Set at the northern tip of Pemba Island, Constance Aiyana is about as far off the beaten path as you can get in the region. This accommodation requires a flight from Zanzibar Island and an hour’s transfer to reach but your worthy reward is an elegant resort set in tropical gardens and a few steps from an unspoilt Indian Ocean beach off the coast of Tanzania. Exclusive, remote and idyllic, Constance Aiyana is perfect for discerning and romantic travellers and the ideal treat after a safari in the Serengeti.
Two thousand years of passing trade and cultures have left their mark on Pemba Island and this is reflected in the architecture and furnishings of Constance Aiyana – expect traditional white-washed walls, fragrant shrubs and an eclectic blend of African and Arabic art. Accommodation takes the form of private villas. Complete with Wi-Fi, each is air-conditioned and has a full en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. The larger villas have their own lounges and infinity pools while the Presidential Suite makes a strong claim as perhaps the most luxurious accommodation on Pemba.
Constance Aiyana is the sort of resort where you are encouraged to do as much or as little as you like. Boat trips, kayaking and snorkelling are complimentary and there is an extensive list of extra activities such as local bike tours, scuba-diving trips and Zanzibar spice tours. Alternatively, you have an outdoor sala at your villa as well as sun loungers set under thatched shade on the beach where you can nap, sunbathe, read or sketch. Naturally, Constance Aiyana also has a spa offering massages, facials and body treatments.