Dongwe Oceanview Resort is definitely one those secluded get aways nestled off the beaten path on the East coast of Zanzibar. Between it's refined and minimal design, the bright blue water of the Indian Ocean steps from your room, and the friendly culture of local Maasai men it's an oasis to be experienced.
We spent our mornings in awe of the unbelievable colors of the sunrise, basked in the sun with books and cocktails, got to know the friendly staff, napped under the palms, and adventured out on one of the traditional old sails to snorkel among the majestic sea life. And among it all, we had to stop and pinch ourselves several times to be sure we were really there.
The founders, Nigel and Andrea fell in love with this magical spot on the island years ago where they saw a vision to create and cultivate an experience people from all over the world could take home with them, and they did it well. Along with their hotels, they also created the incredible and iconic Rock Restaurant which is a true haven in itself. It's a traditionally built restaurant perched on a rock in the water, where you can find an exotic culinary experience with a wine and cocktail list that will keep you gazing under the stars until midnight (which we did.)
Hakuna matata is something you hear quite often on the island, and as we know from Lion King, means "no worries" so if you are looking for a unique island experience to let go of it all and soak up the wonders of this world, go to Zanzibar and put your feet up at Dongwe. You won't regret it!