Ocean Paradise Resort

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

Surrounded by unspoiled natural palm groves and fronted by a spectacular white sand beach, the Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa is an enchanting resort offering a relaxed and stylish getaway. The buildings are all constructed using natural, local materials in traditional style with an impressive open-air thatched lobby, while accommodation is in delightful, fully air-conditioned rooms and thatched cottages. There are three restaurants to choose from, offering fine food and no less than four treatment rooms in the spa.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Volley Ball

Where is it

Beachside location on the north east coast of Zanzibar. Transfer time from Zanzibar Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

98 rooms decorated in traditional Zanzibari style. All with air-conditioning, balcony, ceiling fan, satellite TV, WiFi access*, fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, walk-in shower and hairdryer. Standard Garden Rooms, Superior Garden Rooms and Interconnecting Superior Garden Rooms are situated in double storey buildings at the rear of the resort. Standard Garden Rooms have either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: breakfast in the Ocean Restaurant and lunch and dinner in the Jahazi Restaurant or poolside, snack menu, soft drinks, water, juice, local beer, house wine and local brand spirits. All-inclusive starts at 12pm on the day of arrival and finishes at 12pm on the day of departure.

 

 

Superior Garden Rooms are located in the middle of the resort, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Interconnecting Superior Garden Rooms, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Superior Rooms, Junior Suites and Sea Front Rooms are in single storey Rondavels (African Roundhouses) dotted amongst the gardens, all facing the ocean. Superior Rooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 2 adults and 1 child. Sea Front Rooms are located towards the beach with ocean views, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Junior Suites are larger with a separate lounge area, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

  • Free nights: Stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 1 Jun–15 Jul '19, 21 Aug-23 Dec '19 and 10 Jan-31 Mar '20. Similarly, stay 7, pay 5 for stays completed between 1 May-31 May '19 and 01-30 Apr '20.

    Valid on Superior Garden Rooms, Interconnecting Garden Rooms, Superior Rooms and Interconnecting Superior Room categories.

    All Inclusive supplement is applicable on free nights. 

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Anniversary offer: couples travelling on their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 50th wedding anniversary will receive a fruit/flower basket, and a celebration cake.

    Offers may not be combinable. Valid for stays between 1 May '19-5 Jan '21.

  • Honeymooners: Couples will receive a fruit/flower basket, a bottle of sparkling wine and a lobster dinner for two. Valid for stays between 01 May '19-5 Jan '21.

    Marriage certificate not older than 6 months must be shown at check in for all honeymoon offers.

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Early booking offer: book by 30 Nov '19 for stays 1 May-15 Jul '20 and 20 Aug-22 Dec '20 and save 10% off accommodation costs.

    Valid in Standard Garden Rooms, Superior Garden Rooms, Interconnecting Superior Rooms and Superior Rooms.

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free nights: stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 1 Jun–15 Jul '20 and 21 Aug-23 Dec '20.

    Valid on Standard Garden Room category. All Inclusive supplement is applicable on free nights. 

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Honeymooners: bride saves 13% off accommodation costs when staying in a Superior Garden Room or a Superior Room between 1-30 Jun '20 and 01 Sep-30 Nov '20.

    Marriage certificate not older than 6 months must be shown at check in for all honeymoon offers. 

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free nights: stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 1 Jun–15 Jul '19, 21 Aug-23 Dec '19 and 1-31 Mar '20. 

    Valid on Standard Garden Room category. All Inclusive supplement is applicable on free nights. 

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Free nights: stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 1 Jun–15 Jul '20 and 21 Aug-23 Dec '20. Similarly, stay 7, pay 5 for stays completed between 1-31 May '20. Valid on Superior Garden Rooms, Interconnecting Garden Rooms, Superior Rooms and Interconnecting Superior Room categories.

    All Inclusive supplement is applicable on free nights. 

    Terms and conditions apply.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Resting on a white sandy beach

Great choice of accommodation with garden and beachfront Rondavels

Traditional resort with tropical gardens

Lagoon style swimming pool

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Early check-in (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary 30-minute couples massage
  • Guaranteed room upgrade for stays of ten nights or more (excludes 16 Jul-20 Aug and 23 Dec-5 Jan) Excludes to Junior Suites and Seafront categories.

3 restaurants: The Ocean Restaurant with panoramic views (breakfast), Jahazi Restaurant (snacks, wood-fired pizza) and Mawimbi Restaurant (à la carte menu; Zanzibarian fusion cuisine). 3 bars including a swim-up bar. Lagoon swimming pool with kids' pool, sun terrace. Spa* with 4 massage rooms, 2 Jacuzzis, steam room, sauna and fitness centre. Water sports centre onsite with windsurfing*, sailing* and PADI dive centre*. Kayaking, table tennis and beach volleyball. Bicycle rental*. Complimentary WiFi available at the Bahari Bar. 24-hour reception. Boutique*. Babysitting*.

5 nights betweeen 23 Dec-5 Jan.

* Denotes local charge. 

Please note: this property is not suitable for those with walking difficulties due to the number of steps.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (711)
  • Very good (270)
  • Average (54)
  • Poor (24)
  • Terrible (25)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Only let down is the beach and slow service

Nov 14, 2019 RooCar London, United Kingdom

One of the reasons I have lowered my rating is due to the beach being spoilt by seaweed. The sand is fine and soft, the water is clear blue but unfortunately the seaweed which is collected to sell spoils this perfection along with the constant hassle on the seafront of beach boys trying to sell you excursions due to this section of the beach not… Read more
One of the reasons I have lowered my rating is due to the beach being spoilt by seaweed. The sand is fine and soft, the water is clear blue but unfortunately the seaweed which is collected to sell spoils this perfection along with the constant hassle on the seafront of beach boys trying to sell you excursions due to this section of the beach not being privately owned. The managers at this hotel were brilliant and very tentative, however we found that when there were no managers around the service was excruciatingly slow, meaning we would normally wait around 1 hour from ordering food to be served our lunch, this was on not so busy days around the pool. In the evening plates were hardly cleared and no one asked if we wanted more drinks (we were half board but i am sure the majority of guest opted for all inclusive, well at least the ones we met on our stay). Conclusion if you are happy with only a pool to complete your Zanzibar experience then this is perfect. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A stay in paradise

Oct 30, 2019 785debbied Stamford, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 8 nights after a couple of nights in stone town. We loved it. We’ve been on similar stays all over the world and this destination and hotel easily compete with the best. We stayed in a circle bungalow in the gardens which had a large bed, curvy shower room and decent size with private terrace. We stayed all inclusive… Read more
We stayed here for 8 nights after a couple of nights in stone town. We loved it. We’ve been on similar stays all over the world and this destination and hotel easily compete with the best. We stayed in a circle bungalow in the gardens which had a large bed, curvy shower room and decent size with private terrace. We stayed all inclusive which we’d recommend as then it’s much easier and good value as drinks can be expensive if paying separately. The whole hotel was cleaned and well maintained daily. The staff were so friendly everywhere and we were regularly asked by guest relations if everything was OK. There is a daily schedule of activities but easily avoided if you don’t want to join in. Nightly entertainment and good buffet dinner with themed meals as well as the best pasta made to order. Swimming pool is large and never seemed busy. Lots of sunbeds around the beach so you can easily find space. The beach isn’t private and used by locals but it’s good watching the world go by and a nice reef walk. You can swim from the beach at high tide but the low tide goes out about km. I could say loads. Overall fabulous place which we would fully recommend . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice beatiful place needs improvement in many aspects

Oct 22, 2019 Aviv B

The hotel is beautiful local staff was very polite and tried to be helpful meals were exellent yet we stayed at a room in the buildings they were not properly cleaned upon arrival and during the stay, sheets didnot seem to have been washed properly, wifi is free only in the 2 bars and for almost everything you have to pay extra, local staff needs… Read more
The hotel is beautiful local staff was very polite and tried to be helpful meals were exellent yet we stayed at a room in the buildings they were not properly cleaned upon arrival and during the stay, sheets didnot seem to have been washed properly, wifi is free only in the 2 bars and for almost everything you have to pay extra, local staff needs to get approval from the manager in duty, and in our case it was Elzilea, for whom it took 20 minutes to come to reception, spoke as if we were here pupils or subordinates without politeness Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a fantastic resort

Oct 19, 2019 Ade2364 Derby, United Kingdom

It says it all in the hotel name 'Paradise', the location is fantastic, when we arrived we were greeted with a warm friendly welcome and everything about the resort was explained to us, as we were taken to our Rondavel we noticed the view, wow it was awesome. All the staff are so friendly with a greeting of Jambo. Throughout the holiday the… Read more
It says it all in the hotel name 'Paradise', the location is fantastic, when we arrived we were greeted with a warm friendly welcome and everything about the resort was explained to us, as we were taken to our Rondavel we noticed the view, wow it was awesome. All the staff are so friendly with a greeting of Jambo. Throughout the holiday the staff were regularly coming for a chat and checking that everything was ok. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is paradise

Oct 14, 2019 gunnarj836 Drammen, Norway

This is a paradise place. A wonderful resort at the beach. All the staff, from manager to bell boys are all there for the guests. Fantastic food. Rooms are clean. We can warmly recommend this place for singles, couples, families and every body else.