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Fairmont Zanzibar

The Fairmont Zanzibar resort is located on the north east coast of Zanzibar’s main Island (Ungunja), 55 minutes from Zanzibar Kisauni International Airport. Fringed by the east coast’s 45 kilometres of powder white sandy beach, the hotel occupies a 350-metre stretch of pristine open beachfront. The 109 newly renovated and comfortably appointed rooms and suites are spread throughout the property’s vast and lush tropical gardens.

One of the resort’s main attractions is its unsurpassed water sports facilities, providing boating, fishing charters, as well as a fully equipped dive centre with a decompression chamber, one of only three in Africa and the Indian Ocean. Other amenities include two swimming pools, fitness and spa facilities and several restaurants and cafes overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests can also enjoy additional activities such as volleyball, mini golf, table tennis, darts and pool. In addition to leisure offerings, Fairmont Zanzibar offers a full range of business amenities including wireless Internet, business centre, and meeting and banquet facilities.


The Fairmont Zanzibar is located on Zanzibar, the ‘spice island’, which is part of Tanzania, and is one of East Africa’s most famous Indian Ocean beach resort destinations. The hotel is located on the east coast of Zanzibar, which is home to some of its most pristine and unspoilt beaches, and its most luxurious and romantic beach resort choices. Offering a wide selection of water sports and activities, this beautiful beach resort is just a short drive from the many restaurants, hotels and cultural attractions of Stone Town.


All rooms at the Fairmont Zanzibar offer the following amenities: Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, coffee/Tea makers, refreshment center, mosquito netting, hair dryers, valet and laundry service and extra beds.

Room choices include:

Standard guestroom
These guestrooms offer a welcoming yet elegant room for the discerning budget-conscious traveler. Ideal for a single traveler or a couple who plan to spent most of the time experiencing Zanzibar Island.  Offering the same amenities as a Fairmont room, these rooms are available in either 1 king or 2 twins. 
Location:    Close to reception
Bed Type:    one King or two Twin beds
Size:    approximately 215 sq. ft (20 m²)
View:    Garden

Deluxe Cliff Side rooms
Deluxe Cliff Side guestrooms feature the same traditional features of our Fairmont rooms, while offering additional space, furnishings, and panoramic views of the resort and Indian Ocean.  Rooms offering 1 king bed with large patio and seating
Location: Hillside, ground floor and 1st floor
Bed Type One King
Size: Approximately 323-452 sq. ft (30-42 m²)
View: Spectacular ocean views

Fairmont Island Cottages
For an authentic Zanzibar experience, these traditional guest rooms overlook the extensive gardens. Ideal for a single traveller or a couple, these rooms are offered in 1 king or 2 twins. Offering a private terrace, with built in seating
Location:    Centre of resort
Bed Type:    One King bed or Two Twin Beds
Size:    Approximately 215 sq. ft (20 m²)
View:    Garden

Fairmont Oceanview Cottages
Situated alongside the Mwanga Pool and swim-up bar, these traditional guest rooms offer; sliding patio doors with direct access to the beach and ocean.
Location:    Poolside
Bed Type:    One King bed
Size:    Approximately 285 sq. ft (26.5 m²)
View:    Spectacular ocean views
Discreetly situated, with access to beach or pool, these spacious two-room suites offer a large bedroom with 1 king size bed, spacious bathroom with bath and separate shower. In addition, a separate, large living room offers a half bath.
Location:    Poolside or beachfront
Bed Type:    One King
Size:     Approximately 667 sq. ft (61 m²)
View:     Spectacular ocean views

Deluxe Garden Villa Deluxe guestrooms
These rooms offer the same features as the standard rooms whilst offering additional space.
Location:    Centrally Located
Bed Type:    One King
Size:     441 sq. ft (41 m²)
View:     Garden View

Signature Villas
Offering the same features as our deluxe rooms, these villas provide direct access to the Indian Ocean. 
Location:    Oceanfront
Bed Type:    One King
Size:     441 sq. ft (41 m²)
View:     Spectacular ocean views

Dining and bars

The hotel offers a wide selection of dining options. The ‘Tradewinds Family Restaurant’ offers a wide range of local and international cuisine. The ‘Zama Lounge’ offers a menu inspired by the influences of Arabic African cuisines, while the ‘Nahodha Lounge’ offers day-long drinks and snacks. There is also the ‘Mchanga Poolside Bar’, while in-room dining is offered throughout.
The Fairmont Zanzibar menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and Swahili dishes as well as numerous international choices.

Conference and event facilities

The Fairmont Zanzibar offers a complete wedding planning service. Banqueting and special events areas can accommodate up to 150. Options include candle-lit beach-front dinners, ‘Sultan’s Feast’, formal cocktail and social events, conferences and more.

Weddings and honeymoons

The Fairmont Zanzibar offers a complete wedding planning service. Banqueting and special events areas can accommodate up to 150. Options include candle-lit beach-front dinners, ‘Sultan’s Feast’, formal cocktail and social events, conferences and more.


The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly. Family rooms, babysitting, children’s menus, children’s amusements, pool and beach games.

Activities and recreation

The hotel offers a sumptuous pool and pool-deck, a business centre, a gift shop.
Indian Ocean Beach resort activities at this Tanzania hotel
The activities on offer at Zanzibar’s Indian Ocean beach resort choices include Indian Ocean water sports (swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sailing and more), and dhow trips (out of Stone Town and the Eastern Indian Ocean beach resort destinations). The hotel can also arrange cultural visits to fishing villages, dhow workshops and Tanzania artisans markets.

Cultural activities

The heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and is much the same today as it was 200 years ago. A city within a city, Stone Town is the oldest section of Zanzibar Town, and is made up of winding lanes and unique stone houses, many of which feature magnificent carved doors and overhanging fretwork balconies. Places of cultural interest in Stone Town and around include: the Portuguese Fort, Sultan’s Palace, old Dhow Port, Old Slave Market, Zanzibar House of Wonders, Stone Town Old Dispensary, Livingstone’s House, slave caves/slave market, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum of Zanzibar, The Chukwani Palace, Jozani Forest (the last sanctuary of the red colobus monkey in East Africa), Mtoni Palace and Maruhubi Palace ruins, and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.

The Spice Tour

Most hotels offer access to the Spice Tour, a tour of the spice-growing fields and orchards of East Africa’s most famous spice exporter, which lie just outside Stone Town. Typically lasting half a day, the tours usually end up with shopping for spices and oils, or a visit to the slave caves and beach resort options.

Jozani Forest Tour

The Jozani Forest Reserve is the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey, which is endemic to this East African island. 35 kms from Stone Town, the reserve is also home to other key East Africa species including Syke's monkey's, bush pigs and nocturnal Zanzibar leopards. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.


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