The 7 best eco-friendly hotels in Zanzibar

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Responsible tourism is blossoming on Tanzania’s jewel of an island. Discover your top picks for eco-responsible hotels in Zanzibar.

Located just off the coast of Africa, the archipelago of Zanzibar has a gentle oriental flavour. No wonder: Zanzibar has always been at the crossroads of Asian and Arabian trade routes. The result? A mosaic of cultures, lulled to this day by the scent of local spices. The homeland of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, is a nugget like no other.

Zanzibar’s fascination lies not only in its diverse culture, but also in its natural riches. You’ll see for yourself: the archipelago’s beaches have little to envy the Maldives or Bora-Bora! To protect these treasures, the local authorities have been taking ambitious action since the 1990s. And these actions are now being taken up by a number of sustainable tourism players. If you want to discover the island while preserving it, we advise you to turn to them. And to help you make your choice, here’s our selection of the best eco-responsible hotels in Zanzibar!

Le Zawadi Zanzibar: an intimate boutique hotel in Zanzibar

Hotel écoresponsable Zawadi Zanzibar

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  • 📍 Location: east coast of Unguja (the archipelago’s main island, often called Zanzibar)
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8.5/10
  • 💙 We love: the fact that there are only 12 villas in the hotel, for an intimate, personalized stay

Say goodbye to huge, impersonal resorts! The Zawadi Zanzibar offers you the opposite experience. The secret? Twelve charming villas set in lush waterside gardens. All with a calm, intimate and ultra-romantic ambience. You may well have found the perfect setting for your romantic vacation…

Every detail is carefully thought out in this little adults-only paradise. This can be seen in the décor (incredible), the welcome (adorable), but also in the hotel’s ethical commitments. In this eco-responsible Zanzibar hotel, sobriety and support for local agriculture and crafts are the watchwords. Through the activities on offer, you’ll enjoy an experience as close as possible to the island’s nature and culture. Proof that it’s possible to combine luxury, charm and authenticity!

L’Indigo Beach: French service in the heart of the island

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  • 📍 Location: Bwejuu
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8/10
  • 💙 We like: the staff, who always have a little anecdote to tell about the island

Would you like to enjoy Zanzibar with your feet in the water? If so, head for Indigo Beach. In a room or a bungalow, you’ll be . You’ll feel like you’re in a little bubble at the end of the world. But beware: not just any bubble, because the service here is very chic and qualitative! The owners are French, which is quite rare for Zanzibar hotels. As a result, the hotel’s service is warm and professional, on a par with the finest French resorts. If that’s not enough to convince you, the hotel also offers excursions to schools to donate school supplies and meet local young people.

When it comes to activity, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying the bay. Are you more into kitesurfing or lounging? At your own pace, discover an incredible environment, both on land and at sea.

The Park Hyatt Zanzibar: an oriental palace in the heart of Stone Town

Hotel écoresponsable Park Hyatt Zanzibar

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  • 📍 Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar city
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8/10
  • 💙 We love: architecture and deco with colonial and oriental influences

There’s more to Zanzibar than white sandy beaches! The archipelago’s capital is also home to, among other cultural treasures, an ancient district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Stone Town. It’s right in the heart of this superb old town overlooking the sea that we’re now offering you accommodation.

With its air of an Oriental palace, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar easily rivals the finest residences in the area. One only has to admire the patio, vaulted ceilings and finely chiselled clerestories to be convinced that this is an architectural gem. In the infinity pool, but also in every nook and cranny of the building, you’ll be bathed in elegance and refinement.

The palace’s location at the very tip of Stone Town, between the sea and the medina, makes it even more magical. Immersion is total in this place that is both out of the ordinary and deeply rooted in the city. And to top it all off, the hotel’s anti-gasp and locavore policies make it one of the best eco-responsible hotels in Zanzibar!

Meliá Zanzibar: an eco-friendly oasis by the sea

Hotel écoresponsable Melia Zanzibar

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  • 📍 Location: east coast of Unguja
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8.5/10
  • 💙 We love: the little beach cabanas, where you can relax in total comfort.

Want to get away from it all? The Meliá Zanzibar is a true five-star village, where you’ll find everything you need for a fulfilling and relaxing vacation. In the heart of a green seaside setting, the spa, swimming pool and fitness room will take care of you. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer, including six restaurants, five bars and all kinds of sporting activities. When it comes to accommodation, you can choose between a huge room or an even more regal suite. Tough, isn’t it?

In this large complex, there’s no question of damaging Zanzibar’s natural treasures. The eco-friendly hotel has even been awarded the Earthcheck label for its ambitious environmental actions. We guarantee it: you can enjoy your princely stay guilt-free!

Le Diamonds Mapenzi Beach: an eco-responsible hotel in Zanzibar

Hotel Diamonds Mapenzi Beach

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  • 📍 Location: east coast of Unguja
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8.5/10
  • 💙 We love: traditional architecture that blends discreetly into the background

Looking for a family-friendly, eco-friendly hotel in Zanzibar? Diamonds Mapenzi Beach could be just what you’re looking for! Its all-inclusive formula and the host of activities and entertainment on offer ensure a carefree vacation.

We love the uncluttered atmosphere, far from the glitz and glamour of some resorts. The white villas with thatched roofs are a true architectural achievement, blending in perfectly with the surroundings. Special mention must go to the spectacular roof of the restaurant area!

Without ever neglecting comfort, this eco-responsible Zanzibar hotel has an authentic touch that contributes to its charm. There’s a family atmosphere among the attentive staff. The resort ‘s commitment to the environment seems equally sincere, and has earned it the Travelife Gold label.

The Loop Beach Resort: a chill, stylish retreat

The Loop Beach Resort

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  • 📍 Location: east coast of Unguja (the archipelago’s main island, often called Zanzibar)
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 8/10
  • 💙 We love: the decor and the pool, both equally Instagrammable.

This eco-responsible Zanzibar hotel has nothing to envy the trendiest boutique hotels. You’ll love its bohemian-chic decor combining natural materials and African fabrics, and the highlight is the swimming pool overlooking the ocean. At the same time, Loop Beach Resort has the conviviality and relaxed atmosphere of the best hostels!

Its magic formula? An intimate atmosphere, with just fourteen rooms. A welcoming bar-restaurant where you can enjoy a drink with your feet in the sand, and a water sports center where you can have fun all day long. An idyllic natural setting, close to the ocean. But also authenticity, for this hotel located in the charming fishing village of Jambiani. Eco-responsible to the core, it was built entirely from natural materials.

Le Zuri Zanbiar: a designer haven of peace

Hotel Zuri Zanzibar

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  • 📍 Location: northern tip of Unguja (the archipelago’s main island, often referred to as Zanzibar)
  • 🌿 Eco-responsible rating: 9/10
  • 💙 We love: the DJ mixes, the selection of art books and the billiards corner.

Finally, we’d like to take you on a tour ofa colorful, designer haven. A perfect blend of luxury and authenticity, Zuri Zanzibar will appeal to those who like to lounge in style. Everything is pretty in this hotel adorned with natural materials and vibrant colors – even the gym!

By day, relax at the spa, in the shady tropical garden or on the private beach. In the evening, sip a cocktail in front of the sunset, feast in the restaurant or leaf through an art book. That is, except on those evenings when a DJ sets the night alight!

Last but not least, the Zuri is a little green gem that fully deserves its place among Zanzibar’s best eco-responsible hotels. Its Earthcheck Gold label is proof of its seriousness in this area.

🍃 To find out more about Fairmoove’s criteria for selecting eco-friendly accommodations, visit their page!

We hope you enjoy your trip to discover the captivating Zanzibar archipelago!