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La Gemma Dell 'Est (5-STARS)

La Gemma Dell Est is by far the largest resort in Zanzibar, not only because they have the most rooms, but also the vast space over which it is situated. It is also one of the most impressive building on the entire Zanzibar.

Gemma is located on the North West coast of Zanzibar, near to Kendwa Rocks, on a magnificent stretch of beach. The beauty of this side of the island is that it is not as affected as the East by the tidal fluctuations. You are able to swim during low and high tide. Even though they have a great beach, they went and built the most massive swimming pool on the island with a sunken bar on the northern end where you are able to enjoy cocktails.

Due to the expanse of the land, guests are transported by golf carts from the reception area to their rooms. All over the resort they have pathways for the golf carts who transfer guests between the top restaurant or reception and their rooms. From your room, it is a good 80 meters down to the beach. All in all it is almost half a kilometer from reception down to the beach (if not longer). This just gives you an idea of how huge it is. 

The hotel has been styled on a modern European style, incorporating a modern Zanzibar style. Large white plastic tarpaulins greet you as you enter the main gate, something you might expect to see in Milan. The restaurant area is beautifully decorated using glass windows and water features, all very chic and modern.

One of the most stunning features of the resort is the large entertainment area built on a pontile out in the ocean. The jetty just out some 100m into the ocean and provides a stunning place to enjoy cocktails during the day, sundowners at sunset or a late night drink. From the deck in the evening, you can watch the fish swimming in the floodlit ocean.


The resort boasts an impressive 138 rooms, including 17 Junior Suites 23 Executive Villa guest rooms and a presidential villa which consists of 5 bedrooms. All rooms are fitted with French doors which open out on to a landscaped garden. The rooms also have a small balcony where guests can sit and enjoy the view of the ocean.

The rooms all feature king-size beds or twin beds for single persons. The rooms have all the modern conveniences which include satellite television, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini bar, safe and telephone. The hotel has blended the room in a terracotta and brown color scheme. The bathroom includes a stunning shower, bidet, hair dryer, bath robes and hotel personalized toiletries.

The executive villas also include a personal butler. 


Fully inclusive resort:

  • Restaurant
  • 3 Bars
  • Full water sports centre
  • Big game fishing facilities
  • Full PADI certified dive school
  • Swimming pool
  • 24 Hour reception and concierge
  • Small gift shop
  • Laundry service
  • Limited room service
  • Conference facilities

Room facilities

  • Air-conditioner and fans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Satellite television
  • Telephone facilities
  • Safe
  • Telephone facilities
  • Mini bar


  • Diving
  • Go snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, dhow cruises and deep-sea fishing
  • Visit the hotel masseuse for a relaxing massage
  • The hotel offers excursions to the surrounding areas, including Stone Town, Spice plantations and Jozani Forest


  • Transfers between Nungwi and Stone Town
  • Laundry service

Closed: Gemma Dell 'Est is closed from beginning April to 15 June

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