While our plan for Zanzibar was initially to just hang on the beach and stare at the water for the whole week, once we got there we thought we might as well see some of the island, especially after having traveled for about 36 excruciating…
The feeling of that white floury sand underneath your toes, the way that warm turquoise water hugs every inch of your body and the quietness that surrounds you as the sun comes up… Man, I’m getting all the feels just thinking about it! Just like…
My first post about Zanzibar, which you can find here, was all about things you need to know and useful tips related to transportation, how to get there, safety, food and such. I’ll go on today with some more useful information related to where to stay and how to find the perfect accommodation for you.
In terms of accommodation, Zanzibar has a little bit of everything for everyone. Depending on how you want your vacation to be, you can choose to stay on the South-Eastern part of the island, where the white sand beach stretches for about 20 km between Jambiani, Paje and Bwejuu. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and tavernas along the beach, but because of the size of the beach, it doesn’t feel crowded. Paje is a very popular spot for windsurfers. On this side, at low-tide, the water goes down a lot, maybe more than 1 km, so it’s impossible to swim during some parts of the day.
Which side of the island to stay on?
Another important beach of the island is on the North-Eastern coast, spreading for another 20 km between Kiwengwa and Matemwe. This is a more laid-back area, with mostly 4-5 stars resorts. It’s also popular for diving.
Nungwi and Kendwa are the most popular and crowded beaches, located on the northern tip of the island. It’s a great spot for watching the sunset and the tide is not so strong here, making swimming possible all throughout the day.
The prices for accommodation in Zanzibar vary depending on location and type of establishment, but they are generally quite affordable. There are plenty of options on booking.com, just make sure to read the reviews carefully.
My personal recommendation is the place we stayed at, Ananda Beach House. The owner is Ciprian, a Romanian guy who fell in love with the place and decided to settle there. He has another accommodation option in Bwejuu, a villa with a pool and restaurant, so if you want something more luxurious and don’t mind it not being right on the beach, Ananda Villa is a great option.
Ananda Beach House
For me, Paje beach was love at first sight and I knew that that’s where I want to spend my whole trip. The water, the sand, everything about it just screams ‘paradise’! I was already following Ciprian for a while and I knew that his beach-front property, Ananda Beach House is where I want to stay. I mean, dipping your toes in the perfectly white sand the minute you step out of your bungalow and having this view every morning… What more can you ask for?
The property is literally on the beach and it has a main house with a kitchen and two hostel rooms, two beach-front bungalows and two double garden bungalows. The garden is ‘paved’ with the whitest and finest of sands and it has plenty of sunbeds, swings, benches and a hammock where you can just chill and take in all the surrounding beauty. And that’s exactly what I did most of the time, I just laid on a sunbed, staring in awe at the million shades of blue of the Indian Ocean. I had to remind myself to breathe every now and then…
We spent the first two nights in one of the beach bungalows and the rest of the trip in a garden bungalow. While the beach bungalow is very traditional and picturesque, we actually preferred the garden one as it was more spacious and bright.
There you go, you’re all set now to find the perfect accommodation in Zanzibar!
Ah, Zanzibar…such a dreamy destination. When you hear the word all you think of is pearly-white sands, clear waters and exotic fruit, right? And it’s true, you can find all of those there, but there is another less glamorous side of paradise that has to…
Zanzibar… the destination I’ve been obsessing about for the past two years. It felt surreal when I finally bought the tickets, it felt surreal while I was there and it still feels surreal even now after it actually happened. I find it’s always hard to…
On the third day in Cyprus, the sun finally decided to make its glorious appearance, so we got up bright and early in order to make the most of our last day on the island, travelling from Larnaca to Ayia Napa.
Larnaca salt lake, pink flamingos and other fantasies
When we were researching for things to see on the island, we found something that seemed too good to be true: a very picturesque salt lake, surrounded by white salt flats and pink flamingos roaming around.
It was indeed too good to be true, as we discovered when we got there. It was just a big lake with stale water, no salt flats and the flamingos were in an area that was completely out of reach. Maybe it wasn’t the right season, maybe we were in the wrong area of the lake, who knows…
We were a bit disappointed, so we headed off to Larnaca for lunch. We walked along the seafront for a bit and along the streets near by, but by this point we just wanted to be next to the sea, so we made our way to Cape Greco.
From Cape Greco to Ayia Napa
This was the best part of our trip and, honestly, if I were to have seen just this part I would’ve been happy. The whole coast from Cape Greco to Ayia Napa and beyond is absolutely stunning, with some of the clearest, bluest waters I’ve seen so far.
We wanted our last stop to be Nissi Beach, so we went directly to Cape Greco and then came back towards Ayia Napa, stopping to see the Love Bridge and the Sea Caves on the way.
Cape Greco can be easily accessed by car, followed by a 5-10 minute walk to the very peak. Once you reach the top, you have a 360 degrees view of the whole coast. The view is just…well, have a look for yourself:
The Love Bridge
As planned, our last stop was Nissi Beach and its amazing clear waters. We just spent the rest of the day sunbathing, paddleboarding and I even got my voice back for a little bit while I was on the water. I guess the sea can cure everything!
Read the first part here. On the second day in Cyprus the rain had finally stopped and it was definitely warmer, so we decided to explore Paphos a bit and then head up to the Akamas peninsula, to see Aphrodite’s Baths and other attractions. Paphos…