Villa / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Kick off your shoes and feel the powdery beaches of Zanzibar... a spacious family Villa steps from the ocean!

Vanilla Arches is a large private estate built around coconut trees, a courtyard pool and Swahili Arches. The villa is fenced off for privacy and beach access is a few metres down the pathway, where guests are provided with beach beds, umbrellas on a private stretch of paradise!

A mere 45 minutes from Stone Town, Explore Zanzibar from the East Coast - centrally located to all historical sites, Stone Town, dolphin diving, snorkelling Blue Lagoon. A kite surfing haven, protected by the Reef! The children will never get bored!

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, the perfect wedding setting or a family gathering in paradise, Vanilla Arches is your private Villa on the beach. Lounge by the pool, Laze on the beach, Take up Kitesurfing or learn to dive in the Tropics. Lazy days in the sun, sunset Cocktails in the Bahari Lounge and Dinner under the Stars.

Learn to drum like a local around the bonfire!

Vanilla Arches is rented on an Exclusive basis. You rent the entire house and select which services or meals you would like.

Rates include all facilities, linen and towel services, Chef Services, housekeeping Daily. Free WiFi on site, backup generator, security and Manager on duty.

The villa is rented on a Self catering basis with Chef who does the food shopping, menu planning (as per your budget and preferences), cooking and cleaning. Guests choose what they'd like to have and Chef does purchases at local prices! Loads of savings and fresh Seafood daily! Foodstuff is delivered via our network of suppliers or sourced from our local villager and community. Walk down to the beach and buy Fish from our local fishermen!

This is a highly personalised holiday experience, without the hefty hotel bills and boring set menus.

Vanilla Arches was renovated in 2012, fitted with new handmade King Size beds, new bathrooms and a Safari Grill outdoor kitchen, watch Chef cook your dinner whilst sippingn a cocktail!

The Villa features 4 Master suites on 2 levels, each with modern private en suite, quality 3 door mosquitoe nets, tasteful decor, his/her closets and air conditioning in all rooms. The downstairs suites are very large, great for sharing families as they each feature a King size bed and built-in Baraza bed/nook for children.

For a nominal additional fee, you can select the following add-on services: Food and drinks Shopping service, Tours and Excursions, Airport Transfers.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 09:00
Nearest beach On your doorstep 20 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Zanzibar Airport 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Staffed property, Sea view
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Air conditioning, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

- Upper level features 2 Large Double En suites open on Private Terrace

- Lower level has 2 Double En suites with Built-in Barazas (great for the children) Facing the Tropical Garden and Courtyard Pool (Rooms sleep 4 each)

- All 4 Rooms have Central A/c. Fans available.

- All rooms have large Italian Style En suite Bathrooms (hot & cold rain showers)

- All beds have 3 door Mosquito Nets, his/her closets

- Safety Deposit boxes in all rooms

- Bath Towels, Hair Dryers

- Rooms are serviced daily, Linen Changed weekly.

- 20 min to Village with Restaurants, Bars

- Upstairs deck for relaxation after dinner

- Pool Table, Games area

- Guests are offered a selection of menus - fresh daily produce.

- Fresh Seafood and other Lunches Available from Chef's kitchen

- Drinks can be purhased/stocked on request

Get your family or friends together and enjoy an Indian island experience like no other.

Experience Vanilla Arches – true Zanzibari hospitality.

Further details outdoors

Vanilla Arches is a very large private estate. We do our best to ensure the privacy of our guests during their stay, the property is fenced off and locked at night.

Vanilla Arches offers guests the following services/facilities:

- Elegant Zanzibari Style décor in a unique and relaxing environment

- Service Team (Manager, Housekeeping) at no additional cost to guests.

- Treated Mosquito Nets in all rooms, Coils available.

- Daily housekeeping, Laundry Service available

- Free WiFi

- Lockable Safes, Hair Dryers in Rooms

- Pool Table

- Traditional Swahili Baraza (meeting place) and Garden Barbecue

For the Fun-Loving and Adventurous

- Safari tours, Fishing Charters, Diving, Snorkelling,

- Kite Surfing

- Crab Hunting, Seaweed Tours

- Bicycle rental, Walking Tours

- Henna Painting, Massage

- Swahili language lessons & Cooking

- Stone Town Spice Tour - don't miss it!!!

Or Just Relax

- Guests have a choice of several relaxation areas.

- Laze by the Pool on comfy loungers

- Garden Baraza or Upstairs terrace

- Have a drink at Crazy Muzungo's beach Bar nearby.

Further details

Personalised menus, by preference and budget.

We suggest you try Chefs cooking - Fresh Organic Produce daily. Fancy Lobster or Crab...Fish and Seafood off the boats daily!

The pool is 1.5m deep and safe for children.

Minimum stay is 5 nights, Recommended stay is 7 days.

Vanilla Arches has a dedicated Taxi Service.

Return Airport Transfers are USD180 per vehicle (max 7 passengers)

The Zanzibar Archipelago region

Travel Guide to Zanzibar


Zanzibar, a part of the United Republic of Tanzania, is a series of many islands, the main ones being Unguja and Pemba. The more populated of the two main islands, Unguja, is better known as Zanzibar Island and is home to Stone Town.

Places Interest

Historical Tours

Princess Salme Spice Tour – in the footsteps of the legendary Princess Sayyida Salme walking through the Plantations. Get to know the local spices, their uses and benefits.

Mtoni Palace Tour

Visit the Sultan’s Palace, the birthplace of Princess Salme.

Historical Buildings and ruins

Visit the House of Wonders; Pay your respects to Dr David Livingstone.

Art Galleries

Shopping for local art is fun; Tanzania is famous for its Tinga Tinga style of painting.

Jozani Forest/Colobus monkey tours

Only a 20-minute drive and you are in the forest walking with the Colobus monkey and learning about their habitat and conservation.


Swim with the dolphins in Kizmkazi. This is an amazing natural experience.

Dive Zanzibar

Zanzibar is well known for its beautiful coral reefs and there are many dives to choose from. We can offer deep sea fishing charters.


Explore Exotic Zanzibar from Vanilla Arches - the East Coast is the perfect place for exploring the magical island. Stone Town is 45min away, Shopping and coffee shops, Historical sites, Dolphin dives, Kite surfing and Snorkelling Blue Lagoon are are in close proximity!

Apart from Bwejuu Beach being voted by Conde Nest Traveler magazine in 2007 as one of the most beautiful Island beaches in the world, a stay at Vanilla Arches would not be complete without experiencing an organized half-day or full-day tour!

Ask our resident manager and he can arrange everything from snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon to a Bwejuu Seaweed Farming Tour.

In an effort to promote “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) a portion of the fees charged for some of the excursions goes directly to the person you have contact with. For example our Seaweed Farming Tour consists of meeting a local lady farming seaweed. She will explain the process and a portion of the fee goes directly to her. In this small way Vanilla Arches is not only promoting Direct Impact Tourism, as a guest you know your money has been shared proportionally.

•Bwejuu Village Seaweed Farming Tour – 1 to 2 hours (Depending on the tide).Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative COST: 1-5 people (25 US$) Extra person 5 US$

•Seaweed farming is incredibly important to the village of Bwejuu and with land becoming less available, we are seeing the number of seaweed farms diminish. In an effort to support these people we have initiated for the first time in Bwejuu a seaweed farming tour. With a guide you will walk out to the farm, see the colourful marine life, beautiful coral and meet a local farmer who will explain the process.

Be sure to wear shoes as there is sharp coral and sunscreen should be applied.

•Bwejuu Village Walking Tour – 1 ½ hours. Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative

COST: 1-5 people (25 US$) Extra person 5 US$

Vanilla Arches in its aim to encourage “Responsible Travel” within the Bwejuu area is proud to offer Bwejuu Village Walking Tours. We are one of few companies to do this and excited to share this initiative with you.

You will go on a guided tour and visit a local house, Mosque, school and experience the Bwejuu way of life.

If you have spare pens or notebooks, we encourage you to donate this to the local school. Speak to our manager and he can arrange this for you.

•Drumming under the stars – 3 hours (the best drummers on the East Coast). Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) InitiativeCOST: 15US$ per person (minimum 2 people).

Price includes one free wine, beer, soft drink or water per person.

Spend a magical evening under the stars listening to our local talent perform heritage songs around a fire on the beach. Expect lots of singing and interaction between the band and yourselves. It’s a lot of fun and not to be missed!

•Lemon Grass Oil Deep Tissue Massage – 1 hour. Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative

COST: 25 US$

Using a blend of local spices and oils relax with a Zanzibari Massage. Drift away with the sound of the ocean in the background and replenish your energy.

•Henna Tattoo.Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative COST: 7 US$ (small) or 12 USS (large)

Henna Tattoo is very important in the local culture. It is often used to decorate the body with elaborate designs to celebrate a wedding or to enhance a woman’s appearance. It’s a fun way to start your holiday!

•Hair Braiding

Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative COST: 20 US$

Hair braiding has long been an African tradition. It’s colourful and expressive of your environment and the children love it! It can take up to three hours to complete so please allow time for this.

•Bicycle Hire. Vanilla Arches “Direct Impact Tourism” (DIT) Initiative COST: 15US$ Half day – 20US$ Full day.

•Blue Lagoon – Dhow Sailing Boat – Half day excursion. COST: 25US$ per person (Maximum 5 people).

This includes a 20-minute taxi ride North of Bwejuu, entrance fees and hiring of snorkeling equipment.

Should you require a motorized sailing boat there will be an extra fee of 35US$ (seats up to 14 people)

The Blue Lagoon is a fishing channel North of Bwejuu which the locals call the “river”. It’s a break in the reef where the sea flows into shore. It’s fantastic for snorkeling and fishing and it’s no wonder some of Zanzibar’s finest five star hotels are located here.

•Jozani Monkey Forest Tour- Half day excursion. COST: 1-2 people (28US$ per person) 3 - 8 people (25 US$ per person).

This includes a 30-minute taxi ride to Jozani forest, park entrance fees which include a guided tour within the forest. Jozani forest is part of the “Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park”, a tropical natural reserve forming an important ecosystem. It's home to the famous red Colobus monkey. You will also see other animals including Blue Sykes Monkeys, Elephant Shrews and Bush Babies.

•Interactive Spice Tour – Half Day excursion.COST: 1-2 people (40US$ per person) 3 - 8 people (28US$ per person). This includes a 1-hour taxi ride via Stone Town. Learn how Zanzibar became famous as the "Spice Island", visit the farms, see how Spices are grown, learn about their benefits! The cost includes entrance and guided tour. One soft drink or water per person is included in the price.

A trip to Zanzibar or commonly known as the “Spice Island” would not be complete without a Spice Tour. Zanzibar has been trading spices for centuries. Savor different fresh spices including vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom or ginger. Your guide will explain each unique spice in a tropical setting and you get to see what made Zanzibar so famous.