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The Arabian Nights Guesthouse


About Arabian Nights

In keeping with Zanzibar tradition, he has built a lodge that looks traditionally Zanzibari, but Arabian Nights Zanzibar has additional creature comforts like a larger lodge. This means you get the quiet intimacy, but also have the luxuries and creature comforts. Do not expect a 5 star European Lodge, but rather a very comfortable, clean and well run guesthouse, situated right on top of one of the most magnificent beaches in Zanzibar.

Decor is a combination of western and Zanzibari. The rooms have been tiled with beautiful Italian tiles and the interiors are pleasing on the eye. Mohammed also owns the largest dive centre on Paje Beach, so if you are a keen diver, then this would be absolutely perfect.

They have a lovely little restaurant which serves a variety of very well prepared meals, ranging from traditional Zanzibar to western. If you get tired of the food, there are plenty of places within walking distance to go and eat or enjoy a night out.

In summary, a fantastic little guesthouse in an idyllic location.

Rooms at Arabian Nights

There are a total of 8 rooms, 4 sea front and 4 standard. The interiors classically styled in a combination of western and Zanzibari. The sea front rooms are about 15 meters from the Arabian Nights Zanzibar Rooms beach, and as far as we are aware, these are the closest rooms to the ocean in Zanzibar. Having a look at the pictures, you will see that they have beautiful glass and wooden doors opening out on to the ocean. The sea front rooms are most recommended, but if you are on a budget, the standard rooms have exactly the same interiors, only no sea view.

All rooms have standing fans, air-conditioning (which is very refreshing in the heat) minibar, double beds (2 rooms have twin beds), shower and satellite television. Added to this, the rooms have baths, which is highly unusual in Zanzibar, and a shower.

These are by far the most comfortable and well equipped guesthouse rooms on the island.


The restaurant has been built above the reception and dive centre and provides food prepared by their local chef. Meals range from traditional Zanzibar food to western cuisine. They also serve a good variety of seafood dishes which are recommended. If you want to try something different, there are a large variety of places to choose from in the area.

Hotel facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar area
Room facilities:
  • 8 Rooms (4 sea view)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Standing fans
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Satellite television
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Hot water facilities
  • Mosquito net
  • Large verandah
  • Full PADI affiliated dive centre
  • Snorkeling
  • Bicycle rides
  • Fishing
  • 3 boats
  • Local tours
  • Massage service
  • Airport transfers

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5 Travellers Comments
Written by Joyce Lindeque
Very positive. Zanzibar and the hotel and all the people there was very friendly. 
The hotel was just what we were looking for. I am glad that we went to the East coast 
Where there is not such a lot of tourists. 
Thank you again. 
Joyce Lindeque
Written by Debbie Dirker
Hi Melinda, 
Thank you – the holiday was great!! Quite a differentexperience from Mauritius (x2) and Maldives (x1) but we still enjoyed it. 
African Encounters 
From making enquiries to the booking, collection of travel docs, Melinda’s call about the Air Tanzania cancellation to making new flight arrangements and extending the hotel bookings. 
Arabian Nights 
Once settled into our room everything else went smoothly. The people are very friendly, the beach and weather amazing! 
The manager even loaned me his watch (when my cellphone was damaged) and gave me a reading book!! They even sent someone to wake us up (“wake-up call”) because the Hotel’s phones did not work! 
We took the Spice & Stone Town Tours – very interesting! Was a bit shocked when we saw Stone Town – such a beautiful ancient town but VERY NEGLECTED! 
We also really enjoyed the Safari Blue Tour – the tour operators were all very friendly and the food was GREAT!! 
(although, I must just mention that the roads in Zanzibar are HORRIFIC!!) 
Air Tanzania Refund 
I have already received two e-mails from African Encounters re the progress of the Air Tanzania refunds, so we are still waiting!! 
Thank you again Melinda, we really enjoyed it!! 
Debbie Dirker
Written by Adele

Arabian Nights - Pool room

It was absolute stunning! 
The service we received from African Encounters was great, every thing went very smooth. The holiday destination - 
Hotel: very nice, breakfast wasn't always that nice but it was eatable. Very clean. 
Country: Great experience to see the country, wasn't what we expected.  
Thanks for everything, we will definitely go again!
Written by Cornell Kruger


I was at Arabian Nights about 4 years ago. Mohammed made sure that everything was absolutely wonderful after we had a terrible experience on the first night in another hotel. 
It was absolute BLISS and nearly burnt our passports the last evening because we didnt want to return back to JHB!!! 
I have been in Maurituis since, but nothing compared to Zanzibar and the wonderful people and hospitality!  
We are planning our next trip back to Arabian Nights for in the next year!!!
Written by Tahera

Arabian nights and Tembo House

Salaam Farzanah 
Firstly, the service that I’ve received from you and African Encounters were superbly. 
The day before our departure, I wanted to confirm and book our seats. You’ve done that already, I just had to print the tickets. 
Thembo House – Had a pool view room. The service and the people was outstanding. The front staff kept phoning the Airline to find out about our bags, until it arrived. The locks on my bag was missing, all my items were accounted for, except a few scarves that was in a locked front pocket. Enjoyed our stay there.  
Don’t know if it is because of the sea view, but it is more open, and in the late afternoon the ‘locals’ will gather on the beach and just enjoy themselves on the beach. Nice to watch. The food at the night market was cheap and nice. Did the Spice tour, and a trip to Prison Island with a lot of walking in Stone Town. 
Transfers were always on time. 
Arabian Nights – Still the same, as previously except for the pool, People very friendly. The beach is much busier than six years ago, but still not as busy as our beaches. There is a shop that opened just of the road, on your way to Arabia nights, that stock all the basic groceries, without being overcharged for it.  
Both hotels are good value for money, and you might not have the luxuries of the Bigger Resorts, but for us that is how we like it. The bigger resorts is for me very overcrowded, with a lot of noise.  
Zanzibar is still a nice holiday destination, but I think with no direct flights to Zanzibar, a lot of people will look elsewhere to go.  
Thank you very much for your assistance in making our holiday a smooth and memorable stay. 

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