Overview & Attractions
The spice island of Zanzibar with its interesting history influenced by early Arab traders offers beautiful beaches at the Indian Ocean and beach hotels of all standards. Consisting of the main islands Unguja Pemba as well as of several smaller untouched islands, the Zanzibar Archipelago features gorgeous, palm-fringed white sandy beaches that stretch into the warm turquoise waters and invite visitors to unwind and soak up the sun.
The capital of Zanzibar City with its old historic centre of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, is situated on Unguja Island and is often referred to simply as Zanzibar. Its eventful history of gruesome slave and exotic trade still shows traces everywhere. Magnificent Sultan’s palaces and grand Arab houses, winding alleys and bustling bazaars give visitors the feeling of being immersed in the world of Sindbad and Alibaba.
Baraza Resort & Spa
The Baraza Resort & Spa is one of the top-ranking boutique resorts in the region, located on a superb fine sand beach.Evocative of the luxurious era of the Sultan, with a blend of Arabic, Indian and Swahili style displayed in the Swahili arches, intricately carved decor, handmade furniture, beautiful antiques and ornate brass lanterns - no detail has been left to chance. With its unparalleled luxury on Zanzibar island, personal service and charming accommodation, the resort was, unsurprisingly, chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 60 new hotels in the world in 2012.
Matemwe Retreat is situated just north of the Matemwe Main Lodge, surrounded by the best beaches and close to the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling.
The Palms Zanzibar
The discerning traveler need look no further than The Palms for the ultimate reclusive getaway. The resort delivers all the luxurious comforts and amenities of a five-star hotel, in an intimate setting.
There are just six beautifully designed, luxuriously comfortable villas in this calm and peaceful haven, nestled between tropical gardens and a white sand beach lapped by the Indian Ocean. A pervasive sense of relaxation and tranquillity, along with truly personal service, adds to the enchantment of a stay on the mysterious island of Zanzibar.