Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is situated at the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island. Hidden amongst rich tropical gardens, its cluster of whitewashed and palm thatched cottages overlook the Indian Ocean’s calming, iridescent waters. Myriad pathways, shaded by elegant palms, create soft sun-dappled walkways between beach, banda, balcony and bar. Infused with the laid-back, exotic, yet ultimately natural spirit of Zanzibar, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy all that this extraordinary part of the world has to offer. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island, which in turn is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef.
The surrounding reefs create one of the most exciting areas to dive and snorkel, and are home to flourishing populations of dolphin, turtles, and countless other marine species. At low tide the reef creates a stunningly clear lagoon with dazzling white coral sand bars and tidal pools teeming with a wide variety of marine life. Guests can also enjoy the fresh-water swimming pool which offers spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Lazy days can be interspersed with some activity on the hotel’s tennis court, a visit to the local village or cycling on the beach. For the ultimate in self-indulgence, the Peponi Spa offers a collection of sublime treatments. [hotel photos]