This small, family-run resort overlooks a stretch of dazzling white sand fringed by swaying coconut palms on Zanzibar’s idyllic northeast coast. There are just 16 air-conditioned rooms, featuring elaborate hand-carved canopied beds, high ceilings and huge windows to take full advantage of the sea breeze. There are also two separate three-storey villas – for guests seeking extra privacy – with imposing wooden doors in traditional Zanzibari style, personal plunge pools and roof-top terraces.
The Shooting Star Lodge main infinity pool boasts views of the Indian Ocean, while there is an airy restaurant and beach bar for refreshments. A coral reef fronts the resort, which you can explore at low tide on foot or with a mask and snorkel when water levels are higher.
Things to do in the local area include a dhow cruise, snorkelling and scuba diving at Mnemba Atoll, kitesurfing, watersports and scenic flights over the island. Should you wish to visit Stone Town, a spice plantation or Jozani Forest to see rare red colobus monkeys, tours can be arranged.