With a gleaming white ancient Stone Town, aquamarine waters, the scent of cloves and an exotic blend of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars, Zanzibar is a haven of tranquillity, vibrant bustle and an enduring opulence.
Where to Stay:
Maru Maru Hotel, Stone Town
Set in the heart of Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel Zanzibar provides a chic and stylish accommodation with 44 vibrant rooms which are a harmonious blend of classic Zanzibar style with all of the most sought after modern amenities. Offering a tranquil sanctuary, relax in the beautiful fountain courtyard or chill out on the roof top terrace with one of the best panoramic views in the city and sweeping ocean views. The rooftop restaurant is famous for its radiant sunsets, and has photos of visits with celebs including Chelsea and Bill Clinton.
This historic building is steps to the gateway to the Stone Town maze, donkeys and motor bikes share the narrow corridors. Historical fort, Anglican and Catholic church spires share the skyline with the minarets of the mosques. Fish markets, fruits and vegetables, handicrafts from East Africa, and vendors selling everything imaginable from clothes to plastic containers, are reminders this is a bustling center of the historical spice trade with remnants of Arab, Portuguese and English influence.
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa
Bluebay Beach Resort is located on a pristine stretch of glistening white sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar.
Complete with lovely cottages overlooking lush and colorful gardens, this is the ultimate destination for relaxation. From the swaying palm trees, inviting pool, bars, and restaurants, and of course the sun kissed beaches and azure sea, your holiday will be filled with serenity and beauty.
Fumba Beach Lodge
Set amidst one of Zanzibar’s most captivating and secluded beaches, Fumba is known for its privacy, relaxation and serenity in a luxurious, and peaceful hideaway.
A 30 minute drive to the lively capital city of Stone Town, Fumba offers its guest a seaside escape with a large marine haven perfect for snorkeling and diving, or simply soaking up the sun on the white sands.
Fumba Beach Lodge offers refined elegance in each carefully appointed and designed rooms and is renowned for its gourmet dining and immaculate attention to detail in personalizing guest stays.
The local community connection is very strong at Fumba. The resort sponsored and helped to build the primary school nearby and pay a full- time head teacher. They contribute materials and involved in helping families and hire employees from the local community. Fumba even sponsors and coaches local football (soccer) team. Winner gets a goat!