Indigo Beach Zanzibar
What We Love
- Barefoot luxury on Zanzibar's beautiful waterfront, with breakfast and dinner includedHaving your own seafront bungalow, with direct access to the sugar-white beach
- The unique, open-air, en-suite bathroom – unforgettable
- Exploring the spice souks, palaces and cathedral of Stone Town
- Spotting the local wildlife at the nearby Josani Forest
What To Know
- There's whitewashed villas, lagoon-view pools, private gardens
- Dine with your feet in the sand at the al fresco restaurant
- Free WiFi
Zanzibar is the stuff of getaway dreams: a palm-fringed paradise of pristine white beaches and turquoise waters dotted with traditional fishing dhows. At the boutique Indigo Beach, you’ll soak it all up from your own beachfront bungalow, with the sound of the Indian Ocean lulling you to sleep.
With whitewashed villas, lagoon-view pools, private gardens and an open air bathroom, this slice of heaven intoxicates guests with its chilled-out vibe and tropical touches. If you manage to drag yourself away from your soporific surroundings, pop in to Stone Town, the beating heart of Zanzibar and a real-life museum to its colonial heritage, or capture the atmosphere of the bazaar with a tour of its spice souks and labyrinthine streets.
How to Get There
This hotel is a little diamond. Superb accommodation, fantastic food and super staff. If you want a little bit of pampered paradise this is the place to stay. We stayed in one of the house which are literally located on the beach. Get up in the morning and walk out your door for a swim in the Indian ocean. The hotel is modern, bright and clean. The staff friendly and efficient. The food is first class. A definite one to return to.
Good place for excursions, not for the sea. That's because of the sea marea and the seaweeds. It is fully immersed in a kind of village where local people live. Nothing to do after dinner, you can't leave the resort because there is nowhere to go.
Anyway, food was delicious and cheap (max 12$ for a main dish), staff was really kind and helpful and, in particular, Kombo and Shingai over the others were absolutely fantastic: they helped us with our many requests in a brilliant way. The room was really good although the open air bathroom led to the presence of insects everywhere and, when it rained, we couldn't use it. Overall, it was a pleasant stay.
I stayed here for three nights in late November. I was going to give this three stars but added another because of staff.
I had a mixed stay here, for many reasons. Some of which I do take accountability for.
1. There is no air con, only fans. And during my time, it was painfully hot and humid for me and the fan wasn’t enough. Lots of sleepless nights. I did know there was no air con when I got there but the lack of breeze and thus stale hot air did me in.
2. In my bathroom. The shower and toilet were in the same space. So depending on time of day, it was always wet in there. And never dried.
3. My room was small and with little storage
4. Laundry is $15 or $25 USD, incredibly expensive
5. Cab to The Rock is $15 USD, if you want sunsets total is $20 USD. Airport cab $50 USD
6. Bugs are bad in the evenings and in the common reception and dining area.
7. No seating for non villa guests near the beach
8. Not enough seats for guests at the pool and inconsistent towel delivery or availability
Food is good overall here too.
I learned out a lot about Zanzibar and the climate and how I don’t react well to heat, which I also should have done better research on.
I shared this with the hotel and I think they heard me. Honestly if I had to do it again I would not stay here. Maybe, what you’re looking for, hanging out I’d just fine e g me
Thank you very Much Indigo Beach Zanzibar for your warm welcome and wonderful hospitality, Staff are very friendly and willing to help, I stayed there on (My 16-17) for two night, during my stay i feel like at home with nice service, Breakfast was amazing, I had chicken club sandwich for lunch it was extremely delicious, superb beach view, Steve front desk staff he was very friendly and welcoming.
definitely I will be back here again,
We stayed three nights at Indigo Beach Zanzibar as an add-on extension of a safari trip we took with OneSeed Expeditions. The resort is small, with a very nice pool, wonderful food, friendly staff, reasonable prices and set upon a fantastically beautiful beach. Outside the compound walls is the true Zanzibar which is very poor, although the local people are also very friendly and eager to sell you goods from their shops. The rooms are very nice, with outdoor (private) showers & toilets which makes it feel very exotic. Breakfast is free in the morning, and the lunch options are via a menu that is available with lots of different options; all those of which our group of four tried were very good. Dinner options are posted daily and generally allowed for three entree options; all was very good. The only negative we found to this place were the local folks on the beach continually hounding you to buy things, almost all of which could be found in the little village (or elsewhere in Tanzania) for better prices than they were giving on the beach. And, the mosquitos at dusk were quite bad, although the resort sprayed your rooms each evening before putting down the bed mosquito netting which did help. We asked for a floor fan - which they did have available - and having that blowing in the room helped to abate the mosquito's quite a bit. I would recommend & return to this location in the future. The owners of this property are French so there are quite a few French guests onsite. The staff all spoke very good English. I presume some also spoke French as well.