Zanzibar – A Luxury Indian Ocean Experience
Zanzibar is an archipelago and the main island Unguja is unofficially known as Zanzibar island and it is a favourite destination, often done before or after a visit the vast game reserves in Tanzania and Kenya. It is also a popular honeymoon destination which grants newlyweds the chance to enjoy the beautiful ocean, historical buildings and plenty of spicy food.
While visiting Zanzibar either for pleasure or business, luxury is not only about the most elegant decor, and furnishings wherever you may choose to stay, but also a state of mind, of relaxation, great food that is served with care and pride and an opportunity to experience a distinctly Swahili culture, which a blend of Indian, Arab and African indigenous people.
If you’re planning a luxury visit to Zanzibar, you can get a flight connection from major airports of the world as the major airlines land in Zanzibar itself, or Dar es Salaam the capital city of Tanzania, and also Kilimanjaro International airport. From Dar, you can catch a flight (15 mins) or a 2-hour trip to Stone Town, which is the main town in Zanzibar. From Kilimanjaro International Airport you’ll transfer to the close by Arusha airport from where several local airlines service the route. (https://www.tripindigo.com/ is the best website for local and regional flight bookings).
Best time to visit
The best time to plan your trip is during the long dry season from June to October when there is limited rainfall. Zanzibar temperatures vary with location and altitude but clear skies dominate most days, and there is abundant sunshine. The short rains come from November to early December, but they’re shorter, lighter and in no way hinder your experience. The long rains come from April to June and afternoon showers are the norm.
Where to stay
If you’re visiting Zanzibar for the first time, chances are you’ll spend your first night in a Stone Town hotel. You can also grab the opportunity and explore Stone Town as you familiarize yourself and seek accommodation elsewhere. But if you’re keen to discover the luxury hotels and enjoy the beauty of the Indian Ocean, here are the best:
This is a wonderful place to stay. Situated on the beautiful south-east coast, with nature infused, individual bungalow style rooms set on a hill side with a private beach, great garden or views of the ocean. The rhythms of nature dictate the pace at Kichanga Lodge, perfect to unwind, soak in the sun, eat good food and recharge your spirit. Very close by are several tours, activities and action. The perfect balance.
Dongwe Ocean View Hotel
Also on the south-east coast, Dongwe Ocean View hotel boasts some of Zanzibar’s best ocean views from all rooms. A small hotel, excellent staff, good food and very close to the world famous The Rock Restaurant – a bucket list item for people the world over. Dongwe Ocean View is situated on one of the best white sand beaches with many options for family and individual activity.
All the beaches on the Zanzibar coastline appear to want to outdo each other in luxury, cleanliness, and convenience. They also compete in offering a variety of activities, from snorkelling, kite surfing, and diving. Some of them can also arrange half-day swimming trips with dolphins or other sea animals. Visitors not keen on water sports can head for the famed Spice Tour where they can experience a hands-on activity of cultivating and processing spices. Alternatively, they can happily pass the time walking along Zanzibar’s beautiful streets. If you’re lucky, you can also discover the late Queen Singer Fred Mercury’s home.
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