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“Luxurious without being pretentious”
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Anna of Zanzibar
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Bwejuu
Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
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“Luxurious without being pretentious”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

We are a couple and only stayed at Anna for one and a half day, something which we regret deeply. Anna's slogan of "barefoot luxury" is spot on - at Anna of Zanzibar, we enjoyed superior accommodation, highly professional service and well above average hotel cuisine while experiencing none of the stiffness and over-the-top formality that many luxury hotels suffer from. While at Anna, you can do almost anything you could imagine while on a remote island holiday, in your own way. Meals are served how, where and when you want them. Menus changed according to your wishes. Tours arranged to your liking.

Conditions for total relaxation could hardly be better.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bonn, Germany
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Me and my family came to Anna of Zanzibar in March and stayed until April (two weeks) and it was just lovely. Choosing a time and place to sit together and share a meal every day was simply amazing. It was something we hadn't had time to do in a long while before our stay. The staff is so considered, friendly, open, welcoming, it blew our minds away. The property is beautiful as well. Plenty of space to both relax alone or have some fun time with the family and never get on anyone's nerves ;) Also, the trips Niccy (management) helped us organize were truly amazing. My personal highlight was a diving session near Mnemba Island (if I remember the name correctly). I have never seen water of that colour before in my life. And diving in this area with all the beautiful fish and sea creatures is something I will remember for the rest of my life!

Thank you so much for incredible two weeks!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had a beautiful few days here earlier this month. The villas are lovely with amazing bathrooms and your own porch to have breakfast and meals if you want. I love the decor style, and everything is well maintained. All of the staff are brilliant, nice gardens, very clean pool and perfect Zanzibar beach. The masseuse in the spa is one of the best I've ever had. We have stayed in a few places on Zanzibar and there is definitely something about Anna. Good food, beautiful place with relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Yateley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

I don't wear flip flops but you know what I mean.
This place was recommended to us for our wedding anniversary, we had stayed at other places on Zanzibar but Anna's was on a very different level. Most resorts we stayed at on Zanzibar had that laid back feel but nowhere made you feel quite as special as Anna's. Nicci (the manager) was so helpful and really made sure our anniversary was one we'll never forget. Not sure how a resort can manage with just five rooms but wow! what rooms they are. The staff were exceptional without hovering constantly, this is not the sort of place where you want constant attention. You can feel like you are the only ones there or you can have a chat with other guests, the thing is you can make that choice, This is most definitely bare foot luxury and, thanks to all the staff, somewhere we'll never forget.
Oh and by the way, if you like your food you won't go far wrong at Anna's.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Had a great stay here in February / March of 2014. It is small in scale in that there are only 5 bungalows but they are incredibly roomy, clean and beautiful. Service is excellent on all fronts and the food is delicious. It is a very luxurious place, beautifully situated and very well run. We had our 3 year old daughter with us that everybody was extremely nice to. The owner also has a small child and they could play together. You can meet the other guests but if you want to keep to yourself that is easy too. The grounds are very spacious.The spa is run by Agnes who also is very good. I had bad luck with the wind but Bwejuu now also has a kitesurf operator (as part of one of the larger resorts if you walk on the beach approx 200 mtrs to the right) but Anna's also works together with the premier kitesurf operator in nearby Paje (that supposedly is better priced).
None of the food that I had in Zanzibar matched that of Anna's. This was the finale of our 2 week trip to Tanzania and it could not have been better.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

We really enjoyed the small size of the place. The staff was consistently excellent during our stay.
Manager Niccy made us feel right at home the first night we arrived. Food was very good to excellent at all meals. Agnes in the spa was outstanding. The bungalow we stayed in was unique and beautiful. There's quite good snorkeling on a reef fairly close by.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

I stayed at Anna's following a safari in the North of Tanzania. Anna's was amazing. The setting was very picturesque, the rooms were spotless and the food was second to none.
Located in the southeastern part of Zanzibar, Anna's is right on a beautiful sandy beach. You can spend your days relaxing under the palm trees, go for a swim in the lovely pool, or if you want to be more adventurous, ask management to book a scuba or snorkeling trip for you. Whatever you end up deciding, you'll not be bored and will undoubtedly treasure the special moments you have experienced in this part of the world. The service is very attentive: whatever you ask for, you will get (within reason of course). The leisurely meals are superb and served whenever and wherever you like. All staff are very friendly and helpful. Niccy, the manager, will do her best to accommodate whatever wish you may have. Personally, I enjoyed spending my days doing very little and forgetting completely about my busy working life. What better way to spend an evening sitting on the veranda of this wonderful place, sipping a whiskey after a satisfying dinner? Don't forget to book a day trip and guided tour in Stone Town.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Anna of Zanzibar
Address: South East Coast, Bwejuu 3185, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anna of Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private and exclusive boutique hotel with 5 superb villas only. Situated on the east coast of Zanzibar with a beautiful beach. Swimming pool, spa, bar, restaurant with superb seafood. Activities include diving, fishing, boat trips and more. ... more   less 
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