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Mswakini Beach, Dongwe Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 14/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 6 hotels in Dongwe
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The All-Inclusive Zawadi Hotel is part of The Zanzibar Collection and is located on the South East Coast of Zanzibar & It is located just two minute drive north of the other Zanzibar Collection properties. Zawadi Hotel, sits atop a low cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. In the middle; the cliff recedes creating a pristine white sandy beach and guests have access to the beach from a short staircase leading directly to the sand. It lies in front of a lagoon and there is always water for swimming & snorkeling, even during low tide. With a relaxed atmosphere and understated elegant beach décor, Zawadi is a tranquil, laid back hideaway with the very best personalized service and All-Inclusive cuisine. There are nine private & spacious villas, with en-suite bathroom (with bath and shower) and private Plunge Pools directly overlooking the Indian Ocean.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Full body massage
Head massage
Adults only
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Private balcony
Room service
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Swahili
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Ella A wrote a review 20 Sep
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Zawadi is a GORGEOUS hotel and after being there I can already say I want to come back! We had an amazing time indulging in delicious food and cocktails, enjoying the views, pool and beach. But what makes this place even more special is how extremely friendly and caring the staff are, always having big smiles on their faces ready to accommodate your needs. MASSIVE thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 4 days ago
We are so happy to read you!!! Many thanks for these very kind words and we hope that we shall have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Zawadi very soon... Evelyne and the entire family xxx
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Lhana D wrote a review 20 Sep
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The immediate hospitable welcome made me feel very happy and excited to be there. The beach front restaurant is not only gorgeous but also very tasty. The staff are extremely friendly and easy to approach. Massive thank you to the team for an amazing time don’t forget to visit the farm Gilbert is a special one!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Lhana, it was our pleasure to host you and we are very happy that you've enjoyed your visit! Smiles from the entire team - Evelyne xxx
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Lisa T wrote a review 19 Sep
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The most welcoming and incredible service we have ever experienced from the moment we arrived right up to our departure! The staff are all so kind and caring and the food is remarkable! Do not turn down a chance to stay at Zawadi! The villas are amazing and you will never get enough of the views!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Lisa & Antonio, many thanks for taking the time to write a review about your stay! It was our pleasure to host you... Sending good vibes from Zanzibar to Italy - Evelyne xxx
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DrewDC wrote a review 19 Sep
23 contributions
Where to start!? This property beat all my expectations. I was tasked with planning our honeymoon and spent countless hours researching resorts on Zanzibar. After narrowing it down to two options, I ultimately selected Zawadi due to its private and laid back luxury. My wife and I were blown away at the beautify of this resort. From the moment you drive through the gate you are greeted with an unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean, impeccably manicured grounds and gorgeous, understated buildings. There is no doubt that this is a 5 star resort and frankly the level of service offered at Zawadi surpasses that of a Four Seasons, Ritz, Rosewood, etc. The service here is proactive, thoughtful and most importantly, genuine. It is a five star resort without all the dress codes and stuffy vibes. We could tell the team at Zawadi truly cared about making our honeymoon spectacular. They constantly went way out of their way to make sure every day was a surprise for us. We were so spoiled! For anyone considering staying here, I’ll breakdown some of the areas that I think are important. FOOD: The food at Zawadi is spectacular. The chef is incredibly talented and creative and we left every meal so full and satisfied. As this was all inclusive I didn’t know what to expect but every meal is a 3-6 course meal and you have plenty of selections for your dietary needs. They remembered what we liked and didn’t like and would make sure to curate menus that suited our interests. I’ve never experienced an all inclusive restaurant with the quality and care put into each and every dish. I promise you, you will NOT ever be hungry. Bonus - majority of the food eaten is grown on the property! We love the sustainable atmosphere the team provides. VILLAS: We stayed in the “Jodari” villa for 7 nights and it was perfect. Stunning views from your bed, a massive memory foam (I think) mattress, nightly turndown service with treats and a note to highlight sunrise, sunset, low tide, high tide and the best time of day for snorkeling. The outdoor terrace had very comfortable loungers, a hammock and warm plunge pool, all with captivating views. AC worked great too. We could have stayed in this villa for a month! SERVICE/STAFF: If there is any secret sauce to Zawadi, it’s the staff. Evelyne and Tammi were exceptional managers and made it a priority to spend time every day speaking with us and doing everything they can to make our stay better. We loved getting to know them and appreciated their warm, fun, attitude. We miss them already! The wait staff is great TREMENDOUS. Shoutouts to Iddi, Ali, Charles and Raza for being so friendly and attentive. They loved chatting with us and would go out of their way to surprise us with fun cocktails, canapés, sundowners wherever we were on the property, etc. They would proactively check in with us if they saw our drinks were running low. I don’t think I needed to really “ask” for anything. They really made our experience memorable. Sarah and Walter at the front desk were so friendly. Sarah was proud to let us feed the house turtles and always loved to chat. BEACH/TIDES: The beach was beautiful and they rake portions of it every morning. The water is crystal clear and it was fun walking around the reef during low tide. You can swim safely, regardless of the tide. We actually preferred low tide because it’s visually striking and the water is like glass. You can walk out on their concrete pier to swim or snorkel in the Blue Lagoon (they will also boat you over or you can take a kayak). During low tide, we would go on beach walks and enjoy the scenery of the island. Lastly, enjoy the on site farm and animals. They were so fun! We loved feeding Gilbert. We feel lucky to have found Zawadi and encourage anyone exploring Zanzibar to splurge and spend time at this property. You won’t be disappointed! We are going to make it a priority to come back and visit but also visit the sister properties all around the world. I am happy to answer any questions that fellow travelers have.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Drew, you have absolutely made our day... We cant wait to share your very kind review with the rest of the team! It was such a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again in the future. Thank you so much for choosing us for such a special occasion and we wish you both very very many happy years together. Sending peaceful vibes from the entire Zawadi family. Evelyne & Tammy xoxox
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Greta H wrote a review 19 Sep
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We stayed at Zawadi for 7 nights for our honeymoon in Zanzibar, and it was an absolute dream. The property is just beautiful – gorgeous views of the ocean from nearly every spot on the resort. The rooms are amazing – nice and cool at night which was great. The food is UNBELIEVABLE - like Michelin star quality at every meal. They are super accommodating with dietary restrictions or preferences, and there is always fresh bread at every meal. It's a good mix of cultures/flavors too. The cocktails were also so fun - and sometimes the team would make us "surprise" cocktails just for fun that were always amazing. Everyone who works at Zawadi is truly LOVELY. Evelyne and Tammy are so kind and fun to chat with - they helped arrange some sweet honeymoon surprises for us and were so willing to help organize excursions or anything else we needed. They honestly felt like friends in the end, it was so fun to get to know them. I loved chatting with the waiters, in particular Ali and Iddi, who were incredibly warm. The level of service is truly unparalleled and nothing like I've ever experienced. For example, we were asking if they had games like cards or something to play during cocktails and someone WENT OUT AND BOUGHT US PLAYING CARDS to have for the next day. I could not have asked for a better stay, and we will 100% be recommending Zawadi to everyone!!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Greta, we miss you so much already! What a beautiful week we had with you and your husband... You where simply the perfect guests and we hope to have the chance to host you again! Sending much love from Ali, Iddi and the entire Zawadi family. Evelyne & Tammy xoxox
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TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandDongwe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
What are some of the property amenities at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Dongwe Jetty, Fishers Restaurant, and Upendo Zanzibar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Swahili.
Does Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.