• Swimming pool

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Escape to tropical paradise

Set on the powdery white sands of the island's beautiful north coast, the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort offers a paradise setting for your luxurious holiday escape.

The hotel's spacious rooms and suites overlook tropical gardens and swimming pools with the Indian Ocean beyond, and feature opulent fittings and stylish African-inspired interiors. Relax in the beautiful infinity edge swimming pool and admire the views with a drink from the swim up Upepo pool bar. Alternatively, enjoy a cool drink at the Baraza Beach Bar as the sun sets, golden, over the sea.

If you enjoy a more active holiday, you'll find beach volleyball, beach tennis, kayaking, paddleboats and more. After the exertion, it's time for a pampering treatment at the spa for a sense of total rejuvenation; you'll also have two restaurants to choose between, offering everything from Italian to seafood dishes.

Living up to its name, the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent winner and the ideal spot for those that want breath-taking surroundings and elegant accommodation.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 1890 Reviews
Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Four swimming pools
  • Traditional Swahili architecture
  • Perfect Honeymoon destination
  • Seaviews from all rooms

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 124 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

  • Beach
  • Approx. one hour from Zanzibar Airport.
  • Jozani forest excursion - see its animals, plants and view the stunning scenery
  • Dolphin boat trips
  • Visit a spice plantation
  • Scuba diving
  • Weddings
1890 Reviews 87% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1080
  • Very Good 537
  • Average 150
  • Poor 59
  • Terrible 64

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 28, 2020

Loved Royal Zanzibar

New York City, New York

I spent five blissful days at the Royal Zanzibar last year and am sorry I've taken so long to post my review. I loved my time there and am longing to return. The location is pure paradise, and the grounds are beautifully maintained. I fully enjoyed the thrice-daily buffets and the endless swimming pools (because there are so many, most are wide open). The staff were all very friendly. Extra thanks to Rukia for the special attention, which truly enhanced my all-too-brief stay.
Mar 08, 2020

Great hotel, with some fine tuning required

The resort is extremely well made and the rooms are totally comfortable. The hospitality is on point and the staff is always greeting you with big smiles on their faces. I was here with my wife and overall it was an awesome resort to stay at. They definitely have the best beach access. And the best pools. Large pools and in Abundance! Few negative points I noticed - Multiple waiters coming asking for drinks order when the order was already placed. Once during our breakfast, the egg station had no onion. I inquired with the chef for scrambled eggs and the chef confirmed no onions were available. It was disappointing that he Did not initiate sending someone to kitchen to get chopped onions. Buffet timing was 9:30. By 9 things started running out. And they did not replenish which is fine. I understand. What I don't get is that the staff was coming in and getting food on plates and some even packing food to take away. Not sure if this is hotel policy. Other than this it was a great vacation!
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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Facilities

Sports & Entertainment

Activities include: table tennis, darts and beach volleyball and the resort also has a pool table and an array of evening entertainment.

Fitness Centre

A state-of-the-art, fully equipped gym is available for all guests.

Spa

The small spa, overlooking the ocean, offers manicures, pedicures and a variety of massages.

a sunset over a body of water

Swimming Pools

The resort has four free-form swimming pools, one of which has an infinity edge which appears to flow into the ocean.

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Room Types

Superior Room

Spacious superior rooms offer one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds draped with mosquito netting as well as a large outside balcony. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Suite

The large suites are located directly on the beachfront, giving you a spectacular view of the evening sunset. The suites offer one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds, draped by mosquito netting. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Superior Deluxe

These newly built third floor rooms offer all the space and light of superior rooms with the added advantage that every one offers stunning panoramic views over the gardens, pools and the Indian Ocean. Generous bathrooms offer a freestanding tub, separate walk-in shower and dual sinks. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Food & Drink

Coco Bar

The open-air Coco Bar overlooks the turquoise waters below. Here, you may enjoy a light lunch including pizza, chips, burgers and other snacks and refreshments during the day.

Baraza Beach Bar

Traditionally, 'baraza' is the sitting area outside of a Swahili home and it is also a meeting place. Mid-morning to night, you may retreat to Baraza – a two-storey beach bar – a space of peace and tranquility looking over the powder white sands and the astounding turquoise of the Indian Ocean.

Spices Restaurant

Spices Restaurant is open morning, noon and night for lavish breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and exotic dinners, tempered with a choice of delicacies from around the world.

Samaki Restaurant

Samaki is the Swahili word for fish, and while you take in the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean you'll enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood in an array of culinary styles to appeal to every taste. There is no set charge to eat at the a la carte restaurant (surcharge is based on menu of the day) but we advise pre-booking. Opening Times: Breakfast 07:00–11:00 Lunch 12:00–17:00

Mapenzi Bar

Mapenzi means beloved in Swahili and there is nowhere nicer to lounge away your day while you drink cool refreshments, including a tantalising selection of cocktails. Live entertainment is presented under a star-studded sky to sweep you into the night.

Upepo Pool Bar

The Upepo swim-up bar overlooks the Indian Ocean and is ideal for indulgent cocktails and chilled drinks all day long.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

Food: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. Dinner can also be taken in the à la carte restaurant (at a charge). There is no fixed charge for the à la carte restaurant, it depends on what is ordered from the menu on offer that day. Snacks are available from the snack bar.
Drinks: Local wines served by the glass, local beer and soft drinks served by the bottle, local spirits and selected cocktails served until 11pm. Afternoon tea.
Activities: Land-based sports activities including table tennis and beach volleyball. Non-motorised watersports including kayaks and pedal boats. Windsurfing, canoeing and catamaran are not included but can be booked and paid locally.

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Special Offers

Free nights

Stay 7, pay 6

Valid for stays: 
12th - 18th March, 15th - 21st September and 01st - 7th November 2020 

Offer ends in 218 days

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Offer

Couples receive fruit and flowers in the room, along with a bottle of wine.

Travelling
Monday, December 23, 2019 to Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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