by Chris Walker Bush
March 12, 2018

A Guide to Zanzibar Hotels on the Beach

Zanzibar's white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are famous around the world. We could wax lyrical about all of the fantastic Zanzibar beaches!

There is no shortage of Zanzibar hotels on the beach to choose from, so we have created a list of some of the best beachfront hotels for you to consider.

From budget escapes to lavish luxury resorts, there is a beachfront hotel for all budgets.

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Hideaway of Nungwi

Hideaway of Nungwi is one of our favourite Zanzibar all-inclusive hotels.

Likened to the fabled Garden of Eden, Hideaway of Nungwi's tropical gardens give way to Zanzibar's famous white sand beaches - giving you the island paradise experience you've dreamed about.

Every room at Hideaway includes a private terrace with stunning views of the gardens and the glittering Indian Ocean.

Larger suites include additional features like private jacuzzis, butler service, and private stretches of beach! These suites also give access to the Exclusive Privileged Area, where meals at two of the resort's restaurants are included.

The best part? The Hide and Seek club means kids are never bored, so the adults can get a little privacy to soak in the romantic views.

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Z Hotel

One of the original Zanzibar beach hotels, The Z Hotel has a distinctly European feel while still maintaining an African flair.

A night at Z Hotel is like traveling the world. You'll sleep on Egyptian linen, bathe in an Italian bathtub, and feel the delicious cool of Turkish marble beneath your feet. All of this against the stunning backdrop of one of Africa's most stunning beaches!

Guests can dine at one of four onsite restaurants. Saruche offers Afro-European fusion, Cinnamon is all about cocktails and cafe cuisine, Rooftops is a romantic rooftop wine and cocktail bar, and Z Cafe offers all of your favourite comfort foods.

The Mnazi Mini Spa offers rest and relaxation, while diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will love the East Africa Dive Centre. Like shopping? Azizi Boutique is the perfect place to grab a gift for tha someone special.

Add this to all of the usual Zanzibar activities, day trips, and even the option to take a Zanzibar safari and you've got a recipe for a dream beach escape.

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Pongwe Beach Hotel

There is more to Zanzibar's beaches than world-famous Nungwe, and Pongwe Beach can certainly make its own claim to being one of Africa's premier beaches.

Boasting the same white sands and turquoise waters as nearby Nungwe, Pongwe Beach Hotel trades the hustle and bustle of Nungwe's tourist crowds for a more relaxed holiday experience.

With just twenty rooms, Pongwe Beach Hotel can offer a more intimate, customer-focused experience than you'll find at a larger resort.

Whether you're spending your day enjoying the white sand beach, soaking in the infinity pool, or heading out on a Zanzibar tour, you're doing so in a relaxed, peaceful environment far removed from the troubles of the world.

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White Sands Luxury Villas

Located on Paje Beach, White Sands Luxury Villas boasts that the experience at their resort is every bit as much about "enjoying a cocktail on the rooftop Champagne bar as it is about kitesurfing in the sunset".

It's this attitude that luxury and adventure can exist hand in hand that makes it a unique Zanzibar beach hotel.

White Sands offers something for a variety of budgets. From the family-friendly Cinnamon rooms to deluxe suites with hot tubs or private pools to the titular private villas, you can be sure you'll find the room for your tastes and budget here.

The Doors to Zanzibar Restaurant and Beach BBQ Restaurant both offer a distinct dining experience. Fancy trying some Zanzibari cuisine for lunch and enjoying a burger for dinner? You can!

Kitesurfing on Zanzibar is arguably the most unique activity offered at White Sands, with Zanzibar Kite Paradise on hand to feed your hunger for adrenaline.

For those looking for a different kind of luxury Zanzibar beach escape, White Sands Luxury Villas might be what you're looking for!

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Tulia Unique Beach Resort

We love Tulia Unique Beach Resort. Don't believe us? We've written about it before! Lesia and Julia wrote about why they love Tulia after their visit in 2016.

Offering its guests a truly decadent luxury experience, Tulia Zanzibar boasts a lot of all-inclusive features including a complimentary massage, a free bottle of wine at check-in, and free snorkel, bicycle, and paddleboard rental.

The all-inclusive experience means you don't have to worry about what's in your wallet while you're here. With all meals and many activities included, it's just a matter of pointing at what you want!


There are so many fantastic Zanzibar hotels on the beach. The above is just a sample of the fantastic beach hotels you'll find on Zanzibar.

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