Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar

It is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, and offers a privacy and unpretentious luxury unparalleled on the African coastline.

Mnemba has just ten secluded palm-frond bandas, which nestle in tropical forest on the edge of a soft white coral-sand beach. They are beautifully appointed, incorporating natural materials and traditional woodcarvings. A palm-covered walkway leads to a shuttered en-suite bathroom with a huge glass beaded shower, and expansive verandahs with views over the ocean have built in barazas - ideal for an afternoon siesta. Private beach salas with traditional Zanzibari loungers are ideal for relaxing on the beachfront.

Thatched dining and sitting/bar areas have beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular coral reefs beyond, and guests can expect exceptional food served in the most romantic of settings. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish and lobsters are brought ashore by traditional outriggers to be prepared as exquisite and exotic delicacies and served by candlelight on the beach.

Relaxation is the order of the day at Mnemba and guests set their own pace. The warm azure waters around the island are irresistible and perfect for swimming, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. The breathtaking coral reef, which surrounds the island, is teeming with colourful tropical fish and offers some of Africa's finest diving, with dive courses available. There are also opportunities to enjoy fly or deep-sea fishing, bird watching or walks on the island and a variety of excursions such as a tour of the ancient 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar. At the end of the day, why not try a relaxing massage or therapeutic treatment to soothe the body and mind.

  • Just first class! Interested, imaginative and very helpful.

    VN, Argentina & Antarctica, 2016


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