Zanzibar, a pristine yet authentic tropical paradise in Africa. An island dripping with Arabian and Indian influences, dominated by Swahili culture. It’s the island of crisp blue oceans and palatial hotels fit for sultans. A complete melting pot of middle-eastern and African cuisine, blended with fresh produce from the island will delight your palate. Zanzibar – apart from being a tropical island paradise – is quintessential coastal Africa. Finish off your Tanzania safari with a well-deserved tropical break on the island of Zanzibar.
Here are our top 4 hotels in Zanzibar :
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
The Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an exquisite ocean-facing hotel that combines relaxed seaside living with absolute sophistication. This resort sits in a private cove and boasts 40 suites in lush tropical gardens perfectly spaced across the edge of the ocean. For guests opting for something more exclusive, there are 8 villas complete with fully-kitted kitchens and a butler service. The Essque isn’t on the beach, but sort of “hangs over” the ocean. At high tide guests are encouraged to jump off one of the many jetties into the calm turquoise ocean. The neighbouring Nungwi beach is where guests can indulge in beach activities, or relax on one of the world’s top beaches.
The design of resort is classic and interiors include a multitude of artwork from locals. High-thatched Makuti thatched roofs give the resort a traditional, tropical African feel. A massive sprawling lagoon-style pool with panoramic views of the ocean is the perfect place to relax. When you’re done with a relaxing dip, head to the chilled pool bar for a locally made cocktail!
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is perfect for honeymoons, weddings; and even family holidays!
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a classic hotel of high international standards and situated close to the famous Stone Town, the bustling epicentre of the island. Located on the beachfront, the Hyatt rests upon a designated UNESCO heritage site. One part of the hotel is located in a historical building erected during the 17th century and is fit for royalty. There are 67 rooms in the Park Hyatt Zanzibar, and 11 suites. Each of the rooms manages to blend elegance with modern style and timeless accents scattered throughout the decor.
The hotel is ideal for both leisure and business holidays; and offers a luxury spa and pool with sea views, ideal for taking time out to relax. Close to the labyrinth of cobbled streets of Stone Town, the markets and ornately carved wooden doors; the Park Hyatt is just perfect for a relaxing and activity based holiday.
&Beyond Mnemba Island
&Beyond is a private island resort located in the northeast region of Zanzibar. It’s a sought after exclusive barefoot holiday destination that offers an array of water sports synonymous with tropical island breaks. Guests can get involved in scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, and dhow cruises. For the more sedentary at heart, a few casual beach strolls to find the rare coconut crabs and sea turtle hatchlings is a must.
&Beyond Mnemba Island is listed as one of the world’s most exclusive hotels, and it’s easily accessible. From Stone Town, guests will enjoy an interesting 90 minute drive through spice plantations and eventually you’re dropped off at a tranquil beach. To get to the island hideaway is a 20-minute ocean cruise across balmy azure waters. Warm and friendly staff greet you upon arrival and ensure your luxury island break fits the script of a movie.
Private beach picnics, candlelit dinners on the sugar-white sand and the opportunity to indulge in freshly caught cuisine such as crayfish and lobster; epitomises the ultimate in island living.
Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar
Conde Nast recently released their top 30 island beaches, one of which was the Bwejuu – Paje beach. Sitting comfortably on the shores of one of the world’s best beaches is the Baraza Resort and Spa, an exclusive boutique resort. 30 luxurious villas were constructed with the history of Zanzibar’s culture in mind while combining it with modern accents. Let yourself be swept away in a resort that is a fusion of Zanzibar’s Arabic heritage peppered with hints of Indian design and intricate Swahili architecture. There’s a fitness centre, lap pool, tennis court and more. And let’s not forget the water club, the home of all water-activities. It’s here where you can arrange all of your snorkelling, scuba diving and paddle boarding.
This palatial residence is fit for a Sultan!