Why so chic?

Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • being within easy reach of the Zanzibar islands

Chic Treats

Only when you book with Chic

Room upgrade

Early check-in/out

Welcome drinks

  • Overview

    The Retreat Dar es Salaam is a small luxury hotel set in lush tropical gardens in Dar es Salaam on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Relax on the gazebo and watch as the local fishermen bring in the fresh catch of the day, which can be enjoyed during a candlelit supper just a few hours later. This luxury hotel is a tranquil retreat, with a style reflecting the melting-pot of African styles in Tanzania as well as the colonial history of the region, situated just half an hour from the vibrant seaport of Dar es Salaam and within easy reach of the exotic Pemba, Mafia and Zanzibar islands. Take a romantic trip to this chic hotel before embarking on a safari at the Selous Game Reserve, home of their sister property The Retreat Selous.


    The Retreat Dar es Salaam is right on the beach and guests can start the day with a swim in the outdoor pool before taking a tour of Bagamoyo or Dar es Salaam city centre where guests can visit the Makonde carvers, famous for their intricate African blackwood carvings. A private car & driver can be arranged for excursions. Explore the coast by catamaran or on the hotel's private speed boat, while the adventurous can make use of the property's water skis. Diving trips to the neighbouring islands can also be organised. In the evenings, relax out on the ocean-front gazebo with a cocktail and watch the glorious sunset, cosy up in the spacious lounge or have a pre-dinner drink at the poolside terrace bar.


    Dining at The Retreat Dar es Salaam is a romantic affair, with evening meals served by candlelight on the teakwood verandah. Freshly-caught fish, marinated meat dishes and locally-produced veg are served with fresh breads and a selection of fine wines. For breakfast enjoy refreshing tropical fruits and juices. Visit the Asian business district in Dar es Salaam for some great restaurants, in particular along Kisutu, Zanaki and Mkunguni streets.

  • Facilities

    air conditioning


    child friendly




    swimming pool

  • Location


  • Rooms
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    Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    All of the 6 rooms at The Retreat Dar es Salaam are furnished with rare African artworks and antiques from the region. The 3 upstairs rooms have private wooden balconies facing the Indian Ocean and 3 overlook the outdoor pool and gardens. Beds range from king-size four-posters to twin queen-sizes, many of which are dark-wood antique Zanzibar beds, each fitted with fine linens. The Turquoise Room has a sofa bed and can be rented as a triple room. The downstairs standard rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers while the Orange "deluxe room" and Turquoise and Golden "private rooms" have 2-man Zanzibari bathtubs. The romantic Golden Room is ideal for honeymooners and is a spacious 40 sqm. All rooms have air-conditioning and minibars, bath products come from Zanzibar and are made from natural ingredients and there is Satellite TV in the lounge area.

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Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)



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Zanzi Resort is an exclusive Chic Retreat surrounded by 15 acres of tropical landscape and its 7 luxurious and private air-conditioned villas each have their own sitting room and private garden, outdoor sitting area and pool with a path that leads to a private sandy beach


The owners of Upendo Zanzibar in south-east Zanzibar are passionate about their luxury villas and have done everything possible to ensure that you will be too. This Chic Retreat is on a white sandy beach and is fully serviced allowing you to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.


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Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)