Kendwa beach, northwest Zanzibar
Relax by one of the best beaches on Zanzibar, enjoy watersports, island trips, dhow cruises, pampering spa treatments and a choice of dining venues as you succumb to the lure of life beside the Indian Ocean.
Zuri, meaning beautiful, certainly lives up to its name. Lush gardens lead down to a picture-postcard perfect beach, which unlike most beaches on Zanzibar, is not tidal, so allows for swimming at all times of day. Snorkelling, diving, watersports and sunset dhow cruises make the majority of the water-based activities, complimented by a wide choice of island excursions.
Relaxing is very much part of the ethos here, whether lazing by the infinity pool, topping up your tan on the beach, enjoying a stroll in the spice garden or treating yourself to a massage. There are four bars across the site where you unwind over a drink as you socialise. The resort offers a choice of dining venues, each with its own distinctive style and speciality cuisine including, naturally enough given its location, succulent seafood.
Children are welcome. There are connecting bungalows and villas are ideal for accommodating families. The hotel provides children’s games, a child minding service and special meals to make youngsters feel as at home here as their parents.
Zuri Zanzibar is a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, a collection of privately owned properties selected for their exceptional design, service and commitment to local culture.
The hotel and grounds have been designed to recall a traditional Africa village and the resort has a pleasantly ‘pole pole’, or unhurried, feel, and located just 50 kilometres from the airport, this island getaway is easy to reach. You’ll probably find it harder to leave!
This is a beach resort par excellence, located on one of the few non-tidal beaches on Zanzibar allowing you to enjoy swimming, snorkelling and watersports throughout the day. Add to this excellent facilities including an infinity pool, choice of restaurants and bars, a spa, open air gym and fragrant spice garden, plus gorgeous Swahili style accommodation, and you’ll understand the allure of Zuri Zanzibar.
Zuri Zanzibar highlights
- Private, non-tidal beach
- Beautiful bungalows, suites and villas
- Lush spice garden
- Watersports, cruises and island excursions
- Three restaurants and four bars
- Spa, outdoor gym and pool
- Lovely sunsets over the ocean
Zuri Zanzibar location
- 55 rooms
- Closed mid-April to end of May
- Children welcome
- 13 hectares of grounds
- Spice garden
- 300 metre private beach
- Rom-flow pool
- Three restaurants
- Four bars
- Watersports centre
- Dive centre
- Yoga area
- Outdoor gym
- Gift shop
- Free Wi-Fi
- Laundry service
- Swimming (sea and pool)
- Non-motorised watersports
- Beach volleyball
- Gym workout
- Dhow cruises
- Island tours
- Children’s games
- Yoga sessions
- Massages and beauty treatments
Zuri Zanzibar rooms
Each of the 46 bungalows sleeps up to two people, has a kingsize bed or two singles, a small sitting area and an en-suite bathroom to the rear of the bedroom, with an additional outdoor shower. At the front there’s a private terrace. Amenities include tea and coffee maker, drinking water, flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning , ceiling fan and a selection of toiletries. They have 21sqm of indoor space plus 25sqm of outdoor space. Some overlook the gardens, Zuri bungalows have a partial ocean view and others have full ocean views. Some have their own jacuzzi. There are a few interconnecting rooms for families or groups of friends.
Every one of the six suites provides 132sqm of space including 82sqm indoors. The bedroom can be configured as a double or twin and there’s single sofa bed, so each can sleep up to three adults. There is a lounge adjoining the bedroom. They have a small deck and plunge pool. There is a separate jacuzzi and outdoor shower, as well as the indoor bathroom stocked with toiletries. Some have partial ocean views and others have full sea views. Suites come with air conditioning, fans, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee maker, drinking water and laptop safe. You have access to a private beach area.
There are three villas, two with two bedrooms and one with three. All bedrooms are en-suite. Villa facilities include: drinking water, hot drinks maker, air conditioning, fans, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and safe. Every villa faces the beach and has a large terrace screened by foliage, a jacuzzi, bathroom and a living room with a small kitchen area, with the larger villas having a dining area. The two bedroomed villas sleep up to four adults and one child, occupy 260sqm, of which 80sqm is outdoors. The three bedroomed villas accommodate up to six adults and cover 500sqm, 150sqm of which is outdoors and includes a pool and pond. Villas have a private beach area.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
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 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.
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.