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Indigo Beach

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Kids Club
- Family-friendly
- Private gardens
- Overlooks Indian Ocean

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Overview

Just off the South East coast of Zanzibar lies an authentic beachside experience: Indigo Beach. A family-friendly boutique hotel located on a beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, this is the place to visit for couples wanting to relax while their children are looked after in one of the most beautiful coasts in the world.

Life is simple by the sea. Barefoot, guests can stroll the coast from Bwejuu to Paje and discover nearby fishing villages and villagers. If the sand is too hot for feet, biking the beach is also an enjoyable option available. At sea, guests can explore the depths of the Indian Ocean with diving excursions or skim across the surface with kite surfing activities.

This simplicity is also reflected in Indigo Beach’s architecture. Nine bungalows are located along the beach, three of which are dedicated to families. Each of the six villa style bungalows feature a private garden, a queen bed with one optional rollaway bed for a child in the parents’ room, and feature external bathrooms. Some bungalows have direct access to the beach and offer incredible views overlooking the Indian Ocean, but maintain privacy with the secluded garden.

Food at Indigo Beach is served alfresco. Guests dine on local specialties and grills under a Bedouin tent, and can sip on cocktails in armchairs by their pools. Refreshing drinks are available at any time during the day. The hotel can also organise private meals in front of the guest's villa, with lobster and romantic candle-lit dinners for couples. Vegetarian options are available.

What sets this boutique hotel apart from the others is its attention to families. Its Kids Club, which welcomes children between the ages of 4 and 10 years, organises creative workshops, swimming pool games, and other beachside group games for the children to get stuck in with whilst their parents relax not far along the coast, or on a boat out at sea. Babysitting services are also available. The hotel accommodates families with one family villa and two cottages. The villa is located close to the pool, features a Swahili style sitting area facing the villa’s private garden, and consists of two bedrooms for a couple with two or three children. The two cottages can both accommodate a couple with two or three children, feature a private garden, and an annex room to provide more space for the children to enjoy.

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Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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