Beach Holidays

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Luxury Beach Holidays in Africa

Paradise islands and beautiful stretches of white sand beaches

Kono Kono - Beach at night
Kono Kono - White sand beach
Matemwe - Beach

The Indian Ocean borders Africa’s coastline and its azure waters and soft white sand make it the perfect beach destination. Sitting close to the Equator, the coastline and islands of East Africa offer good conditions and comfortable year-round temperatures. That said, the rainy season during April and May are months to avoid as rain can be frequent and heavy throughout the day.

One of the most desired beach destinations in Africa is the paradise island of Zanzibar. Its international airport allows great access to visitors from across the world, and with many domestic flights offered, it is the perfect destination to combine with an African safari. The island homes a wealth of accommodation for every budget, ranging from comfortable resorts to luxurious boutique hotels, suited to all types of travellers, be it large families or romantic honeymooners. With its location, barrier reef and outstanding beaches Zanzibar can offer all of the attractions that most crave such as scuba diving, glorious beaches, fresh seafood and much more.

There are also stretches of coastline along the mainland of Kenya and Tanzania that are beautiful and worth spending a couple of nights on. For example the south coast of Kenya offers a wide range of different options for the discerning beach-goer. From the wide, white sand beaches of Watamu and Diani, to the hidden coves of Funzi Keys and the secluded luxury of Msambweni and Kinondo Kwetu, there is something for everyone's palate.

Whilst falling asleep under the African sun, or reading a book in a swinging hammock are the ultimate relaxation activities, the beach properties across East Africa offer a variety of watersports and water-based activities for those looking to be more active. These include snorkeling, diving, dolphin trips, kite surfing, sunset cruises, fishing and many more. If you are particularly interested, please see the snorkeling and diving page.

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    Our Top Five Tanzania Beaches Lodges:

    1. Kono Kono - beach

      Kono Kono

      Opening its doors a few years ago, Kono Kono is definitely one of the best kept secrets of Zanzibar. With an expansive white sand beach and positioned in the midst of a tropical forest, Kono Kono offers seclusion in the best of ways. The hotel offers a range of recently renovated rooms with... More...

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    2. Mneba Lodge - beach

      Mnemba Lodge

      Arguably, along side destinations such as the North Island in the Seychelles, Mnemba Lodge holds the accolade of being one of the most expensive beach destinations in the world. It has hosted the likes of Bill Gates and Mick Jagger, and, to all but the very few, is only an idyllic island on the... More...

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    3. Ras Kutani - Beach

      Ras Kutani Hotel

      Well, what is there to say about Ras Kutani Hotel? This has been one of our best selling properties for nearly a decade and it does not look like it will stop. As with a few other properties around Tanzania (Greystoke’s Mahale and Mwagusi spring to mind), there is something that they have just... More...

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    4. The Palms Zanzibar

      The Palms

      The sister property to both the Breezes and Baraza, The Palms was the first truly high end property on Zanzibar and, while it has had new competition over the years, it still offers something a little different. The main reason that it has managed to remain as popular as ever is the fact that,... More...

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    5. Pongwe Beach Club - Pool and sea

      Pongwe Beach Hotel

      Located right at the southern end of the white sand that runs from Matemwe to Chwake, Pongwe Beach Hotel has, we would argue, managed to claim itself the best chunk of beach on the island! Featuring a permanent sand beach, complete with lapping waves and azure waters, there is very little to fault... More...

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