Hakuna Matata’ meaning ‘no worries’ is the exact expression that I would use to describe our honeymoon in Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is a part of Tanzania, which lies in the Indian Ocean on the east coast of Africa and is also known as Spice Island. It has great symbolic importance in the suppression of slavery. The island has so much to offer including beautiful beaches, intense history and vegetation, fun activities, luxurious beach-front hotels and friendly locals. I would highly recommend Zanzibar for a honeymoon location, as it offers all of this at a very affordable price.
PLANNING A HONEYMOON
It can seem overwhelming to think about plane tickets, passports and hotels on one day and then shift your mind right back to wedding dresses, flower arrangements and guest lists on the next. Wedding and honeymoon planning goes hand-in-hand and is absolutely a challenge even for the best multi-taskers. I would suggest getting some help when planning your honeymoon as it can take hours of research and price comparisons. Consider using a travel agent or if you have a friend or family member that is tech savvy, budget conscious and willing to help, then reach out for assistance!
- Make a budget: Honeymoons are not cheap. Prepare for all costs such as hotel rooms, entertainment, flights, food, drinks and service charges.
- Decide whether you are going to use a travel agent: Contrary to belief, agents are often able to secure better deals than you would get by booking yourself. They take stress off your shoulders by planning your flights, dates and itineraries. They also pick up any communication with the hotels for you.
- Decide where you want to go and what appeals to you: Shopping? Relaxing? Snow? Sun? Mountains? Wildlife? Beaches? Narrow down your list with your fiancé and try to pick a few locations that would appeal to you both.
- Check your passports before booking and get travel insurance: Remember that if you are planning to travel internationally, your passport needs to be valid 6 months from your date of return. Getting insurance is completely up to you but if you are heading to a more rural country, I would suggest getting medical insurance as well as insurance on your luggage.
- Get vaccinations: Many countries require that you have vaccinations before you enter. Ensure your vaccinations are up to date and that you have your medical card as proof.
- Keep a copy of your marriage certificate: If you are changing your surname, remember to ensure that your passport and all booking documents are in the correct name otherwise you could be denied from boarding your flights! Most hotels will also want to see a copy of your marriage certificates for honeymoon packages.
- Plan your itinerary and activities beforehand and cost them out.
- Pack extra medication for flu or stomach bug emergencies.
- Dedicate one person (the more organised one!) to carrying the cash, passports and important documents. You may decide to take turns to and from your honeymoon location.
MY BLUE HOTEL, ZANZIBAR – MY CHOICE OF HONEYMOON HOTEL
My Blue is located on the most serene and beautiful part of the island, Nungwi. The hotel prides itself on being environmentally respectful and simplistic yet sophisticated. The hotel is surrounded by splendid blue oceans and soft white sand.
There are many room options to choose from but I would recommend the ocean view cottages which are located on the beach and if it is for your honeymoon, they will throw in thoughtful gifts like a fruit platter on arrival, flower decorations on the bed and a 5-star private beach dinner including starters, mains (gigantic prawns, crayfish, seafood and vegetables) as well as a selection of fruits and cakes for dessert. This was definitely the highlight of our stay – it was very romantic and made us feel like VIP guests!
The all-inclusive package also allows you to drink and eat to your hearts content with all meals and drinks included
THINGS TO DO IN ZANZIBAR
Although resting and relaxing at the hotel was our top priority, my husband and I ensured that we also explored the island and had a taste of the history and activities. If you are looking to save some money, then approach the locals on the beaches in front of the hotels to organise your day trips and activities – they will offer the same services as the hotels at a fraction of the prices! We managed to organise the following activities:
- Sunset private cruise with fruit platters, free drinks and a musical band on board for 2 hours – $20 each
- A full day dedicated taxi driver, Food & Spices tour and boat trip to Prisoner Island with a private tour, and a private tour around Stone Town – $30 each
- A full day trip on Safari Blue to Sandbar Island, snorkeling, a delicious seafood lunch with cold drinks and a boat tour around the mangroves – $35 each
I would suggest taking your own snorkeling gear across if you have, as it is expensive to hire from the hotels.
If you need any more honeymoon planning tips, feel free to email me or comment below!