Kisiwa on the Beach


Paje on the south east coast of Zanzibar

Accommodation Type

Beach hotel 

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Kisiwa on the Beach

Owner run small resort on a lovely private beach, perfect for lazy days, watersports and island exploration. Unwind in your spacious villa, dine on fresh seafood and enjoy the unhurried pace of island life.

Kisiwa on the Beach is a small, all-villa resort in Paje on the south east coast of Zanzibar. It’s less than an hour’s drive from the airport, so within a short of time of arriving on the island you can be relaxing  on the private terrace of your villa and setting in to island life.

There’s plenty to do, with an emphasis on water-based activities. The waters at Paje are well blessed with tropical marine life, coral reefs and even shipwrecks, making snorkelling and diving a popular pastime. At high tide you can go kayaking while low tide uncovers lagoons where you can observe sea creatures. Tidal differences make low tide unsuitable for swimming, but the hotel’s pool is available throughout the day. On land you can use one of the hotel’s bikes to visit the local village and surrounding area, and take you choice of island excursions.

If this all sounds too much you are welcome to spend your days relaxing at the hotel, topping up your tan, swimming in the pool and indulging in a restorative treatment at the spa. Taking things easy is very much encouraged at Kisiwa! 

Your home is a spacious villa, comfy and secluded, cooled by air conditioning and ceiling fans. There is a dressing area and en-suite facilities including a bath and shower. Modern touches include Wi-Fi and a TV, though it’s hard to better the view you have from your veranda.

Bembe Restaurant serves food based on fresh local produce including fish and spices, and offers a wide choice of dishes to tempt all palates. You dine beneath a high thatched roof, and open sides admit the refreshing ocean breeze. A beach barbecue can be arranged to make you evening extra special. Poa Bar offers refreshing drinks throughout the day and is the social heart of the hotel after sunset.    

A stay at Kisiwa on the Beach combines well with time at its sister hotel in Stone Town, Kisiwa House, to give you a greater understanding of Zanzibari culture and lifestyle.

Times to Go

Zanzibar’s main rains occur in March, April and May, when most rain falls in the afternoon. This is followed by several months of dry, sunny weather. There are short rains in November and December, with January and February largely dry.

Kisiwa on the Beach highlights

  • Tranquil setting by a private beach
  • Large villas, all with terraces
  • Great snorkelling and diving
  • Pool, spa and gym
  • Open air restaurant
  • Explore by bike and on foot
  • Range of excursions

Kisiwa on the Beach location

Kisiwa on the Beach


  • 22 villas
  • Open all year
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Sunbathing area
  • Spa 
  • Library
  • Gift shop
  • Bike rental
  • Wi-Fi


All optional, and can be arranged by hotel staff

  • Snorkelling
  • Diving
  • Fishing trips
  • Safari Blue boat trip to Menai Bay
  • Dolphin watching
  • Walk to Paje village
  • Explore the local area by bike
  • Island excursions

Kisiwa on the Beach villas

There are 22 guest villas, all en-suite with a shower, separate bath, twin hand basins and toiletries, a dressing room and a private balcony. Beds are fitted with mosquito nets. Amenities include flatscreen TV, phone, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, safe, air conditioning and ceiling fan.

Each of the 11 starehe luxury villas provides 70sqm of space and are arranged in the gardens. There are adjoining villas, suitable for families. They accommodate up to two adults and one child.

The six raha luxury villas are similar to the starehe villas and offer the same amount of room. They are located closer to the beach. Each villa sleeps up to two adults and one child.

There are two bahari grand villas, each 80sqm. They are positioned near to both the beach and the swimming pool. These villas accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children.

The three bahari grand beachfront villas are, as the name implies close to the ocean. They provide 80sqm of space and have ocean facing terraces. Each villa sleeps up to two adults and two children.


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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.