Zanzibar Hotels

Azanzi Beach Hotel

While we continue to believe that South African visitors - especially large groups who enjoy watching rugby - will thoroughly enjoy their time at this well-organised hotel, at this stage we are currently unable to accept booking requests for Azanzi Hotel.

Azanzi Beach is a self-proclaimed “luxury boutique” hotel on the north-eastern shores of Zanzibar. The hotel offers 35 rooms of various sizes. Featuring 8 suites, 12 luxury suites, 9 villas, and 6 deluxe villas the hotel can cater for couples and honeymooners as well as groups and families. The hotel offers a full-board package with all meals and house wines, local beers and soft drinks included (imported beers, specialty wines and spirits cost extra) as well as some non-motorized water sports.

Accommodation at Azanzi Beach Hotel

Standard rooms are a good size; double or twin with en suite showers only. Many luxury suites have adjoining rooms which can be set up as extra bedrooms for children staying with parents. Extra beds can also be added to the main room in the luxury suites. The villas are separated rooms with full en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers and deluxe villas feature private Jacuzzis. While it should be noted that consecutive suites are very close to each other, the construction of the rooms seems quite solid and we would not expect significant sound transfer between adjacent rooms.

Food, Drink and Service at Azanzi Beach Hotel

The hotel has a highly recommended restaurant that offers a variety of cuisines. There are always fresh seafood and traditional Swahili dishes on offer as well as more typical European options. Breakfast consists of a substantial buffet and hot options are available to order for no extra charge. Lunch changes daily and dinner is also very varied; sometimes table service, sometimes buffet, sometimes BBQ. The variety and quality of food and drink is welcomed as there are not many places locally where one can go ‘out’ to eat.

The resort is clean and rooms are properly looked after. Some of the staff have more limited English but most can converse and are keen to do so.

Things to do at Azanzi Beach Hotel

The beach which the hotel overlooks changes vastly with the tides (as do all on this coastline). At low tide bathing is impossible, but exploring the beach is recommended. The sands are fine and white, though one needs rubber shoes (available to borrow from the resort) to explore nearer the sea as sea urchins abound. Be warned, local touts may approach you selling their wares. However, they are usually young and very friendly and should not make tourists feel either obliged to buy or uncomfortable. At high-tide the sea is good for bathing. For a more relaxing swim the hotel has a good sized pool which is very well-maintained. There are plenty of sun-beds and towels on offer for guests. The hotel also offers an Ocean Viewing Deck and a curio shop.

Activities available through the hotel include diving, water-sports, fishing trips and excursions to Stone Town and the Spice Farms. The hotel will arrange taxis etc for guests. The accommodation price also includes some snorkeling. The hotel has a spa which offers massage and relation therapies for an extra cost.

Making many excursions works out fairly costly, however the trips on offer represent good value for money and the hotel’s experienced staff and connections make them a hassle free way of seeing many of the curiosities of Zanzibar. Above all this is a location to relax and unwind in.

While it is claimed to be a relatively rare event, this hotel has in the past been very attractive to large South African groups who have been known to enjoy watching televised rugby very enthusiastically, and at high volume. Prospective guests should be aware of this.

How to get to Azanzi Beach Hotel

The Azanzi Beach Hotel is a 45 minute drive from Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will arrange transfers for an extra charge. The roads are mainly tarmac but for the last twenty minutes may be a rougher ride.

The poverty of the areas that one drives through to reach the island’s resorts can be disquieting. Locals may be seen hanging to the back of taxis (daladalas) and stray animals often roam the roads. Though the tourist industry with its luxury may seem hypocritical, the work of development funds and eco-tourism projects ensure that the locals reap some of the benefits of tourism’s financial gains.

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