Destinations

Mnemba Island

About Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

Mnemba Island offers lavish award-winning beach accommodation in a superb setting. A welcoming atmosphere awaits you at Mnemba Island, where you will get a taste of paradise whilst staying in one of ten beachside Zanzibari bandas. It is ideal for water activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling, and guests have the opportunity to swim with dolphins. You may get the exciting opportunity to see the green turtles hatching or laying their eggs during your stay too.

Here you can enjoy the tranquillity of a beautiful secluded island with all the help required for you to fully relax and unwind. In your banda, you can enjoy the comfort of luxurious furnishings, a private beach veranda and your own en-suite, and delicious fresh food is served beachside. 

Walk over the flawless white sands, dip your toes into the balmy ocean and watch the sun cast hues of orange and pink over the glistening waters as it sets.

Lodge Details

Style

An intimate luxury beachside accommodation comprised of ten spacious bandas, with private verandas and en-suite facilities. 

Setting

Situated upon Mnemba Island, a tranquil beach paradise, which is just off the Northeast coast of Unguja, the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The lodge is reached by a 90 minute drive through beautiful spice plantations which cover the island. You’ll then board a boat for a 20 minute journey to this blissful island, where you will be met and introduced to the splendour of Mnemba.

Accommodation & Facilities

This intimate accommodation is comprised of ten beautiful Zanzibari bandas, made out of indigenous materials such as woven and thatched palm leaves. You will be able to experience true luxury in these wonderful bandas; feel the soft sea breeze drifting through the high palm-frond roofs and windows as you wander through your spacious banda with a glass of wine from the complimentary bottle you will find upon arrival. 

The bandas are furnished with low wooden tables, traditional carvings and large inviting beds with soft white linen.  Pad through the corridor of woven palm leaves to discover your en-suite with a large stone shower, toilet and fresh running water. There are ceiling fans to keep you cool during the night, and open dining and lounge areas which provide perfect spots to unwind and watch the sun set over the ocean. With direct access to the beach through your veranda, you can simply wander down to gaze at the magical star studded African sky once night falls, before laying your head upon the plump pillow that awaits you upon your bed for a night’s sleep.  

Dining

Dining at Mnemba is a delightful experience; be gently awoken for morning tea and coffee, and then graze on a selection of fruits and cheeses, toast, jam and hot dishes. Enjoy a light and refreshing lunch served upon Zanzibar platters bearing delicious meze in one of the cool, shaded guest areas at the island. Dinner can be served either in the dining area, or can be made a truly magical affair by dining under the stars on the beach. Indulge in freshly caught seafood and dishes inspired by Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine.

Activities

A day spent at Mnemba can be as relaxing or as active as you wish it to be; activities can be tailor-made to your desires, and the white sandy beaches provide the perfect place to unwind for a day. The Island is fantastic for water-based activities; scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing are all great ways to experience the true beauty of the turquoise waters that surround you. An afternoons activities could consist of an afternoon dive with one of the friendly diving instructors, followed by a short boat ride to spot dolphins, where you can jump in to enjoy a swim with these friendly creatures!

There is much more to experience than water-based activities whilst you stay at this peaceful island. Take advantage of your secluded setting and indulge in some private beach activities such as dinner with a private butler service in a forest clearing. Or take in the tropical temperatures as you wander around this beautiful island. Evening strolls along the beach are perfect for winding down for the day; feel the sand beneath your feet and breathe in the fresh ocean air as you watch the sunset. During your stay, you may be lucky enough to be able to watch the green turtles lay or hatch their eggs - a truly enlightening and exciting experience for any nature lover!

Child Policy

Mnemba Islands welcomes families; there are special family bandas which consist of two bandas in close proximity to one another. The lodge has activities designed to entertain children, aiming to aid them in discovering new experiences and cultures.

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