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Best Zanzibar Family Hotels

Villa Kiva
Great for families
4 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is $76 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
4.7/5Exceptional! (200 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pools, on the beach, laundry
Travelers say...

"Loved every bit of it. The rooms are comfortable and simple but yet cozy and welcoming. Do you do feel the African love!!"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Villa Kiva
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Great for families
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
The price is $219 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.6/5Wonderful! (287 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pools, on the beach, games and toys, free breakfast for the whole family
Travelers say...

"Long before we flew, we specifically contacted the hotel to say we would be arriving very early to the property and was there some arrangement we could make for an early check in. We never received a response until the day before iur flight and that was an auto reply that someone might contact us ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2020

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa Zanzibar
Great for families
4 out of 5
Kiwengwa Beach, North East Coast, Kiwengwa
The price is $232 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.4/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, babysitting, on the beach, bicycle rentals
Travelers say...

"It was a lovely spacious hotel with a beautiful African theme spread out in beautiful grounds. The staff were lovely especially Hassan, the Bar Manager and the Animator boys Godgift, Marco and Festo who were great fun. We really enjoyed our holiday there."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa Zanzibar

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Albatross Ocean View
Great for families
4 out of 5
Dongwe Road, Dongwe
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4.4/5Excellent! (127 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, on the beach, bicycle rentals nearby, free breakfast for the whole family
Travelers say...

"The hotel has brilliant staff who go above and beyond to make your stay really lovely."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Albatross Ocean View
Mizingani Seafront Hotel
Great for families
4 out of 5
Mizingani Road, Malindi district, Zanzibar Town
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The price is $56 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.3/5Excellent! (267 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, babysitting, close to beach, laundry
Decent hotel in old style

"Decent Hotel with old interesting interior style. Smaller than sister hotel Tembo, but very similar in style. Paid 145$ for a family room facing the pool. AC either on or off, no remote. Safe by the reception. Breakfast was said to start 07.00, but service slow and all things up and running by 07.20-30. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Mizingani Seafront Hotel
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins
Great for families
4 out of 5
Mbweni, Zanzibar Town
The price is $135 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
4.3/5Excellent! (124 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, on the beach, extra beds/cribs, free breakfast for the whole family
A gem in Zanzibar

"The grounds are beautiful and the location excellent. When our flight from Arusha was diverted and we arrived at night without our luggage, the night manager sent robes, slippers and a dental kits to our room. The restaurant stayed open late so we could get a bite to eat and a much appreciated glass ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
Great for families
4 out of 5
Nungwi Village, Nungwi
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4.2/5Very Good! (405 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, on the beach, bicycle rentals nearby, games and toys
Travelers say...

"Great location, nice, rooms, tasty food, friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
Smiles Beach Hotel
Great for families
4 out of 5
North Coast of Zanzibar, Nungwi
The price is $96 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
4.2/5Very Good! (186 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, on the beach, laundry
Quiet place wit terrible beach

"Place is OK. Nothing great at all, but clean. The beach is terrible and should not be highlighted in the description. I booked this because I thought I could go on the beach and in the water, but for hours the tide exposes the ocean floor and makes the water useless. When it comes in, you have no ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Smiles Beach Hotel
Tausi Palace Hotel
Great for families
3 out of 5
Baghani Street, Zanzibar Town
The price is $56 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4/5Very Good! (98 reviews)
Families like: babysitting, close to beach, bicycle rentals nearby, extra beds/cribs
Travelers say...

"Very good location. Great staff! Affordable room rates."…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Tausi Palace Hotel
Mbuyuni Beach Village - Bungalows
Great for families
2 out of 5
East Coast of Zanzibar, Jambiani
The price is $51 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
3.8/5Good! (104 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, playground, game room, babysitting
Travelers say...

"The only thing to like was location. Based on the was we were treated, i would never recommend this place to anyone. There are ants and insects in every room, food is terrible and cold, run by men that dont even shower/wash their clothes( and they’re the same ones cooking and serving). I saw one ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Mbuyuni Beach Village - Bungalows
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Family Friendly Hotels with Indoor Pools

Bluebay Beach Resort And Spa
4 out of 5
Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa
The price is $104 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
4.3/5Excellent! (65 reviews)

"This is a beautiful resort and lovely ocean for wading. The drink and food choices on the all inclusive were very nice. The all inclusive is a limited menu, so not exactly all inclusive. Everything had to be ordered through a waiter, who wrote up a ticket that got rang up by a bar tender, then brought ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Bluebay Beach Resort And Spa
Dhow Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Kenyatta Road / Baghani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
The price is $67 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.2/5Excellent! (222 reviews)

"Dhow Palace Hotel have been very understanding during the Covid-19 pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Dhow Palace Hotel
Kichanga Lodge
4 out of 5
Michamvi Pingwe, Michamvi, Zanzibar
The price is $135 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.5/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)
Good

"Pleasant stay beautiful scenery"…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Kichanga Lodge

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Oceanfront Villa Zanzibar
3 out of 5
Paje Beach, Bwejuu
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Oceanfront Villa Zanzibar
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Family friendly Hotels with Connecting Rooms

Kena Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is $174 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
4.3/5Excellent! (50 reviews)

"Our family of 4 had a wonderful 3 night stay. The rooms were beautiful, beds comfortable, and the air con worked well. Turn down service to spruce up the rooms and set up the mosquito netting is a nice touch. The pavilion has impressive architectural presence which is brilliant planning for covering ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Kena Beach Hotel
Bellevue Guesthouse
3 out of 5
South East Coast, Bwejuu, Unguja South
The price is $34 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
4.6/5Wonderful! (88 reviews)

"Staff very friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Bellevue Guesthouse
Che Che Vule
4 out of 5
Matemwe Kigomani, Matemwe, Unguja North Region
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Coral Rock Hotel & Restaurant
3 out of 5
Jambiani Mfumbwi, Jambiani
The price is $70 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24
3.4/5Good! (86 reviews)

"Wow we loved coral rock. It was beautifully clean. All The Staff are so so friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. The situation is outstanding. Quite a few Maasai on the beach are very friendly and certainly there is minor pester power there but if you say Hapana Asanté which means no thank you, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Coral Rock Hotel & Restaurant
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Where Should We Stay in Zanzibar?

The relaxing destination of Zanzibar is a good choice if you've been considering a getaway with your kids. The dolphin watching, snorkeling spots, and beaches are just a few things that make this an attractive vacation destination for families. Take to the air and fly into Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.), which is located 36.4 mi (58.6 km) from the city center. When you're thinking about where you should stay in Zanzibar, you might want to consider one of the 144 kid-friendly hotels and other accommodations here.

Families on vacation have good things to say about these accommodations:

Dongwe Ocean View - Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and free parking. Guests like the central location and helpful staff at this 4-star hotel.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi - Features a private beach, a children's pool, and 2 restaurants. This 4-star resort is popular with guests for its comfy beds.

Dream of Zanzibar - Offers 3 outdoor pools, a kids' club, and 8 restaurants. Guests like the clean rooms and helpful staff at this 5-star resort.

Uroa Bay Beach Resort - Features a children's pool, a restaurant, and free parking. The clean rooms and breakfast options make this 4-star hotel popular with guests.

When Should We Visit Zanzibar?

You're likely hoping for good weather for your family vacation. Use these tips to plan when to grab the kids and head to Zanzibar.

  • Hottest months: February, March, January, and December, with an average temperature of 91°F
  • Coldest months: July, August, September, and October, with an average temperature of 72°F
  • Driest months: July, August, September, and December, with an average rainfall of 0.09 inches
  • Rainiest months: May, November, December, and June, with an average rainfall of 0.14 inches

What Should We See and Do in Zanzibar?

While you and your family are visiting Zanzibar, you might want to check out some kid-friendly attractions such as Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Zanzibar Ferry Terminal. Make sure you have lots of time for activities like Mnemba Island and Muyuni Beach.

Zanzibar is also well-known for its:
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Beaches
  • Tours
  • Dolphins
  • Entertainment

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