Stay at Tulia
Bungalows hide among lush gardens on Zanzibar’s quiet eastern coast. Turquoise waters island beach vibes dominate. Hidden away here, Tulia Zanzibar can be the quintessential beach holiday. It’s a small boutique resort with a vibrant African vibe.And Tulia is more than the beach. Activities range from swimming with turtles to remote island barbecues. The resort creates a seamless connection to local culture and the staff are among the friendliest we’ve encountered, anywhere. Tulia isn’t where you get a butler. It’s where you experience Africa, where all the staff know you personally and you leave with new friends.
Zanzibar’s East Coast is significantly quieter than the north. Here there are only a small handful of boutique resorts, on a long stretch of white sand beach. It’s a one-hour transfer by road from Zanzibar’s airport. Do note that the ocean is very tidal here and at high tide the beach disappears completely.
All 16 rooms are individually decorated, with a local design style that features lots of wood and stone. Garden bungalows are entry level and are actually two bungalows inside one building, so we only recommend them for families or two couples sharing. Beachfront villas are larger and more private, with 190㎡ plus a private beach terrace with hammocks.
Who is it for
People who want a beach holiday but also an authentic Zanzibar experience. Resorts in north Zanzibar have a more European feel, whereas Tulia has a distinctively local personality. It’s mostly suited for couples and there are no specific children’s facilities. Tulia are currently building two sister resorts, one that is adult- only and one for families.
Facilities & activities
There are two pools and one of them has very cool slides, along with a gym and a small spa (note this is not a spa resort). Guests socialise at the bar which is an informal hangout spot. We also recommend the all inclusive option, which is excellent value. Activities are also where Tulia stands out, with options on the water and on land, all offering a connection to Zanzibarian culture.