Just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is an exclusive barefoot island escape. Once the boat or helicopter drops you off, you are immersed in a paradise. As the only resort on the small island, the beach sand and warm azure waters are yours. Float away your stress or participate in the myriad of water activities.
Aerial shot of Mnemba Island
Lounge and bar, Mnemba Island Lodge
About Mnemba Island
The island is 1.5 km wide (that’s less than a mile!) and guests can arrive by helicopter or from the Zanzibar International Airport – this is a 1.5-hour road trip followed by 10 – 15 minutes boat ride to the island. Mnemba Island only accommodates 24 guests at one time. This tropical island takes barefoot luxury to heart. Guests can relax and unwind, snorkel, swim, kayak and enjoy a massage on the beach.
The surrounding waters of the island are protecting sanctuaries for green turtles. The beautiful Humpback whales are commonly sighted in the waters as well as whale sharks and dolphins. Scuba divers can delight in the coral reef fish. But for those who prefer land under their feet, romantic dining under thatch roofs or on the beach can be organised. There’s also an on-site spa where guests can unwind.
Bandas from the outside, Mnemba Island Lodge
Private beach dinner, Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island Accommodation
Guests can choose from 12 bandas (traditional huts) and two of these bandas can be linked together to make one family suite. There are private beach salas available – and there’s even WI-FI connectivity in each. With direct access to the beach, each banda at Mnemba Island Lodge creates the perfect atmosphere for a beach vacation. Take a siesta in your built-in barazas on the veranda or in your private beach salas that feature a traditional lounger that’s typical of Zanzibar. The bathrooms are opulent and uniquely decorated with huge glass-beaded shower curtains.
Bedroom, Mnemba Island Lodge
Opulent bathroom, Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island Activities
Private beach dinners and beachfront salas with a private bar
PADI dive school – the island faces the Mnemba Atoll
Variety of dive sites and easy availability of boats
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