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Shooting Star Lodge

A homely property with views out to the Indian Ocean

Shooting Star Lodge - Beach
Shooting Star Lodge - Beach

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One of the original small, boutique hotels on the island, the Shooting Star Lodge has still managed to maintain a great ambience and laid back approach to beach life! Set up on a cliff, many who come here tend to opt more for pool than beach, but this is not to say that they don’t have a great beach to use if you prefer. We really like the good sized rooms and communal areas in which to generally relax and take in that outstanding view!


As with Mchanga, just up the coast, this is a section of Zanzibar that has been little developed. What this means is that it is still possible to feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, living your own Robinson Crusoe type holiday! As with most east coast beaches, the tide does tend to go out a fair distance at times, but it does not really take a way from the picture perfect!


The rooms at Shooting Star Lodge are very functional with good space and an even better outside area with room enough for two sunloungers and a seating area. It is true that at this end of the price spectrum you can’t expect too much for your money but, unlike many of the newer properties, Shooting Star has a good amount of space and, as such, the rooms feel to be a good size.


Set on a cliff top, the main feature of Shooting Star Lodge is the bar/restaurant and the pool areas…all of which offer outstanding views. It is true that there is a bit of a wander down to the beach and so may not be the best for those with mobility issues…but the view far outweighs any negatives in our book. Other than the main areas, the rooms are sensibly laid out and it doesn't feel too cramped or crowded.

Stunning views, great communal areas on the cliff top, good value

Beach can have seaweed at low tide

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