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Overview of Filao Beach Zanzibar

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Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers

Filao Beach Zanzibar

4 out of 5

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationMarumbi Beach4 min drive
    Popular LocationUroa Beach6 min drive
    AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)55 min drive
    Popular LocationMichamvi Kae Beach69 min drive

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Deluxe Room, Garden View

  • 291 sq ft
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Bed

Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean View

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Deluxe Room, Ocean View

  • 291 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Bed

About this area


Located in Chwaka, Filao Beach Zanzibar is in a rural area and on the beach. While the natural beauty of Kiwengwa Beach and Mapenzi Beach can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can check out Kidichi Spice Farm.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Marumbi Beach - 4 min drive
  • Uroa Beach - 6 min drive
  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park - 20 min drive
  • Pingwe Beach - 69 min drive
  • Michamvi Kae Beach - 69 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 55 min drive


  • Bar Palumbo Reef — 10 min drive

About this property

Filao Beach Zanzibar

Waterfront lodge with an outdoor pool
When you stay at this beach lodge you can enjoy umbrellas and sun loungers. All 18 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and furnished patios. Room service, premium bedding, and free bottled water are among the other amenities available to guests.
Filao Beach Zanzibar offers 18 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and complimentary bottled water. Rooms open to furnished patios. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers.

Bathrooms include showers, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. This Chwaka lodge provides complimentary wireless Internet access. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

Recreational amenities at the lodge include an outdoor pool.
Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services.

All inclusive details

This lodge is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Front-desk safe
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Beach towels
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Ceiling fan
  • Premium bedding


  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Refrigerator

Outdoor space

  • Furnished patio


  • Desk
  • Safe
  • Turndown service

Similar properties

The average per-night price is based on the lowest price found within the past 24 hours for the next 30 nights. All prices include taxes and fees and are based on a 1-night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from April 1 2020 to December 14 2020 (dates subject to change).

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 63 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 5 percent

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Reservations are required for massage services; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Filao Beach Zanzibar Lodge Chwaka
Filao Beach Zanzibar Lodge
Filao Beach Zanzibar Chwaka
Filao Beach Zanzibar Lodge
Filao Beach Zanzibar Chwaka
Filao Beach Zanzibar Lodge Chwaka

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Filao Beach Zanzibar and receive a full refund?
Yes, Filao Beach Zanzibar offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Filao Beach Zanzibar cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
As of Apr 14, 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Filao Beach Zanzibar on Apr 17, 2021 start from $155, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Filao Beach Zanzibar have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Filao Beach Zanzibar pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Check-in is from 2:00 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Does Filao Beach Zanzibar provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle that runs on request. A fee of USD 63 per vehicle applies.
Are there all-inclusive benefits at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Yes, the property is all-inclusive.
Where is Filao Beach Zanzibar located?
Nestled on the beach, this Chwaka lodge is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Marumbi Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. Uroa Beach and Pongwe Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 11 out of 31 reviews
5 - Excellent 35%
Rating 4 - Good. 10 out of 31 reviews
4 - Good 32%
Rating 3 - Okay. 6 out of 31 reviews
3 - Okay 19%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 31 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 3 out of 31 reviews
1 - Terrible 10%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

1/5 Terrible

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Quiet, gardens, secluded, nice staff, good facilities
Stayed 6 nights in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Great pool, but not a great beach
Our family stayed here 3 nights. The pool was great and so was the bar. It is a very secluded, small resort. It would take quite a while, and a driver, to go eat away from the resort. They have various meal packages which include, or don't include drinks. The beach is not swimmable, and not very sightly due to the amount of seaweed. But, if you look beyond the beach to the water and horizon, it's beautiful. They offer a boat ride Mon, Wed, and Fri to another beach to swim. The restaurant is outdoors, but covered. Rooms have individual AC units. We spent most of our time at the pool, or relaxing in a hammock.
Stayed 3 nights in Dec 2019

4/5 Good

Traveled with group
Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 6 nights in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
One of the best experience! Wonderful staff, very friendly, they make as feel like part of their family. A very clean hotel, good service, exceptional food and beautiful cocktails! You can also find at the hotel a guide how can arrange your excursion around the island at a very good price. We fully recommend this hotel and look forward to returning soon. Mr Christopher
Stayed 10 nights in Nov 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Five star experince😍
Nice place for family getaway and relaxation, there customer services is SUPER👍 from Managers to attendants, we enjoyed the night that there were African dances near the pool wish to have activities like these everyday. There rooms are superclean what U see in pictures is what U will see when u get there.We loved the addition of children play ground as we travelled with kids.Thank U for ur hospitality we will definetely come again
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

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