Zanzibar promises a rich, romantic experience for those adventurous couples looking to honeymoon in an exotic location.
Located about 35km off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of the main island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar), Pemba Island, famous for its deep-sea fishing, and about 50 smaller surrounding islands and coral reefs.
Also known as ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is a place like no other. Its history can be traced back to the spice and slave trades and its culture is rooted in the Portuguese, Omani Arab and English traditions. It was an independent country until 1964 when it and several smaller islands became part of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Romance will blossom as you wander the narrow, shaded streets of the capital city Stone Town on a balmy afternoon. With the heady scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in the air, listen to the call to prayer that beckons from one of the city’s 50 mosques.
Its heydey was during the 19th century when the island became the world’s leading producer of cloves; its plantations still produce more than 50 different spices and fruit, and guided spice tours are a Zanzibar speciality.
The chance to relive the allure of long ago can be yours as you and your spouse set sail from Kilele Square in a traditional wooden Dhow for some of the small islands off Stone Town.
Explore the natural beauty the island has to offer from your base at one of the island’s idyllic beach resorts.
Witness schools of brightly coloured fish as you dive and snorkel among coral reefs or see bottlenose dolphins or the magnificence of cresting whales from a chartered boat trip.
Experience the wildlife haven of the Jozani Forest to view the rare indigenous Red Colobus monkey, or join the many residents of Stone Town as they take a lazy stroll through the refurbished Forodhani Gardens at sunset.
Formerly known as the Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa – Riu Palace Zanzibar is sophisticated and stylish, resort comprising of 100 luxuriously appointed oceanfront suites and villas on Nungwi’s magnificent beach. Contemporary Balinese décor, enormous attention to detail, and beautiful fittings and amenities all help to soothe away the stress of modern life in this perfect hideaway for couples, families and friends. The absence of strong tides along this coastline guarantees great swimming and selected non-motorised water sports are complimentary. Three restaurants, 2 bars, a cigar and shisha lounge, a Spa and Health Club, fully equipped PADI water sports centre, evening entertainment including live music – Hideaway with its genuine Zanzibari hospitality, both personal and discreet, certainly embodies what we have come to expect from a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Apart from the name – after all who doesn’t like or enjoy gold – the location of this 5-star property is superb, right on the most magnificent stretch of beach at Kendwa on Zanzibar’s north-west coast. There is very little tidal movement so the amazing turquoise ocean is available for swimming all day. A combination of African and Arab influences, elegant touches of Italian style and detail, and the hallmark gold and white décor theme permeate the resort – from the spacious and stylish rooms and suites to the funky bathrooms, stylish restaurants, relaxing bars and the Balinese-style Spa.
Named for the century-old, magnificent baobab trees dotted around the resort, Sandies Baobab Beach is located on the North West Coast of Zanzibar. This hotel has a stunning beach that is unaffected by the changing tides, so guests can take full advantage of swimming in the crystal waters at any time of the day and enjoying the magical sunsets.
With its remote location on the West Coast, this hotel lies in one of the less developed regions of Zanzibar, only twenty minutes from the historic town of Stone Town. It really is hidden away down a 4km track through a coconut plantation and you emerge through the trees to a courtyard filled with tropical flowers, palms and a stunning view of the deep blue ocean. Modern and chic in typical Zanzibar Arabic style, and offering a selection of interleading rooms, this resort is perfect for families and there is also a kids club. The resort is relaxed and tranquil but don’t think there’s nothing to do; water sports, a gym and tennis and squash courts will keep you occupied, and a sunrise or sunset beach ride on one of the resident stable’s beautiful horses. Sea Cliff’s golf course, the first, and only golf course in Zanzibar opened in December 2014. Designed by South African Peter Matkovitch the 9 hole course with 18 tees showcases many of the natural features of the island
Located in Pingwe on the north-east peninsula of Zanzibar, this large four-star resort offers comfortable and hassle-free accommodation on the Indian Ocean without the worries that a trip to Africa can arouse. The resort offers a fabulous all-inclusive package so sip away at those cocktails while you enjoy your every whim gazing over the pristine white sandy beaches and inviting turquoise blue ocean.
The 4* Mapenzi is one of the most established hotels on the island of Zanzibar and has recently been upgraded and rebranded to the Diamonds category of the Planhotel group so great changes and upgrades have taken place. The low tide on the East coast adds to the experience when you can walk out across the beach for 1.5 kilometres to the reef.
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Resort remains an excellent and affordable choice for people who want an action-packed holiday and has recently undergone a makeover. Great value for money, it’s an unpretentious resort with a fantastic vibe; fun and involving. Accommodation is simple and comfortable, the water sports facilities are brilliant – windsurfing equipment and canoes are complimentary – the all-inclusive package covers a choice of three restaurants and two bars plus a daily stocked mini-bar (soft drinks, water and beer) – it couldn’t be better! There is also the a la carte restaurant on the beach – but here a supplement is payable.