accommodation in private villas, chic beachfront resorts and trendy hotels. Voyage2Africa recommends the small family-run beach hotel with a warm heart called Flame Tree Cottages within a beautiful private tropical garden which fronts the famous turquoise coastline of Nungwi.  Tuck into a cooked breakfast served on your private deck and experience early morning and sunset yoga sessions at the Yoga Pavilion on the roof terrace facing the Indian Ocean.

For couples who love seclusion and who believe in sustainable travel and ecotourism, make sure you stay in the south of Zanzibar where conservation initiatives hold sway. Zanzibar South is the setting for the vital Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection zone that protects the turtles that come to breed on the island. 

And then there is Stone Town, a fantastic cultural and historic mecca of grand architecture, winding alleyways, ancient gaudy mosques and fine houses, Swahili homes and new boutique hotels. There are plenty of ruins and there is plenty of restoration going on. Choose an old revived and refurbished building now accommodation in Stone Town for your few days exploring the narrow streets and markets here. Find pretentious hotels or homely guest houses, it is your choice and then we create your dream holiday package in Zanzibar!

The Palms Zanzibar Hotel

The Palms Zanzibar

Looking for intimacy and exclusivity? Then look no further than The Palms, Zanzibar’s ultimate romantic hideaway. Find it on Bwejuu Beach, one of the most scenic stretches of pristine coastline on the south-east coast of the “Spice Island”. The Palms sets the standards for excellence with six elegantly designed villas offering hand-crafted furniture and silk fabrics. Visit the beachfront Sanctuary Spa to stimulate your senses and rejuvenate your soul. The Palms is an oasis.

Baraza Resort & Spa

Become part of one of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in Southern Africa when you book your package at the acclaimed Baraza Resort and Spa – regarded as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Experience the ingenious blend of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design and pop into the Frangipani Spa oasis in Baraza featuring its own lap pool with underwater music, the Sultans bath, yoga and fitness centres plus tennis court.
Zawadi Hotel

Zawadi Hotel

One of the wow factors of Zawadi are the views. Swim here all day in the warm tropical waters and snorkel straight from the beach. Enjoy intimacy, great cuisine and excellent levels of service at this new boutique resort. Dip into the beautiful swimming pool, sip a cold beer at the ocean view pool bar or dine on seafood in the elegant dining room. Featuring the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre on Zanzibar Island.
Zanzibar White Sand Boutique Hotel

White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Welcome to White Sands, a luxury destination offering huge value for money in its design, privacy, beautiful beach and ocean-based swimming as a popular East Coast hotel on Zanzibar. Paje beach is also a world-class spot for both advanced and beginner kite-surfing. White Sands sets a high standard for luxury – a spacious 5-star boutique hotel featuring 12 gorgeous suites and other diverse accommodation sprawled along 2 km of excellent garden edged beachfront.
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Konokono Beach Resort

Experience fantastic service at Konokono Beach Resort overlooking Chwaka Bay. Enjoy long walks on the pristine beach or relax by the swimming pool overlooking the bay, this luxury resort will have you coming back for more.
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The Residence Zanzibar

Discover an island resort that has raised the bar for all hotels on the ‘Spice Island’. The Residence epitomises everything swanky, chic, fresh and funk. See it majestically poised on a delightful stretch of beach, in 32 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens. The Residence is close to Kizimkazi, a fishing village where you can swim with dolphins. Honeymoons are popular at this opulent hotel. Enjoy one of 66 villas equipped with all the mod-cons you would expect in a 5-star resort.
Beach hotels Zanzibar

Fumba Beach Lodge

Enjoy a fantastic honeymoon in this Zanzibar lodge set far away from busy tourist areas. Experience a more relaxing and peaceful atmosphere where nothing else matters except nature and sea. The Fumba beach peninsula is both a large marine sanctuary and an eco-project, making it a wonderful choice for visitors who advocate green living and eco-tourism. Impressive luxury accommodation and the Baobab Spa, sunset cruises and water sports galore. On-site dive centre and infinity swimming pool.
An aerial view of Chumbe Island Lodge in Zanzibar and the coastline around the lodge

Chumbe Island Lodge

Let your life really slow down at Chumbe Island Lodge, on a 16 acre private island within the magnificent Chumbe Island Coral Park. Take leisurely walks on the beaches and explore the island’s pristine environment. Embark on a guided snorkelling adventure into impressive coral gardens that are home to over 400 fish species. Live the life of barefoot luxury in one of 7 bungalows that will have made Robinson Crusoe go green with envy.
Zanzibar Beach Resorts

The Manta Resort

Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Manta Resort on the north-western tip of Pemba Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Spend lazy days just lounging by the poolside or on the beach or enjoy phenomenal diving and snorkelling off the shores. Ardent fishermen will be delighted to learn that they can catch rainbow runners, kingfish, wahoo and bonito. Revel in style in one of 18 rooms including the ultra-unique Underwater Room, a floating timber haven for 2.
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Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

Fundu Lagoon is set in one of the world’s top 10 diving destinations and offers a delightful blend of exhilarating water sports, activities and invigorating spa treatments. This serenity, remoteness and spectacular setting makes for an idyllic location for couples on their Zanzibar honeymoon.
Chole Mjini Treehouse resort hotel

Chole Mjini Treehouse Lodge

Discover Chole Mjini on the idyllic peaceful Chole Island in the Mafia Archipelago where no electricity, cell phones and computers are allowed. Escape all Western world burdens and enjoy romantic, quality time together. Experience island life and come away rejuvenated. Dine under the stars at candle-lit tables, within 19th century ruins or next to the murmuring ocean. Appreciate supreme scuba diving in Mafia Island Marine Park with its extraordinary reefs and dive sites.
Fanjove Island Luxury Safari

Fanjove Private Island Lodge

Take your shoes off and learn to live life without them. Explore rock pools and cliffs at low tide and watch birds and crabs when the tide is high. Privacy, the sun, crystal blue waters, fish and birds – what more do you need? Learn that the whole island is rented from the nearby village of Sonsosongo whose people benefit from the lodge income for their social development. Natural and wild, do not expect rolling lawns and swimming pools.
Pole Pole Zanzibar

Pole Pole

Discard pre-conceived notions of typical beach holidays and find something completely different at Pole Pole. Considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, Pole Pole is renowned for great cuisine, laid-back atmosphere and warm discrete hospitality. Enjoy bungalows with large private verandas, ceiling fans, and spacious, comfortable bathrooms. Dip into the swimming pool, reminiscent of a sailing dhow, set in a beautiful locally-sourced coconut wood deck. Therapeutic massages.
From $1270
Aerial view of the private island where &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge is situated

AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge

The best beach destination in East Africa for solitude, diving courses and boating trips to awesome dive sites to oggle untouched reefs and ocean life on the sensual isle of Zanzibar. During low tide at &Beyond Mnemba Private Island Lodge, you can walk out to the sandbar until the waves rolls in clear and warm. The sheer privacy of Mnemba accentuates your meditation time under shady casuarina pines while freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee wakens you at dawn. Yoga classes, massages, and coconut cocktails too!

Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

Enjoy tranquillity in nature at this Zanzibar hotel. Spend time horse riding along the beach with your family or while the kids are kept busy at the kids’ club, you can go scuba diving and big game fishing. Embark on spice tours or swim with dolphins, stroll around Stone Town or chill beside the 2 infinity swimming pools. Add to this 3 restaurants, 4 bars and 3 high tech conference rooms. An amazing 120 luxury suites.
Zanzibar beach holidays

Essque Zalu Zanzibar beach resort

Enjoy the thrills of a Zanzibar holiday by spending some time diving the azure waters of the Indian Ocean or just lounging on the beach. There is so much to keep you busy at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Choose to go on village tours, visit a turtle centre or simply improve your cooking skills with a cookery course in the kitchen with a qualified sous chef. Book your stay in one of 40 main suites or 9 villas under makuti thatch.
Beachfront Flame Tree Cottages

Flame Tree Cottages

Appreciate a warm welcome at this small family run beach hotel on the north-western coast of Zanzibar Island. Find Flame Tree Cottage within a beautiful private tropical garden which fronts the famous turquoise coastline of Nungwi -a wonderful venue for swimming, snorkelling and diving activities. Tuck into cooked breakfast served to your private deck. Experience early morning and sunset yoga sessions at the Yoga Pavilion on the roof terrace facing the Indian Ocean.
Aerial view of Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa and the coast next to it

Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa

Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa is renowned for warm hospitality and attention to detail. Regenerate body and spirit in an oasis of luxury and elegance at this popular beach hotel in a resort. Admire breath-taking sunsets across the ocean while you sip tropical cocktails at the pool or pop into the hotel's wellness club for delicate massage and cosmetic rituals. Enjoy unique Arab and African architecture in 67 chic rooms facing the ocean.
The Z Hotel Nungwi Beach

The Z Hotel

For something chic in an affordable Zanzibar holiday package, choose the Z Hotel as the right place to go. Find it in a busy area with an electric atmosphere that suits those who love fun and partying. This superb boutique hotel in Zanzibar is hip and happening, offering the Saruche Restaurant, the Cinnamon Cocktail Bar and the Z Café. On-site dive centre for those who enjoy scuba diving, sunset cruises and deep sea fishing.
Uroa Bay Beach Resort

Uroa Bay Beach Resort

Appreciate your dreamy home away from home in a choice of 61 elegant thatched rooms, kitted out in traditional Zanzibari décor. Enjoy delicious local cuisine at Restaurant Jua, a few steps from the beach. Dive into the sparkling swimming pool after long beach walks and make time for a rejuvenating massage at the glorious spa. Explore some of the best dive sites in Africa, awesome deep-sea fishing opportunities, guided spice tours and a visit to Prison Island.
Pongwe Beach Hotel tropical island

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Honeymooners keen on a simple and laid-back atmosphere need look no further than Pongwe Beach Hotel. Relax at the infinity pool, enjoy romantic strolls on the beach on pristine white sand - Pongwe offers great value for honeymoon packages and is an unforgettable romantic destination. Settle into luxury bungalows with palm thatched roofs, lime washed walls and handcrafted wooden doors, exuding traditional Zanzibari style and created by local Pongwe villagers.
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Melia Zanzibar

Time to experience Meliá Zanzibar, an all-inclusive luxury resort on an amazing powdery white beach. Discover its romantic rooms and private villas on a 40-acre estate, blending perfectly into nature and looking out to the beautiful pearlescent white sandy beach, gardens and pool area. A natural coral reef rings the resort making bathing a relaxing and safe experience..
Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa

Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa

Stay at a typical Zanzibar island retreat that uses only the best of local designs - Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa meets top international standards with its traditional Zanzibar style. Choose one of 154 pretty rooms, terraced on 2 levels with walk-in showers, king-size beds, mosquito nets, sofas and tea tables. Ask the concierge at Neptune Pwani Beach Resort to arrange thrilling parasailing, trips to Jozani Chwake Bay National Park, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Stone Town and Prison Island.
Aerial view of the luxury tropical beach accommodation of Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

Choose this as your romantic hideaway or even your family holiday. Shooting Star caters for all, the perfect venue for unforgettable weddings under the African sky. Beautifully located on the northern end of Kiwengwa beach, Shooting Star Lodge nestles among lush tropical gardens and boasts panoramic views over the Indian Ocean. Choose from deluxe accommodation – exclusive villas with private pools, cottages right on the beach and budge-friendly rooms opening onto the garden. Star Fish Beach Bar for healthy snacks.
Kena Beach Hotel Zanzibar Honeymoons

Kena Beach Hotel

Shop yourself silly in the well-stocked curio shop at Kena Beach Hotel or simply spend the day lounging by the poolside. This perfect Zanzibar island destination is everyone’s idea of a beach utopia, superbly set against a backdrop of turquoise waters, silky white beaches, verdant gardens and palm trees. Find yourself in the lap of luxury in one of 35 rooms – 8 suites, 12 luxury suites, 9 villas and 6 deluxe villas.
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Matemwe Retreat

Enjoy your own private tropical escape at Matemwe Retreat. The four elegant villas that make up the Retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. Discover the perfect secluded location with dedicated private butler – villas designed for pure luxurious escapism. The Matemwe Retreat promise clients private plunge pools, personal bars and spacious roof terraces with day beds and loungers – so appealing that you may not leave your hidden sanctuary your entire holiday.
Tropical island, Mnemba Atoll, Stone Town

Matemwe Beach House

Let the beauty of Matemwe Beach House whisk you away while you relax on the white sands beside crystal clear ocean waters. A truly unforgettable once in a lifetime experience, perfect for groups and family who enjoy home-away-from-home island hospitality. Matemwe Beach House reflects the rich and varied history of the island. A hammock and large sofa take prime position on the wooden deck outside and the private pool completes the outside space where mind-blowing views dominate.
Matemwe Zanzibar Accommodation

Matemwe Lodge

Vibrant yet laid-back Matemwe Lodge has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon, Matemwe Lodge’s famously relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal place to unwind. Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Matemwe Lodge provides an unbeatable island escape. Find 12 beach-chic chalets scattered through the lush gardens with private sea-facing verandas. Dive and fish at Mnemba Atoll.
Diamonds Mapenzi Luxury Resort Zanzibar

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club

Enjoy an all Inclusive Discounted Holiday at Diamonds Mapenzi. Diamonds Mapenzi is one of the most established hotels on the island of Zanzibar. Enjoy great value for money in an unpretentious resort with a fantastic vibe – fun and involving. Accommodation is simple and comfortable and the watersports' facilities are brilliant. Appreciate the free windsurfing equipment and canoes and learn something new.
Zanzibar Palace Hotel Stone Town Accommodation

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This exquisite Stone Town hotel will impress even the most discerning of travellers. The size of the hotel as well as the fact that it is owner-managed warranties guests a more personal and intimate feel that is unsurpassed by any of the other establishments around.

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