According to Conde Nast, this is one of the top three most romantic beach destinations in the world! There is no doubt that the place is amazing and home to what is the best beach in Tanzania; the pinnacle of barefoot luxury. We have never had a complaint from any client who has gone to Mnemba and considering the price tag, that is an unbelievable record. If you can afford it, this is the place to be, end of discussion.
Mnemba Island - The Details
Mnemba Island is Africa’s most famous beach lodge. This paradise little island, with a small forest and bizarrely a number of small antelope at its heart, sits off Zanzibar’s North East tip. A car journey and a short boat ride (right onto the beach) take approximately 1.5 hours from Stone Town or Zanzibar airport.
Seemingly lost from the Maldives, Mnemba Island is surrounded by world class snorkelling and diving and unquestionably has Africa’s finest beach; it is as good as any you will ever see. With only ten rooms the island is very small in size, but is very well laid out. Taking approximately 30 minutes to walk around its circumference, the islands main communal area sits at the front of Mnemba with rooms scattered to either side. The lodges water sports and dive centre sits just back with the shop, reception and internet rooms. The result is that over half the island remains completely untouched – no rooms, no bar, just an impeccable beach and a truly turquoise ocean.
The rooms themselves are made from canvas, grass and reed. They are designed in a style which takes nothing away from the stunning location. Hidden out of view from the beach or sea, each of Mnemba’s eight rooms have a porch area with comfy sofas and foot baths. Up a couple of steps the bedrooms open up directly behind the porch with huge sumptuous beds overflowing with comfy cushions and rugs. Behind the bed a partition opens up to the wardrobes and storage areas before a small corridor takes you to the rooms stunning en-suite bathrooms.
What is surprising about Mnemba is how many different activities you can do whilst on the island. The lodge can obviously arrange any activities on mainland Zanzibar, but from the island itself it is possible to snorkel, dive (they have a full operational PADI dive centre), explore the seas on their own local sailing dhow, sail, windsurf, fish with the locals and flyfish from Mnemba’s beach itself.
There is no doubt that this lodge is a huge amount of money. But with numerous accolades, ranging from most romantic destination on the planet to best beach hotel in the world, Mnemba Island can back up the expectations of clients. Ideal for an African Honeymoon.