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Yoga Retreat Zanzibar

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Tanzania.

Paje by Night is located in Paje, along the southeast coast of Zanzibar. It is located in a very verdant plot just 100 meters away from the beach. A minute's walk will lead you there and it is a great beach with stunning turquoise, emerald, and aquamarine colors.

While you have white sand, palm trees, and many traditional building techniques, Paje by Night also wanted their resort to be unlike any other hotel in Zanzibar. A place with its own personality and its unique atmosphere, a starting point for all your adventures on the island, and a spot where to chill out and regain your time.

Paje by Night wishes you to know that the program is not a strict yoga retreat; their intention is to offer you the possibility to practice yoga, at any level, followed by a professional teacher, while being on holiday on a tropical island. You can do yoga, kitesurfing, sunbathe, take a snorkeling trip, swim, walk on the beach, hang out in a hammock, take a walk into the Jozani tropical forest, visit a spice farm, swim with dolphins, explore Stone Town - certainly one of the most important historical places in eastern Africa.

Paje by Night is also a great place to meet other like-minded people. About 50% of the guests are solo travelers, while the remaining is families and couples. On food, they are flexible, from a la carte menu you can choose a variety of dishes vegetarian and not. They also offer wines, beers, coffee, and tea. Whatever food you will choose, they cook it in the wealthiest way. Responsibly, they do not use palm oil. In their kitchen, you will only find extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil. Welcome!

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  • Morning and afternoon yoga lessons
  • Access to salted-water swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Plenty of free time to relax and explore the island
  • View of stunning turquoise lagoon
  • Tropical feeling and lush garden
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • The Bali Spa

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Sanskrit
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$35 per person)
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Paje by night is located 100 meters inside of the beach. They have 19 bungalows overlooking the garden, a bar and a restaurant, a swimming pool, and a yoga school. They also have a detached facility on the beach, called The Beach House, that hosts Paje by Kite (their kite center) and the beach bar which offers sunbeds, coffees, cocktails, winery, Italian gelato, snacks, tapas, and big salads. The Beach House is approximately 250 meters far from the hotel.

Paje by Kite, the first and legendary kite school of Paje, offers kite courses and lessons, rentals, kite lockers, washing facilities, a launch area, and a kite shop. They hope you will enjoy and have an amazing time with them.


The Yoga Holiday

This yoga holiday consists of 10 sessions typically one morning and one-afternoon drop-in-led yoga class every day, twice a day, except on Sundays, arrival day, and departure day.

The morning class lasts 90 minutes and focuses on Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga. The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga includes all fitness components in one workout. It strengthens the body from its natural state through balanced and harmonious work.

In Ashtanga Vinyasa the breath is deep, long, and active (Ujjayi Pranayama) resulting in an increased range of movement, muscle extension, and flexibility of the joints. In every morning class, you will be focusing on the 4 elements: Banda (contract), Pranayama (breath), Vinyasa (flow), Drishti (focus).

The evening class is typically Vinyasa Flow and lasts 75 minutes. Depending on the teacher, it could also be a Power yoga class, a Hatha yoga class, an Iyenger yoga class, or another style. There are many different yoga styles and all of them are interesting besides they allow to break the strict Ashtanga sequence and focus on other aspects of the yoga practice such as balance, backbends, hips opening, stretching.

Yoga takes place in the studio located in the hotel’s garden. A quiet and refreshing place where to practice. Sometimes we give a lesson at the sea-front open-air terrace at The Beach House. Such a lesson will typically occur very early in the morning on a non-windy day. It might seem great to have a yoga class right on the beach but in reality, the heat, the strong sun, the blinding white sunlight makes it less enjoyable than you can think.

The rest of the day is entirely up to you, you can spend it relaxing, sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, walking on the beach, hanging out in a hammock, or combining your yoga lessons with a kitesurfing course or private lesson offered by Paje by Kite, the hotel’s kite center located on the beachfront. Should you need, they offer rentals too.

And still, there is time to go on excursions and explore the island.

Important note:

The teachers come and stay on a 3 months basis on a 12 months rotation.

Since Paje By Night started their yoga school in 2016, they have been working with passionate teachers coming from different corners of the world to share their practice and love for yoga.

They also cooperate with the Rishikesh School of Yoga one of the best schools of Rishikesh in forming yoga teachers. The founder, Swami Umesh Yogi, comes from a yoga lineage's tradition. Swami Ji travels the world and stays with them only sometimes throughout the year

Please be aware that the teachers' profile is one of the teachers that are in-house now. If your booking happens to be in the future, the teacher might be another one, rest assured it is a qualified teacher. Let them know, at the time of the booking, if you have any concerns.


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Retreat location

This retreat located in Zanzibar, a wonderful, romantic, historic and stunningly beautiful tropical island off the Tanzania coast.

Zanzibar is the largest island of the archipelago, nowadays famous for its beaches but with a turbulent and dramatic historical past of trading in spices, ivory and slaves. The capital also known as Stone Town, is one of the most interesting cities of sub-Saharan Africa, the result of the mingling of different cultures and styles, notably the Portuguese, the British, the Arab-Omani, and the Indian ones. Due to its historical importance, it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

There is a vast range of things to do on the island, notably some amazing diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing, as well as some superb historic and cultural activities. Here in Paje, they can also offer you one of the most sensational and characteristic beaches of the island and, of course, yoga with professional teachers.


The menu a la carte of our Italian restaurant offers a variety of dishes to chose from, most notably organic breakfasts, fresh homemade pasta, fish and seafood responsibly fished from the ocean, healthy salads, traditional soups, and real Italian wood-fired pizzas.

All ingredients are freshly outsourced locally with the exception of those which are not available in Tanzania such as Italian cheese and Italian cured meats. At the beach bar, they serve very nice, 100% fresh fruit, sugar-free juices, and smoothies, light meals and snacks, Italian gelato.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Hallal
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Optional excursions

  • Yoga private classes
  • Diving
  • Blu Safari
  • Bike eco-tours
  • Bike rental
  • Jozani Forest walking
  • Kite surfing
  • Spice tour
  • Stone Town Historic visit
  • Surfing
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Prison Island visit
  • Scooter rental
  • Car rental
  • Snorkelling

Spa treatments

The Bali Spa

Asih was born in Jakarta in June 1973. She is a qualified physiotherapist and a professional masseuse with 15 years of experience. If you are not sure which massage to take, after a brief talk and sensing your body she will be able to give you her suggestion or to recommend the best combination of services for you. If you are frail or stiff she will be able to adjust manipulation to your level of comfort. It’s her challenge to make you feel good, be happy, and energetic!

Face massage:

A great anti-aging skincare in itself. Stimulating the face muscles with a massage increases the level of oxygen and blood circulation in that area hence the production of collagen which gives a healthy and natural glow to the skin.

Face massage and Lurlur

If you want to get the best out of your face massage combine it with Lulur. Lulur is a traditional royal ritual done 40 days before the wedding to prepare the skin for the big night. The first step is scrubbing with rice flour, turmeric, and yogurt to exfoliate and remove the dead cells, then comes the massage and after that a mask that can be honey-based (if you want to lift your skin) or aloe vera-based (if you want to soothe it after a day in the sun). The result is baby-soft skin with an enchanting look and feel.

Sports massage

That can be a pre-event, a post-event, or a maintenance massage. Pre-event massage is done to stimulate the flow of blood and loosen the muscles. Post-event massage it’s light and gentle on already stressed muscles. It helps loosen tired, stiff muscles; alleviate soreness; remove lactic acid and maintain flexibility. Maintenance massages are done to maintain the ideal conditions. Can be performed with or without oil.


The theory behind reflexology is that specific points and areas on feet, hands, and ears are connected to specific organs and body systems. Appropriate pressure to these specific points and areas stimulates the nervous system and releases tension and stress.

Exotic Java and Bali massage

These traditional oil-based massage has been used for centuries in Indonesia. They both combine feet reflexology, deep thumb pressure, stroking, and circular kneading palm movements to break down tensely knotted muscles, stimulate the body's lymphatic system and blood circulation. While Balinese massage is stronger and rougher, the Javanese one is softer.

Ask for advice if you are not sure which one to choose. The two can also be combined to work differently on each specific area. They both deliver a sense of wellbeing and deep relaxation.

Yoga Thai massage

The Yoga Thai massage consists of slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines using the palms of the hands, thumbs, elbows, and feet. Practitioners also position the body into yoga-like poses and gently rock it to open the joints and facilitate limbering. The massage can be performed with or without oil and you will need to wear loose-fitting.

Relaxing Swedish massage

Relax your senses with a full body treatment using Zanzibar spice oils to calm your nervous system and leave you completely at peace.

Lymphatic drainage massage

This detoxifying massage uses light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements to improve the flow of lymph which brings oxygen and nutrients to the cell collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. It helps boost the immune system, reduce water retention, clean skin pores, fight cellulite.

Perfect after a long flight.

Deep Tissue massage

The deep tissue massage works the deeper layers of muscles and the surrounding connective tissue by applying firm pressure and slow strokes, using the palms of the hands, elbows, and forearms. It is ideal to remove blockage around painful, contracted areas such as a stiff neck, sore shoulders, upper and low back pain, legs muscles tightness. It’s done with oil.

Spa recommendations

Notify the spa manager or receptionist before booking your treatment if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, allergies, or other physical ailments or disabilities.


Paje By Night asks you to provide 24 hours in advance notice when canceling or rescheduling an appointment. If cancellation notice is not given on time we reserve the right to charge a 50% cancellation fee.

Spa treatment are not included in the package price

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Paje by Night on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 10 yoga classes (twice a day except on arrival day, departure day, and Sundays)
  • Morning class: Ashtanga Vinyasa (90 minutes)
  • Afternoon class: typically Vinyasa Flow (75 minutes)

What's not included

  • Any other activity or amenity not specified under inclusion
  • Bar and restaurant at the hotel and at the Beach bar
  • Kitesurfing lessons and rentals at Paje by Kite, their kite center on the beachfront
  • Tours and excursions on the island
  • Bike eco-tours
  • Bike rental
  • Massages at the Bali Spa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Airport transfer available: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Low season


  • November 1 - December 19, 2021
  • February 21 - April, 2022


Mid season


  • September - October, 2021


High season


  • July - August
  • December 20 - February 20, 2022

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