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The finest beach motels in Tanzania


The characterful Zanzibar Island is Tanzania’s most liked and well-known beach spot. However, there are an terrible lot of extremely mediocre motels on the island, so choosing the right one actually is make or break. Luckily, there are nonetheless a number of wonderful boutique motels on the island. In the broader archipelago are the non-public islands of Mnemba and Fanjove which provide a very unique beach expertise. On the mainland coast, there is just one lodge price speaking about. Ras Kutani is among the most interesting beach lodges in East Africa. Let me take you thru each intimately.


Xanadu Villas are the crème de la crème of luxurious beach villas in Zanzibar. Nowhere on the island fairly lives as much as the luxurious it exudes from the villas themselves, to your non-public butler, the Michelin customary meals and your non-public swimming pools… Xanadu is king for a personal villa expertise on Zanzibar. You can expertise this luxurious from $400 per individual per night time of their most moderately priced villa; Umande.

Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar is larger than Xanadu – at 52 rooms it’s on no account the intimate choice. However, every room is nestled of their lovely tropical gardens, making the expertise a comparatively non-public one given its dimension. Zuri has no doubt the perfect beach on Zanzibar Island. Starting costs are $345 per individual per night time for his or her staple backyard bungalows.

Mnemba Private Island

Mnemba Island, though a part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, will not be on Zanzibar Island itself. Mnemba Lodge is a personal island off the coast of Zanzibar and the perfect of barefoot luxurious beach-chic expertise Africa has to supply. The “bandas” are unfold out throughout the gorgeous beach, and all supply every part you want however in an totally genuine sense. If you like genuine hideaways, exclusivity and have round $1,700 per individual per night time, then Mnemba could be a beach vacation of a lifetime.

Fanjove Private Island

Fanjove is Mnemba’s rustic and less expensive different. Nowhere is healthier than this non-public island for those who love an off the crushed observe, forged away expertise, however with out paying the massive Mnemba value. Getting right here is an journey in itself, however nicely definitely worth the barely dearer inner flights, and the gorgeous boat experience in. The final Robison Crusoe journey may be yours from $385 per individual per night time.

Ras Kutani

Ras Kutani is the one beach lodge price mentioning on Tanzania’s mainland coast. It will not be solely essentially the most personalised and tranquil lodge on the mainland coast, however in all probability all through East Africa. The factor which units it aside from each different lodge is that it’s owned and ran by a safari firm, so you’re assured a very memorable expertise. Anyone who has been on safari earlier than is aware of the degrees of hospitality are above and past any beach resort they’ve ever stayed in… But not this one! Ras Kutani is really unbelievable worth at $350 per individual per night time.

Marc Harris is Managing Director of Tanzania Odyssey. Tanzania Odyssey is a number one tour operator that has specialised in Tanzania since 1998.

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