Stay at Shooting Star Inn
Shooting Star is very simple and quiet, and the beautiful gardens offer a great shelter from the hot sun. The staff are really welcoming and will make sure you have an enjoyable stay.
Shooting Star Inn, Zanzibar ArchipelagoOur rating: Simple
Shooting Star is owned and run by Elly Mlanga, a warm friendly man from Arusha, and his British wife Lesley. It originally started as a small beach restaurant but as it became more and more popular Elly built a number of cottages for people to stay in.
There are seventeen rooms, made up of four garden lodge rooms and eleven sea view rooms as well as two suites, Kusi and Kaskazi. They are spaced around a well tended garden with bright tropical flowers. There are hammocks under thatch shades and lovely views of the beach and sea. Each room is simple but pretty with Zanzibari beds, polished stone floors, fresh flower arrangements and en suite bathrooms. The two newly built suites are lovely. The ground floor areas have a large hallway, which open up onto a large terraced exterior verandah with a private swimming pool. The bedroom is on the second floor and has magnificent panoramic views both up and down the coast. Continuing up the stairs to the roof level, guests will find the roof terrace the perfect place to relax in the evening. Set just back from the sea the restaurant and bar is under thatch and serves simple Zanzibari food using fresh ingredients and fish from local fishermen.
Whilst the hotel doesn't have a dive centre, Elly can arrange dive and snorkel trips for those that want. They also have a beach bar for those just wanting to relax by the sea. Recently opened is a new Spa overlooking the beach. There is a therapist and a menu of treatments from fruit facials, wraps and scrubs and massages.
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