Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar on the North coast of Zanzibar. Langi Langi Beach Bungalows Zanzibar information, images, packages and more.

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Mnarani Beach Cottages is a quaint hideaway lodge, found at the quieter flank of the Nungwi Peninsula on Zanzibar’s North Coast. A modern day safe haven overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, far away from the madness of everyday life.
Choose a room to suit your needs, all are set in exotic mature gardens near to the sea. Each room is en-suite with a/c, fans, safes, and verandas. Get a good night’s sleep without any modern disturbance. Have a look at the room options.
Try the Mnarani’s homemade Zanzibar cuisine. The island is famed for its fresh seafood and variety of spices, both feature prominently on the restaurant menu. As well as traditional Swahili dishes the kitchen also serves / prepares international dishes.
Chill out on sun beds, sofas, swings, and hammocks either on your terrace, by the pool or lounge on the Mnarani deck area overlooking the sea. Grab a book from the library, your choice of drink from the bar, listen to the ocean to find inner peace and tranquility.
Take time out to visit the Cinnamon spa team and discover the delights of a traditional Zanzibari head massage. The Mnarani experience is all about: recovering, relaxing, rejuvenating and replenishing. Learn more about the Cinnamon Spa.
Climb up to the rooftop terrace of Zanzibar House to take in the spectacular 360-degree view over the whole Northern part of the island. Enjoy sundowners as you take in the fabulous sunsets and moon rises.
For those who are more adventurous, at low tide, you can beach comb, join the locals searching the rock pools or swim in the lagoon. Perhaps kayaking, snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, game fishing or a sunset cruise is for you. These are also available on your doorstep, all you need to do is ask.
Nassor El Mahruki, the kindhearted owner in residence, is an excellent host with an abundance of knowledge about the island. Nassor’s down to earth approach and choice of local friendly staff means you will soon feel at home.

The History of Mnarani Beach Cottages
1995 – Nassor El Mahruki first had the idea of building a small family guest house near Nungwi’s light house with access to the beautiful beach. In those early days, Nungwi was still quite untouched by tourism; the village didn’t even have electricity! The first guests who stayed said: “It’s beautiful, but there’s nowhere to eat!”
1997 – The restaurant and bar overlooking the Indian Ocean were built and the site expanded to include more cottages to accommodate a maximum of 24 guests.
1998 – Mains electricity was connected for the first time in the North of the island.
1999 – The reception area was built.
2000 – Mahaba Cottage, the honeymoon hideaway was erected.
2001 – The Superior Rooms were constructed.
2005 – Zanzibar House was built.
2006 – The swimming pool was finished.
2008 – The “Fisherman House” came online.
2016 – In November 2016 Mnarani celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was among of the first hotel ever built in Nungwi and we are proud that it is still open today.

The facilities at Mnarani are continually improving, using ideas from both visitors and staff, to offer you the very best of comfort, service and atmosphere.

About Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar is located in Nungwi, a beachfront on the northern tip of Zanzibar island, with a wide range of facilities and leisure options.

 

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar location map

 

Restaurant at Mnarani Beach Cottages
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.

Bar
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! 

Restaurant & Bar at Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

 

 

Hotel Facilities:

* 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 kitesurfing in front of the hotel.

Facilities at Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar

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.

Mnarani Beach Cottages room options

 

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.

 

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar rooms

 

12 x 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

Mnarani Beach Cottages Standard Cottages

10 x Zanzibar house – Deluxe rooms

The 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

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar house – Deluxe rooms

 

4 x 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

 

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar Superior rooms

 

2 x 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

Mnarani Beach Cottages Fishermans house – Apartments

 

2 x 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

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar house – Penthouse

 

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

Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar Mahaba Cottage – Honeymoon Suite

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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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.

Useful information

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Unguja, The capital, Stone Town, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and is an eclectic mix of cultures, architecture and languages. What was once a small fishing village is now a thriving town with an extraordinary history and past. The impact of the different cultures can be seen on the buildings and in the faces of the locals while walking around Stone Town. Coral and stone houses boast imposing wooden Zanzibar doors, set with brass studs to defend against charging elephants, intricately carved with scripts from the Qu’ran. Indian houses have courtyards behind the shop fronts and delicate and beautiful carved balconies. Arab homes are characterized by their white washed walls, flat terraces and small windows. The reason for this window style is solely to preserve the modesty of the women. Zanzibar does not have tribes. Local traditions are a fusion of different ethnic groups that have settled on the island. Although Zanzibar benefits from Tourism, the majority of the population still makes their living from subsistence farming and fishing. Zanzibar is a unique destination filled with history and character, beautiful beaches and wonderful people.

History

The islands were likely to have been visited at an even earlier date by traders and sailors from Arabia. From around the 8th century Shirazi traders from Persia also began to make their way to East Africa, where they established settlements on Pemba and probably also at Zanzibar’s Unguja Ukuu. Zanzibar became a powerful city-state, supplying slaves, gold, ivory and wood to places as distant as Indian and Asia, while importing spices, glassware and textiles. Along with the trade from the east came Islam and the Arabic architecture that still characterizes the archipelago today. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj, as well as extensive inland trading routes. Over time the abolition of the slave trade came about when the British Empire took control. In 1890 Zanzibar became a British protectorate. The death of one sultan and the succession of another of whom the British did not approve, led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War, also known as The Shortest War in History. The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution caused the death of many Arabs and Indians, and even thousands more expelled and expropriated. This led to the founding of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the Republic merged with the mainland Tanganyika, or more accurately, was subsumed into Tanzania, of which Zanzibar still remains a semi-autonomous region. it has been influenced by many different cultures, including the great Orientals like China, Arabia and Persia. The history and cultures have also been strongly influenced by both traders and invaders over the centuries, from the Portuguese and Omani Arabs to the English, thus creating a very unique history and diverse culture. Another major trade good was ivory from the tusks of elephants killed in mainland Africa. The third pillar of the economy was slaves, giving Zanzibar an important place in the Arab slave trade.

Cultural Considerations

Zanzibar is a very religious country and consists 95% of Muslim people. To show respect towards Zanzibar’s culture, visitors are requested to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection. When walking through towns or villages, women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees and men should not walk bare-chested or in swimming trunks. Swimwear is acceptable on the beaches but topless sunbathing is not. Visitors are advised not to take pictures of people unless you’ve asked their permission. During the fast of Ramadan, it is considered the height of bad manners to drink and eat in public places or while walking down the street. Non-Muslims should also not enter Mosques unless specifically invited to do so.

Tips for planning and for saving for your Zanzibar holiday:

Zanzibar is truly a great destination to consider for your next tropical Island beach holiday. Not only is it much more affordable compared to other Island destinations, it will take you less than 3,5 hours to fly to Zanzibar, if opting for the direct flights departing from Johannesburg.  While it is more affordable than most destination, it is not cheap and planning is needed to make your dream of a relaxing holiday become a reality.

Packages that we offer includes your return airfare, airport to hotel transfers, accommodation with meals (variety of options available) and day activities can also be arranged.

Open a holiday savings account, just like budgeting for other expenses, is part of any well-thought-out expense budget. You need to start planning as far in advance as possible.

How to get your hands on those elusive special packages. Travel off-season (outside of school & or public holidays), your travel packages will be much more affordable as flight fares & room rates will be less. Understand that if holiday times are the only time you can travel bookings must be made well in advance (around 6 months if possible).

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