The Aiyana, Pemba Island

From the ancient, Arabian atmosphere of Zanzibar, with its time-forgotten Stone Town, a different facet of Africa is just a 30 minutes away by plane. Alight on Pemba Island and you can expect a very different experience – especially if you’ve had the foresight to specify The Aiyana as a stopover on your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.

The Aiyana is a collection of just 30 highly specified villas standing beside an archetypal, crescent-shaped lagoon. Vivid coral reefs ensure the waters of the lagoon are gently welcoming, whilst the sensation of walking barefoot out of your thatched villa onto white sand epitomises the idea of a ‘desert island’ holiday. The architecture of your villa continues the theme, combining traditional African building materials, consummate craftsmanship and chic contemporary design.

The Aiyana, at a glance

  • Beautiful resort on the edge of a twinkling coral lagoon
  • Just 30 minutes by private plane from Zanzibar
  • Choice of only 30 individual villas, surrounded by fragrant frangipani gardens, courtyards, water features and pergolas
  • Heavenly views over the beach, the lagoon and the Indian Ocean beyond
  • En suite bathrooms extending into the gardens with private outdoor showers 
  • Excellent farm-to-table cuisine served in a variety of settings

For leisure and pleasure

  • Wonderfully designed spa for complete relaxation
  • Unrivalled diving and snorkelling off the coral reefs, especially Emerald Reef
  • Diving safaris include shallow lagoons dropping to spectacular depths
  • Explore the Ngezi Rainforest in northern Pemba 
  • See wildlife like vervet monkeys and flying foxes
  • Beach hopping to Vumawimbi and Verani, featuring the Cave of the Fugitives
  • Expeditions to ancient Chake Chake with its fascinating market 
  • Sail on a traditional, mango wood dhow
  • Ultimate Travel was excellent and everything worked like clockwork

    LL, India, 2014