Pongwe beach, east coast of Zanzibar
An elegant resort with excellent facilities and just 16 rooms set in well tended tropical gardens, combining a feeling of refined exclusivity with easy informality, ideal for families and couples wanting a stylish holiday on Zanzibar.
Situated on a low cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean on the east coast, Tulia Zanzibar is a stylish 16-room hotel, designed to appeal to those who like luxury and creature comforts. From the large wooden entrance gates to the lush tropical gardens, it’s clear that a great deal of care has been taken to create a refined ambience.
From the outside rooms resemble traditional dwellings, with their use of timber and thatch, yet within they are anything but rustic, with mod cons such as climate control and Wi-Fi cleverly integrated. All rooms have a private terrace where you can rest in quiet seclusion. Children are welcome and rooms are large enough to accommodate cots and extra beds.
Your stay at Tulia includes a range of activities. Snorkelling, kayaking, SUP, windsurfing and exploring by bicycle and electric scooter are all free, as are yoga classes and a one hour massage at the spa. Motorised watersports, island tours and activities such as horse riding and golf can be arranged locally.
Relaxation is encouraged, too. The resort has several decks and terraces with comfy chairs and sofas, and sun lovers can head to the pool with its many loungers. The main oxbow shaped pool and a second complete with waterslides (not just for kids!), unique in Zanzibar, provide welcome respite from the heat. The beach is tidal, but the hotel has created its own artificial beach that can be used at high tide. There are paths criss-crossing the gardens, from which you can admire some of the 400 plus species of plants.
Cobia Restaurant is a striking building with a soaring makuti-thatched roof, whose impact is matched by that of the cuisine, which is of a high calibre and beautifully presented. It serves a broad range of international dishes, with the addition of local ingredients and spices many of which are grown on the hotel’s farm. The bar includes a TV lounge where sporting events are screened, and serves an excellent selection of local and international drinks.
Tulia Zanzibar can be booked on a bed and breakfast, half board and all-inclusive basis.
Times to Go
Zanzibar’s main rainy season lasts from late March till May, and Tulia Zanzibar is closed for the month of May. There are shorter, lighter rains in November. Other months are largely dry and sunny with the hottest temperature usually occurring in January and February.
Tulia Zanzibar highlights
- Small, stylish boutique resort
- Well designed rooms, all with private terrace
- Beautiful tropical gardens
- The only waterslides on Zanzibar
- Varied international cuisine
- Lots of complimentary activities
- Friendly, welcoming staff
Tulia Zanzibar location
- 16 rooms
- Open all year apart from May
- Children of all ages welcome
- Two pools, one with waterslides
- Pool floats and toys
- Excursion desk
- Scooters and bikes
- Card cash service
- Laundry service
- Room service
Arrange and pay locally as shown
- Swimming (free)
- Snorkelling (free)
- Windsurfing (free)
- Kayaking (free)
- SUP (free)
- Explore by bike and scooter (free)
- Use of TRX – suspension training (free)
- Yoga classes (free)
- One massage per stay (free)
- Other spa services
- Private picnics
- Horse riding
- Island tours
- Dolphin watching trips
Tulia Zanzibar rooms
There are 16 rooms in total. Standard room facilities comprise air conditioning, mosquito nets, coffee machine, minibar (refilled daily), hairdryer, toiletries, dressing gown and slippers, safe, torch, TV, radio, Wi-Fi, beach bag and towels. Outside there are chairs, a hammock and sun loungers. There is room service.
Deluxe Garden Bungalows
Each of the ten deluxe garden bungalows covers 120sqm including a private gardens. They are arranged in groups of two and can be interconnecting. Accommodation comprises a large bedroom with room for an extra bed (to sleep up to three people), an en-suite shower room, and a terrace. Four have views of the hotel gardens, and six have partial sea views.
Royal Garden Villa
The royal garden villa has 130sqm of indoor and outdoor space including a spacious lounge. It sleeps up to four people, as there is room for up to two extra beds. The bathroom has both bath and shower, and there is an open air jacuzzi. It has garden views and you can see both the sunrise and the sunset from this room.
Seafront Luxury Villas
The five seafront luxury villas have a total area of 190sqm including 60sqm of gardens. They accommodate up to four guests with a double bed and space for two more beds, a bathroom with bathtub and walk-in shower and a large lounge. These villas are arranged on the clifftop nearest to the beach, and from the terrace you have ocean and sunrise views.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The hotel owns a 1959 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire classic car, the same model that the last sultan of Zanzibar used. It is used for charity rides and the proceeds generated are used to fund the education of local car mechanic students. Since its construction, the hotel has provided employment for local people, helping to support the local economy.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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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.
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