The Best Stays in Zanzibar

We’re so fascinated by the Spice Island that we dream of immersing in its atmosphere way too often. There are so many things to do in Zanzibar that we recommend at least a week on the island. We’ve stayed in a bungalow, a guest house, and a hotel, and enjoyed the island vibe and the cultural exchange that happened. After some thorough research, we’ve put together a list of some of the best stays and Airbnbs in Zanzibar. Karibu!

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Alice’s Ecodome 

About this Airbnb: You’ll love this place because Alice’s offers undisturbed tranquillity. Vacation your way. The freedom to wake up & decide what your next adventure or activity will be and when you want to do it. A single Ecodome (bedroom & en-suite bathroom) on 1500qm of land, means that guests have the plot all to themselves and immediately get a feel of detachment from the hustle & bustle of normal life and escape into an adventurous world of natural living.

Location: Paje

This Airbnb is perfect for: Couples & solo adventurers, seeking an experience closer to nature.

The dome is directly behind B4 Beachclub (with a bar, spa, shopping options) with a beautiful swimming pool and of course the stunning Indian Ocean and Paje beach. Masai people are living on the property and watching over your sleep. They have a fireplace directly in front of the adobe self-sufficient earthbag building and the host will be happy to light it for you in the evening. The host committed to Airbnb’s 5-step enhanced cleaning process.

Mpole Bungalows

About this stay: Mpole Bungalows are located just a few steps away from the beach and in one of the most local-vibe villages Michamvi. There is a common area to chill out, a bar, and a bonfire where you can enjoy the evenings and meet new friends.

Location: Michamvi

This accommodation is perfect for: Couples and solo travelers who want to absorb the local vibe and ocean breeze.

Nature is amazing: sunsets, stars, moonlight, low tides, and high tides that provide fresh food from the sea. The owner Ocho and his team are very nice and cater to your every need. Absolutely delightful to stay there!

Shanuo Beach Bungalows

About this stay: Shanuo Beach Bungalows are located on Michamvi Road. The beach bungalows have large comfortable beds with mosquito nets and a fan. From the balcony, you can enjoy the garden and the sea breeze.

Location: Michamvi

This place is perfect for: Solo travelers, couples, or trios looking for a secluded holiday.

Guests can enjoy a bar, a garden, and a private beach area which is only a few steps away.

Simba Beach Ocean Resort

About this accommodation: Simba Beach is right on the beach with a very chilled and comfortable atmosphere!
You feel like at “home”. The rooms are clean, simply equipped but very comfortable, you can see the sunrise and the ocean from your window! Just one step out of your door and you are walking on a fine and white coral sand!

Location: Kiwengwa

This stay is perfect for: The property consists of 8 rooms all facing the sea and situated right on the beach. The rooms are all double and two of them are triple rooms.

After years of experience in the hospitality business on Spices Island, the hosts Chantal and Marco decided to take it a step further and set up their own B&B. Simba Beach rooms have a four-poster bed with mosquito net, bedside tables, wardrobe open, table and chairs, ceiling fan, private bathroom, and veranda. In addition, all rooms have tiled floors. Simba Beach wants to be a structure ECO-Friendly, as the rooms are not air-conditioned, but are naturally cooled by the sea breeze coming in through the glassless windows, which are all protected by mosquito nets.

Evergreen Bungalows

About this accommodation: The Evergreen Bungalows are a small and chilled out beach bungalow hotel at the South East coast of Zanzibar. The hosts took over the place in November 2018 and fulfilled their dream of living at a beach. They say they’re happy when their guests are happy. From the balcony which oversees the Indian Ocean, you can enjoy the view and just relax.

Location: Bwejuu

This stay is perfect for: Backpackers and nature lovers.

Evergreen Bungalows is situated directly at the beach in Bwejuu. Here you find peace and tranquility. The Small Size Beach Bungalow First Floor rooms are accessible via wooden stairs. The rooms are directly under the palm-leaf roofs and are equipped with a french double bed and mosquito net. Every room has its own bathroom with a hot shower.

Green’s Nungwi

About this place: Our favorite accommodation in Nungwi is a mix of green (both literally and figuratively), local and hostel vibes, and the cool Nungwi vibe. The owner and the team will make sure you have everything you need for an affordable yet unforgettable stay.

Location: Nungwi

This Airbnb is perfect for: Couples, solo travelers, but also families

The garden is a great place to hang out and chill out. You can try their shisha. But the breakfast – abundant, tasty, amazing is what will probably bring us back to Green’s Nungwi.

Stunning Loft Apartment facing the Indian Ocean

About this Airbnb: Recently built Loft Apartment is facing one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. Within walking distance to many local and international restaurants and bars.

Location: Jambiani

This Airbnb is perfect for: Couples who want to enjoy a great secluded stay and romance, yet with easy access to the rest of the world.

The Loft includes 1 Super King Size bed, modern kitchen, bathroom, and 2 balconies of 40 square meters. Private access, access to the beach, and intelligent design are some of the features the guests loved about this place. The host committed to Airbnb’s 5-step enhanced cleaning process.

House of Royals – Sultan Said Suite

About this Airbnb: This large and breezy suite is the top choice for guests looking for exclusive privacy. The far-reaching terrace surrounded by flourishing gardens and the chilling plunge pool peacefully overlooking the ocean’s horizon can be found right at your doorstep. Comfortable furnishings of exquisite taste, a refreshing minibar, and a freshly renovated bathroom guarantee the relaxed and fulfilling holiday experience you’re looking for. The guests can access an extravagantly furbished dining/living room, a 95 square meters balcony overlooking the ocean, as well as the garden and exterior with all of its facilities (sunbeds, plunge pool, patio, ruins).

Location: Mjini Magharibi

This Airbnb is perfect for: Couples or solo travelers who want to immerse themselves in a historical and cultural journey.

The House of Royals is a historical villa situated on the west coast of Zanzibar, near Stone Town. Once the home of renowned Arabian Princess, Sayyida Salme, it is molded by royal architecture dating back to the 18th century. Furbished with the finest items collected from all over the world and engulfed by luxurious gardens that have lovingly been restored. The guests immerse themselves into a beautiful sanctuary of peace and tranquility with an exclusive touch of Zanzibar’s royal past. The host committed to Airbnb’s 5-step enhanced cleaning process.

New modern Rooftop-Studio in Zanzibar Town

About this Airbnb: The family-owned house is modern, well designed, and furnished to enjoy a pleasant stay with everything you need to feel at home in a quiet area of Zanzibar Town. The cozy rooftop studio is equipped with a fan and AC and ensuite bathroom with a hot shower, a king-size bed, a wardrobe, a fully equipped kitchen, and a living room area with a TV.

Location: Zanzibar Town

This Airbnb is perfect for: Up to two people – holiday and business travelers who like to spend their time in a comfortable place.

On top of the house, you’ll find as well a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the sun and the sunset or just chill out after discovering Stone Town and surrounding. The landlady is an excellent cook! Don’t miss her delicious breakfast and her tastefully Swahili Cuisine for lunch and/or dinner on request.

bougainVILLA – an entire condominium

About this Airbnb: The bougainVILLA is an ideal sanctuary for travelers seeking space & tranquility in a central & safe location. The private cottage is set in Dominique’s tropical gardens, it is 100m2 in size and comprised of an air-conditioned bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bathtub, a public bathroom with shower, spacious living & working area, and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Location: 10 mins from Stone Town

This Airbnb is perfect for: Up to 4 travelers seeking tgranquility and relax.

The property is a spacious house, comprised of the host family’s home and the attached guest cottage with a private entrance. They have 24/7 watchmen on-site and emergency response buttons are installed in all bedrooms. The host Iddy lives close by, available in case you need assistance, cooking, or shopping service. They have three cats – Sushi, Toothless, and Lynx – who basically own the place.

Tembo B&B Apartments

About this Airbnb: Tempo B&B Apartments offer a shared terrace along with a shared lounge and an outdoor swimming pool. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include House of Wonders, Old Fort of Zanzibar, and Sultan’s Palace.

Location: Zanzibar City, 200 m from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral 

This accommodation is perfect for: Couples or solo travelers

There is a shared kitchen that guests can use. The property offers a buffet breakfast. The apartments host a private bathroom and a balcony.

Upendo Deluxe Room in Balcony House

About this accommodation: Spacious and light 20m2 room in a unique guesthouse with a beautiful balcony, terrace, and shared facilities (2 living/dining rooms, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms) in the heart of Stone Town – only a 2-minute walk to the beach!

Location: Stone Town

This stay is perfect for: Both short-term travelers and longer-term renters. The deluxe bedroom accommodates 2 people.

The unique, beautiful, and very spacious apartment in Balcony House was opened by a Danish/Zanzibari couple Laurine and Said in June 2018 together with their good Zanzibari friend Mudy. Their property has a few bedrooms – don’t forget to enjoy the wall-to-wall windows and sea view,  the unique-design balcony with a view over Kenyatta Road, and the shared living room and kitchen facilities, and the terrace with sunbeds.

In case you want to easily navigate from the airport to your stay in Zanzibar, check out the airport transfer service by Welcome Pickups!

That was the list of best stays in Zanzibar. Do let us know if you stay at a place you believe should be added to this list! In the meantime, check our comprehensive Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary.

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