One of the most luxurious hotels on the east coast of Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa has been granted an international five-star rating. It’s ideally located on a blissful stretch of palm-fringed beach with white sand and dazzling blue water - just what you’re after.
The spacious, cool reception area under makuti (palm thatch) is impressive, especially when you're visiting the resort for the first time. You instantly know you’re in a top-notch hotel. There is an enormous pool around which you’ll find guests soaking up the sun. The clientele is largely international, so you’ll hear a variety of accents. Warm hospitality comes naturally to the Swahili staff, who is impeccably dressed in long, robed uniforms.
The eastern side of the island is greatly influenced by the tide. You can sunbathe on the beach and slip straight into the water and swim far out when the tide is high. When the tide recedes, you have to wade out to the fringing reef, which can be fun if you want to look for marine life in the shallows. Karafuu is one of the few hotels on the east coast where you can enjoy a comfortable and safe swim in the ocean at low tide. A concrete path in front of the hotel leads you from the beach to a permanent natural depression in the ocean bed just 200 meters offshore, offering a giant natural swimming pool deep enough for small boats to moor in. The hotel, opened in 1995, is aptly named after the Swahili word for cloves, karafuu, which grow in abundance on Zanzibar (especially on Pemba).
The hotel has 135 rooms, all having the same facilities.
All the rooms have makuti (palm-thatch) roofs and are decorated in a modern style with some Zanzibari characteristics. They are all well maintained and comfortable. Each room has its own veranda and the beds have mosquito nets.
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa offers a wide choice of restaurants, where the food quality is well known to our guests and strongly recommended.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in theme nights, or enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach or on our floating restaurant.
Our restaurants are:
Kijiji Restaurant (open for breakfast / lunch / dinner)
This is Karafuu’s main restaurant: enjoy generous portions of our international buffet, letting your eyes wander on the extraordinary colors of the Indian Ocean. Available for all guests, without supplement.
Bondeni Pool Restaurant (open for breakfast / lunch / dinner)
Surrounded by Bondeni Pool, this restaurant is located in a more private area of the resort, in the middle of a tropical garden, offers generous breakfast buffet, tasty Italian dishes and pizza. Available for all guests, without supplement.
Grand Bleu Restaurant (open for dinner)
A la carte dinner restaurant with breathtaking ocean view, for a romantic seafood gourmet dinner right on the moonlit beach. Available for all guests, with supplement.
Tziporen Kosher Restaurant (open for breakfast / lunch / dinner)
Specialized in Kosher food to suit all need for feeling at home even away from home. Available for all guests, with supplement.
Masai Village (open on scheduled program)
Faithful reconstruction of a real Masai village within the resort, offers, twice a week, traditional Swahili and Masai dinners, with folkloristic dances and performances by local artists. Available for all guests
For a relaxing break during the day, or for a nightcap, do not forget our bars:
Zanzi .... Bar
Our main Cocktail bar & Shisha Lounge area where you can enjoy tropical cocktail and soft music on a scenic seaview veranda.
3 Swim-up Bars
Situated in Bondeni, Masai and Main Pool. To sip an exotic longdrink while sitting on underwater stools
Meals (at Kijiji Restaurant and Bondeni Pool Restaurant)
Free Drinks (from 10am to 24pm)
Sports and Leisure
The Samawati Spa is an oasis of relaxation and features an outdoor Thalasso pool and private sun deck overlooking the ocean. Relax in the waters of the swimming pool or on a sun bed and enjoy the tranquil ambiance after a beauty or wellbeing treatment.
The spa uses natural, high quality facial products; anti-stressing aromatherapy oils and revitalizing creams to pamper and beautiful to improve energy, tranquility and balance.
A very well equipped and wide structure built within a fenced nice garden, where children can spend their time playing with some toys, watch TV and DVD or staying in a wide outer space provided with swing, tricycles and toy cars.
Have you ever thought about spending your honeymoon in Zanzibar or even getting married there? There is nothing more charming than to celebrate the most important moment of one's life on an island covered with luxuriant tropical vegetation, surrounded by white, deserted beaches and small coral islands.
Karafuu Hotel can propose and organize very special and romantic ideas for your wedding and honeymoon. Everything is set to greet you and to make your stay an unforgettable moment. At your arrival you will be welcomed by our friendly staff who will attend to every detail during your stay. You will receive the best treatment possible, according to the famous style of "Karafuu hospitality".
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa can arrange meetings or incentives in two air-conditioned conference rooms as well as organize gala evenings even on the beach or by the pool, with special menus and / or lobster and live bands.
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