Zanzibar Spice Island Holiday Options

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Soak up the sun on the island-paradise in the Indian Ocean.

  • outstanding setting for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports
  • brilliant white beaches lapped by warm turquoise waters
  • luxurious accommodation in relaxed atmosphere

Relax on the beautiful Island paradise Zanzibar, an outstanding setting for scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing, sunset cruises, sailing and snorkeling trips. Crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, a variety of sea birds and the magnificent colourful aquatic world will make your stay unforgettable. Only 25 kilometres from the coast of Tanzania, inmist the Indian Ocean, the Island is the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy your luxurious accommodation.

Days 1-4: Hotel / Resort of your choice

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport you will be met and assisted with your transfer to the hotel or resort of your choice. You will spend 4 nights at the hotel or resort of your choice. Experience Zanzibar's unspoilt beauty with its brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and relax in one of the optional luxurious accommodations.

Day 5: Departure Day

Transfer from the hotel or resort of your choice to Zanzibar airport for your onward flight.

Option 1: Zanzibar Serena

In the heart of the legendary Stone Town of Zanzibar stands the Zanzibar Serena Inn, a member of Small Luxury Hotels. Two historic seafront buildings have been masterfully restored to their original splendour, to create this property. The 51 air-conditioned guest rooms have en suite showers, hair dryer, television, a fully stocked mini bar, as well as direct dial telephone.

The hotel offers a full service lounge and bar with one main restaurant, where the team of chefs create superb meals and, as with most coastal venues, seafood is a specialty and an absolute must on the menu. With Stone Town's rich cultural heritage, the Serena is able to offer a variety of optional day trips including round the island tours in native sailing dhows, scuba diving and snorkelling. And for those guests who are in Zanzibar on business, a fully equipped conference room is available.

Option 2: Tembo Hotel

Tembo House is strategically situated on the seafront of Zanzibar's Stone Town. The 36 rooms are spacious, and beautifully decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibari ornaments, antiques and furniture. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, multi-channel television and en-suite bathroom.

The hotel's swimming pool allows you to cool off during the heat of the day, whilst business travellers can take advantage of the conference room. Other hotel facilities include a souvenir shop, offering a range of gifts and curio items and the Bahari Restaurant featuring local and international cuisine. Marine sports and picnics can be arranged at an additional cost.

Option 3: Emerson & Green Hotel

The second tallest building in the historic Zanzibar Stone Town and once the residence of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire, the Emerson & Green Hotel is an integral part of the Zanzibar skyline. The 10 guest rooms are beautiful and romantic, each exhibiting Zanzibari style in a distinct way. The first and second floor rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans, while the upper floors are quite airy and semi open with ceiling fans. All guest rooms have large antique Zanzibari beds complete with mosquito netting.

The hotel now has two restaurants, the famous Tower Top Restaurant, and the Kidude cafe and restaurant. The Tower Top is an absolute must, featuring panoramic views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Guests are seated on Arabic-style cushions and carpets, having left their shoes at the door. The five-course dinner is often accompanied by live local entertainment. The Kidude cafe/restaurant on the ground floor is comfortably air-conditioned and is open for lunch through tea time and dinner. The lunch and varied dinner menus are delicious and very reasonably priced. The Kidude boasts an elegant Arab-style setting dedicated to Zanzibar's oldest living Taarab performer, Bi Kidude.

Option 4: The Palms of Zanzibar

Located on the peaceful South Eastern coast of the island, lying on an untouched beach, The Palms Private Villas is the ultimate getaway retreat, providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveller. The 6 private villas are beautifully designed, creating an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance. The Palms Private Villas, Zanzibar offers all the luxurious comforts and amenities of a five-star resort providing an intimate setting with the most personal attention given throughout your stay.

The Palms Private Villas is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquillity, a place to stimulate the senses and to experience the very best of the magical island of Zanzibar. The name Zanzibar means, 'Land of the Blacks' and originates from the Arabic words 'Zinj' meaning black and 'barr' meaning land. The island of Zanzibar consists of 2 main islands, Pemba and Unguja, with some 50 smaller islands surrounding the archipelago. Unguja is the main and most developed island. Many people refer to it as Zanzibar. The population of Zanzibar is about 800 000 people, of which 150 000 are found on Pemba.

The majority of people inhabit Stone Town, which is the capital of Zanzibar. Many of the rural people prefer the fertile northern section of the island, whilst the east coast has coral rag, and provides the most spectacular beaches and holiday destinations. These areas are so sparse, that at the right time of the year you may even have a whole stretch of beach to yourself.

Option 5: Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beach Club is a five star beach resort situated on the eastern side of the Zanzibar Island near the village of Bwejuu. It is set on the beautiful, pristine, untouched beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. The rooms and public areas arebuilt in traditional architecture respecting the natural environment. The resort has two restaurants, a dining room, two bars, a swimming pool, a tennis and volleyball court, an aerobic and fitness centre, a curio shop, a discotheque and conference facilities for up to 75 delegates.

All 70 rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and a personal safe. There are three categories of rooms, standard, deluxe and superior deluxe. The resort offers a variety of activities from relaxing by the poolside to the more energetic water sports and activities. Breezes Beach Club's setting is ideal for long walks along the beach and marine activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing.

Option 6: Blue Bay Beach Resort

Situated on the East Coast of Zanzibar Island in an area known as Kiwengwa. This is a beautiful setting on a fine wide, white, and sandy beach, which is fringed with palm trees. The public areas are open and airy and both the lounge and dining area overlook the pool and the sea beyond. There are 88 spacious rooms each with en suite bathroom, mosquito net, ceiling fan, air conditioner and TV.

Bluebay Beach Resort has plenty to offer from relaxing by the poolside to the more energetic venturing into the clear blue seawater. The facilities include a flood lit tennis court, a fitness centre, a fully equipped diving base, windsurfing, sailing and many other water sports. The resort also offers visits to Stone Town and neighbouring islands at an additional cost.

Option 7: Ras Nungwi

Located on an expanse of beach wilderness on Zanzibar's northern tip, Ras Nungwi is a small and friendly beach hotel with a difference. Each of the 32 rooms has en suite facilities, and are individually furnished in Zanzibarian style with four-poster beds, ceiling fans and balconies.

Superior and superior deluxe chalets are air-conditioned. The proximity and variety of the surrounding coral reefs makes Ras Nungwi the perfect diving destination and the hotel has an on-site fully equipped dive centre and swimming pool. Deep-sea fishing, water-skiing and snorkelling are other activities on offer. Water sports are subject to an additional cost.

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