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From luxury pool villas to romantic bohemian retreats; discover the best Zanzibar hotels with Kuoni

Zanzibar’s beaches are something special, with vast swathes of white sand edged with palm trees and lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, and our chosen handful of incredible hotels make the most of this setting. Among the island’s best are tropical hideaways like Breezes Beach Club & Spa on peaceful Bwejuu Beach. For a more remote retreat, head to the honeyed sands of Pemba Island, famous for its clove plantations and emerald hills (we love Fundu Lagoon and Constance Aiyana which both feel enticingly quiet and remote). A couple of days’ exploration can work nicely before or after a beach retreat and you might like to visit the island’s UNESCO-listed capital, Stone Town. Here, hotels like Zanzibar Serena Hotel, set amidst exotic sultan's palaces and ancient dhow harbours, are in a prime location for cultural sightseeing.

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Baraza Resort & Spa

5

One of Zanzibar’s premier boutique resorts, in an award-winning beach setting.

Part of The Zanzibar Collection, Baraza is family-owned, and the authentic touches and personalised service add an extra something special to its high...

Rooms: 30
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
All Inclusive
Honeymoons
Luxury
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Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

4

This charming beachfront resort is a favourite with Kuoni guests.

Bluebay’s beautiful 30-acre gardens house over 1000 palm trees. The Makuti Restaurant is the main eatery set around the large swimming pool, and if yo...

Rooms: 112
Transfers: Approx. 50 minutes from Zanzibar airport
All Inclusive option
Weddings
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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

4

Family owned and managed, Breezes Beach Club & Spa is charming and romantic.

Part of The Zanzibar Collection and fronting one of Condé Nast Traveller’s top 30 island beaches, Breezes is a tropical hideaway that’s particularly p...

Rooms: 70
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
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The Residence Zanzibar

5

The Residence draws on Swahili and Omani influences to create a seductive retreat of stand-alone pool villas.

Set in 80 acres of lush oceanfront gardens once occupied by Shirazi princes, and with excellent service and attention to detail, The Residence Zanziba...

Rooms: 66
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
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Zanzibar Serena Hotel

4

Authentic colonial splendour and a prime location to explore historic, UNESCO recognised Stone Town.

Set amid exotic sultan's palaces and ancient dhow harbours in the heart of Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a pocket of peace overlooking the ...

Rooms: 51
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Zanzibar airport
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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

5

Architecturally beautiful and home to some of the island’s best – and biggest – private pool villas.

The exclusive Zanzibar White Sand is the eco-friendly vision of one of east Africa’s most renowned architects, with stunning facilities designed to bl...

Rooms: 11
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
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Boutique Hotel
Honeymoons
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Riu Palace Zanzibar

4

This all-inclusive resort sits on Zanzibar’s glorious north-western shores.

Riu Palace Zanzibar sits in sprawling exotic grounds – complete with manicured lawns and botanical gardens – on a beautiful stretch of beach. Diverse ...

Rooms: 100
Transfers: Approx. 55 minutes from Zanzibar airport
Adults only
All Inclusive
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Park Hyatt Zanzibar

5

The Park Hyatt brings a touch of luxury to Stone Town without losing its Zanzibari charm.

Opened in 2015 and sharing the same oceanfront setting as the popular Zanzibar Serena Inn, this is Park Hyatt’s first foray into Africa. Made up of tw...

Rooms: 67
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Zanzibar airport
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Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar

5

This intimate new beach-chic retreat sits on a clifftop with glorious ocean views and is exclusively for adults.

With just nine villas dotted along a clifftop in one of Zanzibar's most sought-after settings, Zawadi does away-from-it-all luxury perfectly. It's exc...

Rooms: 9
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
Adults only
All Inclusive
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The Aiyana Resort & Spa

5

Balancing tranquillity, minimalism and adventure; enjoy barefoot luxury at this extraordinary Zanzibari beach retreat.

Swim in teal waters, taste authentic local food and indulge in restoring spa treatments at this magnificent, boutique resort. Nestled on the honeyed s...

Rooms: 30
Transfers: 30-minute flight from Zanzibar to Pemba Island or 1 hour from Dar Es Salaam, followed by a 90-minute drive in a land cruiser to the resort
All Inclusive
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Fundu Lagoon

4.5

Feel as if you’re the only person on the island at this bohemian retreat with romantic thatched-roof suites and ocean views.

Set on a remote, picturesque beach on Pemba Island, this rustic and boutique resort is paradise personified. Nicknamed the ‘The Spice Island’, Pemba ...

Rooms: 18
Transfers: 30-minute flight from Zanzibar to Pemba Island or 60-minutes from Dar Es Salaam, followed by a 1 hour car and private boat transfer to Fundu Lagoon
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Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort

5

Authentically chic, this stylish new resort promises a serene beach holiday with enchanting cultural activities.

Opened in spring 2018, the Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort is an idyllic choice if you’re looking for a stylish, yet authentic couples’ escape. The beach...

Rooms: 55
Transfers: Approx. 1½ hours from Zanzibar airport
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