1. Zuri Zanzibar Hotel

Zuri, a high-design eco-resort, spills onto the best stretch of beach on the Indian Ocean Archipelago Zanzibar.

Follow lantern-lit jungle paths to one of 55 thatched-roof villas gathered in clusters reflecting a traditional African village.

The first design hotel in Zanzibar, Zuri serves sustainability with Afro-chic style.

2. Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar’s original eco-chic beach lodge with 12 vibrantly furnished guest villas and two perched on a coral rag cliff.

3. Blue Bay Beach Resort &Spa

After days of mainland game drives, travelers seeking relaxation plonk down at this remote island resort.

BlueBay pampers guests with spacious rooms and leisure activities including snorkeling and scuba diving-though most prefer to veg out in a lounge chain along the Indian Ocean’s sparking blue water.

4. The Residence Zanzibar

Deep in heart of what was once just bush and mangroves, the Residency Zanzibar is a tropical site to behold.

With a fish tank-like infinity pool that pours into the Indian Ocean and palatial villas decked out in local furniture, guest will experience a true African hideaway in total luxury.5

5. Xanadu

Xanadu’s cluster of villas come with 24 hours personal butler services and ‘anytime, anywhere’ policy on meals.

There are nods to the spice island’s Arab history in domed buildings, alongside African art.

6. Kisiwa House

A romantic boutique hotel set in a 19th century merchants’ house in the center of Stone Town.

The 11 spacious rooms and breezy roof terrace provide a quiet retreat from the bustling streets below.

7. Melia Zanzibar

Straddling warm turquoise waters and pristine sands, Melia Zanzibar offers alternative Indian Ocean retreat, on an island still less discovered than the likes of Maldives.

8. Emerson Spice

This atmospheric 19th century mansion, built in Swahili-Arabian style, once belonged to the last Swahili ruler of Zanzibar and has been carefully restored.

Now it offers romantic, boutique rooms with latticed balconies overlooking the heart of Zanzibar’s World Heritage listed old district.

9. Unguja Lodge

A boutique lodge with 12 organically designed villas offering barefoot luxury, built on a coral cliff beside the twinkling waters of Menai Bay, which teem with bottlenose and humpback dolphin.

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