Hotels in Zanzibar

When considering hotels in Zanzibar, you'll be faced with an enviable selection of luxury resorts and beachside hotels offering splendid ocean views. You can't go wrong with some of the best hotels in Zanzibar.

The Baraza Resort & Spa, an opulent hotel designed with Arabian flair, and whose private villas are decorated with hand-carved wooden furnishings. There are two amazing restaurants and two pools on-site. Kilindi Zanzibar was originally built by Bjorn Ulvaeus of the band Abba; now it's owned by a Zanzibar hotel group and managed by an experienced South African couple. The décor is minimalist and urban, and each villa has its own private garden, curvaceous living room, and plunge pool.

Another Zanzibar hotel is Mnemba Island Lodge, perched at the northern tip of Unguja Island on a private beach. It's renowned for its intimacy and exclusivity, booking only 20 guests at time, who are offered massages and snorkeling tours. Last but certainly not least on our list of hotels in Zanzibar is Matemwe Retreat, a lively and relaxing place on the northeast coast of Zanzibar built in 2011. There are four private verandas serviced by a butler, and right outside the door are aquamarine waters and white sand beaches.

On a sun-bleached crescent opposite Tumbatu Island, 15 domed limestone pavilions are tucked along a tidal bay where wooden dhows still ply the aquamarine waters. Here, luxury comes with a light footprint—rainwater collected on the roofs of the cottages is used to water the lush gardens.