Located just 1.5km in circumference and situated off the clove and cinnamon-scented coast of Zanzibar is the Mnemba Island, a legendary nirvana of coral reefs, white powdery beaches, cobalt water and cavorting dolphins.
Lying on this idyllic isle is the stunning Mnemba Island Lodge, where the commitment is to true ‘barefooted luxury’ for all ages.
Only ten thatched chalets which are known as ‘Bandas’ structure the housing and the native Suni antelope and gorgeous Ader’s duiker are known to stroll happily past them on their way to grazing.
- 10 private thatched bandas
- PADI dive school & 2 dive boats
- Child-minding & butler service
- Wi-Fi & library
- Water sports & bird watching
- Nesting turtle population
World Travel Awards 2014 – Zanzibar’s Leading Hotel
Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mnemba Island
Type of Accommodation
At Mnemba Island Lodge, the entire focus is on highly appreciating the copiousness which nature over here has to offer, particularly the warm water waves of the majestic Indian Ocean.
A PADI dive school and two devoted dive boats cater for learners and experienced divers alike while there is also gear available for snorkeling, kayaking along with windsurfing. Sail like the mariners of old on an old style dhow as it latches the fresh sea breezes.
During the season, follow the turtles as they hatch on this magnificent island or guests can also bird watch all year round. For utmost relaxation, go no further than the seaside daybed and let the butler take the opportunity to energize you with a cold, refreshing drink.
- Wi-fi available
- Babysitting service available
- Computer facilities
- Laundry service
Dawn wafts towards you the scent of freshly baked coconut cookies and the calm coos of the island doves.
Every day, old-fashioned dhows deliver various baskets full of fresh fruit, seafood and freshly caught fish for the chefs to use, in combination with the bold Zanzibari heritage with global flavors. In the thatched dining area, delicious lunch is served, mostly on huge wooden platters piled sky high with mouthwatering mezze.
Utterly idealistic dinners are served on the gorgeous powder white beach as the warm waters lap around your feet, or the laxest coral sand between your toes or guests can even join a beach barbeque under the glittering stars overhead.
Mnemba Island Lodge’s subtropical beach forest accommodations include Bandas with built-in ‘Barazas’ (Swahili for ‘get together place’) for lazy after lunch siestas.
The construction and decoration is ‘shipwreck chic’: sporting high thatch roofs, gorgeous ornate furniture engraved by the local artisans and no fuss interiors. Past the dressing room, a sheltered walkway leads to the secured bathroom which has a stone shower hung using a glass beaded shower curtain along with a dual vanity.
The mini bars are completely stocked with the guests’ preferences to deliver refreshment on humid evenings under the lenient hum of above ceiling fans.
There is also a family sized Banda available for guests who might be interested.
- En-suite shower only
- Mini bar
- Mosquito net
- Outdoor shower
- Outdoor area
- Safe in room
- Personal butler
- Beach activities
- Deep sea fishing
- Scuba diving
- Animal tracking experience
- Cultural tours