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  • 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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2022 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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Boating
Diving
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Spa
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Adults only
Baggage storage
Concierge
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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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
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Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
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Harriet B wrote a review Yesterday
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What an absolutely incredible place! From start to finish Evelyn and her wonderful team made us feel like absolute royalty. The staff bent over backwards to make our stay as special as possible. One day I said my favourite fruit was mango and the next day I had my own special plate delivered at breakfast!! Ali & Iddy were so lovely and very patient with our terrible swahili! They quickly learnt our preferences and would often deliver our favourite cocktails to us next to the pool without us asking! Chef William's food was essentially Michelin Star level - amazing menus every day and over two weeks we never ate the same thing twice - in particular the lobster and the steak were delicious, as well as the traditional swahili food we had one night! Tatu who was doing our house keeping was absolutely lovely and our room was always completely spotless. Overall just the most flawless holiday - stunning resort, lovely relaxed ambience, stunning snorkelling on tap, incredible small team of staff - absolute perfection. We couldn't recommend Zawadi more highly!!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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We miss you Harriet & Thomas, we had the most amazing time with you last week... Many thanks for your kindness with all of us! We miss our daily conversations and your absolute beautiful sense of humor! Love from your Zawadi Family - Evelyne, Noa, Chef William, Tatu, Ali & Iddy xxxx
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James E wrote a review Aug 2022
Venice, Italy14 contributions1 helpful vote
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We enjoyed a superbly relaxing finale to our trip to Zanzibar at Zawadi. Having booked in 2019 and suffered deferral not once, but twice, due to covid, our expectations for this trip were sky high. Zawadi did not disappoint. With just 12 villas, and a maximum of 24 guests, the level of service offered at Zawadi is exceptional. On more than one occasion the staff were able to anticipate our wishes even before we knew what we wanted. The setting is idyllic, every villa has a glorious ocean view and the pace is as relaxed as the people are charming. Special mention must go to Evelyne who has gathered such a professional and warm crew to run this little piece of heaven. The negatives? You may find that there will be costly alterations required to your wardrobe on your return! The food is outstanding, we cannot wait to return!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: All rooms are equally luxurious. The only difference is how close you wish to be to the pool....
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear James, it was a pleasure to host you and your wife. Many thanks for your kind words... Chef William is smiling as we are reading your review. Much love from the entire team - Evelyne xx
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Linda W wrote a review Yesterday
Hilton Head, South Carolina2 contributions1 helpful vote
This spectacular hotel in Zanzibar is true perfection. It’s 12 villas all face right on the Indian Ocean and are immaculate and lovely. The landscaping is gorgeous and having your own plunge pool is a delight. Yet, it is the staff which makes this boutique hotel so special. The general manager Evelyne and her assistant manager Noa look after every detail of your stay and treat you like family. We will truly miss them. Their attitude is also reflected in the other staff whose soul job is to make you happy from the fruit skewers they bring you at the beach to trying to meet all your dietary needs. There is always someone to help you to the boat with your snorkel equipment or give you a tour of the little farm on the premises. It is rare to find a property of this quality that truly feels like home.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Asante Sana!! We are so happy that you felt home... Many thanks choosing us, it was our pleasure to host you. We hope to see you back and wish you all the best. Evelyne, Noa & The entire team xx
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Vincent Billiard wrote a review 26 Sep
Paris, France2 contributions
A wonderful honeymoon My wife and I spent a few days in the Masai Mara first for a Safari and chose this place to rest on the last 4 days of our honeymoon. Evelyne, Noa and the team are so kind, dedicated and make you feel like family in a home. The resort is very private and exclusive, the teams are great, Among others: Innocent, Hamad, Raza, Ali, and many more! Thank you for a memorable time!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try the Spa at Barazza Snorkeling experience is a must
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Dear Vincent & Maria, many thanks for taking the time to write this kind review. It was an absolute pleasure to host you and we are very grateful that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Much love - Evelyne, Noa & the entire Zawadi family xoxo
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Harveylah wrote a review 22 Sep
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
We have just returned from a 9 night stay in Zanzibar, the final 4 days in Zawadi to celebrate an anniversary and a birthday. We chose Zawadi following extensive research and after reading the excellent reviews over all the media platforms and we are happy to report that the experience lived up to all as we expected and maybe a little more. The property is stunning in all aspects and no number of pictures can really capture the breathtaking views you get, the building and common areas along with the villa are finished too a very high standard with even the smallest of details impressing, the hotel oozes class. Everlyn has assembled a team around her that delivers a first class professional service, from the ground staff to the front of house service teams, each one offering a beaming smile to brighten up your day. I whole heartedly recommend a visit and stay in the Zawadi if an intimate boutique hotel with ALL the extras you could possible want is what you are looking for, we are certainly look at a return sooner rather than later Asante Sana.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Andrew, well you make us very proud - We are grateful for this kind review! It was a pleasure to host you and your wife... We hope to see you back soon! Much love from the entire team - Evelyne xxx
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bmw7Bedford wrote a review 10 Sep
Haversham, United Kingdom82 contributions24 helpful votes
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If an editor insisted that you write a piece detailing all the negative things about the Zawadi Resort then you'd have a very easy job. Tbh you could just hand in a blank sheet of paper and go straight to the pub. It really is that good. In over thirty years of travelling I really think this may just be the best boutique hotel resort we've ever been to. They get everything right - absolutely everything. From the moment you're welcomed you sense that you're somewhere special. All the staff are just so good. They have an infectious, joyous enthusiasm for their work that really adds to the sense of luxury and relaxation. They seem to understand perfectly that, with a resort such as this, they're not just in the hotel business but also in the special memories/dreams business. Of course you would expect the rooms to be luxurious and they are. You'd expect them to be spotless and beautifully serviced and they are. You'd expect the food to be delicious and cooked by someone with flair and skill and it is. You really look forward to cocktails and dinner here - and to breakfast and lunch. The general manager, Evelyn and her team really should be proud of what they've achieved here. They've created a very special place that you could only hope to return to. But if your editor insisted you write something, I suppose you could say that it is rather a long way from England? Just go if you can...
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: All excellent
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Dear Helen & Colin, from the entire team, a huge thank you for this beautiful review! It was an absolute pleasure to host you. I really appreciated our nice conversations... Wishing you all the best and waiting to to see you next year. Sending peaceful vibes from Zawadi to England Evelyne xoxo
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Nicole A wrote a review Aug 2022
5 contributions2 helpful votes
I cannot say enough great things about this hotel. I recently stayed here for my honeymoon and everything from the overall property to the room to the staff to the food, was incredible. This is a must if you find yourself on Zanzibar! I would also like to note that Evelynne the GM is AMAZING and goes out of her way to make sure your experience is unforgettable. If you have the opportunity to splurge and stay here, DO IT!!!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dear Nicole, it is with great pleasure that we are reading you! Many thanks for your kind words, it was so nice to host you. Much love from the entire team - Evelyne xx
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SannaOslo wrote a review Aug 2022
10 contributions1 helpful vote
I would just like to announce that I will never find a better place than this heavenly, chique, flowing, gorgeous, welcoming and STUNNING Zawadi. They told me Zawadi means gift and that is absolutely correct. From the moment you walk in and Evelyne (what an angel, she is the kindest, coolest manager that will just take CARE of you) greets you.. The drinks, the villa?! How is this possible to create, it looks like a dream, it's so clean and fresh, décor on fleek, everything in place. Tastes from the kitchen, I'm sure I gained weight and that's OKAY! The private beach, hello, the entertainment, just the staff always ready to take care of you, without being too much. The whole Zawadi show is just a machine that seems to run on some kind of magic oil that smells delicious and works so perfectly. There is a garden, a haven, a lush green paradise where you can walk in serenity and calmness. Organic, home grown, everything. Even the animals are smiling. There are sooo many animals! Being taken care of like Kings, they look so healthy! They are Zawadi - animals you know? It's a whole farm and I would SO recommend this place. Zanzibar is magical, and Zawadi just brought the whole essence of traditional meets modern, edges meets softness. Pool is sparkling like a diamond, pool on my porch (!) even more so. I mean, I can not fault this in any way. I'm shocked in the best way possible. To Evelyne and the whole staff: asante sana. I will be back. Hopefully in July next year already <3 Thank you.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Wow what a fantastic review! Many thanks from the entire team - We are always happy to have you home. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon. Much love - Evelyne xx
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Neo wrote a review Aug 2022
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First of all, the rooms are exactly as they appear on the website, if not better. Super clean, super spacious and very comfortable. The neutral colour palette creates such tranquility and peace! Very soothing! The staff at Zawadi - 1st class! Always polite, friendly, very attentive and warm. Always going an extra mile. Service is amazing! It's a small resort with only 12 villas (all with sea-views and a small plunge pool) and we felt like we were the only guests there, which is exactly what my husband and I were looking for. A small, intimate, peaceful and quiet resort. We absolutely loved our stay here and can't wait to go back! It is truly is a slice of paradise!!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Asante sana from all the Zawadi team! It was a pleasure to host you and we are so glad you've enjoyed your stay with us. You have described Zawadi exactly as we work! All the best, we hope to see you back... Evelyne
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Lenka S wrote a review Jul 2022
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if you are looking for peace and privacy, this complex is the right choice. Beautiful place, great service, amazing food. Thank you for a lovely holiday to the hotel manager Evelyn and her great team Ali, Charles, Raza, Vuea, Iddy etc.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Lenka & Pavel, all the team was very happy to host you - We had a beautiful week! Many thanks for your kind words. Smiles, Evelyne, Ali, Raza, Vuai & Iddy xxx
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PRICE RANGE
$821 - $1,244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandDongwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Which popular attractions are close to Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include The Gong Club (1.0 km).
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 Baladin Zanzibar Beach Hotel & Restaurant.
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.
Does Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar have airport transportation?
Yes, Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar offers airport transportation 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.