An idyllic tropical atoll located about a mile off Zanzibar, Mnemba Island has just ten bandas (beach cottages). They are open-air, beautifully furnished, with en suite facilities and direct access onto a white sand beach. The shady private verandas have day beds for relaxing in “barefoot luxury.” The island itself is small (you can walk around it in about 25 minutes) but it is truly stunning. This is a no-TV, no-phone retreat, a great place to get away from it all. The snorkeling just off the white-sand beach is excellent, as is beachcombing at low tide. Meals (lobster and chips, and other delights) can be enjoyed in your own private banda or in the common dining area with its unimpeded views of the beach and coral reefs. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual.