Zanzibar is, without a doubt, a dream beach retreat and it’s no surprise that it is rated as one of the best vacation destinations in Africa. Think quaint islands with white-sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and lush palm forests. This tropical paradise offers a plethora of sights, smells, tastes and experiences that will nourish your soul, rejuvenate your body and inspire your creativity. An ideal location to get away from it all, these islands also boast a rich cultural heritage and a fascinating history.
Yet, the Zanzibar Archipelago has so much more to offer than just a romantic escape, picturesque landscapes and the above. These islands, with such rich fauna and flora, are also a top ecotourism and adventure destination, making a stay here ideal for the whole family. In between the thrilling activities, if you’re looking to get that much needed rest and relaxation without the worry, we recommend these five luxurious Zanzibar resorts with activities for the kids that will keep your little ones engaged and entertained throughout your stay.
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Located along the Bwejuu-Paje beach, Baraza Resort & Spa is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. The property is a 5-star all inclusive resort that has been voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. Home to only 30 intimate villas, this exquisite resort evokes the culture of Zanzibar dating back to the Sultan era. A perfect blend of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design with Swahili arches, handmade furniture, stunning antiques and elaborate hand-carved cement décor, means that Baraza offers unmatched standards of luxury.
Activities abound at Baraza Resort & Spa, with a strong focus on water-based activities, such as snorkeling and kite surfing, and cultural interactions, such as Swahili language classes. Children will be entertained by the Baraza Kids Club. Guests under 12 years of age can enjoy a variety of activities and games in the air-conditioned space. Ping-pong, table football, Wii and a pool table suitable for children will keep them occupied for hours. A shaded pool area is also available. Children interested in cultural interactions with the local people have the opportunity to learn some basic Swahili phrases and also learn how to cook traditional culinary dishes.
Meliá Zanzibar is a luxury, all-inclusive beach resort on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. It is set adjacent to 300 meters of stunning beach, where pristine white sand and warm Indian Ocean water collide. The resort is encompassed by a natural coral reef, making swimming and relaxing a safe experience. Six restaurants and five bars serve local and international delicacies and offer a world-class dining and cocktail experience. Meliá Zanzibar offers exclusive villas with private gardens and infinity pools, all boasting magnificent views of the Indian Ocean.
According to Meliá, children are VIP guests at the resort. True to this sentiment, Meliá’s hotel facilities always provide a phenomenal welcome for children. The kids club welcomes children aged 4 to 12 years of age to a playful and colorful environment, where activities are designed to stimulate, inspire and excite younger minds. When it comes to activities, children will be spoilt for choice. Arts and crafts, cooking lessons, ping-pong and adventurous treasure hunts are all on offer. The water sports center and tennis court are also areas where kids can spend their time.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique hotel nestled in a natural cove on the north east coast of Unguja. Here, you’ll find the azure waters of the Indian Ocean to one side of the resort and verdant green forest to the other. Essque Zalu features 40 Suites and 8 Residences, all of which boast views of the Indian Ocean or the lush tropical gardens. Throughout the establishment, the use of a neutral color scheme abounds and classical artwork embraces the simplicity of an island lifestyle. This special place combines modern luxury with a real sense of belonging.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s kids club is called the Tinga Club and offers complimentary, original, creative and amusing activities for children. Your child can be looked after around the clock by one of their Tinga Club coordinators, who are exceptionally trained in child care and children’s entertainment. All activities at the club combine education with entertainment. They include computer stations for gaming and internet access, running relays, a playground to enjoy and other games in outdoor spaces, and theme days to create pizzas, make ice cream and enjoy other treats.
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a flourishing 79-acre forested estate where 5-star luxury and nature’s flawless beauty graciously combine. Inspired by Zanzibar’s diverse cultures, this opulent resort blends contemporary amenities with Swahili, British, Indian and Omani influences. Indulge in relaxing days by your private pool, on the beach, or explore the gardens on foot or by bike. Choose from the resort’s 66 luxuriously appointed villas that offer the perfect combination of spaciousness and privacy.
The Residence Zanzibar provides the ideal resting place, all thanks to its excellent kids club. Children from the age of 3 to 12 can enjoy the Kids Club daily from 7:30am to 7:30pm, where ample activities are on offer. From butterfly hunts, making necklaces and music to cooking classes, ping-pong and water gun fights, there is something for every age group to enjoy. Outside of the kids club, the resort also offers tennis courts and island tours for the whole family to enjoy together.
Located on the tideless white-sand Kendwa Beach in Zanzibar, Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa welcomes you to experience total tropical paradise. Built on a vast area, the resort is home to just 76 rooms allowing guests to enjoy maximum relaxation and privacy. The hotel’s various room types meet differing needs but all provide a spacious environment in an intimate and relaxing setting. Its architecture is a blend of Arab and African influences adapted according to modern design. All this leads to a place of simple elegance that is full of charm.
Families can take full advantage of the fun and educational kids club at this magnificent property. Specifically designed for children aged 3 to 12 years of age, the club includes a daily program of beach and indoor games and fun activities during a morning session from 10am to 12pm and afternoon session from 3pm to 6pm. A babysitter can be arranged on request, at an additional charge. Children can also make the most of a children’s pool, playground and snack bar at Gold Zanzibar.
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