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Villa Kiva
9.0 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Matemwe Show on map

ExcellentBased on 366 reviews
9.0

Located within the scenic countryside of Matemwe, Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel provides traditional accommodation and a wide range of facilities, such as an outdoor pool, a swimming pool and a private beach. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

Chumbe Island Coral Park
9.5 Excellent

13.2 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

ExcellentBased on 102 reviews
9.5

Located in Zanzibar Town, Chumbe Island Coral Park is within a 40-minute drive of Zanzibar International Airport and offers a private beach and a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also make use of complimentary Wi-Fi access during their stay.

Natural Kendwa
8.7 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Kendwa Show on map

ExcellentBased on 174 reviews
8.7

Set within the picturesque parkland of Kendwa, Natural Kendwa Villa offers comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, including free Wi-Fi. This comfortable 4-star bed & breakfast is just a 10-minute drive from Nungwi.

Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
7.6 Good

35.1 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

GoodBased on 58 reviews
7.6

Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa is located on Zanzibar, and provides 5-star accommodation in addition to a private beach. Popular amenities, such as outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool, make for an enjoyable stay in Pingwe.

Malindi Boutique
7.1 Good

0.8 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

GoodBased on 651 reviews
7.1

Malindi Guest House is located in Zanzibar Town and features free Wi-Fi. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

Mangrove Lodge
8.8 Excellent

10.1 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

ExcellentBased on 286 reviews
8.8

Mangrove Lodge has a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a bike rental. It is located a 25-minute car ride from Zanzibar International Airport and an airport shuttle is available for guests.

Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
8.1 Excellent

5.0 km from city centre, Mangapwani Show on map

ExcellentBased on 81 reviews
8.1

Sea Cliff Resort & Spa is situated on Zanzibar, and provides 5-star facilities, including a private beach. It also offers outdoor tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.

Chapwani Private Island
9.1 Excellent

4.2 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

ExcellentBased on 87 reviews
9.1

This comfortable resort in Zanzibar Town offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as an airport shuttle and an outdoor pool. It also features a terrace, a gift shop and a tour desk.

Smiles Beach Hotel
8.3 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Nungwi Show on map

ExcellentBased on 416 reviews
8.3

Located within the scenic parkland of Nungwi, Smiles Beach Hotel provides charming accommodation and a wide range of facilities, including free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a private beach. It also offers a kids pool, a tour desk and a sun deck.

The Palms Zanzibar
9.6 Excellent

37.3 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

ExcellentBased on 9 reviews
9.6

The Palms Zanzibar Zanzibar is situated on Zanzibar, and offers 5-star accommodation as well as a private beach. It also provides an outdoor pool, an all-inclusive meal plan and a plunge pool.

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Mizingani Seafront Hotel
8.7 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Mizingani Seafront Hotel provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Zanzibar Town. It also offers an outdoor pool, an express check-in and check-out feature and free Wi-Fi.

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Samaki Lodge
8.6 Excellent

26.5 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Samaki Lodge & Spa is set on Zanzibar, and provides 4-star facilities, including a private beach. Popular facilities, such as a sauna, an outdoor pool and outdoor tennis courts, make for an enjoyable stay in Uroa.

3
Upendo Zanzibar
9.1 Excellent

35.4 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Upendo Zanzibar is situated on Zanzibar, and provides 5-star accommodation as well as a private beach. The various facilities this contemporary resort offers include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a sun deck.

4
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
9.0 Excellent

1.3 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Located amongst a range of tourist attractions, boutiques and eateries, Park Hyatt Zanzibar is ideal for guests wishing to discover Zanzibar Town and its surroundings. It provides superior fitness facilities, which include an outdoor pool and a swimming pool.

5
Maru Maru Hotel
8.2 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Maru Maru Hotel is located in Zanzibar Town and features a rooftop terrace. The multiple facilities this contemporary hotel offers include valet parking, an express check-in and check-out feature and a swimming pool.

6
Dhow Palace Hotel
8.5 Excellent

1.1 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Dhow Palace Hotel is situated in Zanzibar Town and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides a coffee bar, an outdoor pool and a kids pool.

7
Riu Palace Zanzibar
9.2 Excellent

2.5 km from city centre, Nungwi Show on map

Set within the scenic countryside of Kendwa, Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only offers art deco accommodation and a full range of facilities, including outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a private beach. The resort offers a sauna, as well as rooms with private terraces.

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Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
7.6 Good

35.1 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa is located on Zanzibar, and provides 5-star accommodation in addition to a private beach. Popular amenities, such as outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool, make for an enjoyable stay in Pingwe.

Cheapest hotels in Unguja, Zanzibar Archipelago

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Malindi Boutique
7.1 Good

0.8 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Malindi Guest House is located in Zanzibar Town and features free Wi-Fi. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

$20
Avg. per night
Makofi Guest House
9.1 Excellent

0.8 km from city centre, Nungwi Show on map

Makofi Guest House is situated in Nungwi and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides a 24-hour reception.

$27
Avg. per night
Green's Guest House
9.4 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Nungwi Show on map

Green's Nungwi provides a comfortable setting while in Nungwi. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of complimentary wireless internet during their stay.

$64
Avg. per night
Mizingani Seafront Hotel
8.7 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Mizingani Seafront Hotel provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Zanzibar Town. It also offers an outdoor pool, an express check-in and check-out feature and free Wi-Fi.

$68
Avg. per night
Al Johari
7.5 Good

1.3 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Al Johari is a comfortable setting while visiting Zanzibar Town and is close to everything the area has to offer. It also offers a coffee bar, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace.

$68
Avg. per night
Jafferji House and Spa
8.6 Excellent

1.0 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Jafferji House & Spa is a comfortable base when in Zanzibar Town and is close to everything the area has to offer. Rooms are air conditioned and a Wi-Fi connection is included free of charge.

$70
Avg. per night
Mangrove Lodge
8.8 Excellent

10.1 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Mangrove Lodge has a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a bike rental. It is located a 25-minute car ride from Zanzibar International Airport and an airport shuttle is available for guests.

$78
Avg. per night
Samaki Lodge
8.6 Excellent

26.5 km from city centre, Zanzibar Show on map

Samaki Lodge & Spa is set on Zanzibar, and provides 4-star facilities, including a private beach. Popular facilities, such as a sauna, an outdoor pool and outdoor tennis courts, make for an enjoyable stay in Uroa.

$92
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Unguja

3 stars

$92 - $369

No. 1 most popular

$95
Avg. per night

No. 2 most popular

$96
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Best value

Samaki Lodge
8.6 Excellent
$92
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$68 - $874

No. 1 most popular

$225
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No. 2 most popular

The Palms Zanzibar
9.6 Excellent
$719
Avg. per night

Best value

$68
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Unguja

About Unguja

Situated off the coast of Tanzania, the exotic island of Zanzibar boasts a rich Swahili culture combined with influences brought by Omani Sultans and Portuguese colonisers. It’s home to the captivating trade centre of Stone Town and blanketed with spice plantations, beautiful beaches and colourful coral reefs.

Things to do

Wander through the atmospheric streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, which boasts architecture from Asia, Africa and Arabia. Explore the lavish Sultan’s Palace Museum and delve into Swahili and Zanzibari culture at the House of Wonders, then feast on freshly-caught seafood in the lively night market at Forodhani.

Discover Zanzibar’s exotic spice trade legacy on a guided tour of a spice plantation. See how all your favourite spices are cultivated and learn about their economic significance throughout Zanzibar’s history, then purchase freshly-ground spices to take home.

Relax on one of the idyllic beaches that ring Zanzibar, with blindingly white sands nestled against the surreal blue of the Indian Ocean. Soak up the Zanzibari village atmosphere on the shores of beautiful Matemwe or test your skills with a day of kitesurfing in the waters off Paje Beach.

Teeming with marine life, the coral reefs that surround Zanzibar are among Africa’s most impressive, particularly within the marine conservation area of Mnemba Atoll. Go scuba diving with whale sharks, green turtles and large pelagic species or enjoy a traditional dhow cruise to the Pange Sandbank to snorkel with tropical fish.

Getting around

Kisauni International Airport is around 15 minutes’ drive from Stone Town, one hour from Paje and 1.5 hour’s from Nungwi. Dala dala mini buses are the main means of getting around the island or you can hire a private taxi or rental car.

Unguja travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in Unguja?

    Zanzibar, Kendwa, and Nungwi are the most popular places on HotelsCombined for stays in Unguja.

  • What are the best hotels in Unguja?

    Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa, rated with a score of 7.6 from 58 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Unguja. Other top stays include Zanzibar Coffee House, with an average rating of 9.0 from 344 reviewers, and Coral Reef Beach Resort, with a score of 7.5 from 60 reviewers.