- Barefoot luxury beach retreat
- Fresh water swimming pool
- Excellent hospitality
Situated on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar's east coast between Paje and Raz Michamvi, Anna of Zanzibar is a luxury beach lodge accessed by fly-and-transfer from Stone Town. The lodge promises peaceful relaxation in a beautiful tropical location, and although the prices may be somewhat steep compared to other high-end lodges in the area, exceptional hospitality and well-appointed accommodation guarantee a comfortable and luxurious home-from-home.
Set within lush tropical gardens that open out onto the beach, the lodge occupies a beautiful spot right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. The décor includes a fusion of colonial furniture, Arabian textiles, African fabrics, and Portuguese porcelain which makes for a cosy and relaxed feel, further enhanced by attentive staff and excellent hospitality. The main spaces comprise a large dining area, a lounge with comfortable sofas and library, an adjacent TV room with extensive DVD collection, and a low-lit bar where guests gather for pre-dinner cocktails. Dining is extremely flexible, with guests able to choose between the main terrace, their own villa, the beach, or a candlelit table next to the swimming pool. There are several private beach huts in the gardens, along with a shisha gazebo, and a Spa offering a variety of luxurious treatments. On the beach itself, hammocks and sun beds are available, along with a colourful curio shop.
The accommodation comprises just five thatched villas, well spaced out across the tropical grounds. Each villa has a peaceful and private feel, and views stretching across the gardens to the ocean. Beautifully decorated with ornate wooden detail and colourful fabrics, all villas house a lounge area, separate master bedroom, dressing room, and large bathroom equipped with twin sinks, shower, and complimentary toiletries. Facilities include a mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, full air conditioning, WiFi, and room service at no additional cost.
Activities naturally centre on the adjacent beach which, although not private, is a beautiful place to relax and explore. At high tide, guests can go snorkelling or swimming, and at low tide, rock-pooling and beach walks are a delight. Half or full-day deep sea fishing trips can be arranged, as well as diving courses and excursions in conjunction with the Rising Sun Dive Centre. In common with other locations along Zanzibar’s east coast, the beach is subject to tidal variations and it’s not possible to swim all day every day, so it’s worth pre-planning the timing of beach excursions.
Families are welcome at Anna of Zanzibar, and there are no age restrictions. Three of the villas can be easily adapted to family needs, with the simple conversion of the air-conditioned sitting rooms into second bedrooms. Cots and highchairs are available on request, and although there are no child specific activities, floats and toys are provided for the large, freshwater swimming pool which will doubtless keep younger family members well entertained. Note that the pool is very deep, so parental supervision is essential at all times.
Anna of Zanzibar offers sun-seeking guests a seamless beach holiday in a breath-taking location.
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Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.
Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.
They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.
The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.
On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.
I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.
The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.
Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!
Martha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018
The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.
Inga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018
The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.
We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.
My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.
We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.
We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.
Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.
Helen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018