Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Location on Zanzibar Island

Mnarani Beach Cottages on Zanzibar, located on the North Coast of Zanzibar, perfect hotel for travelers looking for an affordable and small hotel on Zanzibar.
With breakfast and lunch included you have the time to explore the north and have a stop midday at a restaurant closest to to Mnarani Beach Cottages. If you not interested in the large resort type of places, then this hotel is for you.
Nungwi beach is famous for its long white sandy beach, perfect for snorkeling and other water sport activities. Enjoy sunsets from Mnarani Beach Cottages over the warm Indian Ocean with Dhows sailing boats passing by.

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Room categories available at Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages began life in 1995. The hotel consists of homely rustic cabins, extra space accommodation in Zanzibar house, superior rooms, family/group apartments and the honeymoon suite.

Standard Cottages
The twelve rustic cottages, arranged in pairs, are small yet homely and cozy. All are furnished with four post beds handmade in Zanzibar from locally sourced palm wood.
The beach cottages are equipped with all the essentials: en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, safe deposit box and individual verandas.
Eight cottages are located along the seafront with views of the ocean just
10 meters away, and four are nestled within the lush calm of the hotel’s mature tropical garden.

*4 Cottages with Garden view
*8 Cottages with Sea view
* Room size 13.2 sqm
* Number of Guest – two
* Arranged in pairs (2 rooms next to each other)
* Individual verandas
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & shower
* Bath towels
* Telephone
* Air conditioning
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room

Zanzibar house – Deluxe rooms
The ten rooms in Zanzibar House are all named after the islands and islets of the Zanzibar archipelago. They offer accommodation with extra space (25 square meters). Each of the ten rooms has air conditioning, fans, en-suite bathrooms, fridge and a tea/coffee station for your convenience. The rooms all open onto a large wooden verandah or balcony where you can enjoy the sunrise in the morning, relaxation in the afternoon, and starry skies at night. There is also wireless internet access.
For those wanting to share their holiday experience with family or friends, the ground floor rooms (Pemba, Unguja, Mnemba and Misali) offer the option of adjoining rooms, as well as direct access to the sun deck and the beach.
The first floor rooms (Tumbatu, Kojani, Bawe and Chumbe) boast the same individual facilities and space, with balconies looking directly out over the Indian Ocean.
If you still want something more, climb up to our roof top terrace to take in the spectacular 360-degree view over the whole Northern part of the island, a million sparkling stars at night and surreal sunrises and sunsets.

* 8 Rooms with Sea View
* Room size 26 sqm
* Number of Guest – Two or Three
* 4 rooms on 2nd floor
* 4 rooms on the ground floor with an interconnecting door
* Rooms lead to a large wooden verandah or balcony
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & shower
* Bath towels
* Air conditioning
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room
* Telephone
* Wardrobe/Closet
* Refrigerator
* coffee/tea making facilities

Superior rooms
Mnarani’s four ‘Superior Rooms’ are perfect for guests who like some extra space and comfort, and are ideal for families with smaller children. Each room has an open plan ground floor with a sitting area (where an extra bed can be added), bathroom and kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities. On the first floor mezzanine, you will find the sleeping area with a large double bed.
The cottages are decorated in local style, using furniture designed from re-fashioned ngalawas and dhows (the traditional sailing boats on the Swahili Coast).
The spacious balconies on both floors offer you unimpeded views of spectacular sunrises over the Indian Ocean.

* 4 Rooms with Sea View
* Room size 38 sqm
* Number of Guest –Two, Three or four
* First floor sleeping area with large double bed and spacious balcony
* Open plan ground floor with a sitting area (where an extra bed can be
added) and spacious balconies
* Kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & bath
* Bath towels
* Telephone
* Air conditioning
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room
* Wardrobe/Closet

Fishermans house – Apartments
Fisherman House was built with the idea of creating comfortable accommodation for guests who travel as a big family or in a group. It is set in Mnarani’s tropical garden, only 50 meters from the beach.
There are two apartments, one with two bedrooms and another with three bedrooms. Each room has its private bathroom en-suite, as well as air conditioning, fan and safe deposit box. At 16 square meters, they are all big enough to add an extra bed if required. Each apartment also has a big lounge/dining area with kitchenette, fridge, and a spacious verandah.
The furniture is made of coconut wood traditionally grown in Zanzibar. The two apartments have connecting doors for larger families/groups who want to share the space.
On the top of the house, there is an open space where you can sunbathe, have a barbecue, celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. With stunning ocean views, it is perfect to watch the sunset on the horizon.

2 Apartments, one with two bedrooms and the other with three bedrooms
2 Bedroom apartment with Garden view
Number of Guest – Four

3 Bedroom apartment with Garden view
Number of Guest – Six

* Room size 36 sqm
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & shower
* Bath towels
* Air conditioning
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room
* Wardrobe/Closet
* Balcony
* TV
* Telephone
* Seating Area
* Private entrance
* Kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities

Zanzibar house – Penthouse
The two Penthouse rooms, ‘Sunrise’ & ‘Sunset’ have been designed to give a more private setting. The bedrooms open onto a balcony with breathtaking views. You can watch traditional dhows sailing past in the stunning turquoise and azure waters of the Indian Ocean from your hammock!
Both penthouses are equipped with all the essentials to make your stay comfortable. These include an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, safe deposit box, kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities and lovely spacious balconies with hammocks.

* 2 Penthouse rooms with Sea View
* Room size 27 sqm
* Number of Guest – two
* Units detached and located on Top Floor of Zanzibar House
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & Bath
* Bath towels
* Air conditioning
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room
* CD Player
* Wardrobe
* Clothes rack
* Kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities
* Room open onto a balcony with hammock

Mahaba Cottage- Honeymoon Suite
‘Mahaba’ means ‘romance’ in Swahili, and this cottage is definitely romantic. Fall asleep and wake up to the sounds and sights of the Indian Ocean right on your doorstep!
The honeymoon cottage is tucked away at the quiet edge of the property. It is decorated in local style with wooden floors and walls lined with traditional woven palm fronds. The design in open-plan, with a lounge/dining area, kitchenette, and bathroom on the ground floor, as well as an airy sleeping area with a comfortable double bed upstairs. The spacious verandah overlooking the ocean has its own sun bed. You will have your own private access to the beach.

* 1 Honeymoon Suite with Sea View
* Room size 73 sqm
* Number of Guest – two
* Unit detached and located on quite edge of the property
* The design in open-plan
* En-suite bathroom with toilet & Bath & shower
* Bath towels
* Only room with no Air Condition
* Roof fan
* Mosquito net
* Safe deposit box in room
* CD Player
* Wardrobe
* Clothes rack
* Sleeping area with a comfortable double bed upstairs
* Kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities
* Lounge/Dining area
* Spacious verandah with sea view
* Private access to the beach

Restaurants and bars available at Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Zanzibar is famed for its fresh seafood and variety of spices – both feature prominently on Mnarani’s restaurant menu. Each morning the kitchen team provide a buffet style breakfast, with homemade bread and pastries, (just ask how you would like your eggs).
A small lunch menu is available with local dishes as well as pizzas and sandwiches.
The wholesome evening meal alternates between a fixed menu with a choice of dishes or a buffet which includes starters, salads as well as homemade Swahili dishes, international and vegetarian options. Don’t forget to try the resident Pastry Chef’s desserts.
You may also have the privilege of being introduced to Mnarani’s resident bush babies who love to eat at their own tree table in front of the restaurant most evenings.
On Sundays, Mnarani invites it’s guests to a BBQ at the side of the pool or on the beach depending on the tides. It is the highlight of the week and not to be missed as it brings everyone together.
If you require a special diet, have a yearning to taste other recipes, want to organize a special celebration, just let the Head Chef know. He and his team will do their best to accommodate you.

The bar and lounge area are set at one end of Mnaranis wooden deck overlooking the Indian Ocean. Relax and while away your time, sipping your choice of drink from our fine selection of wines, cocktails, and freshly prepared fruit juices, whilst listening to calming music and watching the waves.
For those guests who would like to take their own special bottle of wine to the bar, restaurant or public areas, we charge a $5 corkage fee.
The bar area includes a pool table, darts and satellite TV for your enjoyment. Try your hand at Bao, the traditional Zanzibari board game – the staff will be happy to show you how it’s done!

Facilities available at Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Swimming Pool
The 56 ft by 28 ft swimming pool is an all-time favourite with guests. Laze on the sun beds, cool down on a tropical sunny day. Relax in the pool and let go of any tension by using the gentle massage jets found in the pool’s shallow end.

Wi-Fi
Mnarani Beach Cottages are pleased to offer guests free internet service in public areas; library pool, bar, restaurant, and reception. Keep in touch with the outside world as and when you need to.

Library
Mnarani’s library has over 1000 novels mainly in English. Other languages are available as well; French, German, Italian, Dutch and Scandinavian languages. You are welcome to borrow or swap books free of charge. There are also magazines and local newspapers.

Games & Satellite TV
In the bar are you will find a pool table, a selection of board games, darts and satellite TV with international sports channels for you to enjoy.

Cinammon Spa
Located directly on the beach, cooled by the sea breeze and with its own meditative wave sound system, Mnarani’s Spa location and massage team will help you get rid of the tension that was created by the pressures of everyday life. Choose from locally prepared natural aromatic oils; essences of cinnamon, lemongrass, jasmine or clove oil to help you relax and revitalize. The therapeutic treatments available at the Cinnamon spa are ; Relaxing Full Body Massage, Energizing Massage, Sports Massage or the Traditional Zanzibar Head Massage. Also available: Manicure, Pedicure, Henna Painting, Hair Plaiting, Leg Waxing.

Credit cards excepted
Amex, Visa & Mastercard

Cleaning services
Ironing & Laundry service (Additional charge)

Explore the area
Depending on the moon and the daily tides, you can access the beach in front of the hotel from the Mnarani deck area. Take a leisurely stroll to the Nungwi Dhow shipbuilding yard, beach-comb or join the local women and children as they search the shallows of the reef for small fish and octopus.
Remember to bring your beach shoes with you.

Snorkeling
The Nungwi peninsula boasts magnificent diving and snorkeling sites, most notably the famed Mnemba Atoll. A full day trip on Mnarani’s own traditional dhow, ‘My Lady’, will take you there for an extensive forage into the tropical underwater world, swimming and sunbathing on a remote and picturesque beach. You can choose from two favorite snorkeling spots – one in shallow and one in deeper water.
Swim with the dolphins (although their presence can’t be guaranteed) or go for a spot of fishing and catch your own lunch. Don’t worry if you don’t catch a bite – we’ll buy from the local fishermen and set up a beach barbecue just for you!

Sunset Cruise
Sailing on a traditional Swahili dhow is a great experience in itself. Add the sunset, the gentle breeze, and the peace and calm out there in our azure waters… and it turns into an unforgettable holiday memory!

Kayaking
Paddling along the coastline in a kayak is a relaxing and fun way to explore your surroundings. There are double and single kayaks available; life jackets and shoes can be provided.

Game Fishing
The waters around the North of Zanzibar are teeming with marine life. If you feel like catching your own dinner, Mnarani offers both full (8h) and half-day (4h) deep sea fishing trips. The boat carries a maximum of five passengers plus crew. It is fully equipped with two outboard engines, GPS, radio, fish finder, life jackets and first aid kit. Fish caught by guests include; King Fish, Sail Fish, Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna.

PADI Scuba Diving
There are no diving facilities at Mnarani itself, but Mnrani work closely with a reputable certified dive center in the vicinity. They are more than happy to assist you with booking your dives or PADI courses.

Sailing
If you are an experienced Hobie cat 16 captain, you are welcome to hire Mnarani’s boat. If it’s your first time, one of the experienced staff can take you sailing to enjoy the breeze along the coast. Please note the sailing will depend on the sea condition.

Kite Surfing
From December to March you can enjoy the thrill of kite surfing in front of the hotel.

Please note that the information on Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

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