- 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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Wilderness style safari experience and big five in the popular Masai Mara before relaxing on the exotic Zanzibar Island.
Tailor-made Luxury 11 days
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018