Azao Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Stylish beach spa digs on the Tanzanian archipelago on Zanzibar, with a choice of boardStaying on Zanzibar’s north-east coast, just an hour by car from Stone Town
- Welcoming guest rooms with large glass doors that frame the Indian Ocean
- Kicking back with ice-cold summer cocktails by the dip-worthy outdoor pool
- Upgrading to a Deluxe room for compelling ocean views
What To Know
- Super family-friendly with table tennis, a trampoline, and bike rentals
- Opt for a guestroom with ocean views
- Free WiFi
For those seeking laid-back beach glamour on the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar, this chic resort lures with a spot-on location right by the sugary white sands and glistening blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Best of all, you’ll be just an hour’s drive from the UNESCO-listed capital of Stone Town, should you fancy losing yourself in the labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
The mix of classic and contemporary décor that reveals itself on arrival continues in the luxe guest rooms – all of which have high wooden ceilings, marble flooring, and large glass windows to frame postcard-perfect views of the natural surrounding landscape. Expect large beds dressed with mosquito nets, lovely bathrooms worth whiling the hours away in, and an above-average amount of creature comforts to complete your stay.
Elsewhere, you’ll find an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, well-equipped gym with free weights and cardio machines, and spa with treatment rooms for all sorts of spirit-soothing pampering. Equally impressive are the dining options, most fabulously the all-day buffet restaurant for ingredient-driven international cuisine and the relaxed shisha lounge for puffing away on a hookah pipe.
How to Get There
The resort is on the west of the island, and trips to the main town and tourist places require a taxi trip. Multiple trips can mount up in price. Having said that, the resort itself is lovely. The accommodation consists of apartments which are simply furnished, but perfectly adequate. The standards of cleanliness were very high throughout. There is a lovely pool with waiter service for drinks and snacks. Staff were polite and friendly always. The restaurant provided a variety of international foods in a clean, airy self service restaurant. Evening meals provide a wide choice of international buffet which will suit all tastes including vegetarian. I was pleasantly surprised by the standards.
I stayed at the Azao resort in Zanzibar for 5 days, after 4 weeks in Tanzania volunteering, climbing Kili and going on safari. I booked a “full board” package and was looking for a relaxing time to rest at the end of my time in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
The hotel itself was good, with the room itself being very comfortable. The pool and outdoor bar area were fine and there’s a small gym and spa (with sauna and steam room) on site which is useful. The restaurant served an abundance of food (4 course meal with generous portions), which I took full advantage of! The staff were always very friendly, polite and happy to help with anything.
This would be a hotel to relax and get away from it all. There are no events, pool-aerobics or corny activities. Most of the resorts on the east side of Zanzibar aren’t near any real “built-up” areas. The tide was also out quite a bit when I stayed but I’m not one to sit on the beach all day when on holiday. I did go on the Stone Town and Changuu Island (Prison Island) tour and there are various other activities that can be booked through the hotel or it’s partners (PADI diving, swimming with dolphins, quad biking, etc). Booking via the hotel may be seen as expensive but it’s relatively easy to find a local guide/taxi driver who can offer an alternative.
I traveled with my husband to Zanzibar in the end December 2018 to spend the New Years Eve on this beautiful island. At Azao Resort we booked the Delux Ocean View Villa which was a great choice - beautiful view of the ocean side and perfect atmosphere for relaxation. The resort has an amazing, huge pool with nice bar which serves food as well. The resort is placed on the huge landscape which makes you feel you are in a totally private area, big enough for a nice walk. Despite the fact there is a lot of villas, there is a unique ambiance of silence and privacy. However, the pool and the pool bar delivers a nice entertainment. The staff very friendly and helpful, special thank you to the General Manager - Mr. Khaled Mahdy for his help and assistance. Highly recommend, one of the best experience in our travel life :) Agnieszka & Mouhamed from Dubai