This all-villa resort lies on Michamvi Peninsula, a secluded location on the east coast of Zanzibar. The resort is set on a shallow cliff, with villas spaced across 5 hectares of grounds and amenities including a restaurant, bar, infinity pool and spa.
There are garden view and sea view villas, all identically equipped with spacious bedrooms and living areas, modern en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, tea and coffee makers and minibars. There are three family villas, with larger living rooms that can accommodate up to 2 extra beds. All villas are cooled by air conditioning and have their own gardens with a sunny terrace and a plunge pool.
The restaurant and bar are located by the cliff edge. The restaurant is large, shaded by a high, thatched roof and is open-fronted so you can enjoy views of the ocean and bay as you dine. The bar has lots of comfy seating and covered and sunny areas, where you can enjoy your favourite drink as you chat with other guests. There's a lovely infinity pool here, ideal for cooling swims. A flight of steps leads down to the sandy beach where there are lounges and sunshades waiting. There's also a beach bar, so you don't have to venture far for refreshments. When you feel like some pampering you should head to the Jungle Spa, where trained therapists offer soothing and restorative treatments.
You don't have to do anything other than relax at Konokono, enjoying the sun on your private terrace or on the beach, but if you feel more energetic you can go for walks in the grounds or along the beach, go kite surfing or diving from nearby beaches. The resort has its own catamaran, Julia, for cruises, and staff can arrange various island excursions, so you'll never be short of things to do.
Open: Konokono Beach Resort is open all year. The month of August and mid-December to mid-January are peak season, high season runs from mid-January to the end of March, the month of July, September to November and early December. There are 2 dry seasons, December to March and June to October and 2 rainy seasons, mid-April to May and November.
Location: Konokono Beach Resort is on the Michamvi Peninsula by Chwaka Bay on Zanzibar’s east coast. The airport is about an hour’s drive away.
Rooms: There are 24 villas, some with garden views, others overlooking the sea and 3 family villas. They are set in 5 hectares of land and each has its own private garden, patio and plunge pool. Indoors there’s a bedroom with seating area and an en-suite bathroom. Villas feature LCD TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and air conditioning. Family villas can accommodate up to 4 people, with 2 beds in the large living room.
Activities: At Konokono you can go swimming in the pool, sunbathe on the beach and take strolls along the strand. Kite surfing is available at Paje beach and you can go diving at Mnemba Atoll or at the reef off Michamvi beach. The hotel has a catamaran for cruises. Excursions to places of interest on Zanzibar such as Jozani Forest can be arranged by the concierge.
Facilities: The large, open-sided restaurant is set at the top of the cliff, so has wonderful views of Michamvi Bay. The adjoining bar is a great place to watch the sunset. The hotel has its own beach, reached by a flight of steps from the restaurant, complete with sun loungers, sunshades and a beach bar serving drinks and snacks. There’s an infinity pool and a spa where you can indulge in your choice of treatments. Staff can arrange excursions on request. There is a laundry service
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables. Regional and international cuisines are available.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the reception area and the restaurant/bar.