An hour-plus drive from the airport through local towns and over bumpy roads will be worth it because once you arrive at Ras Nungwi, you'll feel as if you've stepped into another world. You're greeted by balmy breezes, swaying palms, and a nice cool drink. Request one of the rooms with views over the turquoise waters. The rooms immediately say island getaway: the handcrafted four-poster beds are draped in mosquito netting, the tiled floors are cooling to walk on, and your own veranda is a perfect place to jot in your journal or write home. If you're looking for an adventure, the resort offers snorkeling, scuba diving, dhow cruises, and deep-sea fishing, as well as tours of Nungwi—the local town—Stone Town, Jozani Forest, and spice plantations. If you want to relax, the pool beckons, the beach is gorgeous to walk along, and the Peponi Spa offers a full spa menu. Kids are welcome. Half-board and full-board options are available too.
Nungwi Peninsula, Zanzibar, Tanzania