One of the best things about a romantic getaway is being able to completely escape the stresses that come with everyday life, and instead just focus on sharing experiences and quality time with our significant other. Zanzibar ticks the boxes for active couples that love a holiday jam-packed with adventure, but at the same time providing unspoilt beaches and secluded spots where lovebirds can while away the hours sipping on cocktails and enjoy some quiet time together.
Zanzibar’s most romantic spots
The Mtoni Palace ruins are the last remains of the opulent home of Sultan Sayyid Said, who lived here, along with his staff of around 1000, in the first half of the 19th Century. Travel back in time and discover what life was like for Arabian royalty. Every Tuesday and Friday evening, the ruins are dotted with romantic lanterns, and you can share an amazing meal while enjoying a live concert within the ruins, with all funds going towards the preservation of the ruins. Another great option for couples is to take over your own mini-island for the day – or at least, a sandbank. Pange Sandbank is completely covered by the ocean during high tide, but at low tide, it can become your little patch of sandy heaven. Chefs will cook you freshly caught seafood on the grill, while you relax under the shade of a canopy or snorkel the shallow waters surrounding the sandbank.
The best beaches for romance
Kiwengwa is one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. Situated on the north-eastern coast, it does get too shallow to swim at low tide, but if you time your visit just right you will be blown away by its white sand and clear turquoise waters. The beach is quiet and relaxed with good snorkelling nearby.
Paje, also on the south-east coast of Zanzibar, is one of the least touristy and most gorgeous beaches on the island. Again, this makes it a good option for couples, as you will still have a nice selection of restaurants to choose from nearby, but can spend hours swimming and sunbathing with no disruptions.
Fun activities for couples
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Zanzibar, you and your partner can swim with dolphins. This is possible from the fishing village of Kizimkazi, as both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins can be found in its waters. The opportunity to swim with dolphins isn’t guaranteed – but there are worse ways to spend a morning than gliding across the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Couples can also take a cooking class together and learn to make some of the island’s most popular dishes. Since Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, it’s a given that recipes will be loaded with an assortment of aromatic flavours, from cinnamon, to cloves and vanilla. Some cooking schools also include a visit to a local market to shop for ingredients, providing a great little taste of daily local life.