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Select Your Ideal Stay in Zanzibar – A Guide to the Best Accommodations

There is no bigger challenge than deciding which of the many Zanzibar accommodation facilities will be your own slice of Heaven on Earth.

You will definitely be spoiled for choice with the variety of Zanzibar beach accommodation facilities, some offering chances of witnessing white sand, calmly swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, and lush vegetation.

Firstly, Zanzibar is an Archipelago, comprised of numerous small and large verdant Islands.

The largest Island of Zanzibar is Unguja (often referred to as Zanzibar), followed by Pemba and Mafia.

The majority of the fantastic places to stay in Zanzibar are on the main Island, and if you desire a secluded and serene getaway, then there are many options here.

The Accommodation facilities depend on what area of the Coast you are visiting.

Whether you fancy staying in the Northern Coast, North-East Coast, East Coast, South-East Coast, South Coast, or West Coast, there are a variety of places to stay.

See categorized accommodation options below:

10 Most Popular Zanzibar Accommodation Facilities

You can also see the top accommodation options for Zanzibar below.

1. Manta Resort

Where to Stay - Zanzibar Accommodation Options
Underwater Room at he Manta Resort, Zanzibar

Situated on Pemba Island, Manta Resort is a stupendous accommodation facility anchored on an Ocean floor, a peculiarity named the blue hole with a floating underwater room.

This Swedish-engineered floating structure is enclosed within a turquoise blue bubble, allowing guests to watch shoals of reef fish freely swimming.

It is comprised of three tiers, each with its own experience – the landing deck where visitors are dropped off by boat, lounge and bathroom area, as well as the top floor with daybeds and shades for unwinding.

Manta Resort has a variety of rooms (18 in total), including the underwater room off the shores of Pemba Island.

While here, you can enjoy views of Marine life in the comfort of your room.

2. Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is nestled on the beachfront within the heart of Stone Town with direct access as well as breathtaking views to a pristine white-sand beach and the Indian Ocean.

This is one of the best places to stay within Stone Town.

This underrated upmarket facility is designed in a blend of Omani style and offers visitors perfect access to the Arabian Fort and Harbour, House of Wonders, and Forodhani Gardens.

One of the features that stand out here is the Mambo Msiige, a mid-19th-century Mansion constructed by a wealthy Omani Trader.

It features 56 Guestrooms and 7 standard suites with Indian and Arabesque accents.

3. Zanzi Resort

Zanzi Resort

Set on 6 hectares of verdant Tropical gardens, Zanzi Resort is a beautiful Hotel on the Tropical Island of Zanzibar, at the edge of the Indian Ocean as well as 15 kilometers from Stone Town.

It features 13 cozy and ornamental Villas as well as Bungalows that provide guests with a secluded experience.

It has private pools, patios, a treatment area, an in-house restaurant, Japanese hot-stone treatment, local and foreign cuisines.

4. Dreamer’s Island Floating Bungalows

Dreamer’s Island Floating Bungalows

Dreamer’s Island Floating Bungalows is where all your dreams of being in paradise come true.

This floating facility is situated just off the shores in Stone Town and in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

It offers one of the best sunset views.

This small hotel has 3 individually decorated rooms with free access to the Internet, en-route bathrooms with showers, and also features a lounge/bar and restaurant.

5. Kiwengwa Beach Resort

Kiwengwa Beach Resort is found on the north-western Coast of Zanzibar, within Kiwengwa district, and offers visitors remarkable Ocean views.

This Luxury Resort boasts of 154 air-conditioned modern rooms blended with African style, private bathrooms with showers.

There are also three wonderful restaurants – the Mbouzi restaurant, Pili Pili (the main buffet restaurant), and the fish restaurant, in addition to a terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, lush garden, and many other facilities.

6. Hotel Riu Palace, Zanzibar

Riu Palace Zanzibar

Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is found on Nungwi Beach, a spectacular white-sand Beach with turquoise waters that offer a feeling of being in a real Paradise.

It has spacious and uniquely decorated rooms with air conditioning, villas with private swimming pools for guests longing for relaxation in total luxury, a mini-bar, main and theme restaurants, and a spa.

7. Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar Serena Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1997 and has since then offered nothing less than magical.

It was established by restoring two historic buildings, to inspire culture and history.

This majestic hotel has 51 rooms decorated with coastal elegance and classic Swahili design.

Dining is done in Baharia restaurant but also has several treatment rooms, a swimming pool and pool deck, and also organizes spice tours in Stone Town as well as Dhow trips.

8. Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar

Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar

Unguja Lodge Zanzibar is a small blissful Resort on the southern Coast of Zanzibar, offering an intimate atmosphere.

While here, be prepared to experience the Authentic Zanzibar thrill, integration in a natural and social environment, and personal style.

The facility features ten secluded villas (6 being sea view villas), two family houses, and can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests.

The stunning Villa offers a spacious bedroom, a vast sitting area, a separate toilet, a private terrace.

Other amenities here are a well-stocked bar and swimming pool.

9. Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe is a small Beach Hotel set on the North-East Coast of Zanzibar, on a secluded and picturesque Pongwe Beach.

The Bungalows here are white-washed and sited along huge Coconut palms with private verandas overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean.

The 20-roomed hotel offers relaxation and a romantic break experience for visitors.

Unwinding at the tranquil white-sandy beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, enjoying mouth-watering meals and exquisite sounds of nature is what you expect at Pongwe Beach Hotel.

10. Konokono Beach Resort

Konokono Beach Resort

Located on the South-Eastern coast of Zanzibar and only one hour’s drive from Zanzibar, Konokono Beach Resort is a stupendous accommodation facility with 21 opulent Villas.

The Resort is set on Michamvi, a private Beach, and features a spa offering massage treatments, a private beach/pool, and a beautiful restaurant.

Other beautiful places to stay in Zanzibar include Garden Beach Villa, Baraza Zanzibar, Milele Villas, Antonio Garden Hotel, Matemwe Retreat, Chumbe Island, Tsunami Village, Reef and Beach Resort, and many others.

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