Star of the East

Zanzibar – North

Eleven individual Villas designed in modern contemporary and African style and built to give the discerning guest the ultimate in space and luxurious privacy.


Star of the East is located at Nungwi on the North Western tip of Zanzibar, 50 km distance from the Zanzibar International Airport and 55 minutes drive from Stone town the islands oldest settlement.

Named after the most precious and sought after jewels and gems the world has to offer each one of the unique villas offers pure escapism and relaxation for those looking for all inclusive accommodation in a private and tranquil setting. Generously spread out over the landscaped gardens each villa benefits from personal butler service, plunge pool and spacious open plan living area. Transport is provided to and from the private beach whilst meals can be enjoyed at the Ocean Blue restaurant and nights spent sipping cocktails in the Tiara Lounge bar.

All facilities at La Gemma Dell Est are available to guests of the Star of the East at no extra cost.



Each villas comes with a private pool and Jacuzzi, an extra large and fully furnished terrace with a covered and open area and a large tropical private garden to enjoy the un-matched views over the sea and the famous Zanzibar sunset.

Star of the East comprises of just:

  • 7 one bedroom villas
  • 2 one bedroom villas with additional in-room Jacuzzi
  • 2 two bedroom villas with one additional in-room Jacuzzi

Other activities

  • Water sports centre with hobby cat, windsurfing laser dinghy and canoes
  • International diving centre
  • Daily recreation and fitness activities
  • Variety of Swimming pools
  • Outdoor gym
  • Tennis court on flood light
  • Beach volley ball

Zanziplanet reviews

The Star of the East is a modern fusion of African style and slick architecture under the umbrella of a large international group. Currently as a new resort little guest feedback exists, however our team recently visited and as such we are confident that should you be looking for a high end modern resort with everything on site, you should look no further than The Star of the East.


The Z Hotel

Zanzibar – North

The Z Hotel was Zanzibar’s first affordable ‘Boutique on the Beach’ designer resort and to date still remains as one of the best choices in this category.


The Z Hotel is located approximately 1 hour from Stone Town on the Northern tip of the island, this is a chic, 35 room self styled ’boutique’ hotel which blends elegant, contemporary design with traditional Zanzibar features to create a unique cool and relaxing environment. Set in a lush, tropical garden with direct access to white powder beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Z Hotel has been finished to an extremely high specification by an international team of architects and interior designers.


Room Features Include:
* Travertine Marble Floors
* Italian Designer Bathrooms
* Full Air-Conditioning
* Plasma TV
* DVD with access to hotel library
* Philippe Stark Furniture & Lighting
* iHome Docking Station
* Spacious balconies with uninterrupted sea views
* Telephone – Minibar – Safe
* WIFI throughout hotel
* Complimentary White Company of London Beauty Products
* Bespoke Bedroom Furniture, exclusive to Z Hotel, in locally sourced Coconut Wood
* 4 Poster-Beds
* Egyptian cotton bed linen and summer duvet
* Wet-room shower
* Luxurious bathrobes
* Hair dryer
* Complimentary flip flops
* Full turn down service
Situated on the ground and 1st floors, our Superior Rooms offer easy access to the pool and garden with most of our 1st floor rooms having wonderful sea views. The balconies are perched just over our tropical garden so you will be in the perfect spot to experience the scents of the exotic flora and fauna just below.

2nd floor Deluxe Rooms offer uninterrupted, panoramic views taking in the West Coast of the Island out across the Indian Ocean and up to the Northern tip of Zanzibar. Natural light floods the room, while a wall of glass draws you to the wonderful view. It is an uplifting experience, which exemplifies the chic appeal of understatement. The Deluxe Rooms encompass all the elements of the Superior Rooms but with a number of additional features.
With 50 square meters of living space, the 2 Roof top suites have been individually designed by the owners and encompass all the benefits offered in the Deluxe Rooms but with additional features. As the name suggests, the suites perch on top of the building and enjoy double-height vaulted ceilings into the roof with exposed beams and amazing 360o views from the wrap around terrace.

For extra privacy, the 2 Ocean Front Cottages are completely separate from the rest of the hotel’s accommodation. The living space is arranged over 2 floors with a ‘floating deck’ over the water which looks out directly across the Indian Ocean. Both floors have complete pull back bi-folding doors, opening the cottages up to the outside welcoming in the soft warm sea breeze. You will never forget the sound of waves hitting the rocks below as you lay back and soak up the African sun.

At 100 square meters, with beautiful décor, 2 terraces, indoor cocktail bar and outdoor Jacuzzi, the Z Suite offers the last word in decadence. The suite is arranged across an entire rooftop and offers opulent features fitting for newly wedded couples or for those looking for the smartest suite on Zanzibar. Everything about this suite exudes luxury and individuality; all rooms have pull back doors, inviting the outside in… the problem is, you will never want to leave.

Tranquil Infinity Pool, Saruche Restaurant, Cinnamon Cocktail Bar, Relaxing Spa Treatments, Diving, Water Sports, Deep Sea Fishing, Sunset Cruises, Comprehensive selection of Tours, Corporate Events, Weddings and Honeymoons.

Zanziplanet reviews

This is a very stylish new hotel in a great location for exploring the bars, restaurants and culture of Nungwi.
The Ocean Front Cottages and Roof Top Suites in particular offer spectacular views, and throughout the hotel the design is clean and coherent. The beach here is lovely, but seldom deserted, as this is one of the busiest areas of Zanzibar. Do not come here expecting a peaceful and quiet beach destination, but rather come here for quality modern accommodation and the vibrant local culture. If you’re in any doubt please don’t hesitate to ring us for a chat!