Welcome to Unguja Lodge

Unguja lodge is peaceful and secluded. It is well away Zanzibar’s busy tourist beaches, and the whole concept of the lodge has been developed to ensure it works in harmony with the natural environment and the people who live around it. This philosophy gives the place a distinctive air of tranquility that makes your stay a genuinely relaxing and enriching experience.

The building’s organic forms and stylish finish are complemented perfectly by the lush tropical setting and the rough coral boulders that surround it. But this place is more than just image, it’s a lodge with personality; it reflects the warmth and vivacity of Ralph and Elies its creators, and hosts. Their attention to detail and their love of ‘good living’ bring the place to life.

The astonishing marine life just a short swim or boat ride from the beach will ensure that whether you are a serious diver or just someone who likes to snorkel there’s lots to see. If you like exploring on land you will find a thriving local culture. And if you just prefer to relax by the pool, you will be amazed at the birds, insects, plants and animals you see all around.

The lodge sits on a small coral cliff. Just a few steps down a wooden stair and your toes sink into clean soft white sand. As the tide rises the beach vanishes, and the lodge becomes an isolated haven. When the tide drops and the beach reappears, washed and swept by the sea. The lodge is once again connected to the outside world and you can watch as local fishermen drag their boats out of the sea, and women and children hunt the shallows for shellfish.

Welcome to Zanzibar!

Boutique Eco Chic

When we built Unguja we wanted to create an experience unlike that of staying in a ‘normal’ hotel. So we built spacious self contained cottages that we call ‘villas’.

There are 12 in total, 7 Sea View Villas, 3 Baobab Villas, and 2 Family Houses. The Sea View villas and the Family Houses have a direct sea view, and each has a private terrace overlooking the Menai Bay. The Baobab Villas are built a few meters further from the shore beneath a huge baobab tree. They are oriented to the garden, which make them ideal if you want even more seclusion and privacy.

Food is very important to us, so we really care about what we serve our guests. To ensure everything is up to scratch and because we enjoy it, most nights you will find us eating in the restaurant.

But we can’t take all the credit, because the star of the kitchen is our head chef Nyerere. He is a great chef, but also a personality. He likes pop out of the kitchen to check on the guests to make sure they appreciate his creations, and his infectious good humour pervades the restaurant.

Nyerere’s story is fascinating; he left home as a boy to work in a restaurant in Stone town. Over the years he worked his way up through the profession, working in some of the best hotels on the island. As a young man he began learning from foreign chefs and blending their ideas with those from his own culture. Eventually he created a fusion of tastes and styles all of his own. Now he can boast that most of the top hotels in the area employ chefs he trained. And this explains is why we are very happy and proud that Nyerere chose to work with us at Unguja  Lodge.

We look forward to meeting you!

Call: +44 (0)203 131 68 55  or Email: [email protected]

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