Beach Hotel, Zanzibar Island
On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras
Nungwi Beach Hotel overlooks a sparkling expanse of iridescent
Indian Ocean, a cluster of whitewashed and palm thatched cottages
in rich tropical gardens. Its myriad pathways are shaded by elegant
palms, creating soft sun-dappled walkways between beach and banda,
balcony and bar.
Infused with the laid-back, exotic yet ultimately natural spirit
of Zanzibar, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is the place to relax
and enjoy all that Zanzibar Island has to offer. The lush gardens
drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on Zanzibar,
which in turn is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is situated in a glorious natural
paradise, the vision is for Ras Nungwi nature and the Ras Nungwi
Beach Hotel to coexist harmoniously so that guests can enjoy the
beauty of the natural surroundings without forsaking creature comforts.
An eco-sensitive approach has ensured that the delicate balance
of land and sea, flora and fauna is preserved for all to enjoy in
the years to come.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel makes use of ancient local building traditions
to create a contemporary architectural space from natural materials.
All main structures are open-air; makuti-thatched ceilings arch
high overhead, allowing all to luxuriate in the space, light and
atmosphere that this unique location affords.
Interiors are beautifully decorated in ethnic style, with inspired
use of local fabrics such as khangas, kikois and kitenges. These
cloths form an elegant theme of cushioned comfort through the many
secluded lounging areas, inside and out.
The myriad pathways at Ras Nungwi are shaded by elegant palms,
creating soft sun-dappled walkways between beach and banda, balcony
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Accommodation
All 32 Ras Nungwi rooms are tastefully furnished, with hand-crafted
four poster beds and indigenous decor, and all have balconies, air-conditioning,
ceiling fans, hair-dryers, electronic safes and en suite facilities
with deluxe bathroom amenities.
Mosquito nets over all beds ensure a peaceful night's sleep, with
the sound of the ocean rounding off a relaxing day in paradise.
Ras Nungwi rooms have a garden view and both types of chalet room
(superior and superior deluxe) have a sea view, with proximity to
the ocean being closer the higher the category. Both chalet categories
are fitted with mini-bars.
Superior deluxe chalet rooms also have a CD-player and and other
The flagship accommodation unit at Ras Nungwi is the luxurious
new Ocean Suite.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Wining & Dining
Offering a true fine dining experience, Ras Nungwi is renowned
for its excellent cuisine and where better to enjoy gourmet evenings
under the stars than on the fabled island of spice. The Ras Nungwi
chefs relish the task of preparing elegant and appetising menus
from an abundance of local ingredients, including fresh coconut
and aromatic spices, the finest array of seafood and plenty of heavenly
Connoisseurs will also appreciate our winelist, the most extensive
in the region, selected to appeal to all palettes and tastes. With
the exception of our French champagnes, all wines are chosen from
award-winning South African vineyards.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Facilities
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel has a deck-level swimming pool lined
with glass mosaic tiles in shades of blue, and commands stunning
views of the Indian Ocean.
The unspoilt beach at Ras Nungwi is arguably the best on Zanzibar,
and the nearby coral reef yields a beautiful lagoon. Low tides reveal
sparkling white coral sand bars, and rock pools teeming with marine
The main beach area allows easy access to the hotel's swimming
pool, beach bar, watersports centre and masseuse. Beach attendants
are on hand to provide you with towels, sun-loungers and refreshments
from the bar.
Not only is the Ras Nungwi beach beautiful, but it's also completely
uncrowded and superb for swimming, walking, and all forms of watersport.
Guests can also enjoy the hotel's fresh-water swimming pool, with
stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Activities
Scuba Diving and Deep Sea Fishing are big activities
at Ras Nungwi - for more information click here for Scuba Diving
and click here for Deap Sea Fishing.
Pool, table tennis, darts, board games (including Bau,
a Zanzibarian favourite) and a TV room are available toRas Nungwi
Mountain bikes can be hired to explore the Ras Nungwi environs,
or you may just want to take long strolls on the RAs Nungwi unspoilt
For those seeking the ultimate in relaxation, let us arrange a
massage for you. Set in tropical gardens, the hotel's Peponi
Spa offers an array of rejuvenating, pampering and holistic
treatments to calm the mind, body and soul. Built with the use of
natural materials and designed using only warm tones and simple
lines, it provides a calming atmosphere in which to completely relax.
Restful music and the subtle aroma of essential oils also add to
our spa experience. Qualified professionals conduct all treatments.
The SupaDuka Boutique at Ras Nungwi, decorated by renowned
artist Kioko Mwitiki, offers a tasteful range of quality
gifts, clothing, unique arts and crafts and essential travel items.
Tours and excursions to various places of interest can
be organised through the Ras Nungwi hotel. We highly recommend a
guided tour of Zanzibar's historical Stone Town and a visit
to the Spice Plantations.
Another worthwhile excursion is to Jozani Forest, home
of the rare Kirk's Red Colobus monkey. The forest has an excellent
nature trail allowing various routes, depending on how energetic
you feel. We also recommend a Nungwi Village walking tour,
which involves an informed look at local village life in Zanzibar's
Ras Nungwi Scuba Diving
Zanzibar's best scuba diving can be enjoyed at the northern
tip of the island, home of Zanzibar Dive Adventures. This professional
dive operation, managed by Zanzibar Watersports Limited, is located
at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, and caters for all experience levels.
Whether you're a total beginner, or a seasoned professional, there
are dive adventures for you.
As a Gold Palm 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Centre you can
be assured that the instruction and dive leadership on offer are
second to none. Quality accommodations, superior service and excellent
dive opportunities make PADI Gold Palm Resorts stand out from the
rest. Resorts of this caliber focus on memorable dive experiences,
customer satisfaction, diver safety and environmental awareness,
by going the extra mile to provide professional and outstanding
service. We are able to offer all PADI qualifications to Instructor
Full equipment and tank-filling facilities are available in-house,
as are a wide range of PADI dive courses. Our swimming pool, the
only one in Nungwi, provides an ideal environment for confined water
training sessions for beginners.
If you haven't dived before...
Enjoy a free trial in the comfort and safety of our swimming
pool with one of our instuctors and then go for one of our popular
Discover Scuba Diving courses. This will allow you to learn the
basics of scuba and have a trial dive with an experienced instructor
under safe conditions. Once this hooks you, enrol in the PADI Open
Water course and enjoy the benefits of the world's fastest growing
sport - anywhere in the world. Advanced and Speciality courses are
Wall dives, night dives, deep dives, drift dives...
Overwhelming numbers of amazing tropical fish proliferate on the
coral gardens that form a lagoon around Ras Nungwi. The majestic
whale shark migrates past us twice a year and humpback
whales grace us with their presence, sometimes breaching right
outside the hotel. Dolphins are permanent residents, playfully
accompanying us on boat trips, jumping and diving with their young.
Typical dive sites include Kichwani, an incredible wall
dive off the Mnemba Atoll with amazing marine life and suitable
for all levels of diver, and Leven Banks, a massive reef
pinnacle 7 miles out to sea.
Depths of most reefs range between 12m to 40m in a year round average
water temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Visibility is typically
We take safety seriously! Dive boats at Ras Nungwi are equipped
with first-aid kits, life-jackets and DAN medical oxygen on board.
All dive trips are accompanied by at least one holder of the PADI
Medic First Aid certificate. The maximum diver to instructor ratio
is six to one. VHF radios are used to provide reliable communications
with home base.
All of PADI’s safety recommendations are followed, and we
always dive with a surface marker buoy. Group sizes are kept to
a manageable level to ensure the best possible service and for added
Deep Sea Fishing from Ras Nungwi
Ras Nungwi is situated in close proximity to some of Africa's best
deep sea fishing grounds. The waters between Zanzibar and Pemba
are home to some excellent year round game fishing opportunities.
Our resident fishing sports fishing operator is Zanzibar Big Game
Fishing, part of the Zanzibar Watersports group.
Haraka is a 2006 model Gulfcraft Sport Fishing 35. She is powered
by twin Volvo Penta inboard engines and is fitted with a flybridge.
Equipped to a very high standard with the latest equipment, she
cruises at 38 knots, allowing her to reach distant fishing grounds
in the minimum of time. For those wishing to fish in true style,
Haraka is the obvious choice.
Timimi is a custom built Windy 24. She is built as a big
game fishing boat, with ample deck space for fighting fish, including
the provision of fighting chair. The vessel has a toilet on board,
and a comfortable cabin to keep out of the sun. She is powered by
twin 85hp Yamaha outboard engines and has an inboard fuel capacity
of 400 litres. Timimi is fully equipped with GPS, colour echo sounder
for ultra deep sounding, and fish finder.
Suli Suli is a 24ft T-top mono hull fibre-glass boat. She
is powered by two 40hp outboard motors producing a top speed of
20 knots. With open decks the vessel is ideal for fly-fishing. The
boat has GPS and Radio as well as all required safety features.
She has two out riggers and five rods in the standard fishing set
up. All the tackle on board is Shimano Tiagra spooled with 20lb
A full set of tackle is provided on both boats, with Penn international
rod and reels, spooled with 80 1b, 50 1b and 30 1b mono line. Clients
who wish to use their own lighter tackle are welcome, and we are
conversant with the IGFA fly-fishing regulations.
Our experienced skipper can instruct novices and talk fishermen
through any procedure in the course of reeling in their catch. Tag
and release is generally encouraged for all big fish unless it is
the fisherman’s first ever catch, his biggest to date, or
if it is likely to be an East African or All Africa record.
August to November provides really good sport for the big Yellowfin
Tuna, one of the strongest fish around. Big Blue Marlin and a number
of Striped and Black Marlin are also found, as well as Sailfish.
During this season, multiple hook ups are normal, when the ocean
can come alive with huge schools of Tuna in pursuit of smaller fish.
During the billfish season, which is from November to March, Striped
Marlin are the most prolific, sometimes showing in packs of up to
ten. Large Blue and Black Marlin are also quite common during this
Prices are in US Dollars based on two people sharing a room
and include half board.
Valid until 31 December 2008.
Lodge (garden view)
US$150 per person
US$170 per person
US$ 170 per person
Chalet (sea view)
US$190 per person
US$210 per person
US$ 210 per person
US$230 per person
US$250 per person
US$ 250 per person
US$800 per suite
US$900 per suite
US$ 900 per suite
Chidren u/12 yrs
sharing with an adult