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Zanzibar Beach Holiday

8 days from £900pp plus international flights.

A beach holiday on the tropical island of Zanzibar - what could be better?

If you're looking for an escape to a tropical island, Zanzibar should be on your list! Relax on sandy beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean, swim and snorkel over colourful coral reefs, listen to the breeze in the palm trees, savour the freshest seafood, and sip creative cocktails as the sun sets. This is the beach holiday perfected!

Since we are an independent company and we plan tailor made holidays, we can book any hotel on Zanzibar for you. And the choice is wide.  There are larger resort-type hotels to small boutique hotels, but here are just three of our favourites at different price ranges.  

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotelis a little gem. It overlooks a quiet bay fringed by a coral reef, ideal for swimming and snorkelling, and has a gorgeous rim-flow pool overlooking the beach. Hammocks are strung beneath trees where you can doze, lulled by the sounds of the waves, and you can explore by bike or kayak as you wish.

Echo Beach

Echo Beach is a delightful small hotel with just 10 villas, owned and run by a British couple. It's set on 5 acres of beach and is a stylish, yet pleasantly rustic and unsophisticated property, free of TVs and phone, and with lots of locally-crafted wooden furniture and long, brightly coloured silk fabrics. It has a pool and jacuzzi, spa and PADI centre  

White Sand Villas and Spa

White Sand Villas and Spa is a luxurious resort with 11 lavish villas set in tropical gardens leading down to the beach, designed by one of East Africa's foremost architects. There's a large rooftop lounge with stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, a spa, 2 pools and watersports' centre. All interiors are air conditioned and there's Wi-Fi throughout. 

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You may find all you need right where you are and feel no need to stir beyond the hotel! However staff at all hotels can arrange activities and excursions such as a spice tour, boat trips, snorkelling, diving and more. 

This holiday is a slice of paradise that you really won't want to miss.

Itinerary
Private veranda at Echo Beach

DAY 1: ARRIVE ON ZANZIBAR

When you arrive in Zanzibar, you'll bet met by a local representative and driven to your chosen hotel to begin your relaxing week on the famed spice island. You'll be shown to your room where you can unpack your bags and make yourself at home, saunter out to the terrace and enjoy the views. Make your way to the lounge where you'll meet fellow guests, and later you'll enjoy your first meal at the resort. Dinner
Kitesurfing at White Sand Villas and Spa

DAY 2: ON ZANZIBAR

Wake to the sound of the breeze in the tall palm trees, a much gentler awakening than an intrusive alarm clock! Over breakfast you can ponder options for the day. All the hotels are set on the beach and offer many water-based activities. At Echo Beach you can go snorkelling and diving, arranged at the on-site PADI centre, while the waters by Pongwe, protected by a coral reef, are ideal for swimming, and at White Sand you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at kitesurfing. Each hotel also has a swimming pool and areas where you can lie back and top up your tan. There's no pressure to do anything other than relax and enjoy the ocean views. Breakfast, dinner   
Drinks at White Sand Villas and Spa

DAY 3: ON ZANZIBAR

By now you'll be settling into the slower pace of island life. You might like to take a stroll along the beach at low tide, looking out for scuttling crabs and the distinctive sails of traditional dhows as they ply the waters. If the sun becomes too strong, there is plenty of shaded seating at the hotel, the bar offers a range of thirst-quenching drinks, and you can retreat to the perfect seclusion of your private terrace. At Pongwe Beach you can laze in a hammock, while both Echo Beach and White Sand have spas for some special pampering. Breakfast, dinner  
Colobus monkeys in Jozani forest

DAY 4: ON ZANZIBAR

Today you might like to spread your wings and explore the island of Zanzibar. Each hotel can arrange a number of excursions including a spice tour where you learn about the propagation and production of crops such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, or a trip to Jozani forest in search of colobus monkeys. You can also visit the capital, Stone Town, with its historic buildings, bustling alleys, busy waterfront, shops and cafes. After all the excitement you'll be glad to arrive back at your hotel to rest! Breakfast, dinner     
See turtles as you snorkel and dive in Zanzibar

DAY 5: ON ZANZIBAR

Today you might likie to enjoy a day 'at home'. If you're at Echo Beach you should take the opportunity to go snorkelling or diving, with all levels of experience being catered for at the PADI centre and plenty of sites to visit. At White Sand you'll have a choice of watersports, so as well as kitesurfing you can go paddle boarding and kayaking, while at Pongwe you can explore by land on one of the free bikes, as well as enjoying water-based activities.  If this all sounds too frenetic, opt to take a seat at the bar, chat to fellow guests and sip a chilled beer... Breakfast, dinner       
Gorgeous seafood

DAY 6: ON ZANZIBAR

While on Zanzibar you'll see fishermen returning to the shore with their catch each day, and just a little while later you'll be able to sample the fruits of their labour as you're treated to delicious seafood dishes created by the chef. Plump prawns, succulent lobster and flavourful crab all taste so much better when eaten by the beach! All 3 hotels offer a choice of dishes and cuisines so there will be plenty of culinary variety during your stay. Breakfast, dinner 
Take a dhow cruise at sunset

DAY 7: ON ZANZIBAR

This is your last full day on the tropical island beaches of Zanzibar. Sit back and relax as you take in those superb ocean views from your private terrace. Maybe take a stroll through the gardens or along the beach, later cooling off with a swim in the pool. However you spend the day, there's no better way to round it off than with a sunset dhow cruise, sitting back as you sail on the Indian Ocean and toast your holiday with a chilled drink. You'll be back in time for dinner, and time to look back on your wonderful week. Breakfast, dinner 
Breakfast at White Sand Villas and Spa

DAY 8: DEPART

Sadly, all good things come to an end, and after breakfast this morning you'll be driven the hour or so to the airport in time for your flight home. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £900 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - PONGWE: From £920 pp sharing. ECHO BEACH: from £900 pp sharing. WHITE SANDS VILLAS: from £1410 pp sharing (using a 'Stay 7, pay 5' offer). These are all low season prices just to give you an idea of costs. Please ask us for more detail on any hotel/resort you're interested in.

Includes: 

7 nights twin share accommodation on half board basis; return airport transfers

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes;  visa; meals not specified; drinks; optional excursions and activities; tips; items of a personal nature

Getting there: For a Zanzibar-only holiday it's possibly more convenient to fly via Nairobi with Kenya Airways, but you can also use BA to Dar es Salaam then get a domestic flight to the island. Flights will cost from £700 per person depending on availability and season. We usually book flights for you.

Departure dates: This trip can be tailor made to begin on any date you choose, subject to availability.

places you will see

places you will see

Zanzibar Island (Unguja)
Zanzibar Island
The main island of the Zanzibar archipelago is called Unguja, but is usually referred to simply as Zanzibar!

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