Zanzibar – the original Spice Island, birth place of rock legend Freddie Mercury and home to 100,000 Swahili speaking Muslims – is becoming a very popular destination for holiday makers in the UAE with the introduction of daily direct flights with Fly Dubai. To help you with your travels, we have carefully cultivated a number of superb hotel options ranging from the eco-friendly, to stylish in the city to help you with your upcoming adventures to the Spice Island:
Melia Zanzibar – This five-star resort, formerly part of the extensive Kempinski chain, is located on the east coast of Zanzibar near the village of Kiwengwa. Slightly more traditional in its approach to hospitality, the property contains all the modern amenities and is much larger in size than many of the independent boutiques you normally find in Zanzibar. The hotel is also home to an Anantara spa offering a variety of treatments from expert therapists as well as a handful of activities and excursions including kite surfing. The main attraction of Melia is the sophisticated Gabi Beach Club which is attached to the hotel meaning you can go from pampering to partying in a matter of minutes.
Park Hyatt Stone Town – This white fronted house was a converted UNESCO site which since it opened in 2015, has become the most superior and stylist hotel in the city. With white gloved men opening the carefully sculptured front door (a signature trade of Zanzibar I might add!) and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and beyond, this grand establishment is the perfect resting place for any traveller wanting to explore Stone Town in true style!
Essque Zalu – Set in the stylish Nungwi, Essque Zalu is sat in the North of the island and is home to Zanzibar nightlife. Set on the edge of a coral reef, this treasure trove offers everything – two lounges, two restaurants, a stylist spa and of course, a handful of water based activities. For those who like home comforts, this plush property is the one for you with 5 star round the clock service and a stunning souped up Jetty bar serving cosmopolitan cocktails (with a view of course!).
Baraza – Located along Paje beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Baraza Resort and Spa is 5 star all the way and the perfect place for those looking for a romantic and elegant location. With just 30 villas, the stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. With a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, Swahili arches, intricate hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns; Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury, four restaurant and lounges plus a handful of activities at The Water Club.
Unguja Lodge – Unguja is a haven for nature and nurture lovers in the deep south of the island. With 12 eco-villas, a small on-site restaurant and bar plus well-equipped PADI centre, Unguja Lodge is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves with local wildlife, whether that be in the trees or in the water. In the spacious villas, enjoy outdoor baths in the private plunge pool and play with the monkeys as they frolic through the trees in the afternoon. From land to sea, you can spend many a happy hour diving to new depths with the turtles or snorkeling with the dolphins as they swim through the shallows.
Mnemba Island Lodge – If you have ever wished of finding yourself on a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself, Mnemba Island Lodge is just the place for you! The only property in Zanzibar to have it’s own private beach, you can discover complete paradise on this private island, where you can spend days snorkeling, swimming and spa-ing. Accommodating only 20 people at one time, get the chance to completely chill out in your own beachside bandas overlooking the beautiful Mnemba atoll.