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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

sultan palace hotelSultan Palace Hotel is arguably the best-located beach hotel on the island with magnificent views over the ocean.

Our long-standing and fruitful relationship with Sultan Palace has resulted in Zanzibar Travel being granted the most favourable rates offered to guests.

We can now offer unrivaled prices at this exclusive “boutique” hotel.

sultan palace hotel zanzibarEach of the extremely spacious Suites are inspired by the rounded shapes of the Nautilus shell. Each Suite is decorated differently, with unique drapes and local furnishings as well as some Omani antiques. The Imperial & Ocean Suite’s private terraces overlook the ocean and allow direct access to 20 km of sandy beach; Garden Suites overlook the lush exotic gardens. Jasmine, Frangipani, Passion Flower are the evocative names of some of the suites, recalling the plants and flowers in the Suites respective gardens.

zanzibar travelNo better way to start the day is with breakfast, looking out over the ocean, served on the balcony of the impressive circular main building. Food-wise things get better with a sumptuous lunch served at the Beach Restaurant. After a swim, or a nap, afternoon tea with home made cake/biscuits is served beside the swimming pool. In the evening, gather for cocktails before making your way up the semi-circular staircase to the grand dining room for a la carte dinner.

zanzibar sultan palace hotelPlenty of opportunity to work all this off by walking for miles along the palm fringed beach. It is one of the very few hotels on the island where swimming is possible at low tide in the large lagoon in front of the hotel which provides good snorkelling. Or a gentle swim in the Hotel’s pool.

Our Exclusive rates start at £135.00 per person per day.

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Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

We are often asked – “Where is the best place to stay on Zanzibar?”

The answer must be – “It depends what you are looking for”.

zanzibarTo get an idea one needs to understand the geography of the island so we have included a map. The island is about 50 miles long and 25 miles wide.

Assuming people are looking for beach locations, different parts of the island have different types of beaches and different attractions.

Visitors to Zanzibar need to know that the island, and the whole of the East African coast, has extreme tides. At low tide swimming in the ocean is limited, but lovely to walk out towards the reef through the pools. At high tide the ocean is warm with gentle waves. Snorkeling off the beach is very limited – best to go out beyond the reef with scuba dive boats.

THE SOUTH EAST COAST (the bottom right hand side of the map). This is where one gets the long stretches of palm fringed beach with powder soft sand. The northern part of this stretch has been ranked by Conde Naste Traveller in the top 30 beaches in the world. This is the kite surfing “capital” on Zanzibar. Scuba diving and snorkelling beyond the reef is rewarding. Top tip. Hire bicycles to ride for miles along the beach calling in at villages along the way. Visit Zala Park nature reserve. Hotels on this stretch include Sultan Palace Hotel, – Breezes Beach Club & Spa, – Echo Beach Hotel, – Zanzibar Ocean Blue, – Arabian Nights Suites.

THE SOUTH COAST – is more coves and bays rather than extensive stretches of beach. As such, less populated with hotels. Top tips. Hump back whales muster during July/August. Some interesting villages to visit. Diving and snorkelling is good. Hotels we use are Unguja Lodge and Fumba Beach Lodge both of which organise dolphin viewing trips.

zanzibar north east coastTHE NORTH EAST COAST (top right hand side of the map). Also long stretches of beach, particularly further north. Many hotels have been developed on this stretch, but visitors can still find seclusion. Very good diving and snorkelling around the Mnemba Atoll. Good kite surfing. Hotels we favour on the North East Coast are Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, – Shooting Star Lodge, – Sultan Sands Hotel, – Next Paradise Boutique Hotel, Azanzi Hotel, – Green & Blue Hotel.

NORTH COAST – NUNGWI – The beach in the fishing village of Nungwi is, obviously, shared with local people. There are a wide variety of marine activities on offer. Apart from the beach things to do include a visit to the small turtle sanctuary, guided village tours, watch dhows being built in the traditional way, hire bikes to explore the north. Of the many hotels in Nungwi we like Flame Tree Cottages, – The Z Hotel, – Langi Langi Beach Bungalows and for an international style hotel, Double Tree By Hilton, Nungwi.

north coast nugngwiNORTH EAST COAST – This stretch of coast, south of Nungwi village, is least affected by the extreme tides which are experienced on the whole of the East Coast of Africa. Along this stretch there are a number of very large All Inclusive hotels, as well as some back-packer type hotels which we do not use. Some of the hotels we use are La Gemma Del’EstHideaway of Nungwi – and probably our favourite – Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa.


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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

On the mainland coast of Tanzania, opposite Zanzibar, so just a 20-minute flight.

Mawimbi Villa

Mawimbi Villa is a magnificent 6 bedroom house with all rooms benefiting from air-conditioning and en-suite facilities.

Tastefully furnished in a contemporary style it is the epitome of high-class accommodation and a perfect retreat for an extended family, or groups of up to 12 people, wishing to enjoy complete privacy and high levels of service. It is totally self-contained, with a swimming pool; dedicated team of staff and has high-speed internet.

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Your own Chef – Your private chef will prepare fresh meals tailored to the specific needs of the group. Of course he has access to the freshest seafood you will find anywhere coming straight from the local fishermen. The chef can accommodate any dietary needs of the guests and will ensure something different, interesting and tasty will be prepared for each meal.

All of the 6 en-suite bedrooms are lavishly furnished and exceptional proportions. Additional beds can be added to provide family rooms.

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All-inclusive – Accommodation is on an all-inclusive basis, and the Villa is occupied on an exclusive basis ensuring total privacy the guests.

Activities Include

  • A day long excursion can be taken to Saadani National Park which can include a canoe trip to view crocodiles and hippopotami.
  • Visit the historic town of Pangani at the mouth of the Pangani River, once a major terminus of caravan routes to the deep interior of Tanzania, as well as an important centre of the slave trade.
  • Marine activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and deep sea fishing.

Getting to Mawimbi Villa

There are several airlines with daily flights from Zanzibar and from Dar es Salaam to Pangani

Airstrip. It is then just a 20 minute road transfer to Mawimbi Villa.

Rates & Availability

Do get in touch with us for rates and availability and for any more information about the wonderful Mawimbi Villa.

If you’d like to know more about Zanzibar Holidays contact us today on 01242 222 027.


Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Located on the mainland of Tanzania in an area known as the ‘Swahili Coast’, this hidden gem is only a 20 minute flight from the island of Zanzibar.

The “Sunday Times” rated Tides Lodge as one of the top six “secret beaches of the world” (we have never been very good at keeping secrets!)


The Tides offers a unique combination of idyllic beaches, access to the historic town of Pangani and yet close enough for a days safari in Saadani National Park. Three holidays combined into one!

The small, intimate lodge of just 9 cottages is set on a palm fringed and secluded beach giving the guests the feeling of peace and exclusivity. Guests can walk for miles each way from the Lodge passing only the occasional friendly local fisherman. The Lodge itself is deliberately low key and relaxed, yet offering the very best levels of service and cuisine. Staff are all employed from the local villages and take great pride in their jobs.

The Lodge itself is deliberately low key and relaxed, yet offering the very best levels of service and cuisine. Staff are all employed from the local villages and take great pride in their jobs.

There are a host of activities to occupy your time – if that is what you like – including excellent snorkelling, scuba diving as well as other water based activities such as kayaking and surf skiing. Big game fishing is available both for beginners and the experienced. Day trips can be arranged to the nearby Saadani National Park which boasts a diverse array of flora, fauna and animals. Cultural excursions to the historic and unspoiled town of Pangani is a fabulous experience.


Tides Lodge has a range of accommodation including beach front cottages, a honeymoon suite and a two bedroom family cottage. The seven bright and breezy individual en-suite cottages are set among the palms overlooking the sea; each has a private secluded sunbathing area. The honeymoon suite, set in a private location, is on 2 levels – downstairs is a lounge area and bathroom and the first floor bedroom enjoys a large balcony overlooking the gardens to the ocean. The family house is beach fronted and has 2 large double bedrooms, a central living area and a dining table for private dining and can accommodate up to 6 people. Outside there is a large veranda and private beach area with parasols.

The Tides Lodge offers a rare and wonderful escape from the frantic pace of everyday life – with only the sound of the ocean waves as a distraction, rest and relaxation is obligatory.