The characterful Zanzibar Island is Tanzania’s most loved and well-known beach spot. However, there are an awful lot of incredibly mediocre hotels on the island, so picking the right one really is make or break. Luckily, there are still a few excellent boutique hotels on the island. In the wider archipelago are the private islands of Mnemba and Fanjove which offer a truly exclusive beach experience. On the mainland coast, there is only one lodge worth talking about. Ras Kutani is one of the finest beach lodges in East Africa. Let me take you through each one in detail.
Xanadu Villas are the crème de la crème of luxury beach villas in Zanzibar. Nowhere on the island quite lives up to the luxury it exudes from the villas themselves, to your private butler, the Michelin standard food and your private pools… Xanadu is king for a private villa experience