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5 Spectacular Vacation Hotels in Zanzibar island Tanzania

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

If you’re looking for a holiday destination, Zanzibar island Tanzania is the best place. From the beautiful beaches with mild climate to a wide variety of marine life and historical sites, the region has all you need to see.

No place in the world sounds more beguiling than life on the island. You virtually smell the spices, feel the sea breeze and hear the rustle of palm leaves by just mentioning the name.

Excellent beach life isn’t easy to come to, so you need to find suitable accommodation as you continue your vacation. Having a perfect place to relax allows you to enjoy the triangular sails on the ocean and the interesting mix of African and Arabian cultures.

People who’ve visited Zanzibar have exciting tales to tell of their visit. In fact, do you ever ask yourself why this island along the Indian Ocean is a dream holiday destination for dozens of people?

The answer is straightforward.  Prestigious hotels, serenity and tasteful island life.

1. & Beyond Mnemba island

& Beyond is an exclusive island paradise off the North-East coast of Zanzibar. The romantic hideaway features 12 rustically chic beachsides for just 24 guests, connected atoll to the breathtaking Mnemba.

Mnemba island

andBeyond Mnemba Island. Photo/ andBeyond.

From late breakfast trays teeming with tropical fruit, yoga and massages to open views of the beach, & Beyond gives you a memorable experience in Zanzibar island Tanzania. 

Guests at the award-winning hotel relax and unwind in the exclusivity of their own stretch of beachfront. 

2. Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Park Hyatt Zanzibar. Photo/Nelson Travel

Park Hyatt is the best hotel if you want to experience Zanzibar’s heritage, rich culture and historical significance. Part of the hotel is housed in Mambo Msiige, a typical Zanzibari mansion dating back to the 17th century. 

The hotel offers its guests an unforgettable experience with spectacular views from the oceanfront infinity pool. Park Hyatt provides the ultimate haven through breathtaking ocean views, entertainment, culinary creation and well-decorated rooms. 

3. The Melia Zanzibar 

The Melia Zanzibar is one of the largest resort complexes in Zanzibar island Tanzania. The hotel is an all-exclusive luxury resort on an amazing beach of white sand.

The Melia

The Melia Hotel. Photo/ Melia.

The Melia has six restaurants and five bars serving local and international dining. The hotel also offers exclusive villas with infinity pools and private gardens and well-appointed and exclusive meeting facilities. 

The Spice island hotel has won the Travellers’ Choice Prize, an annual award by TripAdvisor. The award is given to the hotel that has many positive comments from travellers all over the world. 

4. Baraza Resort and Spa 

Baraza Resort and Spa

Baraza Resort and Spa. Photo/TravelPlusStyle

The hotel in Zanzibar island Tanzania, is one of the most exclusive boutique resorts. Baraza Resort and Spa evokes the heritage of Zanzibar, dating back to the era of Sultans. It is made with a fusion of Indian, Swahili and Arabic designs. 

Baraza Resort has spacious villas featuring large bathrooms, intricate fabrics and spacious terraces with private plunge pools. The highly rated hotel offers an unforgettable beach experience to the guests through beach life, culture and romantic hideaways. 

Conde Nast Traveler magazine named the hotel as one of the top 30 island beaches in the world. 

5. White Sand Villas 

White Sand Villas feature 11 luxurious resorts on a fabulous beach stretch in Zanzibar. It is an excellent location for kite surfing, a private beach lunch restaurant, and spa services. 

The resort is nestled in nature amongst exotic gardens and baobabs. White Sand Villas is a sanctuary of peace and harmony where a whole family can relax.

White Sand Villas

White Sand Villas. Photo/ Wetu.

What is Zanzibar Famous for?

Zanzibar is famous for its spices, hence the nickname the Spice Islands. Some spices grown in Tanzania include cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Apart from the spices, Zanzibar is also famous for its beaches. 

Which Country Owns Zanzibar?

In 1964 Zanzibar, together with Pemba Island and some other smaller islands, joined with Tanganyika on the mainland to form the United Republic of Tanzania. 

Is Zanzibar Good for Tourists?

Yes. Zanzibar is a fantastic beach holiday destination with lots of rich history and characters. It is also one of the safest African destinations, even for solo female travellers. Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, one of the most stable African countries. 

Is Tanzania and Zanzibar the Same Country?

Zanzibar is a partly self-governing state in Tanzania; it’s not an independent country. However, you can visit Zanzibar with the same visa you need for Tanzania.  

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Abraham Odhiambo

I'm a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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