This exclusive beach paradise is set on a private island off Zanzibar’s northeast coast. It is perfect for honeymoons and romantic travel.
Mnemba Island Lodge in Mnemba Island
Have you ever dreamed of being among very few inhabitants on a sole island in a tropical environment?
We have found the perfect spot – the Mnemba Island Lodge is set on a private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean within eyeshot of Zanzibar. Their 12 individual bandas are beautiful set among the beachfront with your own sandy patch of private beach right in front of you.
Everything is done in order for you to enjoy the exclusivity and luxury of your stay leaving you with only the best of memories. Your privacy is their utmost priority therefore the bandas are set spaciously a part from each other and you can indulge in private candlelit dinners set on the beach or enjoy a private beach picnic during your afternoon stroll over the island.
Wander off to the island’s interior covered with pine trees or savor the private beaches where the maximum of 22 guests are spread widely all over the island.
Mnemba Island lies on the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar and is reachable by a 90min road trip from the airport of Zanzibar followed by a 10-15min boat ride. Due to the tides of the ocean the boat is reachable after a short knee-deep wade through the water.
The rates include:
- Room as booked
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments in lodge activities
- Laundry service
- Water sport at Mnemba Island: scuba diving – 2 diver per day, PADI certification required, snorkelling, kayaking, flyfishing, sundower dhow cruise, stand-un paddle boarding
- Emergency evacuation insurance
- Transfers between lodge airstrip and Grumeti, Kleins and Serengeti Under Canvas and return transfers between Zanzibar/Mnemba
The rates don’t include:
- Telephone calls
- Shop purchases
- Champagne, Cognac, fines wines, premium brands spirits and cigars,
- Diving instructions for guests under 12 years and adults without a PADI certificate.
- Administration Fee, Infraestructure Tax
- Get a discount by booking this accommodation more than 4 nights
Included and paid Amenities
- Sun umbrellas/chairs
- Gift shop
- Gym in a basket
- WiFi in public areas
- Private island and beaches
- Laundry service
- Non-smoking rooms
Are you travelling with children?
We love children and are happy about welcoming children at the hotel. Unfortunately our online reservation system is not yet fully ready to calculate child rates correctly. We are working on this.
So when you proceed with the reservation, you will currently only see adult rates displayed and calculated.
But don’t worry! We will manually review any reservation and will adjust the rate. You will hear from us shortly after your reservation. You will only pay the hotel’s child rate for your children.
Child policy of this hotel:
Children aged 0-5 years sharing with adults are free of charge.
Children aged 6-16 years sharing with 1-2 adults pay 50% of full adult rate per night, and in own room: the first child pays 100% of full adult rate and the subsequent pay 50% of full adult rate per night.
Children aged 17 years and more pay full adult rate. Please choose “adult” in the online reservation in case of a child aged 17 or older.
The policy of this hotel in case of cancellation or no show is:
● Between booking and 46 days before arrival: 20% of charged rate
● Between 45 days and arrival: 100% of charged rate
● Cancellation during travel or stay: 100% of charged rate
Additionally, zanzibar.eco as a platform provider charges 30 USD processing fee for each cancellation.
Ecological & Social footprint
The Mnemba Island Lodge counts with their own desalination plant to filter water from the ocean and grey water as well as sewage are diverted to septic tanks which are then filtered by rock and sand. The Lodge relies on diesel generators for electricity as their intent to switch to solar energy was not successful due to the high amount of forest areas on the island. They nevertheless have a green committee which is regularly discussing and implementing ideas to use the provided energy in the most efficient way. Waste is separated and recycled and plastic is intended to be avoided for example through the use of refillable glass jars for guest amenities.
The majority of staff comes from Zanzibar and they receive regular in-house training in not only the hospitality field but also in language and health topics. The Lodge also offers a 3-month practical trainee program on the island giving students the chance to train in a luxurious hospitality environment.
Mnemba Island Lodge teams up with the Africa Foundation and together they have funded environmental awareness training with school children and fishermen as well as the construction of school classrooms and teachers accommodation in several communities on the main island of Zanzibar. Another fruitful partnership is the one with the Oceans Without borders which aims to reduce the dependence of communities on the ocean and focuses on small business development as an alternative source of income.
The Lodge also plays an important role for the islands and surrounding marine area’s conservation of nature and animals. The island is the only protected nesting site for the Green Turtle whose eggs are protected during the hatching season. The island has successfully incremented the number of animals of the two rare antelope species Ader’s Dukier and Suni and is continuously monitoring their breeding and growth habits.
Things To Do
The island is surrounded by a coral atoll where the house reef can even be reached without a boat. Situated in a marine conservation area the outstainding marine life can be observed during a dive or snorkeling trip which start directly from the island with through the Mnemba Island PADI diving school. Embark on a dhow sailing cruise or enjoy fishing, birdwatching or other water sport activities.
Go a an expedition to the inner part of the island and find the Suni antelope and Ader’s duiker. If you are lucky you can even observe turle hatchlings during the hatching season.