Zanzibar is a unique archipelago of about 50 coral islands, lying in the Indian Ocean a short distance from Tanzania. Zanzibar was originally an independent country until 1964, when it was united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania under President Julius Nyerere. It currently has its own President and a degree of autonomy. Over centuries of different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to make the island what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture to create the present fusion. Its heyday came in the early 19th century when the Sultan of Muscat moved his court to Zanzibar: as spice cultivation was developed (particularly the clove tree) and the slave trade was at its height, Zanzibar became the most important place in East Afria. Today, the archipelago is a major tourist destination, where visitors laze around in the sun on magnificent beaches, stroll the tumbling streets of Stone Town (a UNESCO heritage site), inhale the lingering fragrance of the space plantations, or get mystified by the island’s rich history and culture.
1. Riu Palace Zanzibar
Resort. Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive features luxurious accommodation with private terraces offering Indian Ocean views. Facilities include an outdoor pool, private beach with watersports and a dive centre. The spa provides massages and a steam bath. Each unit features air-conditioning. Some are set right on Nungwi Beach and have a private pool, hot tub and garden. Drinks are served at the beach bar and sunset terrace. Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive offers an all inclusive concept, where you can enjoy buffet breakfasts with show-cooking stations, there are two theme restaurants that serve exquisite dishes. And you can enjoy the best snacks and appetisers, in ours bars, also with fantastics cocktails. Indoor public areas feature chandeliers, free Wi-Fi throughout and regular entertainment. Kayaking, Stand up paddle surfing are included. Also you can enjoy activities and live shows and music. Set on Zanzibar’s north-west coast, Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive is 55 km from Stone Town.
2. Zanzibar Queen Hotel
Relaxing atmosphere. Great breakfast. Comfortable beds.
Offering a year-round outdoor pool ,a spa centre and a diving centre in the neighbouring hotel, Zanzibar Queen Hotel is set in Matemwe in the Zanzibar Region. The hotel has a barbecue and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include a seating area where you can relax. Some units have views of the sea or pool. You will find a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property. A number of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling and diving. Mnemba Island is 6 km from Zanzibar Queen Hotel, while Muyuni Beach is 7 km away. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is 43 km from the property.
3. Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar
Private Beach for LuxuryCharming Resort with Swahili design
Charming resort with Swahili design and Zanzibari furnishings, Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar is an all inclusive resort located in Bwejuu. The resort features a restaurant, bar and guests can unwind at the Frangipani spa. The spacious villas feature classic and elegant traditional décor, each complete with a private plunge pool and large terrace with 2 sun loungers. Each villa offers a living room with a Sultan's lounge bed and a walk-in dressing room. WiFi is available in the villas. With cuisines comprising of Arabic, Indian and Asian flavours, Baraza Resort offers 4 restaurants and 2 bars. The open air Livingstone Terrace serves breakfast and guests can enjoy a cocktail in the Dhahabu Bar and Lounge. The resort also boasts a kids club, tennis court, PADI Dive centre and fitness centre. You can enjoy a stroll along the stretch of white sand beach. Zanzibar International Airport is 59 km away.