Island Enchantment – Zanzibar

Explore the joys of this African archipelago with a touch of luxury.

Located off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar evokes images of white sands, blue waters, and idyllic times. The island is known for its spice plantations and luxurious resorts.

Zanzibar is home to several luxury resorts, each designed to pamper and rejuvenate guests. Diamonds Star of the East not only sounds exotic, but is also an enriching experience. Tranquility and total privacy await visitors with 11 private villas, tropical garden and even a personal assistant! Modern African architecture sets the mood, with the addition of a pool and terrace for each villa, along with private beach access. Water sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the resort’s diving center to book trips, take courses, and discover the thriving aquatic life to which the island is home. The Mvua African Rain Spa incorporates treatments based on ancient African, Asian, and European traditions to balance the body and soul. All ingredients used are natural and authentic.

For a more luxury boutique experience, the Baraza Resort and Spa in Zanzibar is a new entrant on the scene, located along the Bwejuu-Paje beach – one of the top 30 beaches in the world. The 30 villas take guests back to the times of the Sultan, with design influences from Arabic, Swahili, and Indian traditions. Intricate arches, locally handmade furniture, and brass lanterns create a mesmerizing ambiance. Traditional Swahilli singers and dancers match tunes with the Taarab band, a practice from the court of the Sultan. The Frangipani spa at the Baraza is an oasis of peace with a lap pool, underwater music, and the highlight – the Sultan’s bath signature treatment. A fitness center and tennis court awaits the more sports inclined vacationers.

The capital city of Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and blends Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions in its culture and architecture. Spend a day walking through the winding roads of this old city, or join a spice tour for some gourmet delights. Some of the other coastal activities include visiting the pristine beaches and shopping at the open air market. With its coastal location, fresh seafood is a staple of the island paradise. It is home to several noteworthy restaurants offering cuisines from its multicultural heritage.

The Rock restaurant is a must-visit. It is one of the most renowned and spectacular restaurants in Africa, serving fresh seafood alongside vegetarian dishes. Emerson Spice Café is a hot favorite with Hollywood celebrities, and has its home in an erstwhile palace. The Emerson on Hurumzi rooftop restaurant is also a must-try. Housed in the second tallest building in Stone Town, it offers stunning panoramic views of the island and Indian Ocean surrounding it.

So swim with the dolphins and run with the wind, to make the most of this heaven on earth. Most of all, relax and soak in the African sun, for a memorable and marvelous holiday.

Quotes:

“Zanzibar is home to several luxury resorts, each designed to pamper and rejuvenate guests.”

“With its coastal location, fresh seafood is a staple of the island paradise.”

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