Next Paradise is a relatively small, modern lodge.
Next Paradise: Our full report
Next Paradise is a small resort hotel, situated between Kiwengwa and Matemwe, just on the beach side of the fishing village of Pwani Mchangani, on the east coast of Zanzibar. Owned by an Italian couple, their Mediterranean heritage seen in the resort’s décor, food and atmosphere have been combined with Swahili influences.
Next Paradise has a modern, European feel, with nods to local style in the makuti thatch roofs and occasional pieces of African carving. Paths of concrete crazy-paving trail through the sand between the pools and central areas and the rooms.
The 20 rooms all have the same basic comforts: air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, WiFi, satellite TV with 16 channels, minibar, digital safe, room phone, and a furnished veranda or balcony. The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and a bidet.
A variety of room options is on offer. None of the rooms are particularly private, but they are all nicely done, with simple white walls and dark wood furniture:
- There are ten rooms near the main restaurant area: four standard double/twin rooms (roughly 33m2), one superior with a pool view, one superior with a garden view, two oceanfront rooms, one beachfront family room and one honeymoon suite.
- There are six rooms in the garden area located between the main area and the newly built beachfront bungalows: two superior garden-view rooms, two family garden-view rooms with interconnecting rooms, and there are also two panorama suites with ocean views and Jacuzzi baths.
- Just behind, are two Panorama Suites, which include heart-shaped walk-in baths.
- Furthest from the main area are four beachfront bungalows. These are the newest and largest rooms (70m2) available at Next Paradise. They feel slightly more private than the other rooms and they also benefit from the newly built swimming pool at the front.
The central bar/dining area at Next Paradise is set under the shade of a huge thatched roof. The reception and bar area is decorated with stylish zebra-print chairs, light drapes and contrasting dark, wooden furniture. The adjoining open-plan restaurant is spacious, but not quite as stylish.
There are two large swimming pools at Next Paradise. The first, more frequently used pool is between the restaurant and the beach, running parallel to most of the rooms. It has a slightly separated circular seating area which is perfect for relaxing in the water. The other pool is located by the newly built beachfront bungalows, which are set slightly away from the main lodge. Both pools have several sunloungers dotted around the outside – although curiously no umbrellas, so there isn’t much in the way of shade.
Apart from simply relaxing on the beach, or by one of the pools, you can also get a massage. Activities at Next Paradise include diving and snorkelling on the reefs around Mnemba Island with the One Ocean PADI dive centre at Blue Bay Resort, who will pick you up from Next Paradise. Boat trips and deep-sea fishing can also be arranged. There's a tennis court and table tennis table and kite-surfing is an option from June to October (there's a centre next to the hotel).
Day trips to Stone Town, or other parts of the island can also be arranged at Reception.
Our viewNext Paradise seems to lack some of the warmth possessed by other Zanzibar beach properties. However, it is still a fun, modern lodge with all the necessary comforts for a fine beach holiday.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend a stay of three or four nights.
Directions: It’s a 20- to 30-minute flight from Dar to Zanzibar and then takes about an hour to drive to the lodge using Expert Africa's transfer provider.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Stuart and Marina Lanza
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: We didn’t have the chance to eat at Next Paradise when we last visited in 2016. However, we are able to tell you the following:
Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 1.00pm in the main restaurant, or on the veranda outside your room. It will consist of fruit, cereals and pastries, as well as a full cooked breakfast if you request it.
Lunch is served at flexible times and consists of a light, simple menu of mainly European food, so expect sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.
Dinner is a four-course set menu usually served around 8.00pm. There is always a choice of main course, which will have a ‘catch of the day’ seafood option, as well as a chicken, beef or vegetarian option. We were told the dinner menu changes daily.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: Each guest is entitled to one complimentary soft drink per day with dinner. Other drinks cost extra. A beer costs around US$4 and a glass of wine about US$5.
Further dining info: Room service is included at Next Paradise, or you can eat by the pool or on the beach.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Next Paradise.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Next Paradise.
Special activities & services: There are no special activities or services for children.
Equipment: The lodge can provide a baby cot and a high chair.
Generally recommended for children: Next Paradise welcomes children, though parents should be aware that there are no special facilities or activities for children that stay here.
Notes: Please note that children are the responsibility of their parents - There are open swimming pools, which could be potentially hazardous.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is 24-hour electricity and a backup generator. All the rooms have UK-style and European-style plugs.
Communications: Telephones for internal calls are found in all the rooms and there is free WiFi and reasonable cellphone signal.
TV & radio: There is a satellite TV in every room, with Al-Jazeera and several movie channels.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: A three-quarter litre of bottle per day is provided free of charge to each room.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Some of the managemen team have basic first-aid training. There is a medical kit at reception and a doctor 30 minutes away.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is a security gate and Masaai guards on duty 24 hours a day. There are also CCTV cameras.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers strategically placed around the property and some staff have done fire training.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra cost. It takes around 24 hours depending on the weather and this service costs around $1 - $2.50 per item.
Money: There is a safe in all of the rooms and money can usually be exchanged at reception.
Accepted payment on location: Next Paradise will accept cash in Euros, US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, and pounds. Amex, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted, but there is a 5% surcharge.