Riu Palace Zanzibar is a stretch of lush tropical gardens nurtured over 10 hectares of virgin shore. Frangipani, Ylang Ylang, palms and fruits line the paths and shade the villas. Nungwi Beach, on the North West coast, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean. Located just 55 minutes from the airport and the capital of Stone Town, we offer the perfect hideaway for couples, families and friends. International daily flights connect Zanzibar to the world. Daily and carriers arriving to Zanzibar (ZNZ) and/or Dar Es Salaam (DAR) International airports.



Riu Palace Zanzibar features 100 luxuriously appointed oceanfront accommodations, each with a private balcony from where to relish the stunning views of the Indian Ocean and tropical gardens. All suites and villas are purposely built and structured to guarantee a private and peaceful environment and are decorated with contemporary, stylish furniture that evoke the island’s Arabic-African and Colonial heritage.

Rooms and Suites:  All rooms and suites have private terraces and stunning views over the inspiring gardens and Indian Ocean. They are designed for guests in search of seclusion and space. Interiors have a sophisticated contemporary style with subtle Zanzibar touches. The Superior Junior Suites are within the Privileged Area, as well as two stunning 90 sqm Suites with private Jacuzzis on their terraces. Here guests enjoy a higher level of all inclusive stay, with complimentary dining and priority reservations in the à la carte restaurants, butler service and private garden beach.

Villas: Our four beach villas are extremely sought after; situated within the Privileged Area, guests soon discover why we are Zanzibar’s sole member of Leading Hotels of the World. Float in your cool pool refreshing your mind with the endless blue sea views and clear skies. Our lovely Prestige Beach Villa can accommodate up to four guests or for the ultimate in spacious privacy choose the three bedroom Ocean Front Villa.

Presidential Ocean Front Villa:

320 sqm with a large private pool (10 x 5m x 1.25m deep), Jacuzzi (2.5 x 2.5m) and private terrace of 160 sqm. Consisting of three unique suites, which can be booked as separate units or all together. The Presidential Villa features expansive living and dining areas and two spectacular outdoor shower rooms, decorated in fine mosaic.

Suite Features:

Satellite flat screen TV (32 or 42”), CD/DVD player, direct dial telephone, super king beds, modern bathroom with walk in shower, separate WC and bidet, dressing room and/or wardrobe, luggage rack, double hand basin, hairdryer, bathrobes, mosquito nets, personal safe, tea and coffee making facilities, daily refreshed minibar, twice-daily maid service, a beautiful secretaire, climate-controlled air-conditioning and overhead fans, private and furnished balcony or terrace. Interconnecting rooms are available.

Services included in the room rate:

Fresh towels, in-room complimentary amenities including fresh fruits, bottled water, a choice of herbal teas, toiletries, DVD library, chauffeured golf buggy transportation, broadband internet access in each room and WIFI in common areas, modern fitness centre.

Restaurant and Bars


Dine by the Indian Ocean, where the urubu birds will delight you at breakfast, and sunsets seduce you in the evening. We have two à la carte restaurants, which offer African game from land and sea, or exquisite cuisine from around Asia, and showcase dishes on the set menus for guests with all-inclusive bookings. For a special occasion just let us know your wishes; we could prepare romantic torchlit dining on the sandy shores, a midnight picnic in the gardens or private dinner on your terrace.

Aqua Restaurant: Elegant Aqua Restaurant has a stunning position right by the beach, with a gorgeous terrace overlooking the clear blue water, as far as the eye can see. The international buffet is inspired by an abundance of local fresh produce, which tastes twice as special when eaten in Zanzibar. Passion fruit and pineapple become culinary gold; our a la carte main courses include fish caught that morning from surrounding waters; expect marlin, tuna and langoustine.

Ishi-Teppanyaki: With its clean lines and refined décor, Ishi features the best of Oriental cuisine, including the freshest of sushi and sashimi and a teppanyaki counter at which to dine and watch the chef at work. The art of the teppanyaki chef is on show, involving the use of a variety of culinary skills with great precision. Ishi Teppanyaki is located next to Aqua Restaurant and is open for dinner.

Carnivorous & More: Specialising in exotic meats cooked to order over charcoal, “Carnivorous and More” offers a taste of all things African. A variety of meats are prepared including springbok, ostrich, impala, crocodile and wildebeest. The culinary journey takes you across the plains of the Serengeti further into Africa and includes a diverse range of dishes. Open for dinner, “Carnivorous & More” is not just for meat lovers – a range of interesting fish, seafood and vegetarian alternatives are also available. Sunset Bar Open throughout the day and late into the evening,

Sunset Bar:  Is located adjacent to the swimming pool and offers a comprehensive beverage selection including exotic Zanzibari-inspired cocktails. A sumptuous afternoon tea is served here daily, accompanied by a range of Tanzanian loose leaf teas and herbal infusions. A snack menu is also available around the swimming pool at lunch time.

Horizon Terrace Cigar & Shisha Lounge: Situated above Sunset Bar, Horizon Lounge is the perfect place to watch the sun setting over the island of Tumbatu. Featuring a relaxed environment and welcoming couches, the Lounge offers an excellent selection of cigars, shishas, wines and spirits.

The Makuti Beach Bar:  Offering a much-needed escape from the midday heat, the Beach Bar is the ideal location to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or cold drink. A snack menu is also available over the lunch period, for those who cannot face leaving the beach.

Riu Spa

Our treatments use natural organic products by Healing Earth, a luxury African spa brand which harnesses the restorative powers of pure actives from our oceans, plants and minerals. Soothe limbs in the steam and sauna, preparing them for the most effective massage and treatments. Stay afterwards, relaxing in the spa pool and Jacuzzi, absorbing the full benefits of your therapy.