by Chris Walker Bush
April 7, 2018

An Exotic Zanzibar Honeymoon

When it comes time to plan your African honeymoon, few names are as synonymous with exotic romance than the spice island of Zanzibar.

With its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the variety of all-inclusive Zanzibar hotels, and variety of fun activities - Zanzibar is the perfect place for your honeymoon.

The best part? Zanzibar is surprisingly affordable compared to other romantic escapes such as The Maldives.

Below, we've highlighted six fantastic hotels for your Zanzibar honeymoon.

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#1 - Tulia Zanzibar: The Honeymoon Specialists

Our love affair with Tulia Zanzibar is no secret: we've written about why Tulia is fantastic before.

In fact, Tulia is so committed to making your Zanzibar honeymoon magical that they provide a huge goodie bag of gifts for honeymooners.

This generous honeymoon package includes:

  • A welcome cocktail and fruit platter upon check-in;
  • A surprise gift waiting for you in your room;
  • A free bottle of wine;
  • A one hour massage for the couple;
  • Free equipment hire so you can cycle, windsurf, paddle board, and snorkel to your heart's content;
  • A romantic dinner under the stars to celebrate your wedding;
  • Free airport transfers.

Couple this with Tulia Zanzibar's reputation for delicious food and stunning accommodation, and you've got a recipe for an unforgettable honeymoon on Zanzibar.

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#2 - White Sands Villas: For the Active Couple

One of our most requested Zanzibar hotels, White Sands prides itself on capturing the very essence of what makes Zanzibar special. Whether it's the thrill of kitesurfing or the romance of a sunset cocktail, White Sands has you covered.

Far from the tourist crowds of Nungwi Beach, White Sands' location on Paje Beach ensures you're afforded the privacy you'll want after the stress of planning and executing a wedding.

White Sands offers a range of activities for an active couple. These range from on-site kitesurfing to Zanzibar safaris.

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#3 - Star of the East: Romantic Decadence

Diamonds Star of the East is one of Zanzibar's most decadent properties. Doesn't your honeymoon deserve a little decadence?

The property boasts world-class accommodation and dining and its status as one of the best Zanzibar beach hotels is unrivaled.

What makes Star of the East stand out? It's the selection of themed experiences.

These experiences range from private cooking lessons to kayaking expeditions, but it is their romantic experience that makes Star of the East the perfect location for your Zanzibar honeymoon.

Featuring a romantic beach dinner, sunset boat trip, in-room breakfasts, and a couples massage, it's the perfect add-on to make your stay something special.

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#4 - Pongwe Beach Hotel: An Affordable Option

Your honeymoon doesn't need to break the bank. Pongwe Beach Hotel is an affordable option for those who might want to spend their money on Zanzibar day trips or an extended East African safari.

A smaller hotel with just 17 rooms, you're guaranteed personal service and plenty of privacy during your stay.

Pongwe Beach Hotel offers three distinct honeymoon packages, each of which includes personalized gifts, romantic dinners, and day trips.

These range from a Stone Town tour and romantic setting in their Hibiscus package to a Mnemba Atoll snorkeling trip and beach dinner in the Bougainvillea package. These romantic add-onsns are a great way to make your trip special without going over your honeymoon budget.

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#5 - Zanzibari Boutique: Wedding and Honeymoon in One!

Specialists when it comes to Zanzibar weddings and honeymoons, Zanzibar Boutique Hotel is perfect for intimate weddings and even more intimate honeymoons.

If you're looking to combine your wedding and your honeymoon, the Zanzibari's wedding package is a remarkably affordable option.

With up to 40 guests, you'll enjoy an intimate wedding ceremony, delicious wedding breakfast, and a Maasai honour guard. It's sure to be a wedding none of your guests will ever forget!

After your ceremony, retire to one of the gorgeous Frangipani Villas or even the lavish Bougainvillea House for a little privacy. It's perfect!

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#6 - &Beyond Mnemba Island: Your Private Island Escape

The &Beyond brand is synonymous with world-class luxury, and their Zanzibar property is no exception. When Lesia and Julia from our team visited Mnemba Island, they were blown away.

Intimacy is key on Mnemba Island, with just twenty-four guests present at any given time. This means personalized service and the privacy you want for your romantic Zanzibar honeymoon.

Guests can fill their days with complementary activities and day trips, take advantage of the on-site PADI dive centre, or simply relax in barefoot luxury.

Moreso than the other properties on this list, &Beyond Mnemba Island specializes in taking you away from it all and making you feel like the #1 property. Isn't that what you want for your romantic escape?


Regardless of your budget or the occasion, the team at Shadows of Africa can prepare an unforgettable Zanzibar honeymoon, anniversary, or wedding for you.

Just get in touch and we'll help make your dreams a reality!

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