The Best Hotels in Zanzibar

We’ve filtered out the noise and surfaced the best luxury and boutique hotels in Zanzibar for you below. Bon voyage!

Hannah, Travel Blogger

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Melia Zanzibar

Rated 8.7 in 488 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 $310

The Island - Pongwe Lodge

Rated 9.4 in 143 reviews

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

Set in Pongwe, a few steps from Pongwe Beach, The Island - Pongwe Lodge offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 600 metres from Kiwengwa Beach, the hotel provides a garden and a terrace. The accommodation features evening entertainment and room service.

All guest rooms come with a fridge, minibar, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. The private bathroom is fitted with a bidet, bathrobes and slippers. At the hotel all rooms have bed linen and towels.

A à la carte breakfast is available every morning at The Island - Pongwe Lodge.

Rooms from $306

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive

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Rated 9.0 in 1680 reviews

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

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive 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 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 is 55 km from Stone Town.

Rooms from $232

Zanzibar Sunrise at Bandas

Rated 9.3 in 754 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 $202

Casa Paradis

Rated 10.0 in 116 reviews

Casa Paradis in Jambiani provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a bar and a garden. Boasting a tour desk… See more

Casa Paradis in Jambiani provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a bar and a garden. Boasting a tour desk, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features room service, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests.

The units at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. Rooms include a private bathroom, a safety deposit box and free WiFi, while certain rooms have a patio and some have pool views. The rooms at Casa Paradis have air conditioning and a desk.

The accommodation offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

Jambiani Beach is a few steps from Casa Paradis, while Paje Beach is 650 metres from the property.

Rooms from $380

Kizikula

Rated 9.7 in 253 reviews

Situated in Kizimkazi, 650 metres from Kizimkazi Dimbani Beach, Kizikula features accommodation with a restaurant, free… See more

Situated in Kizimkazi, 650 metres from Kizimkazi Dimbani Beach, Kizikula features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Featuring a garden, 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 pool views, and all rooms come with a balcony. At Kizikula rooms have bed linen and towels.

The accommodation offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

Kizikula offers a sun terrace.

The Residence Zanzibar Beach is 2.1 km from the hotel, while Kizimkazi Mkunguni Beach is 2.8 km from the property.

Rooms from $165

Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar

Rated 9.8 in 256 reviews

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

Situated in Jambiani, a few steps from Paje Beach, Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 500 metres from Jambiani Beach, the hotel offers a garden and a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. Rooms come complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and bathrobes, while some units at Passion Boutique Hotel also feature a seating area. All rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a safety deposit box.

Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

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

Rooms from $180

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 $582

Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort

Resort

Rated 9.6 in 148 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 $353

Zuri Zanzibar

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Rated 9.3 in 622 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 $381

Jua Retreat

Resort

Rated 9.8 in 138 reviews

Situated in Michamvi, 200 metres from Michamvi Kae Beach, Jua Retreat features accommodation with a restaurant, free… See more

Situated in Michamvi, 200 metres from Michamvi Kae Beach, Jua Retreat features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The accommodation offers a private beach area and water sports facilities, as well as a garden and a terrace. The accommodation provides room service and free WiFi throughout the property.

At the resort, the rooms include a desk, bed linen and a patio with pool view. The private bathroom is fitted with a hot tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All rooms have a safety deposit box.

Guests at Jua Retreat can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.

The area is popular for cycling and canoeing, and car hire is available at the accommodation.

Michamvi Pingwe Beach is 250 metres from Jua Retreat, while The Rock Restaurant Zanzibar is 3.2 km from the property.

Rooms from $434

Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel

Rated 9.4 in 142 reviews

Set in Pongwe and featuring a private beach area on the East Coast of Zanzibar, Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel boasts a… See more

Set in Pongwe and featuring a private beach area on the East Coast of Zanzibar, Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel boasts a swimming pool at the beach area with a pool bar. Free WiFi is also available throughout the property.

All the villas and rooms are tastefully decorated with African and modern art and fitted with colonial style furniture. While each unit offers splendid views of the tropical garden, some offer sea views. The villas and rooms are air conditioned and come with a flat screen TV and minibars. The units are complete with a private bathroom. The property provides bathrobes and bathroom amenities.

A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel features 2 restaurants that specializes in local seafood, Arabian, Indian and international cuisines. Complimentary 5 o’clock tea is served at Mvua bar.

Activities at the property include water polo, billiard, volleyball and local bao games. The property also provides free water sport equipment and organizes local tours upon request.

Zanzibar airport is about 46 kilometers away & hotel is offering pick ups & transfers at additional charge.

Rooms from $306

Zanziblue

Resort

Rated 9.5 in 434 reviews

Boasting a private beach area and sea views, Zanziblue in Matemwe provides accommodation, water sports facilities, an… See more

Boasting a private beach area and sea views, Zanziblue in Matemwe provides accommodation, water sports facilities, an outdoor swimming pool, barbecue facilities and a garden. Free WiFi is provided.

Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. A toaster and kettle are also offered.

A continental, à la carte or vegetarian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

The villa offers a terrace.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at this property, while cycling and canoeing can be enjoyed nearby.

Dive Spot is 8 km from Zanziblue Villas.

Rooms from $195

Xanadu Villas & Retreat

Resort

Rated 9.8 in 16 reviews

Situated in Bwejuu, Xanadu Villas & Retreat features a restaurant and spa centre. The resort has a year-round outdoor… See more

Situated in Bwejuu, Xanadu Villas & Retreat features a restaurant and spa centre. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

At the resort, each room comes with a balcony with pool view. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, certain rooms at Xanadu Villas & Retreat also offer a patio. At the accommodation rooms come with a seating area.

You will find a 24-hour front desk and private butler service, a shared lounge, hairdresser's and gift shop at the property.

This resort has water sports facilities and bike hire is available. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including snorkeling and diving. The resort also provides car hire. Breezes Beach Club & Rising Sun Dive Centre is 1 km from Xanadu Villas & Retreat, while African Blue Divers is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, 57 km from the property.

Rooms from $856

Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar

Resort

Rated 9.2 in 71 reviews

With Swahili design and Zanzibari furnishings, Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar is an all inclusive resort located in… See more

With Swahili design and Zanzibari furnishings, Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar is an all inclusive resort located in Bwejuu. The resort features a restaurant, bar and guests can unwind at the Frangipani spa.

The spacious villas feature classic and elegant traditional décor, each complete with a private plunge pool and large terrace with 2 sun loungers. Each villa offers a living room with a Sultan's lounge bed and a walk-in dressing room. WiFi is available in the villas.

With cuisines comprising of Arabic, Indian and Asian flavours, Baraza Resort offers 4 restaurants and 2 bars. The open air Livingstone Terrace serves breakfast and guests can enjoy a cocktail in the Dhahabu Bar and Lounge.

The resort also boasts a kids club, tennis court, PADI Dive centre and fitness centre. You can enjoy a stroll along the stretch of white sand beach.

Zanzibar International Airport is 59 km away.

Rooms from $832

Marafiki Beach Hotel & SPA

Rated 9.6 in 164 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 $87

Boutique Hotel Matlai

Rated 9.9 in 135 reviews

Located on the beach, Boutique Hotel Matlai in Michamvi features villas with infinity pools and panoramic views of the… See more

Located on the beach, Boutique Hotel Matlai in Michamvi features villas with infinity pools and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Free WiFi access is available.

Boutique Hotel Matlai has air-conditioned villas with terraces and outdoor furniture. The bedrooms all have sea view and spacious balcony or terrace. Complete with a refrigerator, both villas have a dining area with a large dining table. Featuring a bath and rain shower, private bathrooms are fitted with a hairdryer and a bathrobe.

Breakfast and dinner are inclusive and prepared by a private kitchen chef, specializing in traditional Kiswahili and international cuisine. Boutique Hotel Matlai also boasts a bar on the beach for cocktails and refreshments.

Guests can relax in the landscaped garden or read a book on the hammock. Massages can be arranged at an additional surcharge.

Other services offered include grocery deliveries, a ticket service and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including snorkelling, darts and fishing.

Chwaka Bay Conservation area is 5 km and Zanzibar international Airport is about 65 km from Boutique Hotel Matlai.

Rooms from $360

SeVi Boutique Hotel

Rated 9.3 in 539 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 $164

Zanzibar Clove Island Villas & Apartments has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in… See more

Zanzibar Clove Island Villas & Apartments has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Makunduchi. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has pool views, and guests can enjoy access to a garden and to water sports facilities. Free private parking is available and the hotel also features car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

At the hotel the rooms include air conditioning, a desk, a patio with a lake view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. All rooms have a safety deposit box.

Guests at Zanzibar Clove Island Villas & can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast.

The accommodation offers a terrace. Guests at Zanzibar Clove Island Villas & Apartments will be able to enjoy activities in and around Makunduchi, like cycling.

Jambiani is 10 km from the hotel, while Paje is 18 km from the property.

Rooms from $120

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi

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Rated 8.1 in 914 reviews

Located on a sandy beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar, this DoubleTree Resort offers luxurious rooms with views of… See more

Located on a sandy beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar, this DoubleTree Resort 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.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi is only a 5-minute walk into the centre of the Nungwi Village.

Rooms from $173