6 days from £825pp 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 Hotels 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.
A gorgeous rustic, yet high quality lodge on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. It's a relaxed yet stylish place to stay, with great service and just 12 lovely cottages. There are 2 swimming pools and a water sports centre 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 water sports centre. All interiors are air conditioned and there's WiFi throughout.
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.
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. 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
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. Breakfast, dinner
Another two days to relax or explore. You might like to spread your wings and explore the island of Zanzibar. Try 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
Sadly, all good things come to an end, and today you'll be driven to the airport in time for your flight home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £825 (ex. international flights)
2020 guide price pp sharing
PONGWE: from £825
MATEMWE LODGE: from £1720
WHITE SANDS VILLAS: from £2995
Please ask us for more detail on any hotel/resort you're interested in. Our prices for 5 nights in Zanzibar on half board pp sharing in July/August (peak season) range between about £500 and £6000. We will gladly cost any date or length of trip for you.
5 nights twin share accommodation on half board basis; return airport transfers
International flights and taxes; visa; meals not specified; drinks; optional excursions and activities; tips; items of a personal nature
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.
Matemwe Lodge has 12 spacious ensuite thatched suites, overlooking an unforgettable view of the ocean.
Pongwe Beach Hotel is on a secluded bay on Zanzibar's east coast, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
A luxury 11-villa resort on a beautiful east coast beach, with a rooftop lounge, large pool and superb spa.
5/5 from 231 reviews
Find the best time to visit Tanzania
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.
Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.
Visas: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Health: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.