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*, telephone, 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. Valid from 10:00am-11:00pm daily.

 

 

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-6 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*.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out ourSpecial Assistance page

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.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (672)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating An amazing place to spend our honeymoon

Jul 21, 2019 JonnyK1981

We loved our 10 days at Ocean Paradise Resort. The resort itself is absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. Every day there was something new to try in the evening meals and the entertainment was always excellent, from the live bands to the acrobat performances. The staff there were all extremely friendly and considerate. We would like to… Read more
We loved our 10 days at Ocean Paradise Resort. The resort itself is absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. Every day there was something new to try in the evening meals and the entertainment was always excellent, from the live bands to the acrobat performances. The staff there were all extremely friendly and considerate. We would like to personally thank Venus, the beach drinks waiter who never stopped working always with a smile on his face and very polite. We would also like to say thank you to Omary one of the many waiters at the evening meal who was always on hand to help us, always went the extra distance to ensure we were looked after and even taught us some Swahili. We'd love to see him promoted next time we visit! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Birthday Holiday

Jul 17, 2019 Safari63154509588 Brighton, United Kingdom

Great resort with extremely friendly professional staff from housekeeping, bar, catering and management. Slight issue with beach sellers but this did not impact on our relaxing break to celebrate my 50th Birthday
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Thank you for making my 40th birthday the BEST EVER!

Jul 12, 2019 dancfrench Stroud, United Kingdom

I'm starting straight away with a HUGE thank you to everyone at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa. After an amazing 4 day safari I arrived to find out they had secretly been told by my partner that it was my 40th birthday and from there on in everybody helped make it the best holiday & birthday ever. We were lucky and receives a complimentary upgrade… Read more
I'm starting straight away with a HUGE thank you to everyone at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa. After an amazing 4 day safari I arrived to find out they had secretly been told by my partner that it was my 40th birthday and from there on in everybody helped make it the best holiday & birthday ever. We were lucky and receives a complimentary upgrade to a superior garden room near the pool, and they had already arranged a romantic dinner on the beach with champagne and singing to help me celebrate. The room was exceptionally clean throughout our stay, the bed quite hard but we liked that, and it was equipped with everything you would need. A few short power cuts added to the fun. The turn down service with mosquito spray and where they prepared your mosquito nets every night was a luxury touch. The pool was lovely and perfectly sized for the hotel. The pool bar was a nice touch but it was actually quite cold in the shade and quite lonely as it wasn't used much for that reason. The private beach area is a really big selling point as the beach boys are everywhere. A polite "no thank you" is all it takes to get down to the warmest water I've ever swam in without any hassle. The food: OMG the food! The buffet style food with live serving stations was some of the best I've ever tasted and I've been to many AI resorts in Europe and the Caribbean. The restaurant area was so lovely and the subtle entertainment just right for the hotel. Definitely try the seafood restaurant. My girlfriend said it was the best lobster she's ever had. Our only constructive criticism being on the beach, it was quite difficult to see what you were eating. The romance was spoiled by me using the torch on my phone haha. There are no cash payments in the entire resort, even the souvenir shop, the spa, seafood restaurant and at excursion desk. Just pop it all on your room. This made everything so easy & stress free; we tipped halfway through the holiday in the box at reception and at the end. Do book your excursion through the hotel. Something I don't normally do but I didn't fancy the beach boy route and it worked out so much cheaper than what other guests were paying through their travel agents. Do also make sure you take advantage of the trip to the local village and the reef tour with the animation team - both well worth doing. Once again though, the staff. Everyone at the resort went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect - and it was. Thank you Ocean Paradise. We'll be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of my best holidays ever!!

Jul 8, 2019 shushunheweder Harare, Zimbabwe

I'm writing this review about a month after our trip and getting back home was hard because I so wanted stay for longer. Me and my husband travelled for my 30th birthday. We arrived in the afternoon and were pleasantly received with a welcome drink and refreshing towels. Check in was quick which was most appreciated after a long trip. Our room… Read more
I'm writing this review about a month after our trip and getting back home was hard because I so wanted stay for longer. Me and my husband travelled for my 30th birthday. We arrived in the afternoon and were pleasantly received with a welcome drink and refreshing towels. Check in was quick which was most appreciated after a long trip. Our room was better than expected after reading some reviews here. We were in a standard room which had partial sea view..lucky us. The two single beds joined together to make 1 king were a bit uncomfortable though we did not mind much because we hardly spent time in there (always by the beach or bar). They changed our linen a lot so it was always fresh. They also have a turn down service . We appreciated our room's location better than the garden villas as we realised the noise from the evening's restaurant activities and music couldn't be heard from our room. Plus hotel next door has loud music on Wednesday/ Thursday night don't remember which exact night. Breakfast had lots to choose from but it became a bit boring after several days: it's the same exact menu everyday but tastes good though plus if you change your choices you can get past the fact that its the same food. Very wide selection. The themed dinners were definitely one of our highlights. We so looked forward to every evening. So so many amazing different dishes. The deserts were to die for came back home a little heavier lol. On my birthday the hotel gave me a free cake and staff sang for me. The best chocolate cake I've ever had!!! 🎂The hotel manager helped my husband plan for a private n romantic beach dinner which was pretty special. We booked for all our excursions through the hotel and everything was well planned , great value and amazing too. The Spa has good facilities. We booked for a couple's massage which came with free time in the sonar and jacuzzi. My husband literally fell asleep during his treatment so that's a show for how good the masseuse was.😊 I really had one of the best holidays of my life. The staff made it a home away from home. And everyone took their time to check on us and make sure we were ok. I wish I could name them all.. but my fear is I'll miss someone and it won't be fair. Always a warm smile and going beyond to assist. The beach is beautiful.. heaven on earth. We will definitely visit again!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bst holiday ever

Jul 6, 2019 Sightseer38806683082

The surroundings, the staff were excellent and made this our best holiday ever. we will sure be back sometime. the friendly staff in reception , bars and others made the holiday fantastic. always and great smile and how can we help you.