Thompsons for Travel has hand-picked a selection of incredible holidays on the magical island of Zanzibar! Whether you’re thinking of a family holiday, escaping with a group of friends or planning a romantic getaway with that special someone, Zanzibar is the place to go.

Escape to this breathtaking paradise island with its palm-fringed white sand beaches, azure sea and charming Arabic ambiance! Choose from these HOT Zanzibar deals where Thompsons for Travel have thrown in a FREE sightseeing tour, just to add some extra spice! And did we mention the best news of all? The island is just a short flight from South Africa! Book your amazing getaway now!

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Enjoy The Beauty & Tranquility At the Reef & Beach Resort

Enjoy an island getaway at the Reef & Beach Resort, where you'll be surrounded  by sea, sun, sand and nature. This three-star charming and rustic hotel on Zanzibar’s south eastern coastline located right on the beach, offers comfortable en-suite rooms with stunning sea views. There’s a restaurant, bar, pool and water activities including kite surfing and diving courses.

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Escape To The Paradise Beach Resort

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by taking a trip to the stunning and serene four-star Paradise Beach Resort. Located on its own private beach on the east coast of Zanzibar, this African-style establishment is ideal for families. There's a variety of rooms and bungalows to choose from, some with terraces, if you're looking to go all out on the perfect tropical holiday. The hotel offers two restaurants, a beach bar, pool and gym.

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Treat Yourself To A Luxurious Holiday Diamonds Gemma Dell ‘Est

This luxurious all-inclusive resort on Zanzibar’s north-west coast is set on one of the island’s most magnificent beaches. Guests stay in a choice of well-appointed rooms, some with private terrace and sea views. With six restaurants, five bars, a pool, diving centre, daily entertainment and numerous free water sports, you're sure to feel spoilt for choice.

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For more information on these amazing deals and many more, call Thompsons for Travel on 011 770 7677, or email [email protected].

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First, Let's Get Our Skin Prepped

If you're a first-spray tanner, don't worry! We've got you covered. There are a few things you need to know and do in preparation of getting your spray on to ensure the best results possible (no streaks, less patchiness, a more even tan). So, if you know this part, skip over this section to find out where to find your nearest tanning salon. Beginners, keep reading!


First things first, you need to exfoliate your skin to remove dead and dry skin. By doing this, the bronzing spray will be more easily absorbed into the skin. Not only will your tan be more even, but it'll last longer too! So, use a light exfoliating and moisturising body scrub (oil free) or an exfoliating glove. Try avoid bar soaps or in-shower moisturisers (such as Nivea) as it could interfere with the bronzing process or turn you into an Oompa Loompa. You have been warned.

Choose The Right Time

This one may be a little tricky, but the WHEN to do your spray tan is quite important. You'll need to avoid water for at least 4-8 hours after your tan so that it can develop. So, if you're going to be swimming, taking a shower or sweating, it's definitely not the right time for a spray tan. Try get an appointment as early as possible in the day.

Pick The Right Clothing

As for clothes, make sure you wear loose-fitting, dark clothing. Because 1) tight-fitting clothes will leave streaks, smudges or marks on your freshly sprayed tan and 2) the residue will leave horrible stains on light clothing. And as for knickers, rather wear an old pair you aren't attached to or that are dark. Also, remove all jewellery and keep it off until your tan is set.

Clean Skin for the Perfect Canvas

Make sure you do all your ablutions before your appointment. That means grabbing a shower, maybe even exfoliating again (gently), shaving and just having overall squeaky clean skin. If you wax, do so at least 24 hours before your appointment to allow your pores to close. Now, this is a tip we got from actually having a spray tan done, but avoid putting on deodorant (eeeeekkkk). You want your skin as clean as possible. This also means giving makeup and moisturising a skip for the day.

Lastly, Protect your Nails

This is another one learnt through trial and error – apply nail polish to your your toenails and fingernails to prevent discolouration from the spray tan. No one wants to walk around with orange nails (unless it's done properly with a manicure).

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Where To Get A Spray Tan

The Laser Beautique

Get your bronze on at The Laser Beautique without jeopardising your skin! It's the perfect solution if you're prepping for a special occasion, having a photo shoot or heading to the beach for some well-deserved relaxation. As they say, "there is nothing better than looking sun-kissed without the sun risk". So, head to either the Bassonia, Bedfordview, Menlyn Maine, Morningside or Rosebank branches and take your pick of either Spray Tan via spray gun (R450*) or by airbrush/aerosol application (R700*).

The Tan-Can

September is spray tan month, so why not get your tan on at The Tan-Can in Sandton? All it takes is 10-minutes of your time for a glow that'll have you looking like a beach goddess! Take your pick from one session or a treatment package with up to five spray tan sessions. And you don't need to get a spray tan solely for the purpose of being sun-kissed and golden, it's also ideal if you're looking to cover up uneven skin tone, blemishes, sunspots and even stretch marks.

The Sun and Beauty Room

Get summer ready at The Sun & Beauty Room at Blackheath Centre. Other than a variety of beauty treatments that'll leave you feeling absolutely gorgeous, they also offer tanning via sunbeds and spray tanning if you'd prefer the less risky way to achieve that glow. One 15-minute treatment  is R385*, five treatments is R1 550* and R120* for an extra coat.

Allure Lashes

Don't let the name deceive you. Yes, they are known for giving amazing and fluttering lashes for days, but they also offer a variety of other beauty treatments including spray tans. The Full Body spray with the Express Solution (develops in 1 - 4 hours) is R350* (package of 10 tans is R3 200*) and the Full Body Normal Solution (develops in 8 hours) is R300* (package of 10 tans is R2 800*).


You don't need to fly to some tropical island to get that beautiful bronzed glow, you can just head to Flutter in Sandton for a quick spray tan. No one will be the wiser! Just book your appointment and choose which option you would like to have done (full body and face; half body waist up or down; express full body and face; express half body; or a tan package). The express options develop faster than the normal and treatment prices range between R350 - R1 710*.

Skin Sense Day Spa

Achieving a natural looking tan is easier than you think! Skin Sense Day Spa will do everything for you, all you have to do is prep your skin, stand still and hold your breath. A stunning and seamless tan only takes 30 minutes. You can get your beautiful spray tan here for R360*.

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Ditch your briefcase, slip on those flip-flops and fly away to a well-deserved island escape with Flight Centre. If you’re dreaming about palm trees and piña coladas, turn that dream into a reality by checking out their range of exotic island escapes. From Bali and Phuket to Mauritius, Zanzibar and many more, they have the perfect beach destination for you.

Think sunny days and balmy nights in tropical heaven, your toes wriggling in powder-white sands and a crystal-clear backdrop that will whisk you a million miles away from reality. No matter what your lifestyle or budget, there's a deal waiting for you at Flight Centre.

Explore Mauritius

Grab your loved ones and enjoy a tropical escape to Mauritius. Spend your days lazing on the beach, delving into the island's cosmopolitan culture or taking to the water with all the various activities available. From R18 890* per person, guest will enjoy a relaxing seven-night stay at the four-star Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa. This deal also includes breakfast and dinner daily, return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes and return coach transfers.

Travel dates: 09 January 2019 – 14 March 2019

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Relax In Zanzibar

Head further north for a barefoot luxury escape in the spice island that is Zanzibar. Explore the remnants of centuries of trading history or pair your beach holiday with the scents of vanilla and cinnamon at its spice farms. It doesn’t get more exotic than this! From R17 490* per person, you can indulge in everything Zanzibar has to offer. This deal includes seven nights' accommodation at the luxurious five-star Seacliff Resort & Spa, breakfast and dinner daily, free Wi-Fi, return flights from Johannesburg on Mango Airlines, approximate taxes and return private transfers.

Travel dates: 12 January 2019 – 16 March 2019

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Embrace The Bali Lifestyle

Embrace the spiritual surrounds of Bali – a tranquil island that attracts plenty of surfers, culture vultures and sun-worshipping South Africans. So, if you're looking to escape the rush of city living and get lost and unwind in the ways of island living, then make sure you don't miss this amazing deal. This offer includes seven nights' accommodation at the four-star Bali Garden Beach Resort in a superior room, breakfast daily, return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes as well as return transfers from R16 350* per person.

Travel dates: 01 February 2019 – 06 March 2019

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Party In Phuket

For an unforgettable beach escape, why not plan an adventure in the party paradise of Phuket? Depending on your mood, you can either stay at the heart of the action in Patong or retreat to the tranquillity of Kata and Karon if you're looking to take it easy and chill out. If this is one of your bucket list destinations, then don't miss this deal. From R12 690* per person, you'll get eight nights in paradise at the four-star Patong Merlin Hotel in a standard room, breakfast daily, return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes and return transfers. Phuket, here we come!

Travel dates: 01 May 2019 – 13 June 2019

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For more information about Flight Centre and their beach escape deals, you can call them on 0877 40 5000 or visit their website

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Don't Miss This Amazing Maldives Discount

Keen to keep the cold at bay by escaping to a warm, tropical destination? Then you certainly don't want to miss out on LUX* Resorts & Hotels' fabulous Maldives Discount. Get 20% off when you book seven nights in Maldives from R34 100*. You can afford to escape winter! Imagine enjoying delightful white sand beaches, clear azure water, mouth-watering three-course meals and an al fresco cinema set under the stars... Sounds amazing, right? Then book your Maldives escape today.

Don't forget to check out other amazing deals that LUX* Resorts & Hotels has to offer. From soaking up the sun in the tropical paradise of Mauritius to exploring Reunion Island and Turkey, there are many destinations for you to choose from. 

5* LUX Belle Mare – Mauritius

The 5-star LUX* Belle Mare is a luxurious hotel in Mauritius, which exudes vibrant energy and the hospitality of authentic island life. Tucked away in lush gardens near the quaint village of Belle Mare, this tropical hotel is located along a glorious stretch of the island’s eastern coast. From R30 300*, you can enjoy a six-night stay at the LUX* Belle Mare. This deal also includes airfare, taxes, transfers on a half-board basis.

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4* Tamassa All Inclusive - Mauritius

If you're planning your next holiday, make it with beach parties, movie screenings at dusk and relaxing afternoons swaying on a hammock in mind. If that sounds like your ideal holiday, then plan a stay at the 4-star Tamassa beach hotel, set in tropical gardens and along a white sandy beach, with rustling coconut trees and a cobalt ocean. From just R23 950* all-inclusive, which includes six nights' accommodation, airfare, taxes and transfers.

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5* LUX* Saint Gilles – Reunion

Located on the western coast of this lush volcanic island, the 5-star LUX* Saint Gilles faces a shimmering expanse of aqua-blue waters, fringed by a stretch of immaculate sands. Tucked away in acres of beautiful tropical gardens, Creole villas sit in the shade of coconut palms and filao trees, just steps from the coral-sheltered lagoon at L’Hermitage. From R17 100*, you can travel to this tropical destination and enjoy everything is has to offer. Package price includes seven nights' accommodation, airfare, taxes and transfers on a bed and breakfast basis.

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5* LUX* Bodrum Resort – Turkey

A new 5-star LUX* boutique hotel has joined the family on a private peninsula on the north coast of Turkey's most glamorous holiday destination. Set in an area of pine-clad hills and dotted with sugar-cube homes and exotic landscaped gardens, 5-star LUX* Bodrum Resort is surrounded by radiant blue waters and panoramic views. Experience this brand-new luxury hotel at R29 900*, which includes seven nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, airfare, taxes and transfers.

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For more information about LUX* Resorts, call them on 011 770 7821, email them at [email protected] or visit their website at

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