East Coast Zanzibar

Our 13 best beach lodges and resorts in East Coast Zanzibar

The east coast of Zanzibar boasts an almost continuous expanse of picture-perfect beach; it’s arguably the island’s greatest attraction for visitors. Listed below are our recommendations.

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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel

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Nestled between two outcrops of coral rock and on a secluded stretch of white-powdery beach, Pongwe Beach Hotel was opened in ...More about Pongwe Beach Hotel

Excellent  95%
(67 reviews)

This was our second visit to Pongwe Beach hotel. We were apprehensive about whether we would enjoy it as much as our first stay. Our apprehensions disappeared when we ... Pongwe Beach Hotel reviews...

Mchanga Beach Lodge

Mchanga Beach Lodge

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Mchanga Beach Lodge is a small, owner-operated beach hotel on Zanzibar's east coast. It's a sandy plot (mchanga means sand in ...More about Mchanga Beach Lodge

Good  90%
(35 reviews)

Mchanga Beach Lodge is a perfect place for lazy and relaxing time, especially if one looks for a bit more privacy. Food was excellent, and so was restaurant and bar service... Mchanga Beach Lodge reviews...

Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

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Matemwe Lodge (formerly Matemwe Bungalows) has always been a long-standing favourite with our travellers - read the recent feedback ...More about Matemwe Lodge

Good  89%
(34 reviews)

On arrival at Matemwe we were met by Ross and given an intro tour of the establishment. He had arranged a complimentary bottle of champagne to be left in our room which succes... Matemwe Lodge reviews...

Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

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Shooting Star Lodge was built by an engaging and welcoming Tanzanian-English couple and stands on top of a coral cliff, with ...More about Shooting Star Lodge

Good  88%
(30 reviews)

We had lovely accommodation in the Monsoon Villa suite - cost a fortune but this was the holiday of a lifetime for us. Worked well for a small family. Stunning villa - wonderful ... Shooting Star Lodge reviews...

Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat

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Matemwe Retreat is one of the most exclusive lodges on Zanzibar, arguably the ultimate in private luxury. Located on the east ...More about Matemwe Retreat

Good  89%
(9 reviews)

Loved the location of Matemwe and the amazing villa and personal butler service too. The beaches themselves were disappointing (plenty of sea debris on tide line) and it ... Matemwe Retreat reviews...

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

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The term 'barefoot luxury' might have been coined for Mnemba, a formerly uninhabited island just 2.5km off the north-east coast ...More about Mnemba Island Lodge

Excellent  97%
(7 reviews)

An unforgettable experience in this little piece of paradise. The island and location are simply stunning. Our expectations were completely and utterly surpassed. The ... Mnemba Island Lodge reviews...

Sunshine Marine Lodge

Sunshine Marine Lodge

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Opened in 2013, Sunshine Marine Lodge is to the north of Matemwe, on Zanzibar’s east coast. Built on a cliff top, with stunning ...More about Sunshine Marine Lodge

Good  88%
(5 reviews)

The journey from the airport and the west coast by Stone Town across to the north eastern side of Zanzibar was more than worth it. Firstly I experienced the drive through ... Sunshine Marine Lodge reviews...

Sunshine Hotel

Sunshine Hotel

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Opened in 2010, the Sunshine Hotel is located by Matemwe village, on Zanzibar’s east coast. Situated on a lovely stretch of white ...More about Sunshine Hotel

Good  80%
(3 reviews)

Very attractive hotel set on beautiful long undeveloped beach on east coast. Rooms very comfortable and although no a/c no problem sleeping as well designed to benefit ... Sunshine Hotel reviews...

Green and Blue

Green and Blue

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The pretty Green and Blue hotel has a picture-postcard setting on a sweeping curve of white sand in the Matemwe area of Zanzibar’s ...More about Green & Blue

Good  80%
(2 reviews)

I was happy that I had done my research and knew that the beach here was not suitable for swimming. It was, however, and awesome place to watch local villagers go about their ... Green & Blue reviews...

Next Paradise

Next Paradise

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Next Paradise is a small resort hotel, situated between Kiwengwa and Matemwe, just on the beach side of the fishing village of ...More about Next Paradise

Good  90%
(2 reviews)

Next Paradise is a Gem. Very peacful and relaxing which is just what you need after gruelling Safaris. The restaurant has a few short falls but nothing you would really ... Next Paradise reviews...

Matemwe Beach House

Matemwe Beach House

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On the northeastern coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe Beach House is a private house located just next door to Matemwe Lodge. The house ...More about Matemwe Beach House

Melia Zanzibar

Melia Zanzibar

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The Melia Zanzibar (formerly the Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski) is one of the island's largest resort complexes, owned by the internat...More about Melia Zanzibar

Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort

Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort

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After four years in the building, the 16-room Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort, to give its full name, opened in January 2016 ...More about Tulia Zanzibar

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