An award-winning barefoot beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar
If you have ever harboured the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself, Mnemba Island is just the place for you! Discover sheer, unpretentious paradise on this private island, where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come. Relax and unwind in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest.
Mnemba Island is reached by a 90-minute drive from Stone Town through the lush spice plantations that cover main Zanzibar Island. Guests wade knee-deep in the balmy ocean waters to board a waiting boat for a 20-minute crossing to a warm island reception.
Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns sail into Mnemba daily on traditional ngalawa outriggers. Lunch is often served on large wooden carved Zanzibari platters heaped with delicious mezze. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Private beach picnics delight newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds alike.
Underwater enthusiasts can take advantage of the island’s PADI dive school, which offers incredible snorkelling and various scuba diving excursions.
Mnemba Island is rightfully renowned as one of the most exclusive private island resorts in the entire world. It’s without any doubt the most astonishingly beautiful beach resort of Africa, offering a level of barefoot luxury and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the entire African coastline. Because of its privacy, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the castaway island has been (and still is) the playground of celebrities like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Naomi Campbell, and Tom Cruise. Bill Gates is the lodge’s most famous repeat guest and rumor has that he is the private owner of the island.