Your Planhotel guide to Zanzibar

Take a moment to recount the most exotic experience you’ve ever had. Multiply that ten times, and you’ll start to get a feel for the exhilarating wonder that is Zanzibar.


Some say it’s the softness of the pure white sand that stretches on unspoilt for miles and miles. Others will tell you it’s the alluring turquoise blue waters that leave your eyes and body spellbound. Or it could be the variety of incredible, luxurious resorts that can spoil travellers for choice.

The truth is, Zanzibar is all of this and more – a breath-taking tropical island destination situated on the Swahili Coast of East Africa, where the lazy tides of the warm Indian Ocean lap its shores. 

Zanzibar is every relaxation-seeker and adventure lover’s dream come true. Its abundance of natural wonders sets it apart from any other island seaside destination in Africa.

Known as the spice island, Zanzibar will certainly add plenty of zest to your next holiday break away. Whoever you are, and whatever your reason for visiting the veritable treasure trove that is Zanzibar, our World Leisure Holidays Zanzibar partners at Planhotels have a resort to suit your taste and preference.

At the Sandies Baobab 4 star resort, you’ll find century-old Baobab trees dotted around the grounds. These have served as inspiration for this charmingly simple yet exquisitely tasteful resort located right on the beach. The rooms are white, bright and modern, while the resort itself is surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation – making it feel as though you have truly escaped civilisation. Warm service with a smile, land and water activities, restaurants, bars, pools and even a spa await. Sandies Baobab also boasts an amphitheatre that features an assortment of entertainment options that will leave you wide-eyed, from local dancers to shows, musicians, acrobats and more.

Sandies Baobab Beach (4-star)

Similarly, 4-star Diamonds Mapenzi Beach is surrounded by a wonderland of enchanting gardens and overlooks the ocean. Here you’ll experience authentic African style for a truly unforgettable stay – accommodation options range from Swahili Rooms to Beach Villas. Lounge in the lap of luxury whilst the professional staff cater to your every personal need. Or, take the plunge on a diving or snorkelling excursion and when you are done, the Mvua African Rain Spa will soothe your body and your senses.

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Resort (4-star)

They say diamonds are forever, and nowhere is this truer than at the 5-star Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est Resort. This gem of an oasis with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean is one of Zanzibar’s most exclusive private resorts. From perfectly manicured green lawns to gently swaying palm fronds, magnificent beach and large wharf built into the open ocean Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est Resort oozes opulence. Tennis courts, water sports, air-conditioned gym, a magnificent spa and babysitting service make the Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est Resort really sparkle. There is also an excellent choice of restaurants and bars, including the option of a beach grill – fresh seafood served beneath the glistening night stars.

Diamonds La Gemma Dell'Est (5-star)

Another jewel of a resort is the Diamonds Star of the East, situated along the magnificent Nungwi Beach on the northwestern tip of Zanzibar. Rated 5-stars, it is just 50 km from Zanzibar airport, and just a 55-minute drive from Stone Town, the islands oldest settlement, where you can explore local foods, flavours and culture. Private villas are the order of the day at Diamonds Star of the East; where exclusivity, luxury and impeccable service come standard. All your needs are perfectly catered for so that you can spend your time focussing on swimming with the dolphins or sea turtles, taking a guided tour, spa treatment, or a wide variety of water activities – or even your own personalised photoshoot to ensure you never forget this rare experience.

Diamonds Star of the East (5-star)

For more details about planning your perfect holiday to Zanzibar, call on us at World Leisure Holidays on (011) 285 2500 or go to


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