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.

  • 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.

  • 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 '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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very peaceful Zanzibar hotel

Jul 19, 2020 Iain73 London, United Kingdom

Just before lockdown we were lucky enough to stay at Ocean Paradise for 8 nights (Feb 6-14). We stayed on a half board basis, because the all-inclusive supplement through Trailfinders seemed very expensive at £120 a day, so we took a gamble. It paid off because when we got our final bill it was only $300. We ate and drank what we wanted and… Read more
Just before lockdown we were lucky enough to stay at Ocean Paradise for 8 nights (Feb 6-14). We stayed on a half board basis, because the all-inclusive supplement through Trailfinders seemed very expensive at £120 a day, so we took a gamble. It paid off because when we got our final bill it was only $300. We ate and drank what we wanted and definitely didn’t hold back but food and drink prices are very reasonable, so going half board saved us over $1000 compared to all inclusive. In our opinion it wasn’t worth the upgrade because unless you go really mad you’ll struggle to spend lots at this resort. This followed a stay in Nairobi and a safari on the Masai Mara. We loved every second of this holiday we booked with Trailfinders. It is roughly a 90 min drive from Stone Town (which is a must for a night or two!) The roads were fine, not amazing but not as bad as I’d heard. Be prepared to be delayed with “checks” at road blocks, they are rife in Zanzibar. Some of them looked less than genuine with officials who appeared to have just stepped out of a fancy dress shop. It was hilarious! Worth noting if you’re planning on doing a “Safari Blue” trip it can be done from here but is far more convenient from Stone Town. It’s about a 20 min drive from there, add another 90 mins each way from Ocean Paradise Resort. We arrived before check-in (dropped off by an angry driver who was stopped at a road block and from what we can tell he was fined, no idea why). So we sat in the bar for an hour or so until a staff member came and found us and escorted us to our room. Check-in was easy. Our room (58) was circular, with the bathroom around the outside. It was a lovely size and had a large balcony with a view of the gardens. I thought the bathroom had an unpleasant smell to begin with but after a while it was fine. There was a shower (with curtain) but no bath. The bed was extremely comfy. The mosquito net had no holes in it. There was a turn down service every evening when they sorted the net out for us, that happened while we were at dinner. Some nights we were only actually out of the room for half an hour but it was always done when we got back. It was very peaceful here and had no problem with noise inside or outside the room. You will need mossie repellent, we were told the mosquitoes were at their most active as the sun was going down, they don’t cause anyone problems during the day. My girlfriend got bitten once I think, they avoided me completely. WIFI is just awful, it’s some of the worst we’ve ever come across. Take our advice don’t pay the extra ($15 per week per device). Just use the free wifi by both bars, this was marginally better anyway. Either way don’t expect uninterrupted browsing, it just won’t happen. We thought it was funny how everyone queued up for dinner every night which opened at 7:30, we sat in the bar watching them all rushing to get the best tables. The first night we waited for it to quiet down but as we found after that the dining area is huge and there was never any need to wait for a table, we always got a good one when we wanted. Breakfast was in a smaller area upstairs by reception but always seemed quieter than dinner so we never had to wait there either. The food was consistently good. Breakfast was similar every day but there was more variety at dinner with a different theme every night. They really made a big effort with this. There was a BBQ night. followed by Mediterranean, Indian, Italian, Swahili and Seafood nights. We especially enjoyed the omelettes, pancakes and waffles at breakfast and I always enjoyed the soups at dinner. Whatever the theme there was always a pasta station, kebabs being cooked on a bbq, salads veg and some sort of potatoes. Plenty of variety and something for everyone, we really enjoyed it all. For lunch there was a nice variety of sandwiches or burgers and chips. They’re very tasty and did the trick until dinner, although sometimes filled us up a bit too much so we weren’t hungry in the evening. It’s worth noting there are no specialty restaurants here, just the main restaurant for dinner, having said that there were no complaints at all about any of the food, which on the whole was very nice. We thought the pool was really good but there was a real shortage of sunbeds, especially as a lot of people seemed to selfishly reserve them both at the pool and down by the beach. Sadly the hotel did nothing to stop this happening. So we spent most of our time by the beach. None of the sunbeds are actually on the beach, they’re behind a wooden fence. The reason for this will be apparent the moment you step beyond that barrier. The beach boys will hassle you, they are friendly enough though. I just had a chat with them early on and then said I’d buy from them at the end of our holiday, saying we were staying two weeks instead of one. This seemed to do the trick. Don’t leave anything around the pool or beach, unless you want rather large crows to dismantle, nick or attack your possessions. I saw them rip open a packet of cigarettes, empty it out and then dismantle them one by one. They also attacked a pair of sunglasses. I tried chasing them off but they were back the moment I walked away. We thought staff were generally friendly and most had a jambo and a smile for us. A few generally didn’t want to be there but we had no real problems. The man at the beach towel shack told us off for not bringing our towels back the previous night which took us by surprise, but we just laughed it off. Add to that when one of the waitresses accidentally spilt a drink on our table at dinner one night I felt management were over the top telling her off, this shouldn’t have happened as it was just an accident, it didn’t upset us, and she was very apologetic. But these were too minor incidents over 8 days. Yes, there are lots of steps up to reception but it’s also worth knowing there are paths up as well. So we really didn’t see it as a problem. We loved the bar near reception where they showed films every night, it had a really chilled dimly lit, atmospheric vibe about it. This is generally a very laid back place though, the entertainment was low key and seemed to be just bands playing in the background at dinner, we didn’t see anything else. If you’re looking for something with a lively atmosphere this isn’t it. Anyway, I think I’ve gone on long enough, this is a solid 3 star standard option with a laidback atmosphere. Usually we like to get out and about and explore and sample local restaurants but there’s really nothing around here, but that’s fine we wouldn’t expect it in Zanzibar, it’s quite sparse once you get away from Stone Town. We really enjoyed our stay but you definitely won’t need longer than a week here. Iain, London Read less
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Mar 28, 2020 dodgecat22 Sleaford, United Kingdom

We arrived to find our superior garden room beautifully decorated with flowers and a bowl of lovely fruit as it was our wedding anniversary ! The rooms are large well equipped and kept spotless ! At night there is a turndown service to spray the rooms and position the mosquito nets (hardly saw a bug anywhere in hotel for entire holiday ) We… Read more
We arrived to find our superior garden room beautifully decorated with flowers and a bowl of lovely fruit as it was our wedding anniversary ! The rooms are large well equipped and kept spotless ! At night there is a turndown service to spray the rooms and position the mosquito nets (hardly saw a bug anywhere in hotel for entire holiday ) We were all inclusive and Food was excellent starting from breakfast which was served at the Ocean restaurant on reception level ! At lunchtime it was al a carte in the main poolside restaurant or on some days a barbecue at the beach front a fantastic selection at either ! Afternoon tea was served by the beach between 16.30 and 17.30 . Dinner was themed buffet also at poolside restaurant with fantastic entertainment ! Service was excellent everywhere ! The hotel has its own area of private beach where the sellers are not allowed with ample shade and a fantastic waiter making sure your drinks are topped up ! The Bahari bar up at reception level has a great relaxing atmosphere and was perfect for an evening drink or watch a film if you wanted ! We did the hotels own two trips to the local village and out on to the reef with the fantastic Festo . Just two points to mention could do with more toilets for beach front and a equipped courtesy room for late departure ! Thank you all for a fabulous holiday and please stay safe in these challenging times ! Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 blessedblue manchester

We chose this hotel due to the good reviews. After a 6 day Safari in Tanzania, Zanzibar was the ideal place to relax. The resort was lovely. Food was excellent. The evening shows were great. Make sure you take enough essentials as the on site shop only stocks limited items. The resort is not ideal for kids or those who find it difficult to get up… Read more
We chose this hotel due to the good reviews. After a 6 day Safari in Tanzania, Zanzibar was the ideal place to relax. The resort was lovely. Food was excellent. The evening shows were great. Make sure you take enough essentials as the on site shop only stocks limited items. The resort is not ideal for kids or those who find it difficult to get up and down stairs. The breakfast is served in the main building. If you are staying in the Rondaval type lodges then you have a fair few steps. The staff were great. I recommend going all inclusive. Every day at 10am there is activities arranged. We did the village tour and reef tour. Make sure you have beach shoes, sea urchins etc in the sea. When the tide comes in the sea is a few feet from the boundary. However when it's out there is a 1.5km walk to the reef. The only excursion we did was a visit to StonecTown. Considering it's world heritage place not really impressed with the town, other than seeing Mercury's birth place. The one thing that really annoyed me was the fact they wanted to charge us $95 to keep the room on till 6pm. Checking out was 12pm. The fact there was nobody coming and people were cancelling due to Coronovirus, and it had the feel of a ghost town I would have expected a bit of common sense and good will considering what was going on in the world. We were fortunate to get home just !! I hope the remaining guests managed too. Read less
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Mar 9, 2020 675oksanap

The territory is fabulous. The beach is great, with sun beds on decent distance from each other so you don’ t feel like a fish in can. It’s windy side of the island , so perfect for kite lovers, there are several schools in close proximity to make a course. Sea. In high tide it’s anyway not to too deep, when it’s low tide swimming is… Read more
The territory is fabulous. The beach is great, with sun beds on decent distance from each other so you don’ t feel like a fish in can. It’s windy side of the island , so perfect for kite lovers, there are several schools in close proximity to make a course. Sea. In high tide it’s anyway not to too deep, when it’s low tide swimming is impossible, the sea goes for 1 km away? You may go a a walk with Masai to see sea stars and other sea creatures. So swimming is quite limited. Food and drinks. With fantastic choice of drinks, freshes, and sparking wine included, the food is mediocre, a choice is wide but all is overcooked, you can always find smth to eat, but don’t expect some foodie experience. Though with a new chef it could be a blast given the choice of fish, seafood, etc. what is amazing is a choice of fruits, always plenty and various. Local trips. Go for a trip to local village nearby they arrange with hotel guide. Entertainment. They have nice live music every evening and various shoes, great. Read less
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Mar 7, 2020 T1lly North Elmham, United Kingdom

The resort is well catered for in every aspect. I stayed in one of the houses and it was perfect. Cleaned daily and beds turned back with mosquito spray in the evenings. The food was excellent and we had a good choice. I stayed half board. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and were not pushy. The resort has plenty to do if you want… Read more
The resort is well catered for in every aspect. I stayed in one of the houses and it was perfect. Cleaned daily and beds turned back with mosquito spray in the evenings. The food was excellent and we had a good choice. I stayed half board. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and were not pushy. The resort has plenty to do if you want entertainment around the pool and there are places to park along the beach if you want the quiet. We had a great week relaxing with a few trips out. Boat trip out to snorkel with the dolphins was well worth it - I was lucky to have a real close up swim with them. Stone Town also a good day out to see the local life. Read less