Location: The Aiyana is located on the northern most edge of Pemba Island – sister island of Zanzibar (Unguja), an area famous for its beautiful natural beaches, and close to the Ngezi Forest Reserve – the last remains of a huge tract of indigenous forest which used to cover most of the island.
Accommodation: This unique resort has 30 beautifully appointed Villas, ranging from 80 – 160 sq metres in size. Each Villa, in pastel white colours, has high ceilings and wonderful views over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, the coral reef and the azure Indian Ocean beyond. The guest bathrooms are extensions of the hotel’s gardens, with showers open to the sky.
Facilities & Services: The Aiyana has a dining room serving a wide selection of international dishes but there are many options for private dining including the casual beach setting, under the Makuti umbrella or stars, in the landscaped bushes, at the white sandy beach or even at the island in front of the hotel. The Indian Ocean that surrounds Pemba offers some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world, with a water temperature averaging at 26ºC and visibility of 30-40 meters. Shallow coral lagoons drop off to spectacular depths supporting a vast range of marine life. Experience Pemba’s traditional sailing through the handmade dhow carved from mango wood. Excursions can be organized to the nearby Ngezi Forest Reserve which is home to troops of vervet monkeys, and the Pemba Flying Fox, a bat endemic to the island. Pemba is a major world producer of cloves; tours to the spice farms can be arranged where you can see cloves, lemongrass, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper and vanilla.