The Best Hotels in Zanzibar

Here’s our manually curated guide to the best and most luxurious hotels in Zanzibar. Bon voyage!

Hannah, Travel Blogger

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Melia Zanzibar

Rated 8.7 in 680 reviews

Set in Kiwengwa, 11 km from Kichwele Forest Reserve, Melia Zanzibar has a private beach area, an outdoor swimming pool… See more

Set in Kiwengwa, 11 km from Kichwele Forest Reserve, Melia Zanzibar has a private beach area, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court. Guests can make use of the fitness centre at the property.

Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom, while selected rooms here will provide you with a terrace and others also provide guests with a sea view. At Melia Zanzibar, each room comes with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The property has a selection of 5 restaurants that specialize in international, Mediterranean and local cuisines.

The property has a sauna. The area is popular for canoeing, and car hire is available at this 5-star hotel.

Languages spoken at the reception include German and English.

Zanzibar International Airport and Stone Town are less than a 50-minute drive away.

Rooms from $357

The Island - Pongwe Lodge

Rated 9.3 in 180 reviews

Set in Pongwe, a few steps from Pongwe Beach, The Island - Pongwe Lodge offers accommodation with free bikes, free… See more

Set in Pongwe, a few steps from Pongwe Beach, The Island - Pongwe Lodge offers accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. Boasting room service, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a terrace. The accommodation features evening entertainment and a concierge service.

All guest rooms come with a fridge, minibar, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. With a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, some units at the hotel also have a sea view. At The Island - Pongwe Lodge all rooms have bed linen and towels.

Breakfast is available every morning, and includes Full English/Irish, American and vegetarian options.

Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Pongwe, like canoeing and cycling.

Kiwengwa Beach is 1.2 km from The Island - Pongwe Lodge, while Peace Memorial Museum is 34 km from the property. The nearest airport is Abeid Amani Karume International, 35 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Rooms from $277

Zuri Zanzibar

Resort

Rated 9.3 in 519 reviews

Situated in the Kendwa Beach district of Kendwa, Zuri Zanzibar offers accommodation with a private beach area and free… See more

Situated in the Kendwa Beach district of Kendwa, Zuri Zanzibar offers accommodation with a private beach area and free WiFi. The property boasts an outdoor swimming pool, garden, terrace and a bar.

All the rooms have air conditioning and are fitted with a wardrobe, a desk and a flat screen TV. All the units also have a seating area while some have pool views and a garden view.

Zuri Zanzibar serves a continental breakfast daily. Maischa Restaurant that is located within the property specializes in Middle Eastern cuisines.

Snorkelling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Zuri Zanzibar. Coral Reefs Snorkel is a 9-minute walk from the resort.

Rooms from $464

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is located on the east coast, this Relais & Chateaux member has views of the… See more

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is located on the east coast, this Relais & Chateaux member has views of the pristine beach of Paje. It features a spa, 2 restaurants, 3 bars and a kite surfing centre.

The air-conditioned villas feature a private plunge pool, lounge and dining area. They are also equipped with an outdoor bathtub and shower. Certain rooms have a sitting and living room area.
Free WiFi is available in all areas.

There are 3 bars consisting of a beach bar, Sunset bar and lounge. Guests have the option to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in their private villa or at the restaurant.

Local spices, fresh seafood and organically grown vegetables feature on the international menu. The spa is set in a tropical garden and offers massage rooms and complimentary hot tub access. There is also a large resort swimming pool.

The property offers free bicycle hire and excursions can be arranged at the tour desk.

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is located 40 km from Stone Town. Jambiani village is 1.5 km away and Paje village is 1 km away. Zanzibar International Airport is 50 km from the resort.

Rooms from $536

Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort

Resort

Rated 9.6 in 144 reviews

Offering an outdoor pool with waterslides, Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort is located in Pongwe, 27 km from Zanzibar… See more

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. Each unit features 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 bathrobes and slippers.

The resort boasts an a la carte all inclusive concept with respect to individual taste and wishes.

Each guest will get both way private airport transfer, complimentary one hour massage once per stay and unlimited complimentary Yoga classes during the stay.

Nungwi is 36 km from Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort while Kendwa is 34 km from the property. Kisauni Airport is 29 km away.

Rooms from $559

The Mora Zanzibar

Resort

Rated 9.2 in 857 reviews

Facing the beachfront, The Mora Zanzibar offers 5-star accommodation in Matemwe and features a shared lounge, terrace… See more

Facing the beachfront, The Mora Zanzibar offers 5-star accommodation in Matemwe and features a shared lounge, terrace and bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, evening entertainment and a kids' club.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Every room is equipped with a safety deposit box, while certain rooms come with a patio and others also boast sea views. At the resort rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels.

A buffet, continental or American breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. At The Mora Zanzibar you will find a restaurant serving African, Brazilian and Chinese cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free and halal options can also be requested.

The accommodation offers a children's playground. You can play billiards, table tennis and darts at The Mora Zanzibar, and car hire is available.

The resort features amenities such as an on-site business centre, sauna and hot tub. Speaking German, English, Spanish and French, staff are ready to help around the clock at the reception.

Muyuni Beach is a few steps from The Mora Zanzibar, while Kichwele Forest Reserve is 33 km from the property. The nearest airport is Abeid Amani Karume International, 56 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Rooms from $350

Qambani Luxury Resort

Rated 9.7 in 96 reviews

Qambani Luxury Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a shared lounge and terrace in Michamvi. A few… See more

Qambani Luxury Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a shared lounge and terrace in Michamvi. A few steps from Michamvi Kae Beach and 1.6 km from Michamvi Pingwe Beach, the property offers a bar and a private beach area. The accommodation provides room service, a business centre and luggage storage for guests.

At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, bed linen and a patio with a sea view. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Qambani Luxury Resort also provide guests with free WiFi, while some rooms here will provide you with pool view. At the accommodation, every room is equipped with air conditioning and a safety deposit box.

Breakfast is available daily, and includes à la carte, continental and vegetarian options. At Qambani Luxury Resort you will find a restaurant serving African, international and Grill Bbq cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free and halal options can also be requested.

The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at the hotel.

Jozani Forest is 28 km from Qambani Luxury Resort.

Rooms from $565

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only

Resort

Rated 8.9 in 2297 reviews

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only features luxurious accommodation with private terraces offering Indian… See more

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only features luxurious accommodation with private terraces offering Indian Ocean views. Facilities include an outdoor pool, private beach with watersports and a dive centre. The spa provides massages and a steam bath.

Each unit features air-conditioning. Some are set right on Nungwi Beach and have a private pool, hot tub and garden.

Drinks are served at the beach bar and sunset terrace. Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only offers an all inclusive concept, where you can enjoy buffet breakfasts with show-cooking stations, there are two theme restaurants that serve exquisite dishes. And you can enjoy the best snacks and appetisers, in ours bars, also with fantastics cocktails.

Indoor public areas feature chandeliers, free Wi-Fi throughout and regular entertainment. Kayaking, Stand up paddle surfing are included. Also you can enjoy activities and live shows and music.

Set on Zanzibar’s north-west coast, Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only is 55 km from Stone Town.

Rooms from $330

Zanzi Resort

Resort

Rated 9.4 in 238 reviews

Zanzi Resort is situated on the shore of the Indian Ocean, 15 km from the historic town of Stone Town and a 30-minute… See more

Zanzi Resort is situated on the shore of the Indian Ocean, 15 km from the historic town of Stone Town and a 30-minute drive from the Zanzibar International Airport.

Each spacious villa and bungalow offers an intimate environment. Ocean-front villas have a private patio with a pool, a lush tropical garden, and a gazebo draped in mosquito nets. The bungalows are located in the garden area with access to the main swimming pool. A guest relations attaché is available to help plan day trips and excursions.

Guests can choose to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their private villa or bungalow, in the restaurant, or on the beach. We offer local cuisine prepared for an international palate with fresh seafood accompanied by organic vegetables and spices picked from our own eco-plantation.

Massages are offered beside the ocean with water sports facilities available on site. Free bicycles are available and excursions can be arranged at the tour desk.

Rooms from $325

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Rated 8.9 in 366 reviews

Featuring a seafront location in Zanzibar City, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. This… See more

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.

Rooms from $411

Kizikula

Rated 9.6 in 607 reviews

Situated in Kizimkazi, 700 metres from Kizimkazi Dimbani Beach, Kizikula features accommodation with free bikes, free… See more

Situated in Kizimkazi, 700 metres from Kizimkazi Dimbani Beach, Kizikula features accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers room service, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests.

The hotel provides some rooms with sea views, and all rooms come with a balcony. At Kizikula rooms have bed linen and towels.

An à la carte breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation.

Jozani Forest is 48 km from Kizikula.

Rooms from $218

SeVi Boutique Hotel

Rated 8.9 in 524 reviews

Overlooking white-sand beaches and the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, SeVi Boutique Hotel is situated at the… See more

Overlooking white-sand beaches and the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, SeVi Boutique Hotel is situated at the north-east coast of Zanzibar, by the fishing village of Kigomani. The property features a garden, a terrace and a bar. Free WiFi is available.

Featuring a veranda equipped with a plunge pool and a hammock, all rooms (bandas) are air conditioned, individually decorated with local materials, including ethnic details and thatched roofs. The private bathrooms come with walk-in showers.

Guests can enjoy meals at the open-air restaurant, serving a menu based on local specialties prepared with fresh local fish. The a la carte style lunch and dinner offer a mix of African and European flavours. Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.

The spa offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Guests staying at the property can take part in water sports, like snorkeling and diving in the coral banks. Boat trips to Mnemba Atoll located 3 km away from the hotel are available.

The historic Stone Town is 46 km away. Zanzibar Airport is 52 km away and the property can arrange a shuttle service upon request.

Rooms from $183

The Residence Zanzibar

Rated 8.7 in 473 reviews

Set on its own stretch of white sand beach, The Residence Zanzibar is a 55-minute drive from Zanzibar City. The property… See more

Set on its own stretch of white sand beach, The Residence Zanzibar is a 55-minute drive from Zanzibar City. The property boasts a garden and offers free WiFi to its guests. Adults can enjoy a relaxing drink at the Jetty Lounge Bar.

Each villa at the property comes with views of the gardens and the pool while some have ocean views. The units also feature air conditioning and each has its own private pool and flat screen TV with satellite channels. You will also find a minibar and coffee maker in each The Residence Zanzibar villa. The units also have a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Guests can enjoy an American breakfast served daily at the property. There are also two restaurants on site as well as butler service on request.

The accommodation also boasts a glass walled swimming pool spa and wellness centre and a fitness centre. Area activities include snorkeling, visits to the Jozani Forest Reserve and dolphin safaris. The village of Kizimkazi is only 20 minutes away by car.

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is set 57 km from The Residence Zanzibar. The property offers airport shuttle service upon request.

Rooms from $437

Casa Paradis

Rated 9.9 in 187 reviews

Casa Paradis has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, garden, a terrace and bar in Jambiani. The property is around a few… See more

Casa Paradis has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, garden, a terrace and bar in Jambiani. The property is around a few steps from Jambiani Beach, 800 metres from Paje Beach and 25 km from Jozani Forest. The accommodation features room service, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a fridge, a minibar, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a wardrobe. Rooms include a private bathroom, a safety deposit box and free WiFi, while certain rooms have a balcony and some have sea views. At the hotel all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.

The daily breakfast offers à la carte, continental or vegetarian options. At Casa Paradis you will find a restaurant serving French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free and vegan options can also be requested.

Rooms from $180

Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA

Rated 9.6 in 634 reviews

Located on Matemwe Beach, Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA offers accommodation with a bar, a swimming pool, a garden and a… See more

Located on Matemwe Beach, Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA offers accommodation with a bar, a swimming pool, a garden and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. The hotel features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.

All rooms offer ocean view and are equipped with air conditioner, terrace or balcony, the private bathrooms feature a shower and free toiletries.

Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA has an on-site restaurant and bar. A à la carte breakfast is available every morning. Once a week, during dinner, guests can enjoy live music.

Marafiki Beach Hotel- Anza offers for its guest complimentary kayaks and bicycles which can be used to ride one the beach while low tide or explore village.

Mnemba Island is 8 km from the hotel, while Muyuni Beach is 9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Abeid Amani Karume International, 40 km from Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Rooms from $130

Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas

Rated 9.3 in 761 reviews

Featuring 2 outdoor swimming pools, Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas is located in Matemwe, 6 km from Dive Spot. This hotel… See more

Featuring 2 outdoor swimming pools, Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas is located in Matemwe, 6 km from Dive Spot. This hotel offers room service, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Guests can try African and seafood dishes at the in-house restaurant.

At the hotel, all rooms come with a terrace. Rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries. Guest rooms feature a desk.

Breakfast is available daily, and includes various options such as gluten-free or lactose-free. Guests can have a drink at the onsite bar and enjoy Afro Funk Jazz live music 3 evenings a week, as well as live afternoon DJ sessions on Saturdays.

Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas offers free yoga classes from Monday to Friday. The area is popular for cycling, diving and snorkeling. Free bike hire is available at the accommodation.

Mnemba Island is 7 km from Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas, while Muyuni Beach is 8 km from the property.

Rooms from $253

Situated in Jambiani, a few steps from Paje Beach, Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar - Adults Only features accommodation… See more

Situated in Jambiani, a few steps from Paje Beach, Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar - Adults Only features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Featuring a bar, the property is located within 400 metres of Jambiani Beach. The accommodation provides room service, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests.

At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. With a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar - Adults Only also feature free WiFi, while some rooms also boast a sea view. All rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a safety deposit box.

An à la carte, continental or vegetarian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. At Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar - Adults Only you will find a restaurant serving African, Mediterranean and Seafood cuisine. Vegetarian, halal and vegan options can also be requested.

Bike hire and car hire are available at this hotel and the area is popular for cycling.

Jozani Forest is 23 km from the hotel.

Rooms from $129

Zanzibar Queen Hotel

Rated 9.2 in 556 reviews

Offering a year-round outdoor pool ,a spa centre and a diving centre in the neighbouring hotel, Zanzibar Queen Hotel is… See more

Offering a year-round outdoor pool ,a spa centre and a diving centre in the neighbouring hotel, Zanzibar Queen Hotel is set in Matemwe in the Zanzibar Region. The hotel has a barbecue and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

Some rooms include a seating area where you can relax. Some units have views of the sea or pool.

You will find a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property.

A number of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling and diving. Mnemba Island is 6 km from Zanzibar Queen Hotel, while Muyuni Beach is 7 km away. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is 43 km from the property.

Rooms from $131

Kilindi Zanzibar

Rated 9.5 in 138 reviews

Nestled in a tropical garden along a secluded beachfront on the north-west coast, Kilindi Zanzibar features… See more

Nestled in a tropical garden along a secluded beachfront on the north-west coast, Kilindi Zanzibar features pavilion-styled luxury accommodation, spa facilities, and an infinity pool.

The white washed villas have a terrace, a private plunge pool and an open-air living area. The bathrooms include a rain shower. Guests can enjoy sea views. Each villa has a private butler.

Kilindi Zanzibar offers different dining options, ranging from a private dinner at your villa, on the beach in the restaurant or around the pool area. There is also a shisha lounge.

Guests can unwind with a massage or beauty treatment at Kilindi Spa.

Activities in the surrounding area include fishing, snorkelling, diving and canoeing.

Zanzibar Airport is about 1-hour drive away from Kilindi Zanzibar.

Rooms from $1 193

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Resort

Rated 8.0 in 1286 reviews

Located on a sandy beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar, this Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco offers luxurious rooms with… See more

Located on a sandy beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar, this Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco offers luxurious rooms with views of tropical garden, pool and the Indian ocean. The lush tropical gardens contain an outdoor pool and swim-up bar.

Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The beds are surrounded by a mosquito net and the private bathrooms come stocked with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Breakfast is served daily in the Ngalawa Restaurant which also offers lunch and dinner buffet or set menu style and live entertainment in the night time (seasonal). Guests are also welcome to visit Fisherman's Seafood Bar & Grill for a sundowners and sample international fusion cuisine.

Our wellness center offers relaxing treatment daily, check for exciting packages and for a more active day, fishing, snorkeling, buggy rides and scuba diving are available.

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco is only a 5-minute walk into the centre of the Nungwi Village.

Rooms from $169