- 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.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
Wilderness style safari experience and big five in the popular Masai Mara before relaxing on the exotic Zanzibar Island.
Tailor-made Luxury 11 days
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019