“A barefoot beach hideaway on a swathe of white sand; rustic-chic style in sublimely chilled surroundings”
Contemporary in design, it is most popular with 30- to 60-something couples, but it’s also effortlessly accommodating to families (children are welcome, and there's a kids' corner with toys and games). The 9 spacious, airy guest bungalows have lounges and outdoor bathrooms, and some have 2 bedrooms; there are also simpler rooms in the main building for those on a budget. The restaurant serves tasty fare, with an appropriate emphasis on fresh fish and seafood; a few steps away sparkles the alluring infinity pool, and there’s a tented cabana for holistic massages. In the background a hip, chilled-out playlist quietly thrums along, coaxing you into a lazy bliss of books, strolls, rests and dips. Kitesurfing, diving and snorkelling are the go-to activities for those who can muster the energy, and excursions to Stone Town and elsewhere are easily arranged.
- The lovely, palm-fringed beach - quieter than many in southeast Zanzibar, and voted one of the world's top 10 by Conde Nast Traveler
- A friendly and uncomplicated vibe that put us instantly at ease
- Expansive ocean views from all but one bungalow, and most open straight onto the sand
- Cool and comfortable chill-out areas, plus a glistening infinity pool
- Tasty seafood at the restaurant, set under the shade of a breezy Bedouin tent
- No air conditioning (though you do get a ceiling fan), and the open-air bathrooms are hot in the middle of the day
- WiFi in communal areas only and it can be slow, but you’re here to forget the outside world
- Dinners have a set menu, but dietary requirements are easily catered for
- The sea can retreat a long way during low tide which can make swimming tricky and high tide can leave rubbish and debris on the sand
- Full pre-payment required before arrival, plus a 5% surcharge for credit-card payments
- Boutique Resort
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- Children of all ages are welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
There are 9 white, blue-roofed bungalows, some single-storey, others spread over 2 floors. All have sparse yet comfortable furnishings and a modern-rustic touch: rattan chairs, cushions adorned with bright local patterns, the occasional flower-filled vase. Bedrooms are large, with enticing queensize beds wrapped in mosquito nets; we slept very well, though we did hear occasional noise from low-hanging palms scratching our roof. You also get a lounge with a sofa, a private slice of garden, and an outdoor bathroom with a rainshower and screens of reeds for privacy.
Eight bungalows face the ocean and open directly onto the sand, where a couple of loungers await. Two of these are geared up for families, with a second twin bedroom, as is the Garden Bungalow (the only one without a sea view).
There are also 10 smaller, simpler bedrooms in the guesthouse behind the pool. They’re decorated in fresh whites and blues, with indoor ensuites - ideal for single travellers, couples on a budget, or a group of friends.
- Coffee / tea making
- Extra beds
- Mosquito net
- Private garden
- Safe box
- Universal plug adaptor
Meals are taken under the shade of a Bedouin tent, at exquisite dhow-timber tables surrounded by white sand and lush, green gardens. The tasty, no-frills food spans many international cuisines, but there’s an emphasis on local specialities and super-fresh fish.
Days kick off at a leisurely pace with a buffet breakfast and eggs to order; the à la carte lunch menu is well-priced, with a reasonable selection of appetising plates - Caesar salad, grilled calamari, that kind of thing. Dinner consists of a delicious 3-course set menu (any dietary requirements are accommodated with ease), which is well presented and lovingly served. Our tuna and grapefruit ceviche and grilled kolekole (kingfish) main were exceptional. There’s also a good selection of drinks, including mouth-watering mojitos.
Should you wish to eat out, there are a number of options a short walk/cycle away; just ask staff for recommendations.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- The beach is the main draw. Lounge on the sand, or wander along the shore into the village, watching local characters and the arrival of the daily catch
- Rent a bicycle from the hotel and cycle a few km to the next town, Paje
- Kitesurfing is a hot favourite in the area. You'll find numerous kite schools in Paje, offering tuition and equipment hire for every level
- Diving and snorkelling can also be arranged nearby; you'll spot colourful fish and, if you're lucky, inquisitive turtles
- A variety of excursions further afield are on offer, too: a spice tour to get acquainted with the spices for which the island is renowned; a step back in time amid the alleyways of Stone Town; or a day at sea on a traditional wooden dhow
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Best Time to go
You might want to check the dates of Ramadan, when food and alcohol aren’t served outdoors, and some bars/restaurants close altogether (most notably in Stone Town, although extra respect is expected throughout). This will not affect you within the confines of Indigo Beach Zanzibar.
Our Top Tips
Indigo Beach is set in the fishing village of Bwejuu, near Paje on Zanzibar’s southeast coast. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Stone Town.
Zanzibar International Airport (55km) is served by plenty of flights from Dar es Salaam and Arusha on the Tanzanian mainland, as well as a few direct international flights. The hotel can arrange transfers from the airport (or from the sea port, if you’d prefer to take the ferry from Dar es Salaam), or you can hail a taxi on arrival.
You won't need a car in Zanzibar, but if you do want to hire one then see our car rental recommendations. Bear in mind that local roads are bumpy and signposting is poor.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on [getthere:Zanzibar:getting to Zanzibar] and [getaround:Zanzibar:getting around]
- Stone Town - Zanzibar International 55.0 km ZNZ
- Dar es Salaam 120.0 km DAR
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km