Zawadi Hotel

luxury villa suites

Located in one of the most coveted areas on Zanzibar, Zawadi Hotel sits atop a cliff, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. It is a private, intimate beach getaway retreat with just 9 spacious villas. Designed in a laid-back, yet elegant beach style, Zawadi epitomises relaxed luxury.

Zawadi Hotel offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean that stretch as far as the eye can see. At the centre of the property, the cliff recedes into a pristine white sandy beach cove. Guests can swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean throughout the day, and can enjoy excellent snorkeling straight from the beach.

Property Type
luxury beach resort
9 villa suites
kids 16+
dive centre offsite


Get an additional 10% DISCOUNT on bookings made 5 months in advance

Not valid over July, August or festive season (20 Dec – 8 Jan)
Not combinable with other offers

Stay 7 nights, pay for 5 nights


  • Bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Sundowners served in your room on arrival
  • 10% discount on PADI diving courses

Minimum 7 nights: Gift, one free scuba dive per person with equipment OR 20% discount on any diving course

valid for one year after wedding, and proof of wedding certificate is required
Not valid over July, August or festive season (20 Dec – 8 Jan)
Not combinable with other offers

Stay for 5 Nights, Pay for 4

Not valid over July, August or festive season (20 Dec – 8 Jan)
Not combinable with other offers
this offer is allocated to a limited number of rooms, and is hence subject to availability

The best thing about Zawadi is its location... perched on a cliff which offers stunning, uninterrupted sea views

An intimate hotel, with just 9 private, spacious villas

It's a short walk (or kayak) away from the Blue Lagoon... one of the best snorkeling spots in Zanzibar

The beach is a private cove, with a nice long walkway into the ocean... making it easy to swim at low tide

Zawadi has its own veggie garden and a small farm, which is great for a stroll. Perhaps you can feed Gilbert the Goat!

You can enjoy a meal at one of Zawadi's sister properties (Baraza and The Palms) at no extra charge. Lovely for a long stay, if you feel like a change of scenery.

It's difficult to find something negative to say about Zawadi! It is a 'high end' property... so unaffordable to those on a budget.

Zawadi Hotel offers guests accommodation in nine 100 sqm villas with en-suite bathrooms and a spacious terrace directly overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Ocean Front Villas

Zawadi Hotel’s villas are surrounded by flowering bougainvillea and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean from every angle, and guests have access to a pristine beach and lagoon for snorkelling and swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate bath tub with vista
  • Private ocean view terrace

With a fully-inclusive dining menu that showcases sea food, spices and fresh produce for which Zanzibar is famous, there is a relaxed approach to dining at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar.

The Mswakini beach bar serves snacks, lunch and drinks throughout the day in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Once a month, a very special full moon party is organized here as well.

The Drift Wood dining room serves breakfast and dinner. Only the freshest island produce is used by Zawadi’s chef to create an authentic Zanzibar experience.

The Mali Mali lounge and Bar opens at sunset for cocktails and drinks. Lay back and soak in the sea breeze, while enjoying true Zanzibari hospitality!

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon tea
  • Mineral water, soft drinks & juices
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Selection of House Wines & Beer
  • A selection of in-house spirits and cocktails

The Rising Sun Dive Centre is the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre in Zanzibar. Located on the untouched South East coast of the island, the dive centre was the first to discover this unexplored region. With over 12 years experience, they offer guests the highest levels of customer care and attention, whilst encouraging them to conserve and explore the marine environment.

Divers are taken from complete beginners up to professional level and their is a huge variety of diving that guarantees something for everyone. With small groups of a maximum of 6 divers per guide, guests get the chance to escape large crowds and get the most from their dives.

Because of its unique location there is always water in front of Zawadi and guests can go snorkelling directly from the beach and admire the beautiful marine life of the Indian Ocean.

The dive centre organizes daily snorkeling trips to the Oba-Oba lagoon, which offers shelter to an incredible variety of small marine life and beautiful corals.

mangrove forest
Just 10 minutes walking distance across the Michamvi peninsula is the mangrove forest. Explore this pristine coastal environment on foot or on a small local ngalawa boat, where herons nest and crabs are abundant.

private massage
Zawadi Hotel’s professional Thai and Balinese therapists will come to your villa and set up your private massage bed on the terrace. Unwind and relax at the sound of the waves!

nature gym
Don’t run on a treadmill! At Zawadi Zanzibar there is a 900m long jogging trail winding gently through the back garden!. Immerse yourself in tropical vegetation while inhaling the fresh sea breeze. At regular intervals there are chin up bars, benches, monkey bars and a special set of weights available for a complete exercise program.

A staircase leads from the jogging trail down to the beach for a refreshing swim.


What could be more romantic than celebrating your love on a pristine beach on the magical spice Island of Zanzibar? With magnificent sunsets and a palm-fringed paradise beach, Zawadi Hotel is the perfect romantic getaway in Zanzibar to celebrate your special occasion!


Zawadi Hotel is also the perfect retreat for honeymooners, with special surprises during your stay. This charming little hotel has a romantic charm and offers a number of memorable nooks and crannies just perfect for two!

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