Shooting Star Lodge is a tranquil and unpretentious boutique-style hotel located on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar overlooking the stunning white sand of Kiwengwa Beach.
At a Glance
On the beautiful white sand of Kiwengwa Beach
Small beach lodge with friendly staff
Infinity pool with lovely views out to sea
Shooting Star Lodge is built in traditional Zanzibari style
If you are looking for a low key lodge without the bells and whistles of a larger beach resort then Shooting Star provides a haven for both those who might want a relaxing, barefoot retreat and those wanting some down time but also the option of exploring the local area. Its owner, Elly is originally from mainland Tanzania and lived for several years in London before returning to his homeland and realising his ambition of creating this simple lodge.
Its charm and informal atmosphere lend the lodge well to a romantic hideaway or family bolt hole to recharge your batteries whilst enjoying views of the Indian Ocean and its surrounding tropical gardens.
With just a small collection of villas and cottages for guests to stay in, the Lodge is wonderfully intimate and in-keeping with traditional Zanzibari style. All rooms have white lime washed walls, ceilings with high beams, hand-crafted Zanzibari beds cloaked in bespoke mosquito nets and generous windows from which to observe the paradise beyond.
Be left to your own devices on the powdery sand of Kiwenga Beach, your veranda or the pool or experience Zanzibar and its surrounding waters through some of the activities on offer.
Accommodation at Shooting Star Lodge is traditional Zanzibari style with white limewashed walls, high beamed ceilings, large windows, hand-carved beds, mosquito nets, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
There are three different room types.
There are two Monsoon Villas, named after the southern and northern monsoon winds, the Kusi and the Kaskazi. They are situated on the top of a hill and apart from the other rooms. Each has three floors with two en-suite bedrooms (1 single can be turned into a twin and 1 master). There is also a roof terrace with a day bed, bath tub and private plunge pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
|Sea View Cottages||
There are eleven Sea View Cottages with en-suite four-poster bed rooms. Some cottages have two levels and enough space for families (1 double bedroom downstairs and 1 twin or triple bedroom upstairs). All have spacious private verandas where guests can sit and enjoy stunning views of the ocean.
|Garden Lodge Rooms||
There are three Garden Lodge Rooms, each with four-poster bed, en-suite and secluded terraces with comfortable sofas with views of the tropical garden.
At Shooting Star Lodge facilities include an infinity style pool, private yoga classes and The Shooting Star Spa.
During your stay at Shooting Star Lodge there are plenty of ways to relax be it in the grounds or on the powdery white sand of Kiwengwa beach and the Indian Ocean.
However for those who would like to be more active why not go on a cruise to the reef (Kiwengwa) in a local dhow, take a snorkeling and scuba diving around the Mnemba Atoll, try your hand at kite surfing, parasailing or appreciate the island from a bird's eye view in an ultra light aircraft.
Those who love nature can meet with the endemic Red Colobus in Jozani Forest or the dolphins in Menai Bay.
For culture and history lovers we recommend testing your taste buds on a Spice Farm, walking in the footsteps of Sultans and Princesses across Stone Town and discovering the dark history of the slave trade and exuberant life of the Sultans.
Location & Directions
North-east coast of Zanzibar.
When to go
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”.