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Mswakini Beach, Dongwe Tanzania
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 14/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 6 hotels in Dongwe
2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The All-Inclusive Zawadi Hotel is part of The Zanzibar Collection and is located on the South East Coast of Zanzibar & It is located just two minute drive north of the other Zanzibar Collection properties. Zawadi Hotel, sits atop a low cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. In the middle; the cliff recedes creating a pristine white sandy beach and guests have access to the beach from a short staircase leading directly to the sand. It lies in front of a lagoon and there is always water for swimming & snorkeling, even during low tide. With a relaxed atmosphere and understated elegant beach décor, Zawadi is a tranquil, laid back hideaway with the very best personalized service and All-Inclusive cuisine. There are nine private & spacious villas, with en-suite bathroom (with bath and shower) and private Plunge Pools directly overlooking the Indian Ocean.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Full body massage
Head massage
Adults only
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Private balcony
Room service
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Swahili
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Marianne K wrote a review Apr 2021
27 contributions14 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to be spending 5 nights at this truly Magnificent Resort. Everything is top-notch here from the decor to the excellent food and service. The villas are stunning with the four poster bed as a focal point and the bathrooms are so huge and amazing. In true luxury style the villa comes with a robe, slippers and nice toiletries as well as Minibar (nice wine selection) and Coffee and Tea facilities. The service is next level and they are serving you drinks and small treats every evening before dinner. Dinner is enjoyed in the stunning Restaurant Building and you are served an exquisite 5 course dinner daily. The Assistant Manager, Tammy, is a star, who can make everyone feel welcome.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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DaxMenday wrote a review Jan 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
Before writing this I read a few of the previous reviews and to be honest there is not much more I can say. This resort is truly special. Private, tranquil, beautiful - a refuge from the world and a place where you can truly unwind. The max capacity is 24 guests so you never feel as though it is busy and personal attention by the staff is second to none. The villa's are spacious and modern and I loved them because they feel so private. This is a 5 star luxury resort that feels like a home - can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 15 Jan 2021
Dear Dax, from the entire Zawadi family, thank you for taking the time to do this review! It was our pleasure to welcome you to Zanzibar. We send you sunny regards - Evelyne & Tammy xxx
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Foodslave wrote a review Mar 2021
Belgrade, Serbia88 contributions36 helpful votes
Just returned back (family of four) from our Zanzibar home. Small luxury safe pleasant boutique property right on the beach. Comfortable houses (only 12). All with small private pool. Beautiful beach. Even during low tide, thanks to near lagoon, you can swim in the sea through the whole day. You can agree always what you would like to eat, and if you are still hungry, they will offer you more. Like in your private property. But the best part are people - naturally kind and kind and kind.... Did I mentioned that they are kind? All of them permanently are trying to convince you that you are at home. Complete service is provided to you during all the time.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: But really all of them are good and with similar location (sea front)
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sophie l wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions
I spent a wonderful time in this absolute splendor !!! The villas, the restaurants or the surrounding nature, everything is done with taste and refinement. The must remains especially regarding the reception, and the smile of the staff; and of course the kindness, professionalism and availability of managers Evelyne and Tammy who take such a good care of you !!! I totally recommand this amazing place.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 24 Mar 2021
Merci douce Sophie! What an absolute pleasure it was for us to host you... Many thanks for your kindness with all of us. We hope to see you back home next year! Evelyne, Tammy & the entire Zawadi family xoxoxox
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A. Traveler wrote a review Feb 2021
Ohio6 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I spent four nights at the Zawadi in February 2021. It was the perfect place to relax after a two week safari. Every aspect of this property was over the top. The villa was luxurious with a large patio overlooking the Indian Ocean. The entire management and staff provided incredible service--they anticipated our every need. The food was outstanding and the grounds were beautiful. The property is laid out in a way to ensure privacy--even in the "public" areas. The tour of the garden was an added bonus. The only slight disappointment was the beach; however, the property has a great pool and all the other great aspects of the Zawadi more than made up for the beach. I would very highly recommend the Zawadi.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from GM TZC, Owner at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 24 Mar 2021
We are so grateful for this amazing review! We are very happy that you've enjoyed your stay with us... Hoping to see you back soon. Sending peaceful vibes - Evelyne
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US$738 - US$1,298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandDongwe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar
What are some of the property amenities at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Dongwe Jetty, Fishers Restaurant, and Upendo Zanzibar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Swahili.
Does Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.