There is no better way to relax after a safari than to take a calming beach break. Africa is home to some of the most stunning beach resorts in the world. Think crystal blue water and soft sand between your toes – pure Zen!
Our top ten best resort destinations in Africa
Our travel experts have chosen the top 10 best beach resorts in Africa to help you plan the perfect vacation for you and your loved ones.
"There are few beach properties in Africa that offer exclusivity as well as these top ten properties. Some of these properties are YZ go-tos for some well-deserved barefoot luxury, while others are bucket list destinations that make for once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Here are Yellow Zebra’s Top 10 Beach Resorts…
1. Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania
Regarded as one of the finest beach lodges in the world, Mnemba Island Lodge is at the top of our list! Located just off Zanzibar, Mnemba is a beautiful private island. Run by the luxury travel company &Beyond, and with room for only 20 guests, this lodge is a fantastic option for those wishing for privacy and exclusivity.
2. Ellerman House, South Africa
While Cape Town may spring to mind as a fabulous location for a city break, it is home to some superb beaches – and there is no better place to stay than Ellerman House, an award-winning boutique hotel. With just 11 luxurious rooms, and boasting beautiful ocean views, this gorgeous property is the perfect option for those wanting both a beach and city element to their trip!
3. Alfajiri, Kenya
This has to be the most exclusive place to stay on the Kenyan Coast. Made up of three stunning villas, each uniquely styled to an incredibly high standard, Alfajiri is perfect for families or groups looking to relax in sublime luxury.
4. Zuri Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zuri Zanzibar has one of the best beaches on the entire island of Zanzibar. The location is absolutely stunning and the service and food are really very good indeed. The local musicians that come every other evening to provide some entertainment are a really nice touch here.
5. Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Another brilliant &Beyond property is Benguerra Island in Mozambique. If you like scuba diving, this is the place for you – Benguerra is famous for its incredible diving and snorkeling. It is also renowned for its deep-sea fly fishing! This lodge is full of character and is one of our favorite places to stay!
6. Azura Benguerra, Mozambique
This beach lodge, situated on Benguerra Island in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, is one of the finest of its kind in the country! To access the property, travelers take a helicopter flight, complete with amazing views. The property is home to just 14 rooms, with suites and villas having their own private access to the beauteous beach here.
7. Baraza Resort and Spa, Tanzania
Another great Zanzibar property is the Baraza Resort and Spa. Located on Zanzibar’s East Coast, Baraza is a fairly large resort yet it manages to retain the charm of a smaller hotel. The interior of the hotel is absolutely awesome, with its strong Arabic influence. We love Baraza and think it is a truly top-notch beach resort!
8. North Island, Seychelles
All the Seychelles islands are sensationally good, but this lodge defines luxury! The communal building and guest accommodation occupy the eastern side of the island, while other areas such as Honeymoon Beach and West Beach Bar are deftly dotted around. North Island is somewhere that everyone in the YZ office wants to visit – it is a truly spectacular place!
9. Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
One of our favorite hotels in Mauritius is the Prince Maurice on the quiet northeast coast of the island. There are some seriously good deals here which make an expensive resort great value for money compared to other properties on the island. We’ve used it for years with very good feedback from clients.
10. Desroches Island, Seychelles
Finally, we have to include Desroches Island in the Seychelles. Another private island, Desroches is super-luxurious, offering guests gorgeous suites and villas. All rooms have indoor and outdoor showers, private decking, and a private garden. A stay here is truly exclusive.