Turquoise waters, pristine sandy beaches and beautiful tropical gardens are the backdrop to Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel on Zanzibar’s northern coast. A self-contained resort with its own PADI dive school, the hotel is a 15 minute walk along the beach to the fishing village of Nungwi and its long stretch of beach and the waters leading out to the coral reef are unspoilt and peaceful. Snorkelling, kayaking and sunset dhow cruises give plenty of opportunity to explore the warm tropical waters, or book a spa treatment for further relaxation and pampering before lying back in a hammock on the beach or by the swimming pool.

The 32 semi-detached thatched rooms are spacious and airy, some right on the beach, others further back with sea views, and the lodge rooms opening onto the gardens. Beautifully carved four-poster beds are draped in mosquito nets and the immaculate tiled floors, ceiling fans and air-conditioning keep you cool and fresh on balmy tropical nights. The well-appointed en-suite bathrooms are clean and spacious, and mini-bar and tea and coffee facilities are provided. The luxurious Ocean suite is huge with its own private gardens and plunge pool, roof terrace and living areas, perfect for a romantic beach honeymoon.

Well-chosen menus are beautifully executed with plenty of variety and fresh local ingredients. The charming and helpful chef is happy to cater for allergies and food preferences, making sure that each guest enjoys the generous breakfasts, lunches and dinners, which are served in the open-sided dining room or at shaded tables on the beach.

The family-friendly resort has plenty for all ages and if you tire of the delights of diving and snorkelling with the expert watersports team, play tennis, hang out in the games room over pool or table tennis, play a board game or just find a shady nook to curl up with a book. There is free wifi in the main hotel lounges.

Ras Nungwi offers excellent value for money luxury and is the perfect place to unwind after an African safari with its friendly and helpful staff doing everything to ensure a blissful beach vacation.

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