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 exclusive but laid-back, where the décor is understatedly elegant and delicious dining and personalised service top the priority list.
Opened in June 2016, Zawadi has excellent sister property credentials, too – it belongs to The Zanzibar Collection, which includes the popular Breezes Beach Club & Spa and world-class Baraza Resort & Spa, and shares its sister resorts' idyllic south-east coast setting.
There's a focus on fresh produce and local spices. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Drift Wood Dining Room, while lunch is a more casual affair on the comfy sofas at The Mswakini Beach Bar. Fitness buffs can work off some of the all-inclusive indulging with a morning run along the 900m jogging trail that winds through the gardens. Towards the centre of the hotel the cliff recedes to reveal a tranquil cove of soft white sands where you can snorkel straight from the beach. A scheduled shuttle also runs to its sister resorts, where you’re welcome to stay and use the numerous facilities.
The spacious villas all have a private plunge pool. Surrounded by bougainvillea, they have been designed to make the most of the view. Inside they are light and airy, with a subtle beach theme and a neutral palette of pale greys and creams.
Above Mswakini Beach on the island’s south-east coast
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort:
• 8th in the Top 25 Small Hotels in the World category
• 20th in the Top 25 Boutique Luxury Hotels in the World category
• 2nd in the Top 25 Small Hotels in Africa Category
Good to know
Zawadi Hotel is for adults only (over 16s). The beach is accessed by a small set of steps from the hotel. Swimming in the ocean is possible at both low and high tide.
• Go snorkelling straight from the beach • Book an in-villa massage and let a Thai or Balinese therapist soothe you to the sound of the waves* • Discover the nearby Michamvi peninsula mangrove forest on foot and by local boat*.
Dining room, beach bar, lounge & bar
All Inclusive • Breakfast and dinner at the Drift Wood Dining Room • Lunch at The Mswakini Beach Bar • Selected drinks including soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee, beer, house wines and cocktails • Afternoon tea • Use of gym and tennis court (at sister properties via the scheduled shuttle) • Snorkelling equipment rental, kayaks, reef shoes rental • Wi-Fi.
*Denotes local charge