Mbweni Ruins


Mbweni Ruins

Mbweni Ruins is an intimate resort situated in the upmarket garden suburb of Mbweni, 6km - or a 10 minute drive - from Stone Town.

Mbweni Ruins is located in the upmarket garden suburb of Mbweni, 6km - or a 10 minute drive - from Stone Town. A Protea hotel, Mbweni is an intimate resort accommodating only a limited number of guests. It enjoys direct beach access, an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace and is set within delightful tropical gardens.

All rooms are air conditioned and furnished in a traditional Zanzibari-Swahili style, with carved mahogany four-poster beds and Persian rugs.

Mbweni Ruins' location close to Stone Town makes it ideal for those visiting Zanzibar on a short stay, as you avoid the need for a lengthy transfer to the resorts on the northern or western coasts where the most popular beach resorts are located, or for those interested as much in exploring the cultural heritage of Stone Town as in the beach and surf (not that you'll lack the latter!) A scheduled complimentary shuttle bus to Stone Town is available three times a day making it easy to explore the town.

Mbweni Ruins itself is an interesting cultural site. It was formerly the site of a 19th-century UMCA mission station that served as a settlement for emancipated slaves. Close to the hotel is a small Anglican church (still active), dating from this era, and the ruins of the UMCA’s St Mary’s School for Girls, set amid lush gardens on the grounds of the hotel.


Small and intimate, Mbweni Ruins has just 13 guest rooms, all furnished in traditional Zanzibari style.

The rooms are generously sizes and feature private balconies with a view of the ocean.


Mbweni Ruins' Raintree Restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and serves a variety of dishes from international to Zanzibari cuisine.


Swimming Pool
Ocean-view lounge
Stone Town shuttle service

Child Policy

Children under the age of 7 stay free if sharing a room; 7-14 at stay at half the adult rate. Extra beds/cots can be provided on request (one per room)