This intimate new beach-chic retreat sits on a clifftop with glorious ocean views and is exclusively for adults.
With just nine villas dotted along a clifftop in one of Zanzibar’s most sought-after settings, Zawadi does away-from-it-all luxury perfectly. It’s exclusive but laid-back, where the décor is understatedly elegant and delicious dining and personalised service top the priority list.
Opened in June 2016, Zawadi has excellent sister property credentials, too – it belongs to The Zanzibar Collection, which includes the popular Breezes Beach Club & Spa and world-class Baraza Resort & Spa, and shares its sister resorts’ idyllic south-east coast setting.
There’s a focus on fresh produce and local spices. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Drift Wood Dining Room, while lunch is a more casual affair on the comfy sofas at The Mswakini Beach Bar. Fitness buffs can work off some of the all-inclusive indulging with a morning run along the 900m jogging trail that winds through the gardens. Towards the centre of the hotel the cliff recedes to reveal a tranquil cove of soft white sands where you can snorkel straight from the beach. A scheduled shuttle also runs to its sister resorts, where you’re welcome to stay and use the numerous facilities.
The spacious villas are surrounded by bougainvillea and have been designed to make the most of the view and all open up to a large terrace. Light and airy, they have a subtle beach theme and a neutral palette of pale greys and creams.
Above Mswakini Beach on the island’s south-east coast
Good to know
Zawadi Hotel is for adults only (over 16s). The beach is accessed by a small set of steps from the hotel. Swimming in the ocean is possible at both low and high tide.
• Go snorkelling straight from the beach • Book an in-villa massage and let a Thai or Balinese therapist soothe you to the sound of the waves* • Discover the nearby Michamvi peninsula mangrove forest on foot and by local boat*.
Dining room, beach bar, lounge & bar
All Inclusive • Breakfast and dinner at the Drift Wood Dining Room • Lunch at The Mswakini Beach Bar • Selected drinks including soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee, beer, house wines and cocktails • Afternoon tea • Use of gym and tennis court (at sister properties via the scheduled shuttle) • Snorkelling equipment rental, kayaks, reef shoes rental • Wi-Fi.
*Denotes local charge