What We Love
- The hotel’s own spice garden, a hat-tip to Zanzibar’s long history of clove trading
- A sunset-facing beach
- Old dhows, or local fishing boats, repurposed as wooden furniture
- The outdoor library
What To Know
- The cooling system in your room is energy efficient, discreetly hidden in the folds of the mosquito net over your bed
- Toiletries come courtesy of an inventive collaboration between area seaweed farmers and a local skincare line
- Cocktails crafted from Konyagi, a sugar cane liqueur from Tanzania, are mixed at the pool bar
- With advance notice, the resort can arrange for nanny service
Sustainable sanctuary on Zanzibar's northern coast, with thatched-roof villas, palm-shaded gardens, and an open-air bar facing the sea
Zanzibar, a windswept East African archipelago synonymous with cinnamon and nutmeg farms, served as a key trading post for the international spice trade. It’s that historical significance this 13-acre eco-luxe resort channels, from its own garden (studded with turmeric, ginger, and cumin plants) to private meditation pods and Swahili cooking classes with hotel chefs. Even the onsite spa sources many of the ingredients used in its therapies from the lush surrounds. While a good chunk of Tanzania’s beaches are plagued by the island’s idiosyncrasies (most hotels display tidal charts to track frequent variations), this northern property on the coast of Unguja stays astonishingly undisturbed. However, the supple sands are more than just a quick photo op—they serve as the gasp-inducing backdrop to the Zuri’s most exclusive villa as well as sundowners at the Peponi Bar, a breezy, open-air lounge decorated with kaleidoscopic lamps made from recycled glass bottles.
In the Area
An hour’s drive from Zanzibar Airport will land you on this unpaved road in idyllic Kendwa, favored by water sports enthusiasts for its stable tidal patterns. Snorkel the crystal clear, reef-laden waters or try your luck at kite surfing—steady winds and plenty of private sand patches make this an ideal launching pad. The hotel can also arrange a dhow cruise for you to take in a legendary Indian Ocean sunset (expect live taraab music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks). For land-based fun, the staff can facilitate a day trip to Stone Town, an enthralling melting pot of Arabic, African and Indian influences.
How to Get There
Lovely hotel, as are all on Kendwa but the biggest rip off ever! Whilst we sat and enjoyed the view we didnt think we would have to pay $6 a beer. This place is a complete rip off, 3 x the price of anywhere in Kendwa. Please avoid
Magnificent hotel in one of the most beautiful places of the world. Awesome beach with white sand, blue and turquoise water, beautiful sunsets. Four bars and restaurants and staff making everything possible. Excellent food, wonderful breakfast with one of the greatest buffets I have ever seen. Extremely friendly and caring people. Nice wooden bungalows, some with seaview. 32 m infinity pool - location leaves nothing to be desired.
This all-inclusive resort has a lot of positive features, like a long stretch of white beach, a beautiful garden and, if you want, a luxurious suite with direct beach access or partial sea view.
For us, the all-inclusive with buffet meals clashed with the luxury offered to suite guests with a private part of the beach. The pool-side restaurant should have been inclusive for the suite guests as well; now the 50% discount to the meal price felt a bit odd. The service and quality of the meals in this restaurant were excellent.