East Coast Zanzibar

Our 12 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%
(86 reviews)

We spent a lovely week at Pongwe with our family and friends, to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday. This was our third stay here and once again we had a fantastic time... Pongwe Beach Hotel 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  88%
(43 reviews)

Perched on the beach cliffs on the eastern side of the island, you won't get closer to the sea than Matemwe. The lodge is perfectly located for snorkelling at Mnemba ... Matemwe Lodge reviews...

Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

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

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  96%
(10 reviews)

We absolutely completely loved it. We loved the room, the activities, the food, the people. The turtle hatchings, the conservation, the eco feel etc etc etc No words ... Mnemba Island 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...

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  90%
(6 reviews)

Beautiful place and location. We had Blue Wave Suite and best views out to the Indian Ocean. Loved the design of the hotel; so different to Emerson Spice, yet so good for ... 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  85%
(4 reviews)

Nice quiet hotel and location Sunshine Hotel reviews...

Green and Blue

Green and Blue

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**Green & Blue has undergone a re-branding, and is now known as Sevi Zanzibar. We have not stayed since, so please speak to us ...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...

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

Tulia Zanzibar

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

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

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Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel was formerly known as Matweme Beach Village. The property was extensively renovated and is under ...More about Zanzibar Pearl

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