Zanzibar is home to glorious beaches, pristine waters and delicious island food. If you are looking for an escape on the island oasis of Zanzibar where you can wine, dine and relax in complete luxury then take a look at the top 3 luxury resorts in Zanzibar and discover which one is perfect for you. Please do leave your comments of any luxury experiences you’ve had in Zanzibar below as well. Asante Sana!


Hideaway of Nungwi Zanzibar

If you are looking to escape the rat race of everyday life, and are in need of a soothing spa to set you at ease and release your tensions – then you may want to consider the Hideaway of Nungwi Zanzibar. It is laced with long, white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise blue waters and boasts fantastic service from the moment you arrive. The Hideaway is perfectly located to witness a perfect sunset every evening – what better way to end a day by the pool than to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand!


This 5 star luxury resort has spectacular architectural elements, designed and constructed with opulent Arabic and African details that are in line with the Tanzanian spirit. The Hideaway of Nungwi has a total of 100 sea facing rooms and suites overlooking the Indian Ocean.  The variety of rooms that range from Luxury Junior Suites to Presidential Villas are surrounded by colorful and scented exotic gardens, most containing soothing Jacuzzi baths or private pools.



Last but not least guests can eat to their heart’s content from their choice of the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant at this all inclusive resort. In addition, guests have a choice of an à la carte dinner in Ishi-Teppanyaki or Carnivore, one of Africa’s leading chains of fine dining of unlimited meat selections including exotic meats such as ostrich. You’ll leave feeling dazed by this African getaway.


Gemma Dell’Est Zanzibar

Gemma Dell’Est Zanzibar is the perfect 5 star resort regardless of your needs – the staff will accommodate every single desire your heart may have and the hotel boasts opulent surrounding with an emphasis of being eco-friendly. The Gemma Dell’Est Zanzibar is an excellent choice for both families and couples – it offers free accommodation for children under 12 and also has plenty of pockets to read a book and relax.

The Deluxe Rooms boast floor to ceiling French windows that open up to a beautifully furnished terrace with ocean views. After a full day of beach excursions and fun in the sun, you can come back to your room and bathe in the large marble bathroom with huge walk in showers. Furthermore, each room has individually controllable air-conditioning, stocked mini bars and the villa club room boasts butler service.


Furthermore, the resort has a plethora of restaurants and bars to choose from. Apart from all of the inclusive facilities is the Pavilion restaurant which offers lavish buffet of light and tasty Mediterranean cuisine together with traditional local dishes. If Zanzibar food is not your cup of tea, then there is the option to dine at the likes of The Coral Cove Pizzeria or the Sea Breeze a la carte restaurant.


Gemma Dell Est also offers one of the best water sports centre on the island where you can go windsurfing or snorkeling! Furthermore, a luxury resort would not be a luxury resort without a luxury spa which Gemma Dell Est also offers.  The grandiose spa offers an array of treatments from manicures and pedicures to massages and body treatments. It also has a fully equipped outdoor gym with the option of your own personal trainer. This is a resort that is hard to beat and a must to indulge in the good life.


Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar

Now for the adventurer at heart that is looking for thrilling fun in the sun, the Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar is the place for you! This stunning resort not only lies on a beach of pristine crystal blue waters but to its’ readily avail, guests are able to arrange diving excursions all over the coast of Zanzibar with help from their services.  In addition, Diamonds Dream in all of its abundance and glory is well suited for the family travellers as they have a fantastic kids clubs that will keep the children entertained all day.

Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar is located on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar Island and lies 45 km from Stone Town. This luxurious resort lies directly on the beach of Kiwengwa. It has a dreamy blend of contemporary and local Afro-Arabic architectural style, consisting of solid woods and opulent pieces. You’ll enjoy incredible beach walks, as the sea rolls back almost a mile long at low tide in the evenings. You’ll be in pure, relaxing bliss at this 5 star accommodation and resort.


Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar’s accommodation consists of 157 rooms. The suites have either king size or European twin beds, with mosquito nets; en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower; and double basins.  In addition, all rooms have a spacious private terrace with table and chairs to match.  You either choose from a deluxe garden room with a swimming pool, a deluxe sea facing room, or 1 of 3 of the royal suites with a Jacuzzi, private pool and butler service. Also you can have a delightful and soothing evening at The Mvua African Rain Spa which offers treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to massages and body wraps.

What would a 5 star resort be without a wide array of restaurants and bars to delight in after a long day of relaxation or excursions?  You can choose from the Cape to Venice Brasserie which has indoor and outdoor dining facilities. It offers lavish buffet options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cape to Venice also has special theme nights organized on a weekly basis with divine menu choices featuring light and tasty international cuisine and renowned fragrant Zanzibari dishes.


Lucy Harris works for Simply Luxury Holidays

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Lucy Harries

Lucy Harries has a passion for travel and feels most at home when veering off the beaten track and getting ‘lost’ in a new country. She loves working in the travel industry as a marketing executive for Simply Luxury Holidays, and at any opportunity, is airport-bound for her next adventure.

  • Patrick Alois Derynck

    World’s leading hotel Director
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  • I’m so glad to hear the website is useful. I loved it and it’s so pretty. Hopefully we can go back one day and experience it longer.

  • Khamis Twalib Al-khamasy

    good job