Accommodation in Zanzibar
Zanzibar Serena Inn
This hotel is elegance itself, as well as romantic, and it offers the best in island hospitality. All the bedrooms overlook the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lazy dhows that plough beneath the restaurant’s windows. The interiors echo Zanzibar’s rich Arab influence – intricately carved doors and furniture coupled with colourful mosaic flooring. The local specialties are freshly caught seafood with spices. A team of chefs prepare sumptuous meals daily that guests enjoy in the seafront restaurant.
The hotel has 51 bedrooms and a lovely private swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Activities include excursions to Stone Town with its winding streets, beautiful houses, and museums; to Jozani Forest, which is home to the Red Colobus monkey; extensive water sports; and round-the-island trips, scuba diving, and snorkeling, day-boat trips to nearby beaches and islands and native Arab-influenced entertainment in the evenings. The most spectacular of excursions is to the Serena owned Mangapwani where guests can experience a succession of dazzlingly white hidden and secluded beaches, spice gardens, private water sports, and the most sumptuous dining in simple elegance.
The Tembo House Hotel is situated in the heart of Stone Town at the picturesque seafront. It is a magnificent building, which has functioned in many ways over the past years (as American Consulate in 1834 and in 1884 it became the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners, which was a famous trading company in the western Indian Ocean in those years). That name is still seen on the main entrance of the hotel. Most of the rooms have balconies overlooking the beach or the swimming pool courtyard. Each bedroom is self-contained, air conditioned, and equipped with fridge, telephone, and satellite television.
Emerson & Green
The second tallest building in Stone Town, this hotel has been restored to its former glory when it was the residence of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire. Atmosphere is of principal importance as the furnishings are all original Zanzibari antiques of varied origins and styles that, together, create the impressions of Arabian Nights and sultan princesses escaping in the dead of the night for romance.
The ten guestrooms are beautiful and romantic, each representing Zanzibari traditions in a distinct way. All rooms, except for the Kipembe room, are equipped with large stone bathtubs providing unusual bathing pleasure where a bubble bath and a bottle of wine are a frequent request. Ceiling fans keep guests cool along with the constant breeze on the upper floors. Second and first-floor rooms, as well as the south room, are equipped with air conditioning for added comfort. The sultan-sized rooms on the first and second floors have 20-foot ceilings, carved doors, original stucco décor, and hand painted glass lamps and window panes. All guest rooms have large Zanzibari beds complete with netting.
The Tower Top Restaurant, a common stop for newlyweds and marriage proposes alike, is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Featuring a panoramic view of Stone Town and a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Eighty feet above Stone Town and sitting on Persian carpets, more than one guest has told us that dinner here feels like a ride on a magic carpet. The dining room is open on all sides and guests sit Arabian-style on pillows and carpets, their shoes having been left at the door, while their dinner is served in five or more courses and accompanied by the sites and sounds of exotic Zanzibar.
Mbweni is on the sheltered west coast, six kilometers from Stone Town and the Harbor; it is a ten-minute drive. Mbweni offers thirteen air-conditioned suites, each furnished in distinctive Zanzibari style. Each suite is close to the swimming pool and secluded beach, and has a balcony overlooking the sea. The Baobab Suite is perfect for honeymoons, and for that extra special treat. This spacious suite, complete with king-sized four poster bed, has its own rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the ocean, the ruins, and the garden, which is vibrant with the color and scent of frangipani, hibiscus, and oleander. The pool lies just above the beach, with its beautiful swaying mangrove trees; this is a perfect place to watch the sun go down.
Zanzibar Beach Resort
Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, this beach hotel is a true paradise retreat, set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar. We are a modestly sized hotel with ten traditional sea-view cottages. The bay’s sapphire blue waters protected by the reef one kilometer from the shore — are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. If the midday sun becomes too strong you can retreat into the balmy shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach and sip a long, cool drink.
The resort’s beautiful gardens surround ten beachfront Zanzibarian cottages. You will find various local handcrafted Zanzibarian doors and traditional beds. All cottages have en suite bathrooms, with Moroccan style walk-in showers. Each cottage also has its own private terrace where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. The sea-view cottages have traditional lime-wash walls and thatched roofs made from woven palm leaves.
The size of the resort allows a high standard of service, and even during peak-season the atmosphere remains relaxed, intimate, and exclusive. If you would like to take a trip around the island, or to Stone Town — the historic, bustling, cultural core of Zanzibar — the resort can arrange a car. Alternately, if you prefer a bit more freedom, you could hire a 4×4 jeep or a motorbike. Or you may prefer to take to the ocean and go out for a day cruising on our long boat, and combine it with some big game fishing and snorkeling.
Breezes Beach Club
Breezes Beach Club is an ideal choice for those in search of a romantic getaway. It is set in beautiful tropical landscaped gardens on a pristine and peaceful beach on the east coast of the island, about one hour from Stone Town. Breezes is famous for its attention to detail, intimate and private dining, its world-renowned beautiful Zanzibar décor with stunning carvings, glistening brass, and rich fabrics creating an elegant and unique atmosphere.
Accommodation: All 70 en-suite rooms and suites are spacious, fully air-conditioned, and tastefully furnished in a relaxed Zanzibar style. All offer terrace or balcony, refrigerator, and safety deposit boxes. Standard rooms are located on the ground floor with terrace and garden views; deluxe rooms are located closer to the beach. Suites are located on the upper floor with large balcony and sun beds, walk in dressing room, and large bathrooms.
Facilities: four restaurants, three bars, and coffee lounge are on site. The Frangapani Spa located in tropical gardens offers a world-class selection of facilities, and health and beauty treatments. Other facilities include: marine activity centre, PADI scuba diving centre, TV room showing satellite sports (no TV in rooms), fitness centre, floodlit tennis court, telephone and fax service available at reception (no telephones in rooms), and low-key cultural entertainment by local dancers and musicians.
On the southeastern coast of this exotic island lays an exclusive property that combines effortless elegance with Zanzibari sophistication. The Palms is an oasis…where rustling coconut palms, white powder sand, and the warm waves of the Indian Ocean combine to create a stunning recluse for the discerning traveller.
The collection of only six beautifully designed villas offers luxurious comforts and amenities in an intimate setting with the most personal attention throughout your stay. Each villa features a sophisticated interior composition in all colors of coffee and cream where caramel-colored curtains billow, dark-grained polished floors extend, and the décor is a unique marriage of colonial grandeur and traditional design. On the veranda, a silk-draped four-poster Zanzibar bed accents a sunken, midnight blue Jacuzzi with long views of the Indian Ocean.
The Palms provides a range of beautifully appointed facilities reflecting the warmth and character of the local architecture. Overlooking the beach, private palm thatched “bandas” shelter private day beds and carved sun loungers to provide intimate beachfront privacy. The tiered swimming pool of tiled blue mosaic complements the poolside loggia with a driftwood bar, shaded by mangrove poles and tumbling bougainvillea. The elegant colonnaded terrace of The Plantation House leads into the spice inspired bar, onto the antique-elegant dining room where fabrics change daily from rust-colored silks to crisp white linens. The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquillity; it is a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the island of Zanzibar.
Bluebay Beach Resort
Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. Located on the east coast in an area known as Kiwengwa, the hotel is only a 35-minute drive from the town and the airport on a recently built tarmac road. Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the most beautiful 25-acre site with its bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, more than 1,000 beautiful palm trees, the sparkling white beach, and the azure sea with its coral reef offering particularly warm and safe swimming.
Bluebay Beach Resort offers 80 Superior rooms, six Deluxe rooms, and two Sultan rooms, all of which enjoy magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. Each consists of spacious bedroom, separate dressing room, en suite bathroom, and verandah or balcony. All rooms are tastefully decorated using traditional Zanzibari furniture to include large four-poster beds with mosquito nets, a writing bureau, coffee table, and easy chairs. Split level air conditioners, ceiling fans, satellite TV’s, minibars, hair dryers, and telephones add a touch of luxury to each room, while the presence of smoke detectors and fire alarms are a sign of commitment to the safety and well-being of guests.
Ocean Paradise Beach Resort
Situated on Zanzibar’s picturesque northeast coast, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is as the name suggests: a little piece of paradise. At Ocean Paradise Resort, you will be greeted by a blaze of color as you sweep down the imposing driveway, saluted by a Masaai warrior as you pass through the entrance gate, and be captivated as you arrive in the reception and look out over the resort and the azure blue sea.
Mature coconut palms swinging in the breeze, white sandy beach, beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional style round chalets with pitched makuti roof, a stunning waterfall feature and the largest swimming pool in Zanzibar are just some of the sights that await you. A big smile and the greeting of “Jambo” will be the first words you hear as you begin to feel the warmth that the people of Zanzibar are famed for.
Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski
Enjoying a commanding beachfront position on the island’s prestigious east coast, the Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski affords magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. Set on 30 acres of landscaped gardens and designed to harmoniously blend in with its natural surrounds, the resort boasts 110 guest rooms and suites – each with their own private terrace or balcony, a Presidential villa, six private villas, two restaurants, two bars, and extensive health and beauty facilities, as well as a wide range of provisions catering to indoor and outdoor leisure.
All guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed with interiors reflecting the coast, coral reefs, and azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Rooms and suites are equipped with international satellite TV with movie channels, multilingual telephone voicemail, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safe and minibar, 24-hour room service, laundry/dry-cleaning service, bathrobes, shoeshine service, make-up mirror, and hairdryer and a deluxe range of bathroom amenities.
The resort offers five-star service and facilities including a choice of two restaurants – an all-day Mediterranean café and seafood grill, two bars, a dedicated relaxation area for guests to read their favoritebooks and magazines, two boutiques, Anantara Spa Zanzibar, fitness centre, a 23-meter outdoor lap pool, a 60-meter outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, dedicated children’s play area, as well as a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. The resort also offers a specialized banquet/meeting area for up to 40 guests. Additional amenities include: multilingual staff, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, limousine service, tour desk, currency exchange, business centre, and a doctor on call 24 hours.
Fumba Beach Resort
Located on the peaceful South-Western coast of the exotic island of Zanzibar, lying on an untouched beach and forest, with ultimate privacy, “Fumba Beach Lodge” offers relaxation and personal service which will fulfil your most romantic dreams.
Facilities: 20 deluxe rooms, four suites with extra rooftop terrace, and two Baobab suites with open-air bathrooms. All the rooms are supplied with fans and mosquito nets above the beds. The resort includes an open-air restaurant with international and local cuisine.