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 sands of Pemba Island – famous for its clove plantations and emerald hills – this African retreat is unlike other hotels on the island, with its quiet and remote feel. Winner of a TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice award, The Aiyana Resort & Spa is hedged by pure, unspoilt landscapes and features luxurious, ecologically-built villas – some with their own private infinity pool.
Life is busy, but you can take a step back and follow the restful pace here. Using natural products inspired by plants from the Indian Ocean, the resort spa is the place to be for a pampering session. Whether you choose a facial or massage, the friendly staff can customise any treatment to suit your needs. The peaceful beach is another favourite spot for chilling out, or if you want a little more action from your island escape, you’ll love the island’s watersports offering – especially if diving is your thing. Take a PADI course and discover Pemba’s rainbow-coloured reefs and exciting marine life, from sea turtles to manta rays.
You can tuck into fresh seafood and African-inspired delicacies at the resort’s ocean-view restaurant, and the bar is a cosy spot to wind down in the evening. Make dinner a romantic occasion with its private dining option; indulge in a candlelit meal beneath a starlit sky as you listen to the gentle waves rolling in. Each exquisite beachfront villa is luxurious and minimalist; its features are made with locally-sourced materials such as coconut brooms, giving the rooms a rustic look. They are also really spacious and contemporary, with lovely outdoor terraces.
On the far north of Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago
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• Breathe in the floral-scented air at Pemba’s aromatic cloves and spice plantation* • Cycle through the village to the 100-year-old British lighthouse or learn to dive on a PADI course* • Search for Pemba flying foxes on a guided nature trail in the island’s rich forest reserve, Ngwezi*
All Inclusive • Full a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea served at the bar, dinner served in the restaurant on Table D’hôte basis • Selected drinks including premium spirits at Jua bar (until 11.30pm), fresh juices, soft drinks, mineral water, mocktails, cocktails, beer and selected wines • Laundry • Use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and mountain bikes.
*Denotes local charge