Zanzibar promises a rich, romantic experience for those adventurous couples looking to honeymoon in an exotic location.
Located about 35km off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of the main island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar), Pemba Island, famous for its deep-sea fishing, and about 50 smaller surrounding islands and coral reefs.
Also known as 'Spice Island', Zanzibar is a place like no other. Its history can be traced back to the spice and slave trades and its culture is rooted in the Portuguese, Omani Arab and English traditions. It was an independent country until 1964 when it and several smaller islands became part of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Romance will blossom as you wander the narrow, shaded streets of the capital city Stone Town on a balmy afternoon. With the heady scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in the air, listen to the call to prayer that beckons from one of the city's 50 mosques.
Its heydey was during the 19th century when the island became the world's leading producer of cloves; its plantations still produce more than 50 different spices and fruit, and guided spice tours are a Zanzibar speciality.
The chance to relive the allure of long ago can be yours as you and your spouse set sail from Kilele Square in a traditional wooden Dhow for some of the small islands off Stone Town.
Explore the natural beauty the island has to offer from your base at one of the island’s idyllic beach resorts.
Witness schools of brightly coloured fish as you dive and snorkel among coral reefs or see bottlenose dolphins or the magnificence of cresting whales from a chartered boat trip.
Experience the wildlife haven of the Jozani Forest to view the rare indigenous Red Colobus monkey, or join the many residents of Stone Town as they take a lazy stroll through the refurbished Forodhani Gardens at sunset.
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Uroa Bay Beach Resort is located on 300 metres of powder-white soft beach on Zanzibar’s beautiful East coast. Makuti thatched accommodation is decorated in traditional Zanzibari style amidst lush green foliage. This is a vibey resort is perfect for couples and families alike, and if you are a kite surfer nearby Paje is one of the best areas on the island for this sport.
JAFFERJI BEACH RETREAT & JAFFERJI HOUSE & SPA
Jafferji Beach Retreat is the ultimate destination for self-discovery on Matemwe beach with magnificent views of Mnemba Island. Arab and Indian influences blend seamlessly with African architecture throughout the retreat, accentuating the cultural heritage of the area. Located just 60 minutes from the airport and the capital of Stone Town, Jafferji Beach Retreat offers the perfect getaway for couples, families and friends.
SANDIES BAOBAB BEACH
Named for the century-old, magnificent baobab trees dotted around the resort, Sandies Baobab Beach is located on the North West Coast of Zanzibar. This hotel has a stunning beach that is unaffected by the changing tides, so guests can take full advantage of swimming in the crystal waters at any time of the day and enjoying the magical sunsets.
FABULOUS ALL-INCLUSIVE AT A LARGE 4* RESORT
Located in Pingwe on the north-east peninsula of Zanzibar, this large four-star resort offers comfortable and hassle-free accommodation on the Indian Ocean without the worries that a trip to Africa can arouse. The resort offers a fabulous all-inclusive package so sip away at those cocktails while you enjoy your every whim gazing over the pristine white sandy beaches and inviting turquoise blue ocean.
THIS RESORT REMAINS A FIRM FAVOURITE 4* IN ZANZIBAR
Mapenzi, one of the most established hotels on the island of Zanzibar has recently been upgraded and rebranded to the Diamonds category of the Planhotel group so great changes and upgrades have taken place. The low tide on the East coast adds to the experience when you can walk out across the beach for 1.5 kilometres to the reef.
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Resort remains an excellent and affordable choice for people who want an action-packed holiday and has recently undergone a makeover. Great value for money, it’s an unpretentious resort with a fantastic vibe; fun and involving. Accommodation is simple and comfortable, the water sports facilities are brilliant – windsurfing equipment and canoes are complimentary – the all-inclusive package covers a choice of three restaurants and two bars plus a daily stocked mini-bar (soft drinks, water and beer) – it couldn’t be better! There is also the a la carte restaurant on the beach – but here a supplement is payable.