Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar on the North East coast of Zanzibar. Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar information, reviews, photos, packages and more.

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Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club is set on the North/Eastern Coast of Zanzibar Island on the Kiwengwa shoreline.
Diamonds Mapenzi perfectly blends in the natural environment of the surrounding landscape, covering an area of 4 hectares blessed with a long white beach and tropical gardens of palms and colourful bougainvillea.
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club lies 45 km from Stone Town, only 40 minutes drive by road from Zanzibar International Airport, and is a perfect choice for guest in search of a retreat that offer a good mixture of relax, laziness and all inclusive service. Build everlasting memories on Zanzibar!

About Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club Zanzibar

Mapenzi Beach Club is set on the North/Eastern Coast of Zanzibar Island on the Kiwengwa shoreline.

Mapenzi Beach Club Zanzibar location map

MVUA AFRICAN RAIN SPA – RAIN IS LIFE, AND LIFE DEPENDS ON IT…
This is the concept behind Mvua African Rain SPA, a balanced oasis to calm the body and senses. Guests can let themselves be pampered by the skilful hands of our experts at the wellness centre.

GUEST FACILITIES
* 24 hour reception
* Wireless internet connection
* Laundry service (at charge)
* Game room with satellite TV, Nintendo Wii and games
* Medical assistance with Doctor on call (at charge)
* Swimming pool
* MVUA massage center and indoor gym
* Evening entertainment program and discotheque
* Spherique fashion boutique with drugstore
* Children service: baby cot, high chair
* Credit cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard

SPORTS ACTIVITIES
* Catamaran and laser boat sailing
* Windsurfing
* Canoe
* Gym
* Water gym and stretching
* Beach volley, table tennis, indoor games and tennis court

Facilities at Mapenzi Beach Club

Please note that the information on Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar room options

87 comfortable and charmingly furnished bungalows including 21 Swahili rooms, 36 Superior rooms and 30 Beach Villas.

Facilities in the room include:
* Private veranda
* King size or twin beds with mosquito net
* Individual climate control and ceiling fan
* In room digital safe
* Stocked mini bar
* Flat screen TV with international channels (beach villas only)
* Coffee and tea making facilities
* Telephone for internal use
* Luggage rack
* Large bathroom with walk-in shower and double hand basin
* Hairdryer and fine toiletries

Mapenzi Beach Club Zanzibar rooms

The 21 Swahili Rooms are found on the resort’s highest level surrounded by magnificent gardens. The rooms are all elegantly furnished in traditional African style. The Swahili rooms can accommodate 3 people max.

Room facilities:
* Can accommodate 3 people max.
* Approx 30m²
* Double four-poster bed or two singles with mosquito net
* Independently adjustable air conditioning
* Fan
* Digital safe
* Minibar restocked daily
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Telephone via operator
* Private veranda
* Large bathroom with shower
* Double washbasin
* Hairdryer

Mapenzi Beach Club Swahili rooms

The 36 Superior Rooms have been elegantly furnished in traditional African style and have a large private veranda for the comfort of our guests.
The Superior rooms can accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children max.

Room facilities:
* Can accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children max.
* Approx 35m²
* Double four-poster bed or two singles with mosquito net
* Independently adjustable air conditioning
* Fan
* Digital safe
* Minibar restocked daily
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Telephone via operator
* Large bathroom with shower
* Double washbasin
* Hairdryer

Mapenzi Beach Club Superior Rooms

 

The 30 Beach Villas are located on the beach and have a private veranda for the comfort of our guests. They are elegantly furnished in traditional East African style.
The Beach Villas can accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children max.

Room facilities:
* Can accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children max.
* Approx 45m²
* Double four-poster bed or two singles with mosquito net
* Independently adjustable air conditioning
* Digital safe
* Wi-Fi
* Fan
* Minibar restocked daily
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Telephone for internal use
* Large bathroom with shower
* Double washbasin
* Hairdryer

Mapenzi Beach Club Beach Villas

Please note that the information on Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

Mapenzi Beach Club restaurants & Bars

In the Palm restaurant at Mapenzi you will enjoy your meals with a stunning view on our pool area and the beach. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style offering local dishes, international and Mediterranean cuisine. Themed evenings are prepared weekly including African Dinner.

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style offering local, international and Mediterranean cuisine.

Different stations on offer:
* Italian pasta live station with different sauce every day
* African Corner with special curry
* Soup corner and homemade bakery
* Barbecue station for vegetable, fish or meat
* Boat with fresh salad already composed from the chef or plain to be mixed by guest
* Variety of hot dishes to be discovered every day
* Boat with tropical fruit
* Dessert station with mini patisserie and cakes
* Ice cream station with fresh homemade ice cream
* Buffet breakfast service from 7:30 to 10:00
* Buffet lunch service from 13:00 to 15:00
* Buffet dinner service from 19:30 to 22:00

Mapenzi Beach Club The Palm Restaurant

Mapenzi Beach Club Nakupenda Pizzeria

Nakupenda Pizzeria is located next to the beach bar and it serves freshly baked pizza every evening.
Italian pizza is served at the Nakupenda Pizzeria, next to the beach, freshly baked from 19:30 to 21:30.
Reservation is required.

Mapenzi Beach Club Nakupenda Pizzeria

Mapenzi Beach Club Ocean Reef Beach Grill

Located directly to the beach it serves tasty light lunches
This is the ideal restaurant for those who want to spend the whole day on the beach and have a tasty light lunch directly on the beach.
Reservation is required.
Open from 13:00 to 15:00.

Mapenzi Beach Club Ocean Reef Beach Grill

Mapenzi Beach Club Suli Suli Restaurant

Located directly on the beach front, it serves delicious fresh seafood specialties.
Suli suli à la carte restaurant is located directly on the beach front and it serves delicious fresh seafood specialties under small gazebos in a romantic atmosphere.
Special menus or single plates are served.
Restaurant is open every day from 19:30 to 21:30.
The restaurant is not included in the all-inclusive package and is available for a fee, subject to reservation. Only closed on special theme nights.

Mapenzi Beach Club Suli Suli À La Carte Restaurant

Twice a week Mapenzi organize special theme evenings.
One is located around our pool area and have an African live band also performing various different music styles while dinner and afterwards. The second theme night is the African night theme located on the beach. African specialties are served with a live Ngoma Ngoma show (African show with rhythm music, fire dancer, snake, etc.) in the evening.

Mapenzi Beach Club Thematic evenings

Hibiscus Pool Bar
Serves snacks, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, house wine, tea and coffee, selected spirits and refreshing cocktails.
Premium brand liquors are available at charge.
Open from 10:00 to 24:00

Upepo Beach Bar
Serves snacke, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer and wine from 10:00 to 18:00.

Mapenzi Beach Club Pool and Beach Bars

Please note that the information on Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

Useful information

Natalie Grobler Family stayed at Diamonds Mapenzi Beach on Zanzibar in September 2017

“Hello Rose
I just want to thank you for all your arrangements, time, input and guidance in planning our family holiday. Everything was perfectly arranged.
We had an amazing time in Zanzibar , we loved Diamonds Mapenzi Beach. The staff was so friendly, helpful and entertained the kids. The kids loved Ishmael especially.
We loved every moment of our family holiday to Zanzibar and we all left Mapenzi with a very sad heart.
My kids are saving for our next trip to Zanzibar!
Regards,
Natalie Grobler”

Candice Rooplall Family stayed at Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club on Zanzibar July 2016

“Jambo!

Thank you for everything! It was an absolutely amazing holiday and the best birthday ever.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Mapenzi Beach Club and the kids did not want to come back home!

We definitely made the most of our stay.

Candice Rooplall & family”

Melanie and Julize stayed at Diamonds Mapenzi Beach on Zanzibar in June 2015

“Hi Dawie,
We really want to thank you sincerely for your excellent service. It is not something we experience often these days! You went out of your way to assist us and made planning this holiday completely worry free!!
You responded to my queries that I e-mailed you immediately with a phone call and a comprehensive e-mail with feedback (and there were many smile emoticon and certain things I probably asked more than twice!!).
The phone call on the day before we left for Zanzibar just put the cherry on top to prove the excellent service you provide!! We will recommend you without doubt to anyone who wants to visit Zanzibar!
Our stay at Mapenzi was awesome!! Even though we didn’t take a seafront room our room was perfectly located for us and we wouldn’t have traded it for a seafront room!

The staff is really simply the best! They are always friendly, very helpful and the service is really in a class of its own! It’s a stunning hotel!!
The dinner at the pool the one night with entertainment and the one on the beach surpassed our expectations. They went through so much effort with decorations and extra special food on these evenings – truly fantastic!
We took over 3000 photos on our trip, that’s how beautiful Zanzibar is!
We only made use of the beach boys (locals) for our tours and we are so glad we did! They actually have in intricate business structure which nobody realizes. They are educated people and I saw most people brushing them off and giving them the cold shoulder when they were approached by them on the beach which is sad. Zanzibar is a very poor country and these people really go the extra mile with regards to your tours. We got to know a lot of the local people and became friends with them (especially Iddy (Eddie), with whom we arranged all our tours and Abdi).
Our tours were all fantastic and for each tour Eddie (he works with Verimark) had a guide which specializes in that area, for instance someone to show you the best snorkelling! We saw the entire island and did all tours with exception of the spice tour as that doesn’t fascinate us). But we went to Kizimkazi, The Rock, Jozani, Mangrove Forest, Kendwa, Nungwi, Slave Caves, Mnemba (twice for snorkelling), Stonetown, Prison Island, The Blue Safari etc. Unfortunately we had to skip Timbathu due to the weather on that day. Due to our tailor made tours we wanted we had a driver and guide all to ourselves each time (with exception of 2 tours) and we could dictate where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to stay at each location. If we wanted to change our tour whilst in the midst of it, it was also no problem. We learned so much about the culture and awesome people that we just had to buy their CD with the song “Jambo” on it – they sing it to you on every tour and is just a nice and upbeat song that will always remind you of Zanzibar!!
The 2 highlights would have to be that we got to swim with dolphins and sea turtles!!! Both our dreams came true!!! Thanks to all who made this a memorable holiday!!!

Attached are some photos smile emoticon (I’ll have to send 2 more mails with photos!)

Melanie & Julize”

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Unguja, The capital, Stone Town, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and is an eclectic mix of cultures, architecture and languages. What was once a small fishing village is now a thriving town with an extraordinary history and past. The impact of the different cultures can be seen on the buildings and in the faces of the locals while walking around Stone Town. Coral and stone houses boast imposing wooden Zanzibar doors, set with brass studs to defend against charging elephants, intricately carved with scripts from the Qu’ran. Indian houses have courtyards behind the shop fronts and delicate and beautiful carved balconies. Arab homes are characterized by their white washed walls, flat terraces and small windows. The reason for this window style is solely to preserve the modesty of the women. Zanzibar does not have tribes. Local traditions are a fusion of different ethnic groups that have settled on the island. Although Zanzibar benefits from Tourism, the majority of the population still makes their living from subsistence farming and fishing. Zanzibar is a unique destination filled with history and character, beautiful beaches and wonderful people.

History

The islands were likely to have been visited at an even earlier date by traders and sailors from Arabia. From around the 8th century Shirazi traders from Persia also began to make their way to East Africa, where they established settlements on Pemba and probably also at Zanzibar’s Unguja Ukuu. Zanzibar became a powerful city-state, supplying slaves, gold, ivory and wood to places as distant as Indian and Asia, while importing spices, glassware and textiles. Along with the trade from the east came Islam and the Arabic architecture that still characterizes the archipelago today. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj, as well as extensive inland trading routes. Over time the abolition of the slave trade came about when the British Empire took control. In 1890 Zanzibar became a British protectorate. The death of one sultan and the succession of another of whom the British did not approve, led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War, also known as The Shortest War in History. The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution caused the death of many Arabs and Indians, and even thousands more expelled and expropriated. This led to the founding of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the Republic merged with the mainland Tanganyika, or more accurately, was subsumed into Tanzania, of which Zanzibar still remains a semi-autonomous region. it has been influenced by many different cultures, including the great Orientals like China, Arabia and Persia. The history and cultures have also been strongly influenced by both traders and invaders over the centuries, from the Portuguese and Omani Arabs to the English, thus creating a very unique history and diverse culture. Another major trade good was ivory from the tusks of elephants killed in mainland Africa. The third pillar of the economy was slaves, giving Zanzibar an important place in the Arab slave trade.

Cultural Considerations

Zanzibar is a very religious country and consists 95% of Muslim people. To show respect towards Zanzibar’s culture, visitors are requested to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection. When walking through towns or villages, women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees and men should not walk bare-chested or in swimming trunks. Swimwear is acceptable on the beaches but topless sunbathing is not. Visitors are advised not to take pictures of people unless you’ve asked their permission. During the fast of Ramadan, it is considered the height of bad manners to drink and eat in public places or while walking down the street. Non-Muslims should also not enter Mosques unless specifically invited to do so.

Tips for planning and for saving for your Zanzibar holiday:

Zanzibar is truly a great destination to consider for your next tropical Island beach holiday. Not only is it much more affordable compared to other Island destinations, it will take you less than 3,5 hours to fly to Zanzibar, if opting for the direct flights departing from Johannesburg.  While it is more affordable than most destination, it is not cheap and planning is needed to make your dream of a relaxing holiday become a reality.

Packages that we offer includes your return airfare, airport to hotel transfers, accommodation with meals (variety of options available) and day activities can also be arranged.

Open a holiday savings account, just like budgeting for other expenses, is part of any well-thought-out expense budget. You need to start planning as far in advance as possible.

How to get your hands on those elusive special packages. Travel off-season (outside of school & or public holidays), your travel packages will be much more affordable as flight fares & room rates will be less. Understand that if holiday times are the only time you can travel bookings must be made well in advance (around 6 months if possible).

 

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