Zanzibar Hotels

Anna of Zanzibar


Anna of Zanzibar is an exclusive boutique resort located on the East Coast of Zanzibar near Bwejuu.  Offering only five, luxury colonial style villas, it is a suitable choice for those wishing to escape from the usual tourist clamour of hotels on the East Coast.


Accommodation at Anna of Zanzibar


The villas are nestled in the hotel’s gardens and all feature views over the Indian Ocean. They each have a separate lounge area, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. Rooms also boast private ocean-view terraces.


Amenities include individual room safe, a hairdryer, wireless Internet connectivity (as well as RIM for Blackberry), mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities.  Bedrooms feature air conditioning and ceiling fans.


Rooms are clean, elegantly decorated and refreshingly ‘African’ in their design.


Food and Drink at Anna of Zanzibar


The food at the Anna is top class.  As the hotel is so small, meals can be taken inside, or out or even in your own villa, and the menu can be tailored to specific tastes.  Fresh fish and typical Zanzibar dishes are prevalent.  Expect Breakfast on the beach, lunch in the garden and dinner by the pool—or something equally as varied!


The hotel offers a good selection of soft and alcoholic drinks and the wine list is reasonable if not extensive. Teas and coffees (and shishas) are served in the hotel’s shisha bar daily.


Service at Anna of Zanzibar


Service is exceptionally friendly and attentive. Staff, especially manager Michael, will go out of their way to help satisfy your requests.  Comprehensive room service is available.


The hotel features an expansive freshwater pool which is well maintained and reaches depths of 3m, thereby being one of the best on the island for diving.  Private beach huts and sun chairs are available for use by the sea or in the hotel’s lush gardens.


Television and phone service are available in the hotel lounge.


Things to do at Anna of Zanzibar


Located in a very quiet area, the Anna is not the place to go if you wish to ‘party.’  However, the pleasant and secluded beach is excellent for exploring at low tide and reasonable for swimming when the tide is in.  Be aware that the beaches in this region are not as idyllic as at some other world-renowned beach locations, and that swimming is impossible, at all times bar at high-tide.


There are a few beach traders that can irritate tourists, but newer, private trading stands on the beaches in this area have reduced their numbers significantly.


The hotel is located only ten minutes from its partnered diving centre, Buccaneer Diving and they are happy to arrange free transport. While diving is an expensive activity, it is arguably worth the cost as an once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The Anna can also help arrange hire and training sessions for kite surfing.


There are numerous excursions one can make from the resort including visits to historic Stone Town, Spice Plantations and Prison Island.  Nearer to the hotel is the Jozani Forest, which is open to visitors all year round.   The hotel will be able to advise on any excursion you wish to make, though you may wish to consider contacting them by email in advance.


How to get to Anna of Zanzibar


The Anna of Zanzibar is approximately one hour’s drive from Stone Town or from Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will happily arrange transfers for a fixed rate. One can also travel by taxi or hire car. Many guests choose to break their journey in the Jozani Forest nature reserve and catch a glimpse of Zanzibar’s Colobus monkeys.

 

Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-down.

 

Although the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also useful to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels are now contributing to funds to support locals, and environmental projects that are advancing through Zanzibar.



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