Located along the East Coast of Zanzibar, Ycona watches over a 500m long, white sanded, soft, private bay in the North of Marumbi. The beach there offers exceptional sand banks. The Resort owns over 60,000sqm of unspoiled tropical jungle and spice garden, overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Ycona guarantees an unforgettable African experience surrounded by world class comforts and modern touch, making the Resort the perfect escape for those who love style and quality, within tropical paradises.

Ycona offers an idyllic and central location for seeighsing and enjoying the facilities of Zanzibar.
The resort is ideally located facing one of the main Zanzibar roads, making the access to the main gate very easy.

The airport is just a 35 minutes ride, situated very close to the Unesco World Heritage Site - Stone Town, and the most famous local market, Forodhani. A few km away, Jozani Forest is found for those eager to observe the Red Colobus Monkeys. Mnemba Island, a "must-do" excursion, over 40 minutes by car and a short boat transfer or a quad tour through the jungle, among other beautiful landmarks, is worth the exploration. Our concierge team will take care of all your inquiries and prepare the greatest trip, for better time management.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Zanzibar, or rather the Zanzibar archipelago, is made up of about 75 islands, among which there are the main two: Unguja in the South (the largest, the one improperly called "Zanzibar Island") and Pemba in the North, both surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands. Zanzibar is located in Africa, a short distance (about 40 km) from the coast of Tanzania, about 5 degrees south of the Equator.
The island of Unguja, commonly associated with the name "Zanzibar", has a maximum length from North to South of about 85km and a maximum width from East to West of about 30km.
The orography of Zanzibar is very varied. There are large cultivable areas, especially in the North/North-West, where there are the largest settlements of the population dedicated to agriculture or related activities. The entire eastern part of the island is of great tourist importance, due to the presence of long white beaches of coral sand, splendid sea beds, coral atolls and, in general, enchanting landscapes.
Zanzibar is politically part of Tanzania, but it has its own government and parliament.
The official language of Zanzibar is Kiswahili, normally known as Swahili, which is spoken not only in Zanzibar but in much of East Africa, from Somalia to Mozambique, via Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda; In practice, over 100 million people communicate today in Kiswahili.
The climate is commonly referred to as the "equatorial belt climate", with tropical and high temperatures throughout the year. The climate is basically divided into two dry seasons that alternate with two rainy ones, the Great Rainy Season between April and June and the Small Rainy Season between November and December. During the dry seasons the temperature often exceeds 30°C, and even during the rainy seasons the thermometer never drops below 22/24°C. The best times to stay in Zanzibar are from June to October, soft months of spring, or during summer season from December to February when it’s hot and pleasant.
Although Zanzibar has essentially a small territory, it certainly offers interesting aspects from a fauna point of view. At sea level, you can swim with dolphins in Mnemba and Kizimkazi; you can walk among over 100-year-old giant tortoises on Prison Island; you can observe rare monkeys endemic to Zanzibar in the Jozani Forest. On a botanical level, the symbolic tree of Zanzibar is undoubtedly the giant and majestic Baobab. And we have nice surprises for you in our private Jungle in Ycona!
Spend the day discovering the local culture at Stone town and eat at Forodhani market, an incredible night-time food market. Reach out Jozani Forest, being the last indigenous forest left on Zanzibar. Sunbathe in our private and white sand bay while enjoying the turquoise water. Visit the Palace Museum, commonly known as the Sultan’s Palace and do a Spice tour around the island. These and much more activities will be happily arranged by our Concierge team to ensure the most personalized and enjoyable trip throughout the island.
The cuisine is a mixture of several culinary traditions due to the multi-cultural of Zanzibar heritage. Reflects influences including Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian and British. Fresh and eco products are served daily in our restaurants coming from our own local market. Book a quick tour and we will be delighted to show you our piece of heaven.
Yes, visitors from most of the countries require visa to enter Zanzibar (and Tanzania in general), and the passport should be valid for six months onwards. For most countries, single entry tourist visa can be easily and quickly achieved upon arrival at the airport. In case of support, we can organize at the airport a VIP service upon request to accompany through this process easily.

For more information please visit: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/tanzania/passport-visa/

In case of VIP airport service request please write to us in advance and we will organize for you.
There are no vaccines required, but for typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, meningitis and hepatitis A are usually recommended.
A Yellow Fever Certificate is only required by people visiting Zanzibar who may have recently visited a Yellow Fever endemic zone, or may have visited such a zone on their way to Zanzibar.
In fact, the tides in Zanzibar are not a problem at all, on the contrary: they are one of the most fascinating characteristics of the island. Almost absent in the far north, the tides are very significant in the eastern part of Zanzibar. Amazing! Depending on the time of day, it will be possible to walk for hundreds of meters in a seemingly endless shoreline of corals and pools of water where tiny fish, frantic shrimps and above all colorful starfish live; in a short time, the sea rises again and soon not only the shoreline, but a good part of the beach is covered by the waters of the Indian Ocean.

In practice, Zanzibar offers a constantly changing landscape; the tides are a wonderful phenomenon, and savoring their magic during the day makes this island even more unique in the world.

Of course, those who have never observed this phenomenon (or at least not of this magnitude) and are accustomed to seas that are always the same with waves that break on beaches that are always the same, may be impressed the first time, but with the passing of time they will be able to admire this natural wonder that, at certain points and at certain times of the day, brings to light enchanting tongues of white sand that will disappear after a few hours, to return the next day as eternal surprises.