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Matemwe Lodge

Eco-chic boutique lodge offering romance, fine food and exceptional diving. .
Matemwe beach is one of Zanzibar's most peaceful and idyllic on the whole island. Perched upon a short coral cliff, Matemwe Lodge embodies the tropical island paradise experience in many ways. Established for twenty years, the lodge is adept at offering its guests the very best in warm personal service and sumptuous cuisine - fresh seafood being the speciality. Matemwe is located adjacent to Mnemba Atoll, a beautiful small circular coral reef and the most spectacular dive spot in the whole archipelago.

Mafia Island Lodge

A unique destination that will delight post-safari adventurers, dive connoisseurs and anyone simply looking to escape on a remote beach paradise.

Mafia Island Lodge is a little tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean that's famous for deep-sea fishing and scuba diving; with an abundance of aquatic life and pristine coral gardens due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It is the southernmost of three islands in the archipelago (along with Pemba & Zanzibar) located just 25km off the coast of Tanzania - reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.



Chumbe Island

UNEP Global 500 Award winning private island conservation project, using ecotourism to fund conservation management and environmental education.

Chumbe is regarded as one of Africa’s most ecologically sensitive lodges. Its position within Tanzania’s first designated Marine Park offers guests world class snorkelling coupled with genuine Zanzibari hospitality and Robinson Crusoe style accommodation. Previously uninhabited, Chumbe Island Coral Park was established in 1991 to protect this last pristine coral island and her surrounding reefs of the Zanzibari Archipelago.

Matemwe Retreat
Perfect for tranquil, luxurious and romantic escapes!

Matemwe Retreat is a group of just four incredibly spacious ocean view villas, with their own private beach. With personal butler service and the option of massages and meals served in your villa, this lodge truly is a retreat where all your needs catered for.


Che Che Vule

Your very own private villa and pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens and nested on the stunning white sandy beaches of Matemwe.

Relax in the tranquility of the tropical garden …take a refreshing dip in the pool …or play in turquoise Indian Ocean waters… all whilst your personal butler and chefs look after your every need.



The Palms
Voted among the top 15... "World's Most Romantic All Inclusive Resorts"

If you had no choice but to live in a hotel in Zanzibar this unquestionably would be the one. The colonial style villas ooze timeless style and sophistication. The Plantation House bar and restaurant is elegant yet informal and feels very much like an extension of your own private villa.


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The Z Hotel

A stylish hotel in a great location. Perfect for exploring the bars, restaurants and culture of Nungwi.

The Ocean Front Cottages and Roof Top Suites in particular offer spectacular views, the hotel design is clean and coherent throughout. The beach here is lovely, but seldom deserted, as this is one of the busiest areas of Zanzibar. Do not come here expecting a peaceful and quiet beach destination, come here for quality modern accommodation and the vibrant local culture.
Unguja Lodge Zanzibar

Unguja embodies what Zanzibar is all about: relaxed, traditional, friendly and charming.

Unguja Lodge is a sensory feast for the nature lover. Owners, designers, hosts and all round fabulous people, Ralph and Elies have created a magnificent environment to enjoy Zanzibar at its natural best. The villas and public areas are nestled amongst vast, ancient Baobab trees, luscious scrub-land and coral rocks, providing homes to an array of wildlife.


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Essque Zalu

Changing the definition of luxury for a generation of conscientious travellers.

The resort is stylish and immaculate throughout with the lush mature tropical gardens around the rooms and suites providing a wonderful environment in which to relax. We stayed in an Ocean Front suite and the view was beautiful, with the beach and sea just metres away. The villas are huge, perfect for families and large groups wanting plenty of space to relax and looking for a real 'home away from home'.


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Mnemba Island
The epitomé of rustic bare foot luxury on it's own private island.

Mnemba Island Lodge is a private island lodge off the North East coast of Zanzibar. There are just ten luxury Bandas with private beach front Salas, a dive school and two dive boats. Everything about your stay at Mnemba is tailored to you and your pace of relaxation and exploration.


Faultless in every aspect, this exclusive island offers guests an experience so entwined with the island’s natural habitat that there really is no comparable place on earth.


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Langi Langi

Popular with young people and travellers looking to take diving lessons snorkel and meet like-minded people..

Named after the island aromatic flower, Langi Langi is a small, homely and picturesque resort located in the centre of Nungwi, a beautiful fishing village in the North West of the island. One of the most popular beach destinations on Zanzibar, the North tip is where the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Langi Langi is positioned perfectly if you want to make the most of what this vibrant area has to offer. PADI diving courses, snorkelling and sailing are among the pastimes you'll enjoy here at Langi Langi.

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7 Nights Zanzibar Safari

Our 7 night Zanzibar Safari is designed to showcase the wildlife in and around the island. This itinerary takes in the beautiful Menai Bay Conservation Area and Zanzibar's National Park, Jozani, both home to a wide variety of land and marine wildlife. Staying in two of Zanzibar's most naturally beautiful lodges, this itinerary offers the opportunity for deep relaxation as well as outstanding scenery. .

Prices start from: £995 per person.
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Neptune Pwani Zanzibar

Considered to be the top choice in its category.

The bright pink, purple and white flowers accent the beautifully manicured lawns between the public areas and pathways. The rooms are spacious and feature traditional wooden furniture though they have air-conditioning, telephones and televisions as standard.

Kasha Boutique

Chic and minimalistic using the land to create a seamless blend from resort to ocean.

Kasha Boutique Hotel is built on a short coral cliff and has 11 luxury villas of beauty and absolute serenity. Kasha is blessed with an amazing view over the lagoon of the Mnemba Atoll coral reef. The spacious Swahili-Arabic style villas are a luxurious experience, each with a private Baraza outdoor lounge and own splash pool with sun terrace. The sounds of the light breezes blowing over the untouched landscape, together with the Indian Ocean waves lapping gently against the coral barrier reef will soothe away any burdens of day-to-day life.


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Sunshine Hotel

Clean, slick and stylish in a great location.

With just 15 Suites, Sunshine undoubtedly has a boutique feel and one can’t help but feel part of the natural habitat at Matemwe. This location is really special in Zanzibar as the beaches are worked as they have been for centuries before; folding seaweed, fishing and collecting tasty treats the tide leaves behind on its journey out.


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Baraza Zanzibar
Ultimate luxury on one of the world's best beaches!

Baraza is up there in the top end of luxury on Zanzibar and indeed the world over. The unique architectural style is born of the vision of a bygone era of Omani Sultans and Sultanas lazing in a heady flow of luxury silks. Ornately adorned passages giving way to archways opening into cavernous halls with sumptuous day beds where the eye is drawn on to the distant ocean framed by the intricate archways. It really is that breath taking, atmospheric and capable of transporting you through time.


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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa
A stunning 30-acre site with bedroom cottages that are located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens.

Bluebay is located in the North East of the island and found near the village of Kiwenga. It is quite a large resort with 112 rooms in total, each offering a fantastic experience of Zanzibari hospitality.

With 1,000 Palm trees adorning the 25 acres of stunning landscape, you can take comfort in the fact that your surroundings are what you have been searching for in a holiday to paradise! Kiwenga is by vocation, a charming fishing village that offers activities such as visits to the Kiwenga caves, fantastic snorkelling, diving and fishing excursions.


Zi Villa
One of Zanzibar's largest luxury villas

Zi Villa is a truly unique, exotic and enchanting home. The villa contains 4 en-suite bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people. Zi Villa is located on a beautiful beach in Matemwe, North East Zanzibar just opposite the famous Mnemba Island - offering some of the best diving in the whole of East Africa.


Matemwe Bandas
A new wave in rustic luxury!

Matemwe Bandas offers luxury, privacy and serenity all presented in a barefoot eco-chic style and is set directly on one of the most stunning beaches Zanzibar Island has to offer. The lodge is faithful to the highest levels of luxury as much as it is to millennia-old traditions of local master craftsmanship. With private direct access from your veranda, Matemwe’s breath-taking beach is only a step away.


Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge is one of Zanzibar’s original lodges and for many years has been offering a unique experience to nature loving international travellers.

Fumba Beach Lodge sits on a massive 40 acre plot within the Menai conservation area, a region designated an area of outstanding natural beauty by the world wildlife federation in 1998. Fumba excels in offering something for everyone, ideal for families, divers, honeymooners, beach lovers, intrepid adventurers and enthusiasts of island life.



Matemwe Beach Village
No shoes no news!

Matemwe Beach village sits on a palm fringed beach with a ‘no shoes, no news’ policy getting you instantly in the holiday zone. You can’t arrive here and not see how your days will roll into one another in a happy haze of lounging, reading, playing games and swimming. The onsite dive centre and world class reefs minutes from the beach make this a deservedly popular and highly sought after lodge.


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Zanzibar Gold

An oasis of luxury and elegance - a superb 5* resort where you are sure to regenerate your mind, body and spirit .

Gold Zanzibar is nested on the Kendwa beach, a popular destination on the island of Zanzibar. Kendwa is on the north-west coast just 50 minutes by car from the airport. The hotel overlooks the white powdery sand and turquoise ocean. There are no words to describe the awe-inspiring sunsets from this fantastic spot.

Manta Resort

A treasured hideaway where you can feel the simplicity of a naturally evolved traditional Swahili island culture – and timeless peace and quiet.

At Manta Resort, you may just have discovered one of those rare gems few people ever get to see. Elevated and nestled along an idyllic island beach, Manta Resort offers romance, adventure, privacy, and a choice of water sports. Manta is arguably East Africa’s finest island sanctuary.


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Ras Nungwi

A quality traditional lodge with lots on offer !
Ras Nungwi is a well established hotel with a very natural and laid back feel. The white washed palm thatched cottages that make up the resort are perched upon a short coral cliff top on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island, offering stunning views to the sparkling iridescent Indian Ocean beyond. Spread throughout rich tropical gardens and loaded with high-quality facilities to keep you entertained, this hotel is a great choice for anyone who is looking to both relax and enjoy the activities on offer.


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Echo Beach

More Than A Beautiful View!!
A very stylish new hotel in a great location for relaxing on the beach and soaking up the peaceful and calming atmosphere.

Breezes Zanzibar
Beautiful family accommodation, perfect for all types of groups.

As one of Zanzibar’s most established and well-loved properties, Breezes undoubtedly has the essence of Zanzibari design running through its fingers down to the powder white sands of Bwejuu beach. The hotel was the first incarnation from the Raguz family who went on to build The Palms and Baraza in the decade following Breezes completion. Each room is furnished entirely in hand crafted wood and turned by a team of over 50 local craftsmen. Throughout the public areas are beautiful chests, tables, seats and day beds again attributed to the local carpenters.


See: Breezes Beach Club and Spa Offers .

Fundu Lagoon

Incomparable to any other lodge in the Zanzibar archipelago

The architecture and style can only be described as jungle chic and the canvas safari style tented accommodation is inspired. From the luscious, rich greens of the jungle and mangroves, Fundu sits nestled among canopies of natural flora and hand woven thatch. Sandy pathways give way to decking and stairways opening out onto the beach. All the public spaces are open to the elements with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean and a symphony of orchestral birds and chattering mammals playing softly into the breeze.


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Chumbe Island Coral Park

Chumbe offers some of the most pristine and colourful coral reefs to be found with over 200 species of coral providing a sanctuary for more than 400 species of colourful fish. To protect these coral reefs, diving is not permitted in the marine park. The reef is shallow enough to see everything very clearly with a mask, snorkel and fins. There is also a coral-rag forest which is home to the endangered Ader's duiker, giant coconut crabs, hermit crabs and a variety of bird species. Knowledgeable guides take guests on daily snorkelling and forest tours. Chumbe can be visited for day trips or longer, staying in ‘eco-bungalows’ overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island Marine Park

Mafia Island, located 120 km south of Dar es Salaam, is surrounded by some of the richest reefs in the world, with over 50 types of corals and 400 species of fish identified so far. Mafia’s best diving is at depths less than 30 m where you can see most kinds of tropical marine habitats, including exposed fringing reefs, rock walls, soft coral and algae dominated reefs. Large predatory fish and turtles are common and mostly unaffected by approaching divers. Chole Bay, Mafia's protected deep-water anchorage, is part of the protected marine park. The diving here is amongst the most spectacular in the world and includes colourful coral gardens, walls at various levels and many shelves and coral heads.

Maziwe Island Marine Reserve

Maziwe Island Marine Reserve, situated 15 nautical miles east of Pangani, has over 350 fish species, 35 genera of coral and an abundance of shoreline birds. Maziwe Island was designated a reserve in the 1970s as a way to lessen the erosion caused from the cutting of trees for firewood. The island now only emerges from the sea at low tide and is an ideal place for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sunbathing.

Menai Bay

In the southwest of Zanzibar Island, near Fumba to the west and Unguja Ukuu to the east, Menai Bay is a sea-turtle breeding area and also encompasses several coral reefs, an abundance of marine life and dense mangrove forests. It is also famous for its humpback and bottlenose dolphins. It extends from the south west corner of Zanzibar Island encompassing several small islands and sand banks each with its own spectacular coral reef. Traditional boats make regular trips for snorkelling on the reefs, picnics on the islands and the star attraction of swimming with dolphins and whales.

Misali Island

Misali Island, located just west of Pemba, has some of the highest recorded coral cover, and high species diversity with 40 genera of coral and 350 fish species. The one sq km of terrestrial area supports endangered nesting turtles, and the dense coastal thickets harbour populations of green monkeys, the endangered and endemic Pemba Flying Fox, globally endangered coconut crabs and various species of birds. Economically fishing at Misali provides direct livelihood support to 11,400 people.

Mnazi Bay

The Mnazi Bay – Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park, located in southern Tanzania, on the Mozambique border, is home to important populations of whales, dolphins, four species of turtle and numerous birds. The area is recognised as being internationally important for its biodiversity, with mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs. There are 12 villages in the area and it is hoped that visitors to the marine park will help the local economy of this area, one of the poorest and least developed in Tanzania.

Mnemba Island Conservation Area

Mnemba Island is located about 4.5 km off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar Island. The island is 1.5 km in circumference and is surrounded by spectacular coral reefs. Turtles lay and hatch their eggs all year round and there is excellent diving and snorkelling. The only human inhabitants of the island are the staff and guests staying at the exclusive, luxury lodge, Mnemba Island Lodge.

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