Baraza is a unique boutique resort built in a distinctive Swahili design. There are Indian and Arabic influences clearly present too in the curated antiques, handmade Zanzibari furniture and elaborate architecture.
Shooting Star Lodge
Shooting Star is owned and run by Elly Mlang’a, who is a warm, friendly host originally from mainland Tanzania. Together with his British wife, Lesley, he has grown a small beach restaurant into a popular boutique property, offering accommodation in beautiful cottages spread across well-tended grounds.
The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed, with thatched, whitewashed buildings complemented by wooden furniture and brightly coloured fabrics. The tropical gardens are filled with flowers and lush green foliage, with fountains and shaded hammocks creating a tranquil place to relax. Guests can unwind in the infinity pool, which looks straight out over the sea, or on the soft sandy beach.
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Rooms are simple but pretty, offering high ceilings, large windows and polished stone floors. Each room features hand-carved Zanzibari four-poster beds, fresh flowers and en suite bathrooms, as well as mosquito nets, air conditioning and ceiling fans.
Garden Lodge rooms offer private, furnished terraces looking out onto the tropical gardens. Sea View Cottages have spacious verandas with sea views, with some spread across two levels to accommodate families. The two-bedroom Monsoon Villas are set apart from other rooms, perched on a hill and boasting wonderful sea views from their roof terrace, which comes complete with daybed and private pool. Spanning three floors, the upper bedroom offers panoramic coastal views.
The property is situated on Zanzibar’s northeast coast, around a ten minute drive from the villages of Kiwenga and Pwani Mchangani. There are coral reefs within easy reach offshore, providing excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities, and a number of watersports and cruises are offered by nearby operators.
Food and drink
Set just back from the sea, the restaurant and bar is in a thatched, open-air building. The restaurant serves simple Zanzibari food, using fresh ingredients and fish sourced from local fishermen, while the bar stocks a good selection of beverages. For a more romantic dining experience, private dinners can be set up on the beach.
There are several accommodation options for families here, with the two-floor Sea View Cottages featuring a double bedroom downstairs and a twin or triple bedroom downstairs, while the Monsoon Villas offer two en suite bedrooms – a master double room upstairs and a single or twin room downstairs.
Facilities and activities
Star Spa is located beside the beach, allowing for cooling sea breezes as you enjoy a massage or rejuvenating treatment. Alternatively, relax by the infinity pool, on the sandy beach or in the comfort of your private veranda. Elly and Lesley are happy to help arrange other activities for you, from diving and snorkelling to more energetic watersports such as kitesurfing and parasailing.
A number of activities can be enjoyed in the area, including romantic dhow cruises out to a reef, scenic flights over the island and trips to other parts of the island, including spice farms where you can taste some of Zanzibar’s finest home-grown flavours, ruins and historic buildings left behind by the sultans and Jozani Forest, where you may encounter the endemic red colobus monkey.
Shooting Star is simple and quiet with warm, welcoming staff. Set in beautiful gardens, we think it’s ideal for those looking for peaceful relaxation on the beach alongside good home-cooked food.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A stay at Breezes Beach Club & Spa makes for a true Zanzibari experience. Set on soft white sands, it offers guests the chance to completely unwind whilst still providing a good range of activities for those who need a break from the beach.
The emphasis here is on luxury and high levels of service. The property has been beautifully designed with all modern comforts without losing a traditional African feel.
Overlooking the sparkling sea, sprinkled with traditional dhow boats, the focus at Kilindi Zanzibar is on great service, exclusivity, fantastic fine dining and rooms that are so lovely you won’t want to leave them.
Matemwe is a small friendly hotel, built on a low coral cliff overlooking the ocean. The beach has dazzling snow white sand and is very picturesque with its small fishing village.
Pongwe is a peaceful, simple hotel. While perhaps not the best place for party animals, it is ideal for those who enjoy their food and want a relaxed beach experience.
The Serena has an unbeatable location overlooking the Indian Ocean but remaining in the heart of town. It is a superb hotel from which to explore and is a peaceful place to relax if the hustle and bustle of Stone Town gets a bit too much.
The Palms is exquisite. It is small, stylish and the staff are excellent. It is perfect for those looking for an exclusive, romantic getaway. We warmly recommend it.
The Residence Zanzibar is a beautiful property situated on the southwest coast of Zanzibar near Kizimkazi village. The villas are spread out across the property, each with its own private pool and sunbathing decking area for complete relaxation.
Unguja Lodge is a small boutique hotel set amongst baobab and mango trees at Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Perched on a low coral cliff, it's just a 50 metre walk from an idyllic sandy beach.
Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house.