About the Resort
Dream of Zanzibar is a fabulous resort nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the Indian Ocean. Located on the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar and just 45 km from Stone Town International Airport. The main restaurant overlooks the beach and offers al fresco dining. A lavish buffet is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, making the most of Zanzibar’s abundant tropical fruit and vegetables, the numerous spices and herbs on offer and the delicious local fresh fish and seafood. Live cooking stations offer freshly made pizza and pasta as well as Asian wok-fried dishes. Themed buffets are sometimes served under the African sky next to the swimming pool. There is a lovely atmosphere here and a warm welcome awaits.
Deluxe – 37m² – 2 Adults & 1 child
Junior Suites – 50m² – 2 Adults & 2 children
Jacuzzi Junior suite – 50m² – 2 Adults & 2 children
Beach Villa – 87m² – 2 Adults
Restaurants & Bars
Cape to Venice
At the heart of the resort and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with the most amazing buffets, presented with appetising creativity. Dishes from around the world give guests a huge variety, so you can choose anything from the fresh catch of the day that might be sword fish or tuna, a spicy curry or crisp salads. There are always some speciality African dishes such as fish shukuchuku with star fruit or chicken in coconut sauce. Exotic fruits of Zanzibar are presented for a refreshing last course, along with some delicious sweets. There is a lovely dining terrace that overlooks the gardens and beyond to the sea.
The Andiamo Pizzeria
Start with some antipasti and Italian bruschetta; then there’s pasta, risottos, grill options, and always some fresh healthy salads. The main stars of this menu are of course the pizzas, with many favourites; Quatro Stagioni, Marinara and spicy Diavola. The Andiamo Pizzeria is above the Cape to Venice Brasserie and has great views across the garden towards the sea.
The Taj Mahal
Jump off your lounger and enjoy a spicy curry lunch right on the sandy beach. Pull up a seat beneath a palm tree, in this dream spot with the gardens behind you and a lovely view of the sea. Every day they serve up new flavours from Korma to Madras, always accompanied by your favourite poppadum, raita and chutney. The buffet is displayed on a traditional wooden fishing boat for some added island spice. It is located right next door to the Shark Club so your family can sit together and mix up the menus.
Beef, fish or cheese burgers served by the sea. Seating is very casual with sand beneath your toes. The Shark Club serves tasty wraps like chicken with mango and vegetable with soy sauce. There’s a spicy katchumbari salad which mixes tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in a zesty dressing, or just go with the coleslaw. Cokes, juices, beers are of course included. All ingredients are delivered fresh daily and sustainably sourced wherever possible.
Sakura Sushi bar
One moment it is in the sea, then it’s on your plate! They source the fish locally wherever possible and the chefs are excellent at preparing sushi and sashimi. On the teppanyaki hot plate they whip up a different dish every day; Monday it could be chicken or beef julienne, Wednesday, calamari, Friday, prawns, Saturday, paneer. All served with miso soup, vegetables rice and noodles.
A particular favourite for anyone who has spent an energetic morning and worked up an appetite. Roll up for a German beef sausage, baked potato and an iced Tusker beer or coke. There’s an excellent salad bar with a crisp and zesty choice. The Zanzibar Grill is their most popular lunchtime spot and situated right in the middle of the beach.
The Boma Restaurant
Settle into the African atmosphere with carved wooden sculptures and traditional masks. Prepare for a taste of Zanzibar with a spread of African dishes, which change every night. Try crispy sweet potato in mango pickle, fried cassava and chutney, calamari or fish in coconut. For dessert there is always an impressive display of exotic fruit, but you will more likely be tempted by the delicious cardamom donuts!
A charming restaurant full of Asian character, decorated with black and white photographs of Shanghai & Chinese lanterns. Or you can dine outside on the garden terrace shaded by tall bamboo branches. The menu is a culinary trip around Asia, with sweet and sour flavours from Canton, tempura and teriyaki from Japan, Thai cashew nut stir fries and Indonesian herby soups. Dishes with extra chilli are indicated, but you can always request more or less spice, the chef is very pleased to prepare the dish to your liking.
The Golden Bridge
This lovely restaurant is designed with a fusion of African, Arabic and Western styles, tables are laid with red cloths, tin lanterns swing from the rafters, and there’s comfortable casual rattan seating. The food is prepared by chefs at their cooking stations or presented on a traditional wooden fishing boat as a buffet. There’s something to appeal to all whether you prefer Greek salad, Caesar salad or Indian Ocean seafood salad; Middle Eastern lentil soup with cumin or hot pot with noodles, chicken, beef or fish skewers. Drinks are all included and there’s a particularly good range of South African wines.
The location of Blue Vanilla is magical, situated right by the sandy shore in a peaceful corner of the resort. This restaurant is not in the inclusive dining experience that Dream of Zanzibar offers, and is there for those particularly special evenings. A romantic celebration perhaps, with candlelight flickering in the gentle beach breeze and elegant service. The à la carte menu features gourmet ingredients; pasta with shrimps and truffle essence, lobster flambéed with a champagne sauce and fresh caught seared tuna with vanilla mushrooms.
The Kokosnuss Bar
Named for the tall swaying coconut palms that are dotted around the resort, this is the tropical dream. Lie by the pool and enjoy an icy fresh juice, the island is full of exotic fruit that is picked and crushed daily. Kids can order up as many sprites and cokes as they like, while chilled beers are on tap with two popular local brands Tusker and Serengeti, as well as a Pilsner. In the evenings this is a terrific cocktail spot with the soft lights reflected on the still pool and their barmen showing off their mixing skills. Small snacks are served in the morning and afternoon.
Le Souk Bar
The air is fragrant with shisha, the attendant will set up your pipe with the flavour of your choice, apple, pomegranate, vanilla or tropical. Recline and relax amidst Middle Eastern rugs, woven cushions and snake baskets. Sip a mint tea, cocktail or a late night liqueur and dream of Zanzibar’s Arabian history.
Activities & Facilities
Canoes – 2 Swimming Pools – Water Gym – Beach Volley – Football – Table Tennis – Billiards – Darts – Tennis Courts – Fitness Centre – Games Room – Evening Entertainment – Daily Activities Program
Activities at Extra Cost
Motorised Water Sports – Snorkelling – Diving – Wind Surfing – Fishing – Sailing – Kite Surfing – Hobie Cats – Excursions and Tours
Jambo! The professional carers will give your little ones a warm welcome and will keep them energised, entertained and educated with sports, craft and games. They will build fabulous sand castles, learn to tie a kanga, try out beach Olympics and speak the Lion King lingo, Swahili. The group will have lunch together and then flop down for some movie time. Simba Club is open for all kids aged 3 to 12 years, from 10am to 3pm.
The Dream spa
The spa at Dream of Zanzibar is the place to really enjoy some holiday indulgence on your own or with a friend in the couples’ treatment room. Rest and revive in the mosaic steam room, then choose your dream treatment from an extensive menu that includes therapeutic wraps, scrubs, facials and a range of massages. Many therapies use local ingredients such as mongongo nuts, cinnamon, coffee or African ginger. The spa area includes a beauty salon, fitness facilities with views over the sand and sea, and a plunge pool for post treatment relaxation.