Where to stay in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island offers a good range of honeymoon accommodation options, from luxurious 5-star resorts to charming beachfront guesthouses.

Live like a sultan among antiques and Persian rugs at the Zanzibar Serena Inn, located on the waterfront in Stone Town. Alternatively, head to Pongwe Beach and the luxurious Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort or try the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, set on the shimmering white sands of Nungwi Beach.

Here's a selection of the top accommodation options available…

Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD465 per room
Description: Featuring a seafront location in Zanzibar City, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. This air-conditioned hotel comes with free WiFi access and has a spa and wellness centre. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms comprise a bathtub, free toiletries, a hairdryer and a bidet. Views are provided from all rooms. Guest staying at Park Hyatt Zanzibar are also offered a fitness centre, a tour desk and a luggage storage. Activites like snorkeling, diving, golf and various other can be enjoyed on site or in the surrounding area. The Hotel is 43 km away from Jozani Chwaka National Park and 11 km from Masingini Forest. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is 8Km from Park Hyatt Zanzibar. Zanzibar Ferry Terminal is 1 km away.

Zanzibar Serena Inn
Location: Kelele Square, Stone Town
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD398 per room
Description: Located in Stone Town, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Shangani Beach, Forodhani Gardens, and Old Fort. House of Wonders and Anglican Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. All 51 individually furnished rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. For a bit of entertainment, LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers. Catch some rays on Zanzibar Serena Hotel's private beach or spend the day relaxing at the full-service spa. Then enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants.

Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort
Location: Pongwe Beach, Pongwe
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD842 per room
Description: Offering an outdoor pool with waterslides, Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort is located in Pongwe, 27 km from Zanzibar City. The resort has a private beach area with beach service. The modern and elegantly decorated rooms are fitted with a private terrace, minibar and Nespresso machine. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Certain units include views of the sea or garden. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. Extras include bath robes and slippers. The resort boasts an a la carte all inclusive concept with respect to individual taste and wishes. Guests can choose an extra free service or activity per day, ranging from a one-way airport transfer to a private picnic. A range of free activities can also be enjoyed on the island, including snorkelling, and use of the bicycles, kayaks and water slides. Car hire is available. Nungwi is 36 km from Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort while Kendwa is 34 km from the property. Kisauni Airport is 29 km away.

The Residence Zanzibar
Location: Kizimkazi
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD729 per room
Description: Surrounded by gardens and on its own stretch of white sand beach, this luxury spa resort is a 55-minute drive from Zanzibar City. Guests can enjoy 2 on-site restaurants as well as a butler service. Each of the spacious villas at The Residence Zanzibar has an elegant style with views out onto the gardens. Some of the villas have ocean views, and all include a small private pool, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The Residence Zanzibar has a glass-walled swimming pool and fitness center, and spa treatments can be booked on site. A Kid’s Club features children’s activities, and adults can enjoy a relaxing drink at the Jetty Lounge Bar. Area activities include snorkeling, visits to the Jozani Forest Reserve and dolphin safaris. The village of Kizimkazi is only a 20-minute drive from the property.

Melia Zanzibar
Location: Kiwengwa
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD481 per room
Description: Located along the coast, Melia Zanzibar offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The 5 restaurants and luxury accommodation are set amongst tropical palm trees, landscaped gardens and an infinity pool with bar. All accommodation features high quality bed linens on carved 4-poster beds and a seating area with cable TV and minibar. Some have partial ocean views and private pool. Sports facilities include tennis court, beach volleyball, kayaking, a dive centre and kite surfing lessons. The spa features a lap pool, massages and fitness centre with sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and the rooms have wired internet. On an all inclusive basis, Melia Zanzibar offers 5 restaurants and 4 bars to enjoy a great culinary experience. Zanzibar International Airport and Stone Town are less than a 50-minute drive away.

Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Location: Nungwi Peninsular
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD313 per room
Description: Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, situated on the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar, overlooks a white sand beach and the shimmering Indian Ocean. It features a lush tropical garden, a spacious sun deck, pool and a spa. All rooms are furnished with handcrafted four-poster beds draped in mosquito nets. Each air-conditioned room has a balcony and comes equipped with tea-and-coffee-making facilities and a minibar. The private bathroom includes free toiletries. An English breakfast is served daily at Ras Nungwi. Ubora Restaurant serves an array of seafood dishes using local ingredients such as fresh coconut and spices, and refreshments are served at Jahazi Beach Bar. The wide and thriving coral reef fringing the beach offers guests an opportunity to explore with activities such as fishing and snorkeling. A tennis court is also available for a game of tennis. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of the hotel. Zanzibar Airport is 65 km from the property and Stone Town is 58 km away.

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Latest update: Best Hotels in Zanzibar: 3 January, 2023