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Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar accommodations

With just ten simple but luxurious palm-frond guest bandas on the entire island, the only intrusion may be a silent visit from a curious suni antelope or two at sundown. Each banda is built of indigenous materials, mostly woven and thatched with palm leaves and has direct access to the beach. Sea breezes waft through high palm-frond roofs and large windows. Overhead fans in a spacious bedroom filled with soft, natural fabrics and traditional woodcarvings cool down the warm tropical nights. A shady corridor of woven palm leaves leads to a large shuttered bathroom where a massive stone shower awaits behind a glass beaded curtain. Each banda also has a private beach sala with Zanzibari ‘beach' beds, perfect for reading, sleeping, gazing at dhows or doing nothing at all.