Zanzibar on a budget

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Enjoy the region without breaking the bank

If you think budget accommodation means dingy rooms, hard beds and insects, then think again. When in Zanzibar, you can have a great stay without breaking the bank - and don't forget, money saved on accommodation means more shillings to spend on other things.

PAJE BY NIGHT

For those wanting to chill out

For those looking for an active yet chilled out trip, Paje by Night is the perfect spot. Their famed yoga school attracts people from all over the world and the beautiful shallow water lagoon is the ideal place to learn kite surfing. The property's Italian chef offers some of the best fresh homemade pasta dishes this side of Sicily (we recommend the ravioli), with vegan options available. Accommodation is within a garden of palm trees about 100-metres from the beach. The beautiful and stylish detached facility on the beach offers sun beds and refreshments, with an emphasis on fresh and healthy food. Visit www.pajebynight.net to book or find out more.

PRINCESS SALME INN

Located close to the ferry terminal, Princess Salme Inn is ideal for visitors from Dar es Salaam. After breakfast on the shaded rooftop overlooking the harbour you can enjoy one of the property's guided day tours. The staff are friendly and helpful, there is free tea and coffee all day, Wi-Fi and good showers. Who could ask for more?
Visit www.princesssalmeinn.com to book or find out more.

ZENJI HOTEL

For those wanting to peacefully explore
For the best location in Stone Town, Zenji Hotel suits the budgeters who are after peace and comfort. Although centrally located, the hotel is surprisingly quiet. It has Zanzibari four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms, balconies and plenty of amenities. Those guests staying at Zenji for three nights or more can take advantage of a free guided tour of the town from friendly staff members. There are also free airport transfers. Go to www.zenjihotel.com to book or find out more.

NEW TEDDY'S ON THE BEACH

For those wanting a romantic setting
Located on a sunny beach in the southwest of the island, the venue features a candle-lit bar and a seated restaurant on the beach. It's an ideal place to meet other tourists, enjoy cocktails or simply relax in a hammock with a book. The on-site restaurant is run by one of the best chef's in the area and serves up delicious and fresh food. Bedrooms are private and have comfortable beds and the facilities are good; but what makes a stay at New Teddy's On The Beach so enjoyable is its atmosphere and the genuineness of its staff.
Visit www.teddys-place.com to book or find out more.

JAMBIANI WHITE SANDS BUNGALOWS

For those wanting luxury
The locally owned Jambiani White Sands Bungalows is a small and intimate property located on the southeast coast of Zanzibar in the quiet town of Jambiani, with the six bungalows positioned right up on the beach with private wall-out balconies. Few other budget hotels can claim to look and feel this luxurious. The hospitality is of a high standard and the food is excellent. In addition to the hotel, there are many other restaurants in the vicinity. If you want value for money, look no further.
Visit www.jambianiwhitesands.com to book or find out more.

MBUYUNI BEACH VILLAGE

For those beach lovers
 Halfway between Paje and Jambiani is Mbuyuni, on the quieter side of the island. Here you can forget about all your troubles and relax on the dazzling sands. Alternatively, if you feel active, the hotel offers snorkelling excursions every day and other tours on request. Accommodation consists of private thatched-roofed bungalows and patios overlooking the swimming pool. Take advantage of the massage services provided by staff and enjoy sundowners at the sea-facing restaurant and bar. All in all, Mbuyuni is the place to find seclusion and tranquillity. Visit www.mbuyuni.com to book or find out more.

DUDE'S GUESTHOUSE

For those who like water sports
Not just for dudes - whoever you are, you are sure to settle in and feel at home (if, indeed, your home is a tropical paradise) at this Jambiani-based guesthouse. Take a boat to see the dolphins, or be lucky enough to catch a glimpse from the hotel. There is a socially active living space and easy access to the village. Dude, who runs the lodge, will help to make your stay as easy and pleasurable as possible. Visit www.dudesguesthouse.com to book or find out more.

DAILY FLIGHTS

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