Mnemba Island

Romantic, beachside hideaway

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The pristine white beaches of Mnemba, surrounded by deep blue ocean, combine to make this intimate island your own private tropical paradise. Mnemba is inhabited only by guests and the staff taking care of them. While the dazzling sands and brilliant sunshine invite you to spend idle hours on shore, magnificent coral reefs create an underwater wonderland that lures you to explore the warm, crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Scores of snorkelling and diving sites form a gateway to a world of incredible sea creatures.

This exquisite private island with its white coral sand beaches and spectacular coral reefs is renowned as one of the world’s most romantic ocean destinations, offering a seclusion and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline.

Set off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar and surrounded by a coral atoll, Mnemba is home to a staggering diversity of marine life. In an effort to protect and preserve these precious ecosystems, &Beyond has partnered with the Zanzibar government and the local fishing communities to have the atoll and its surroundings proclaimed the Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area.

Mnemba Island is one of the ultimate coral island paradises. This tiny island, located in the lagoon off the East Coast of Zanzibar provides "barefoot luxury" to the highest standards and is widely considered to be one of the finest and most exclusive beach locations in the world.

The calm warm seas around Mnemba are nothing short of a giant aquatic playground. The lodge will provide you with all scuba and snorkelling equipment needed. Optional activities include deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling, scuba-diving and swimming directly from the beach.

The island features just ten en-suite cottages, bordered on three sides by tropical beach forest and overlooking the coral reef. Each exquisite feature has been hand-woven and thatched from tree branches and traditional Zanzibari palm-matting. The materials were chosen to allow the cooling sea breezes to move through the bungalow and, assisted by overhead fans, the cottages remain cool all day. From each room, a palm-covered walkway leads to an en-suite bathroom and there is a spacious outdoor verandah. With grass mats underfoot and thatch overhead, these areas have an open view of the beach and coral reefs beyond.

Lunch is usually served buffet style whilst dinner is served in the dining area or alfresco style on the beach, and has a Mediterranean and Moroccan influence. A table is placed under the stars so you can enjoy your meals with the waves gently lapping at your feet.


Why we like it

  • True tropical barefoot paradise
  • Spectacular coral reefs
  • Green turtles nesting site
  • Designated marine conservation area

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