Anna of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Coast, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania
based on 7 nights
per person based on 7 nights sharing, including private transfers.
At a Glance
Perfectly situated on Zanzibar's east coast with its own stretch of beach
Great little spa with a wide variety of treatments on offer
Comfortable air-conditioned rooms with lovely new bathrooms
Secluded stretch of beach perfect for paddling
Activities and tours around Zanzibar can be easily organized
Best time to Visit
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
Situated on Zanzibar's east coast, set back from the road, is Anna of Zanzibar - a lovely little boutique lodge owner-run and managed, with a great ocean-frontage and comfortable, secluded rooms dotted about lush gardens and a central swimming pool.
Anna of Zanzibar, named after the colloquial term for the Indian Rupee, is a little gem on Zanzibar’s east coast. Situated a short drive from the main road, Anna of Zanzibar has just eleven rooms dotted in and around the gardens, which have a central pool area surrounded by salas and loungers. The gardens lead onto the stretch of beach - secluded and private - in front of the property.
The rooms are cool and comfortable, and each room is individually designed with a large bathroom and air conditioning. The bathrooms have just recently been renovated and are very large, spacious and airy. The lodge's main area is charming – set under high thatch with a central bar, two lounges (one with a television and a small library) and a deck with more seating under shade.
On the opposite side of the main area is the dining room where guests all dine together - although private dinners on the beach or in the rooms can be organized on request. The dining room is furnished in traditional Zanzibar style with a fantastic original painting running its entire length. Behind the lodge is the spa, where a variety of treatments are offered including massages, manicures and pedicures. There is also a small but very impressive vegetable garden which, in time, the owner hopes will supply all the vegetable needs of the lodge. Anna of Zanzibar is a small, personal lodge, run by the owner, Michael, who lives on site with his family.
The emphasis here is on personal service and relaxation – activities are on offer including the requisite spice tours and island tours, or just relax by the pool. Michael is a Zanzibar expert and is very happy to advise on options or just give a history of the island.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We loved Anna of Zanzibar when we visited - and not only because it's my namesake! It's tucked away in a secluded corner with a great little stretch of beach in front, and with a lovely main area with a high thatched ceiling. Sadly we didn't stay here and our visit was brief but the overall feel was one of seclusion and relaxation.
The lodge has very pretty gardens and a lovely, good sized swimming pool, with sun loungers and salas dotted about - in addition there is a great stretch of almost deserted beach in front, with sunloungers and umbrellas for relaxing in the shade.
The lodge's owner, Michael, is a very hands-on manager and happy to help organize any tours or just give his guests a history of the island. We were particularly impressed by the lodge's fledgling vegetable garden - very promising!
Explore Jozani Forest
Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.
With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.