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Overview

Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean framed by coconut palms, Zawadi is the perfect place to dust off and relax after a safari adventure. With each of the 12 spacious villas designed in an elegant yet laid-back beach style, this intimate retreat is one of the most coveted hotels in Zanzibar.

Relax next to the pool while enjoying a chilled drink and watching the dhows with their white sails glide along the horizon or go snorkeling off the shores of the white sandy beach. Guests can also look forward to sailing, boat trips, diving and kite surfing. Those seeking a more cultural experience can learn to play bao, a traditional Swahili game, or take part in palm weaving, coconut harvesting or a cooking class with the hotel’s chefs.

With a prime position on the southeast coast of Zanzibar, just an hour’s drive from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and with a minimum guest age of 16, Zawadi is best suited to indulgent, romatic getaways.

Highlights

  • Located on the quieter southeast coast of Zanzibar
  • Above an unspoiled sandy beach cove, safe for swimming and snorkelling
  • Learn to scuba dive at the PADI-certified dive centre
  • Spa offering a range of treatments and an infinity pool
  • Romantic retreat for couples or honeymooners

Activities

  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Jogging trails
  • Day tours
  • Beach activities
  • Kayaking

Rooms

Private Villa

Zawadi offers private 100-square metre (1 075-square foot) villas each with a private terrace featuring a palm-shaded plunge pool. Admiring ocean views from the king-sized bed allows guests to get a taste of the laid-back island lifestyle, while the airy en-suite bathroom with its freestanding bathtub, walk-in shower, and double vanity and dressing area ensure that you’re comfortable throughout your stay.

Facilities

Wake up to catch breakfast at the Mswakini Beach Bar & Restaurant before enjoying a relaxing massage in the hotel’s tranquil massage room. Then settle down next to the infinity pool and enjoy the sun while sipping on a chilled beverage. Alternatively, work up an appetite taking part in the many watersports on offer (including kite surfing, snorkeling, diving and sailing) or touring the mangroves, then head to the Mali Mali Lounge & Bar for a cocktail before immersing yourself in a culinary experience at the Drift Wood Dining Room.

Dining

Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar has a reputation for excellent service and delicious cuisine, with lots of fresh seafood, seasonal produce and spicy Swahili flavours on the menu. Relaxed and casual, Mswakini Beach Bar & Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and drinks and snacks throughout the day. Authentic Zanzibar dinners are served in the Drift Wood Dining Room and the Mali Mali Lounge & Bar is open for cocktails and drinks before dinner.

General facilities

  • Dive centre
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Restaurant
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Laundry service
  • Shuttle service
  • Wi-fi available
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2020-01-08 — 2020-03-15 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $575
2020-03-16 — 2020-06-15 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $395
2020-06-16 — 2020-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $575
2020-11-01 — 2020-12-22 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $395
2020-12-23 — 2021-01-07 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $670

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

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Audrey Lysko

The Zawadi Hotel in Zanzibar truly exceeded our expectations. Because it was early in the season for them, there were only two other guests there for the first 3 out of 4 nights! It was so quiet and intimate and the view is stunning. The location is perfect - the beach isn't large but you can easily swim or kayak over to the lagoon where all the tour boats take snorkelers. The coral reefs were beautiful and because of the large outer reef, free of sharks and other big, scary creatures. The food was amazing: 3-course lunches and 5-course dinners daily, beautifully prepared. The service was impeccable throughout our stay; though we didn't try it, we felt like we could have asked for anything and received it. The suites are just as they look in the photos - huge and beautiful with private terraces and plunge pools. We even enjoyed walking on the jogging track in their 'backyard' where they keep their garden and 'pets' (chickens, ducks and guinea fowl). We did the tour of Stone Town on our last day on the way to the airport and were glad we didn't spend a day away from Zawadi any earlier on our stay. Lastly, the manager of Zawadi is Evelyne - a French Canadian - who was delightful and was always available to answer any questions or help us throughout our stay.
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