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Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels in Zanzibar. (Updated 17 May 2012)

We first published our top 10 Zanzibar hotels back in April 2011 and since then there have been few changes to the list:  Essque Zalu Zanzibar – up 3, The Residence Zanzibar – new entry, Mnemba Island Lodge – down 2, Baraza Resort & Spa – up 1, The Palms – up 1, Hotel Melia Zanzibar – up 2 (was Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski), Sea Cliff Resort & Spa – new entry, Fundu Lagoon – down 5, Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est – new entry,
Serena Inn – down 3

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the hotels in Zanzibar that we feature, so please contact them directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the list below, you can see a full list of the luxury hotels in Zanzibar that we feature at this link:



Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Welcome to Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Discover a destination off the coast of Tanzania, steeped in legend and mystery, an evocation of the exotic . Stroll the tumbling streets of Stone Town, be lulled by the Arab tones of Swahili, inhale the lingering fragrance of the spice plantations. At Essque Zalu Zanzibar, create your own personal paradise, your own kind of luxury, an experience of a lifetime.

Scores 4.88 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

For those seeking serenity and privacy, The residence Zanzibar offers uncompromising luxury. Each of its 66 Stand-alone villas has its own private swimming pool in which to unwind. Enjoy the ultimate luxury to be pampered by a personal butler trained to anticipate and attend to your every need.

Scores 4.85 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Mnemba Island

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Mnemba Island Lodge, an award winning jewel is situated on the breathtakingly beautiful private island of Mnemba, a mere 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) off of the north–eastern tip of Zanzibar. Mnemba Island Lodge is a beach dreamer’s ultimate paradise experience, surrounded by an atoll of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Romantic views, exclusivity and rustic luxury are reason enough to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this barefoot island paradise.

Scores 4.85 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Located along the beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


The Palms

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

We welcome you to Zanzibar’s most exclusive, private resort with just six villas in a personalized and intimate setting….the perfect, romantic getaway. The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility…a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar.

Scores 4.75 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Hotel Melia Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

This time the first impression is most definitely not deceptive. If you have the feeling that the Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is more than just a hotel then that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Here you won’t feel as if you’re at home, you’ll feel much better than you do at home. Infinitely better thansks to your excellent standards of service, hospitality and desire to to provide a truly unique experience.

Scores 4.51 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Driving into Sea Cliff Resort & Spa you know you have found something special. The 4 km road through a coconut plantation that leads to the hotel is a reminder of the Zanzibar of old. Peace and tranquility, no other hotels or busy roads just open space and palm trees. This 120 room resort located on the West Coast of the exotic Island of Zanzibar, conveniently located 20 minutes from the historical town of Stone Town.

Scores 4.50 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Fundu Lagoon

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Fundu is on Pemba Island, the sister island to Zanzibar lying across the Pemba Channel to the north. The hotel is situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of the island and is only accessible by boat. We aim to provide the perfect environment for an idyllic vacation, an untroubled haven of tropical sunshine.

Scores 4.50 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Set within exotic tropical gardens and waterfalls inviting guests to enjoy the pristine view over the Indian Ocean, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar. This enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with private terrace and with sea views.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Zanzibar Serena Inn

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa’s most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.

Scores 4.00 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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