Need to know
11, including six suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $299.85, excluding tax at 18 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast, made up of a generous buffet and à la carte options.
All of the hotel’s furniture is handmade in an onsite workshop, ensuring the hotel supports Zanzibar’s craft community.
At the hotel
Beach; open-air gym; rooftop champagne bar; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; tea and coffee kit; free bottled water; fan; mosquito net.
Our favourite rooms
If it’s just the two of you, you can’t beat the one-bedroom beachfront villas, which are made up of two buildings connected by a large sun deck with a private plunge pool. The larger building is the bedroom and bathroom, which has an outdoor bath tub and shower. On the roof, there’s a spacious terrace with shady seating and sea views. The second, thatch-roofed building is the living and dining area, although sunsets are best enjoyed from the dining cabana on the terrace.
The pool’s smooth, asymmetric curves and sandy base make it seem part of the landscape – a miniature oasis encircled by tall palms and neatly planted borders. There are cabanas with greenery-swathed roofs around the outside, each shading a few sunloungers.
Well aware that Paje is precisely the sort of place most spas could only hope to channel, the architects made it an open-air affair, with treatments taking place in open-sided huts with steep thatched roofs. You’ll feel the warm sea breeze as the therapist works out knots or rejuvenate world-wearied skin with the help of products from Healing Earth, who bottle up the best of Africa’s natural resources. Alongside the two treatment spaces (one of which was designed with couples in mind), there’s also a hammam and a sauna.
Bring your finest tupperwares to fill with fresh spice from the markets in Stone Town.
The sandy surrounds and lack of adapted rooms make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users. Extra beds for guests aged 15-and-up can be added to Cinnamon rooms (except the Quadruple) for €75 a night and villas and Deluxe rooms for €130 a night.
Welcome. There are several family rooms and plenty of activities to keep littles occupied, including an outdoor playground, a paddling pool and child-friendly watersports. Baby cots (free) and extra beds (€50-65 for under-15s) can be added to most rooms.