The Zalu Zanzibar sits on the island's northern tip, facing the distant, invisible Panza Island. Looking out across the exotic, perennially warm waters of the Indian Ocean, this beach-facing hotel exudes an air of relaxed desert-island romance.
Thatched roofs decorate the whitewashed villas, whilst the lodge's main building stands out - its acutely angled gables contrasting with the traditional themes that permeate the hotel's design.
Dotted across the surrounding grounds are 40 suites and nine luxury villas, offering a choice of ocean or garden views. In between, tropical flora and a network of quiet paths link these unobtrusive, beachside hideaways. Light and airy, rooms are decorated with a simple indulgence, with splashes of colour and rich wooden floors.
Located beside the hotel's vast horizon pool, the Market Kitchen serves a wonderful array of sophisticated, yet rustic cuisine. Organic ingredients add a natural flair to this gastronomic experience, which specialises in fresh, locally sourced products.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Service is key at the Zalu Zanzibar; staff go the extra mile to make every stay memorable and personalised. Furthermore, the vast villas offer comfortable luxury in a stunning location. Spacious and secluded, each features a private pool, dining room, kitchen and terrace or balcony. After dark, jetty parties offer a vibrant nightlife in a stunning location – positioned above the inky black waters of the Indian Ocean, as a cool sea breeze ripples across the timber decks.