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
My Boyfriend is now my Fiancé and we have this Beautiful Resort as part of our story!
We booked 9 nights with an all inclusive package, and I was ready to give them 25 stars after only day 2. The Staff were amazing, so accommodating, so friendly, constantly smiling and such a pleasure to deal with. Our room was large with a high roof, which made it feel super spacious, the air con was a life saver, the bed was huge and so comfortable, good pillows and we were often greeted by adorable towel swans and messages written in flowers. The resort was quiet and we were treated like royalty. They arranged shuttles to nearby beaches, packed lunches, trips to the city, and our favourite was the romantic dinner set up; under the stars, surrounded by the sea with beautiful flowers and kerosene lights, the food tasted even more delicious... Speaking of which, SUCH good food, the variety was exceptional, breakfast lunch and dinner we ate like kings. The pool was paradise, perfect temperature at any time of day and the swim up bar was awesome. There were paddle boards, and excursion opportunities, and fantastic massages, and divine cocktails. The tide is insane and goes from being right up at the resort where you can swim or explore the bays and busy sea life, then pulling all the way out leaving you to be able to walk to the same awesome coral caves you had just swam to.
Genuinely; Rose, Rehema, Edson, Mohamed, Silima, Moses, Yoram, Benson, Nehma thank you for everything, it genuinely felt like we were saying farewell to family when we departed. I'd definitely recommend it and return any day if I could.
We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Azao – from the service, the food and the rooms. The minute we arrived Farhat – the Guest Relations Manager, welcomed us with a huge smile and throughout our stay she went above and beyond her call of duty to meet our needs, which in some instances were last minute. The restaurant and bar staff were equally professional and consistently gave us high quality service throughout the duration of our stay. My husband and I were celebrating our birthday and with coordination between my sister and the staff, we got a surprise birthday cake accompanied by song and dance by the restaurant staff. All our requests were alwsays met with “hakuna mathatha”. The chef continuously ensured that the food had enough variety – ranging from soups, fresh salads to the best prawn curry I’ve had. I definitely recommend Azao for any holiday maker and as a family we’ll definitely visit again in future.
I would like to state I was skeptical about getting moved from Paradise beach resort to Azao resort......by my travel agent.....even at the airport there were two other south african couples going to Paradise beach resort....but I can say with confidence it was really much better then I anticipated.....we arrived around 22:00 on sunday night , the receptionist told us to go get rest in our room and we could sort out paperwork in the morning........he even suggest to get sumone from the kitchen to come makes us sumthing to eat at 22:30.....we assured him we were fine. The next morning we could see the resort properly and we immediately noticed it didnt have a swimming beach.....but alot of reef and when the tide goes out it is easily for almost a 1 km.That morning they called us at 9:00 to remind us about breakfast.....when we arrived for breakfast it was halaal and it was full continental breakfast including hummus and olives, as well as waffles with honey and chocolate sauce.The resort has bicycles that little worn out but can be used, we used them to cycle to Pongwe village where we found a beautiful deserted beach......it was really beautiful stayed there till sunset.... Word of Advice:take aqua socks or shoes with as there is reef and coral so you dont want hurt your toes. The resort presented us with a brilliant supper, spicy and tasteful like as if it was home cooked, The supper was good everynight as we had the half board package, including desert. Vincent the resort manger was kind enough to upgarte us to honeymoon suit right infront of the resort so we had unobstructed r view of the ocean.They even did up our room with bogan villa flowers and presented us with a cake beautiful anniversary cake. All the room have washers for the toilets, as well aircons and fans with mosquito nets.There is jettie that has a that roof lapa that has sum amazing vews at sunsrise. The resort is located on the East coast of the island so getting around is lil costly esp if you wish to go swim with bottle nose dolphins in kizimkaze or go for a tour of stone town. Azao resort have monday, ewenesday and friday where you can get taken for free to Nungwe in the north to Double tree resort by the Hilton group and utilise their resort and swimming beaches, ad on tuesday and thurday they take you to Kwengwe beach 10mins away at the hotel cost to utilise the swimming beach there,lots of resort on that beach. Azao waiter Yoram offered us exceptrion service at dinner time every night, he even brough desrert to our room on certain nights we were stuffed. The one night we really enjoyed supper more then other nights was when they moved the furniture on the beach sand near the water, it reated a perfect beach ambience. the resort has a gym I didnt go check out and a beauty spa. The swimming pool is sparkling clean and they have hukkah that you smoke next to the pool.The receptionist made every effort to assist us in any way possible.The night we were upgraded and they even moved our luggage at 21:00 at night , we still had sufficient time to go for supper.At most we were 3 to 4 couple at the resort the entire week. The water pressure in the shower in the first unit wasnt too gud, but wen we moved the second unit was much better. Maintence even sorted out aircon unit without much fuss as it wasnt working too well. Overall I would say it was really good staying there.
This was my family's 2nd visit to Azao within 3 months. The calmness at resort gives you peace, have something for every member of family. Swimming pool is Awesome , so is the restaurant. All staff r helpful Nd cheerful. Rooms r well maintained and so is d resort space. Built in huge area. Recommended for everyone- Families, couples and solitude seeking individuals.
Sports/ leisure area needs to be taken care of. Children park can be improved upon too with proper closing points.
Overall an unforgettable experience.
I visit in Azao with my girlfriend and one more couple. the kindness of the stuff is at the highest level it can be. The food was great! the hotel was quite empty because we were off the season but still they covered everything and we have everything! I without a doubt will come back to this hotel when I will be back to Zanzibar.