Steeped in culture and history, Zanzibar enticed adventurers, seafarers and traders from far and wide. Known as the spice island, from the centuries old trade of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, today the Zanzibar Archipelago is still bathed in the heady scents of spices and traditional dhows still drift across the horizon.
A romantic hideaway, Mnemba Island is an exclusive paradise featuring twelve rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, connected to the breathtaking Mnemba atoll.
Discover sheer, unpretentious paradise on this exclusive island, where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come.
Relax and unwind on your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest. Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond.
Late breakfast trays teeming with tropical fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and Tanzanian coffee can be delivered to the beach banda for those wanting to indulge in a lie-in. Fresh sushi and chilled champagne can appear discreetly at the guests’ beach loungers should they wish to celebrate the magnificent sunset in privacy.
Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Allow yourself to relax and take a break with yoga and massages in the tranquil retreat of your banda.
INTIMATE, EXCLUSIVE AND FLEXIBLE
Inhabited only by &Beyond guests and the staff taking care of them, the tiny island is just 1.5 km (less than a mile) and is the ultimate escape. The size of the island makes it intimate and relaxed. Choose exactly how and where you would like to spend your day and our team will make it happen.
SWIM AND SNORKEL ADVENTURES OFF THE BEACH
The sandy beaches and calm turquoise seas surrounding the island offer irresistible snorkelling and swimming directly from the beach, at all tides. For the more adventurous, the best snorkelling spots island are accessible by a 10-minute motorboat journey.
CONNECT & RE-AWAKEN YOUR SOUL
Seize the opportunity to rejuvenate in true African style. Just escaping to this barefoot paradise is soul soothing, with the open style design, the natural world is integrated into the lodge. Creating a holistic connection, engage in a wide range of wellness and spiritually awakening activities.
FRESH AND WHOLESOME FOOD EXPERIENCE
Exuding the essence of Zanzibar’s richness, history and soul; fresh, locally-produced, wholesome and natural, the overall food theme is one of barefoot beach simplicity. Each culinary experience is prepared according to individual tastes, served at a time and location that suits each guest perfectly.
Channel your energy and increase your self-awareness with a yoga class placed against the background of Mnemba Islands crystal clear waters. Our practitioner focuses on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which focuses on your breathing and the seamless movement of series of postures one after the other.
The beauty of Vinyasa is that no two classes are ever the same, inviting you to challenge your body in new ways every day. These private sessions can accommodate all fitness levels, they can be booked during your stay on the island and are at an additional charge.
Zanzibar boasts some of the most pristine and unspoilt coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. These vibrant coral colonies lie under clear waters with up to 26ºC (79 ºF) temperatures, and perfect underwater sights of up to 40 metres (131 feet).
These views are particularly vivid off the Coast of Unguja Island, the main island of Zanzibar, and Pemba Island, known fondly as the Green Island. Boasting calm waters and a wide variety of colourful marine species, they make up one of the top dive sites in the world.
Diving in Zanzibar features shallow coral gardens and walls that start at 30 metres deep, with close to two metre spiral corals and high barrel sponges. Encounter neon-tinted fish, such as the blue potato grouper, the indigo Napoleon fish, the deep red cubera snapper, and the green blocked turtle.
Dive alongside a wide range of marine wildlife, bright blue water drop off’s, and shining, strong and shallow reefs. Tough and supple coral patches sustain a rise of reef, tropical fish, and many other sea residents.
Diving in Zanzibar will prove to be an awe-inspiring experience, with some of the healthiest reefs in the Indian Ocean, making this a must and an unforgettable diving destination.
Enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching green turtle hatchlings as they find their way out of their sandy nests and crawl to the ocean. This excursion begins with guests meeting for sundowners and an introduction to nesting, tag data, weather and the challenging factors hatchlings face.
We discuss why &Beyond nurtures these hatchlings and how we help to deter predators, gather data to observe how effective &Beyond Mnemba Island is as a nesting site and how we allow them a more natural start to their journey.
Only one in 1 000 make it to adulthood and it takes roughly 20 years or more before they reach sexual maturity and can start reproducing.
Learn about turtle etiquette, the sensitive ways the turtles are approached, and the conservation aspect: it has taken two decades of dedicated research and monitoring to make this conservation experience possible.
Hatching is a year-round possibility that generally peaks between February and March; however, as hatchings cannot be guaranteed, this experience is not available to pre-book.
FREDDIE MERCURY TOUR
Walk in the footsteps of Zanzibar’s legendary son, Freddie Mercury: lead vocalist and songwriter of the British-based rock band Queen. Born Farroukh Bulsara, Mercury’s family had immigrated to Zanzibar from India before his birth.
He spent his early years amidst the winding cobbled streets, bazaars, churches and mosques of Zanzibar’s Stone Town. This part of the city is a multi-cultural mix of architectural influences, including 19th century coral-stone buildings, an old Arab fort, and a diverse collection of Swahili influences.
Take a guided tour through these surrounds, where he lived until 1964, when the Zanzibar Revolution forced the family to leave. Visit the Zanzibar Gallery Shop, once the home of the Mercury family, wonderfully decorated with faded photographs of the musical icon.
Admire the colourful triangular streamers draped across whitewashed walls, wood-shutter windows, and blue-painted timber doors. Next, head off to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple where the Parsi family worshipped, and where Freddie Mercury was initiated as a child.
End this special-interest tour with a seafront lunch at Mercury’s restaurant, a modern-day tribute to the man, his inimitable talent, and his music.
Note: It is advisable to dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town. Women should cover their shoulders, wear long skirts or trousers, and men should wear pants. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.
Discover Zanzibar’s cultural gems in the company of a private and experienced guide, who will tailor-make your excursion to suit your personal interests and preferences.
Appreciate the many cultural influences (African, Arab, Indian and European) and architectural features of Stone Town, also known in Swahili as Mji Mkongwe (Old Town). Gaze up at 19th century buildings, all built from coral stone.
Stroll past large verandas with carved banisters and enormous wooden-feature doors. Follow the winding narrow streets full of bazaars, churches and mosques. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is ideally located in the old section of Zanzibar City, the main city of the archipelago.
You will get a chance to experience how local dishes are cooked using the island’s variety of spices and coconut milk. There’ll be time to browse the busy markets, filled with African and Asian-inspired trinkets, aromatic herbs, and clothing.
Perhaps you might choose to visit a traditional dhow construction site, or a local school. Your tour will end with a visit to the Stone Town Heritage Society, dedicated to conserving, sustaining, and restoring Zanzibar’s built environment and heritage.
This personalized tour will provide the opportunity to visit different parts of the island, and experience the cultural diversity of Zanzibar’s evolution, history, arts and cuisine.
Delve into the beauty and ancient history of Zanzibar on this fascinating Stone Town tour. Explore magnificent architecture, a labyrinth of bustling narrow alleys, and incredible sand and coral-stone houses, some over 200 years old, with intricately carved Arab and Indian doors.
During this walking tour, your guide will recount Stone Town’s history (a mix of Indian, African, Arabic, and European influences) and provide a window onto Swahili culture and everyday life in Zanzibar.
Our tour begins at Darajani Market, the main city market, which was opened in 1904. Here an abundance of colourful tropical fruits, vegetables, aromatic spices, and fresh fish from the island are haggled over, bartered, and sold, while you can buy a host of other souvenirs and local specialties from the stalls surrounding the market area.
SPICE ISLAND TOUR
Follow the scent of spices like vanilla, cloves, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon, as you drive through the lush greenery of the island’s spice growing areas.
Thrown into this heady mix, are those areas where a variety of intriguing plants and shrubs including the iodine plant, henna bush, ylang ylang, and the red fruit of the lipstick tree are grown for medicinal purposes and cosmetics.
Your senses will be tantalised by the sight, smell, and taste of an exotic cocktail of tropical seasonal fruits, such as green coconut juice, jack fruit, pineapple, banana, and love apple.
Take a fascinating step back in time, and visit Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, a short boat ride away from Zanzibar. In the 1860’s, this island was used to confine unruly slaves before they were sold off to slave markets or shipped abroad.
Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar, constructed a prison complex here when he purchased the island in 1983, however it was never used for this purpose, but as a quarantine hospital for yellow fever cases. A highlight of your visit will be the Aldabra giant tortoise sanctuary.
These majestic tortoises, some over a 100 years old, were originally a gift from the British Governor of the Seychelles. Spend time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and enjoy the tranquility of the island. A boat trip from Stone Town to the island takes 30 minutes.