"Zanzibar beach – the name says it all. Only 15 minutes by plane from Dar es salaam, the mainland lies the wonderfully sleepy island of Zanzibar. The obvious beach tack-on to a safari in mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar beaches in East Africa’s finest beach destination surrounded by coral reefs with numerous idyllic beaches lined by huge sweeping palm trees.
Though most visitors spend a night or two in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, it is the beaches, snorkeling, and diving that attract people to Zanzibar’s shores, and with an ever-increasing tourist trade, it is remarkable.
Zanzibar is much larger than one might expect; driving from top to bottom takes about two hours. Stone Town and the airport are found on the Western edge, with a transfer from any beach lodge taking about an hour. The island’s best beaches for a Zanzibar beach Holiday are found on Zanzibar’s Eastern and Northern coastline with miles and miles of seemingly endless beaches, and a wealth of accommodation choice.
Western Zanzibar (where Stone Town is located) and Southern Zanzibar have small beaches. Zanzibar is the jewel in any Africa and Tanzania Holiday.
The most economical hotels for Zanzibar holidays are Shooting Star, The Palm, Mchanga, and Echo Beach all are well established, good value small hotels that have good beaches and personal service. Shooting Star is the oldest of the bunch and with its location on the top of a cliff, it has the best views on Zanzibar.
The rooms are spacious and the food and service are very good for the price. Mchanga is a similar style lodge, located further north from Shooting Star. With only 10 rooms its much smaller and a cozier feel. The pick of the bunch however is Echo Beach. Located further South on Zanzibar’s southerly-east beach.
Breezes sister hotels Baraza and The Palms are much more expensive, but they are amongst the finest hotels on the island and make a superb location for a Zanzibar Holiday or Zanzibar Honeymoon Baraza has about 36 rooms and with private plunge pools, offers some of the best accommodation on the island.
It is amongst our favorites hotels for families wanting the best the island can offer. The Palms are next door and with only six rooms offers a more intimate experience that fits very well with couples wanting to keep to themselves.
The newly opened La Residence is a new top-end resort with exceptionally high, although fairly expensive, service levels. The quality of the beach here is our only issue, but we cannot deny their effort; your every need is attended to here! A smaller hotel also at the top end of the market, Kilindi is an elaborately designed hotel that has amazing rooms and certainly offers the most privacy of any hotel, though the beach is not as good as it should be.