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What We Love

  • True all-inclusive plan covers all food and drinks and most activities
  • Enormous indoor/outdoor villas with thoughtfully crafted modern African interiors, outdoor showers, plunge pools and breezy patios
  • Access to all the facilities of the main resort, La Gemma dell’Est, as well as Diamond’s own private bar, restaurant and pool
  • Faultless service and a private butler in each villa

What To Know

  • Diamonds' private white sand beach is a short walk or golf cart ride away; expect friendly if persistent beach vendors along the rest of the shore
  • Honeymooners galore, though two of the villas have a family-friendly two-bedroom setup
  • Head over to La Gemma’s busier bars and restaurants for a livelier scene
  • Guests wear white leather bracelets to denote Diamonds' all-inclusive status

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Upscale all-inclusive on Zanzibar’s northwest coast, with palatial modern African villas and Indian Ocean views

The Look

An enclave of just 11 modern African villas within a larger beach resort, Diamonds Star of the East is a romantic hideaway overlooking the Indian Ocean. Manicured tropical gardens cleverly conceal and complement the all-white villas, which are topped with traditional makuti thatch pitched roofs. At the heart of the exclusive complex, a moat-like pool surrounds the modern main building and second-floor Ocean Blue restaurant — an upscale international eatery named for the sparkling Indian Ocean it overlooks.

Bed and Bath

All 11 villas feel like sprawling private residences, the palatial proportions encompassing tropical gardens and plunge pools, outdoor patios topped with traditional makuti thatch, separate living rooms with stocked bars, butler pantries, enormous bedrooms, walk-in closets and modern bathrooms. Bright animal print fabrics add playful pops of color to the dark wood floors and simple white walls, but the real design flair is in the indoor/outdoor layout, from full walls of windows to alfresco showers to the centerpiece patios, which are furnished for outdoor living: tables for two, comfy white sofas, low-slung rattan chandeliers and romantic daybeds draped with canvas.

Beyond

Guests at Diamonds Star of the East have the run of La Gemma dell’Est’s four restaurants and five bars, as well as exclusive use of Diamond’s own eatery, Ocean Blue. On the second floor of the modern poolside clubhouse, the dining room is left open to the elements to ensure knockout views of the ocean at sunset. The multicourse menu changes by the season and covers the culinary spectrum from traditional spiced curries and local seafood to Asian-inspired vegetarian dishes and decadent all-American desserts. For sundowners, nightcaps or daytime bites, the airy Tiara Lounge is open from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Beach lovers can walk or take a golf buggy to the brilliantly white, if increasingly narrow, white sand beach, where Diamond’s guests have reserved beach loungers and dedicated beach butlers. For more active pursuits, ask your butler to arrange a Pilates session (included), tennis, any of a raft of water sports or a traditional treatment in the Mvua African Rain Spa.

In the Area

On Zanzibar’s northwest coast, the resort is less than an hour from the capital, Stone Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the petite city is filled with souks, labyrinthine streets, mosques, sultans’ palaces and colonial buildings. While there, visit the Anglican church, a memorial built on the site of one of the world’s last slave markets. For a more active excursion, organize a tour of the Kiwengwa Caves or book a kitesurfing lesson on Nungwi Beach. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow or a private snorkeling or diving trip.

How to Get There

Diamonds Star of the East Zanzibar – All Inclusive
Nungwi Road
Nungwi, 4700 Tanzania

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 208 Reviews
Just superb!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say:’JUST SUPERB’!
My husband and I just got back from Zanzibar where we spent 10 days in the Diamonds star of the east. We arrived early on the 23rd of June and Marko,the manager,gave us a warm welcome and gave us a room for a few hours in order to get some rest before getting our villa . As promised, we got our villa at 2 pm. The villa is beautiful and we were welcomed with a bottle of sparkly,a fruit platter and some lovely chocolate cake.We also met our morning butler,Joyce,who did a great job.As well as Miriam the evening butler. We could order food and drinks anytime of the day and the mini bar was always stocked up. There was a lot of kind gestures as well as being spoilt rotten for my birthday. I could go on and on about their kindness,professionalism and good humour but I would be writing for days!:-). We always stay in 5* hotels but none come close to this one. We just want to say,agsin, a big thank you to Marko and his team( butlers,cleaners,bar/restsurant and beach staff...) for having made our stay the best one ever!
We will definitely come back agsin and recommend it to all our family and friends.👏🏻

Hidden gem of a resort
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon after a week of safari in Tanzania. It's about an hour away from the airport. And what a place. The resort is split into two areas - diamonds la gemma dell'est and diamonds star of the east. We stayed at the latter and from start to finish it was such a personalised experience and we were treated like royalty - it was embarrassing how much everyone did for us. The villa was incredible - plunge pool, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor showers, bags of space in the villa, beautiful verandah and lots of lovely little touches which added to the experience. All food and most drink was included inc room service and personal butlers who were so affable, pleasant and charming. The food was generally excellent and plentiful. The restaurants tended to cater for the western palate and one thing i would have liked more of is a more local flavour to the menus in the multiple bars and restaurants. Nonetheless, we asked for some local food for dinner and it was delivered without hesitation and was beautiful. As with these types of expensive resorts, it's easy not to see the local towns and sights, but the options there if you want to. A trip to stone town is well worth it. All in all, it's a dreamy, romantic and absolutely luxurious place that I absolutely recommend.

Zanzibar visit
Reviewed 1 month ago

After a 5 day safari in mainland we visited Zanzibar and selected the Hotel Diamonds Star of East based on very positives reviews on Trip advisor.....This is an extraordinary resort.. great location ,Perfect service,good choice of restaurants with great food ,all the personnel and the Manager (Marco) do all they can do to make you happy.
The villas are amazing and to tell the truth they have exited by far our expectations .
The 2 butlers we were assigned to us ( Peter and Triga) made our stay unforgettable, they were available all day around to meet any request... Service on the private beach only for the guests of villas is perfect.
The all inclusive is really all inclusive in this resort.
We have travelled all lot with my wife the past 15 years.... I would say this is one of the best resorts we have stayed.

A very exclusive luxury retreat
Reviewed 1 month ago

We have just returned from a 5 day trip as part of our honeymoon at Diamond Star of the East. From start to finish we were treated like absolute royalty, nothing is too much trouble for the huge number of staff on hand for the 11 villas. Each of the villas is equipped with a 24 hour butler who will take care of everything from organising lunch by the pool, to unpacking your suitcase running a bubble bath!

This resort combines the privacy and space of a private villa with the service and facilities of a 5 star hotel. We had a two bed villa (as the one bed we were supposed to say in was getting refurbished) and it was absolutely vast. It is immaculately clean and well equipped with a large pool, outdoor lounge, indoor jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor shower, walk-in wardrobe, reception area and maids quarters.

As all-inclusive's go, this one is pretty good. Everything really is included, all of the food and the majority of spirits, the only thing you would expect to pay for is the latter end of the wine list. That said, many of the bars were part of the sister hotel, Gemma Dell'Est which did not include the premium alcohol and so it was sometimes difficult to order certain drinks/ cocktails around the resort.

All in all we had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend to those looking for a private, luxurious holiday where they don't need to lift a finger. Thanks so much to Marko and the team!

We loved it
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed in Star of the East for 5 days and we had yoga private lessons in the vila in the last day .... it was amazing adventure for me and my boyfriend and I hope next time to enjoy more of Manuela’s classes 👌🏻👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼