5-Star Hotel Guide


Known for its wildlife and national parks, Mount Kilimanjaro and miles of white sandy beaches


Best 5-star resorts in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country with many attractions, including: Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimajaro; 16 wildlife-rich national parks and 29 game reserves; plus beautiful breaches and exotic tropical islands.

Tanzania is both an excellent safari destination, with vast areas of wilderness including the Serengeti National Park, where you will still find the 'Big 5' game (elephants, lions, leopards, rhino and buffalo), and exotic beach retreats. Combining the two is a great way to experience the savannah and the coast or islands.

Off to the coast lies the Zanzibar archipelago, Zanzibar (Unguja) and Pemba Island offering divine white sandy beaches - often regarded as the best in Africa - and in recent years Zanzibar has become a popular destination for honeymooners.

Zanzibar is everything you dreamt of an Indian Ocean island - white sandy beaches stretching for miles, with crystal clear turquoise waters - a true tropical heaven. The island is brimming with culture and history and still known by some as the 'Spice Island', as spice farming of cloves, in particular, is still a major part of the local economy.

While, tourists now flock to Zanzibar, few have heard about Pemba. This remote island offers unspoiled beaches and pristine reefs which are home to an abundance of marine life and still colourful corals. Pemba island is also home to dophins and during August to the end of September there is an opportunity to see humpback whales as they migrate past the island.

Pemba island is only accessible by boat from Zanzibar and this is where you will find our pick of beach retreats - Pemba Lagoon, our favourite resort in Tanzania. Pemba Lagoon is set out along a white sandy beach, where the jungle meets the sea. This is a barefoot 5-star luxury hotel and a consistent winner of the Good Safari Guide's ‘Best Marine Safari’ Award. Read our review to find out more.