Where to stay in Zanzibar

25th July 2017

From charming and rustic beach chalets to luxury private islands – accommodation in Zanzibar caters for every travellers’ whims and fancies.

Whether you’re looking for romance and relaxation, or adventure and activity, you can find it in Zanzibar. No matter what your budget may be, or where your interests may lie, you’re guaranteed to spend your holiday in Zanzibar somewhere that is perfect for you.

Beach in Zanzibar

However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the options, take a look at a few of our favourite places to stay at whilst in Zanzibar:

Pongwe Beach Hotel


3 room types – Sea View Suites, Beach Front Rooms, Garden View Rooms

Distance from Airport:

1-hour drive from the airport.


From $164 per person

Located on one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful beaches, Pongwe is a small, simple hotel, ideal for relaxing while soaking up the scenery. In terms of value for money for accommodation in Zanzibar, it’s hard to beat Pongwe.

Beach hammock on Zanzibar

Mchanga Beach Lodge


6 Double rooms, 2 Family rooms and 2 Twin bedded rooms

Distance from Airport:

45-mins to 1-hour drive from the airport and Stone Town.


From $169 per person

Machanga Beach Lodge is set on a great little beach, situated away from the large hotel resorts both up and down the coast. Built right on the sand and surrounded by nature, this small and intimate lodge is comfortable, welcoming and excellent value for money.

Beach and forest on Zanzibar



9 villas

Distance from Airport:

60-minute drive from the airport.


From $384 per person

Perched atop a cliff, with spectacular views of the vast Indian Ocean, Zawadi is one of the most exclusive properties in Zanzibar. At the centre of the property, the cliff recedes, creating a beautiful cove of pristine white sandy beach from which guests can snorkel in the warm waters. Intimate and luxurious, Zawadi is ideal for a Tanzania honeymoon.

Beautiful view on Zanzibar

Mnemba Island Lodge


10 thatched beach bandas

Distance from Airport:

90-minute road trip followed by 10 – 15 minute boat ride to the island.


From $1,672 per person

Situated just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is the ultimate destination for a private, barefoot luxury experience. The island’s beach is one of the top beaches in the world and Mnemba is one of the few places where you can snorkel straight off the beach and onto pristine reef. Owned and run by &Beyond, the location, staff and impeccable cuisine make this the perfect beach location for travellers whose budget allow for such luxury.

Mnemba Island Zanzibar

If none of the above sound like your ideal accommodation options, find more of our options here.

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