Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Mnemba Island is a tiny atoll off the east coast of Zanzibar which offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Its rustic exclusivity is unparalleled on the East African coast, it has just 12 secluded bandas hidden in the shady palms beside pristine beach.
At a Glance
Exclusive private Island off Zanzibar, Diving (for qualified divers) is included
The ultimate in barefoot luxury
Personal butler for each banda cottage
Perfect white sand beach
Sea so clear you don’t need a swimming pool
Weather permitting, dinner is always served on the beach
Start your day off with a stroll around your own paradise island. Then spend the day diving in the clear blue waters around the island and finish your evening off with a mouth watering sea food barbeque. Alternatively recline on your sunlounger and wait for everything come to you.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Mnemba Island forms part of an exquisite atoll, which has been declared a marine conservation area. Mnemba Island Lodge is on a private island off the coast of Zanzibar. Twelve bandas, with spacious outdoor verandas, are tucked away in a very private and secluded stretch of shade within the tropical beach. Pristine sandy white beaches fringe this exclusively romantic piece of heaven, forming a halo around Mnemba Island. These rustic and simple, yet luxurious bandas ensure absolute privacy.
The bandas are hand woven from traditional Zanzibari palm fronds, all with their own private verandah which is perfect for escaping the midday heat and enjoying an afternoon siesta. The emphasis is on total relaxation in natural surroundings, with the fully stocked bar on the beach and alfresco dining adding to the laid-back atmosphere.
Food at Mnemba is out of this world, with delicious fresh seafood and local Zanzibari and Italian specialties served daily. Days are spent swimming in the crystal clear waters and strolling on the pristine beach that circles the island. For the active, the Mnemba Atoll and the surrounding waters offer some of the best scuba diving and fishing to be found in Africa. A spectacular array of activities allows you the best possible opportunity to enjoy the magnificent protected coral reefs that Mnemba Island offers. Giant turtles, ghost crabs and incredible tropical fish are some of the spectacular underwater marvels and delights available for viewing.
The Lodge consists of 12 Zanzibari bandas, with direct access to the beach. Each banda is built of indigenous materials, mostly woven and thatched with palm leaves. The bandas have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, double-basins, separate w.c., fresh water (obtained from a desalination plant), ceiling fans, personal bar and a spacious outdoor veranda. Each banda also has a private beach sala with traditional Zanzibari sunbeds.
There are 10 very private and spacious bandas all of which are cleverly hidden along the beach with gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. Each en-suite banda offers rustic luxury with Wi-Fi, mini-bar and a gym-bag.
Although there are no specific childcare facilities children of all ages are welcome at the lodge (a maximum of 2 children on the island at any one time). An extra bed can be arranged for a child 16 years and younger sharing their parents’ banda. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit younger guests and babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.
The dining area is adjacent to the sitting room/bar. There is a small library with a selection of books, games and magazines. Guest areas are all open-sided, cooled by sea breezes, informal and relaxed. Fresh fish and seafood is served at lunch and dinner. Weather permitting, dinner is always served on the beach.
Some of the activities to participate in at Mnemba Island Lodge include scuba diving outings (two per day), snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, windsurfing and fly–fishing. Additionally guests can arrange a wide range of Scuba diving, training and appropriate certification for beginner and advanced divers. There is also deep sea fishing for barracuda, mackerel, king fish and Marlin
Location & Directions
Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Mnemba Island Lodge lies 4.5 km (3 miles) off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. The Island is 1.5 km in circumference and is surrounded by a tropical Indian Ocean coral reef.