Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

From $6700 Per person per week in low season
From $10200 Per person per week in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a banda on a fully inclusive basis, including transfers

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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

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Insider's View

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.

Flying in from Ngorongoro Crater on a private plane and arriving at the jewel called Mnemba, step off the boat through aquamarine seas into white powdery sand and never put on your shoes again.

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Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Double Room

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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

Floorplans

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Reviews

5

Louisa Verney (Staff)

I dont think I have ever seen I have ever seen a photo of Mnemba which does the place justice. The rooms are simple banda cottages hidden away in the trees for maximum privacy. The bandas are so well appointed, the sitting area has huge comfy chairs perfect to curl up in an read a good book or we had epic battles over games of backgammon, cards and chess, which are all provided in the cottage.

The service through out our stay was relaxed but impeccable and we had a wonderful butler looked after us at all ours meals, as we struggled our way through delicious lobster and king prawns.

We spend the days diving on the Mnemba Atol, which surrounds the island, or wallowing is the warm, clear and turquoise waters. Mnemba is really heaven on earth and the ultimate place for all wanabe Robinson Crusoes out there who like their creature comforts.

Experiences

  • A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar

    Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.

  • A historic walk through Stone Town

    Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.

  • Diving in Zanzibar

    Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.

  • Shopping in Stone Town

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.

  • Spice Tour

    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.

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    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

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.

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