Zanzibar (Unguja) is located just off the eastern coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. It is accessible by ferry from Dar-es-Salaam (a city that holds no special tourist interest) or by plane from either Dar (20 minutes) or Kilimanjaro International Airport accessible (1 hour). It originated as the hub of trade between Europe, Persia, Egypt, India, China and Africa. From here the trade language of Swahili originated. It is known as one of the Spice Islands and also served as the center of the slave trade. Stone Town known for its fascinating-architecture, narrow winding passages and exotic bazaars. In the middle of the island, Jozani gardens, the remaining forest is located, which harbors many animals which are unique to the island. The beaches are world renown for their beauty, SCUBA, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. Of course, just undiluted relaxation on the white sand, palm lined beaches is also a powerful draw. Pembe is an island, which lies 80 km NE of Unguja. It sits directly east of the port of Tanga. It is equidistant from the mainland and Unguja. The island produces 75% of Tanzania’s cloves. The coral reef surrounding the island makes for some of the best scuba diving in the world. Much of island’s coast is surrounded by mangroves, but there are some great beaches.
Blue Bay Resort – Zanzibar
Bluebay beach resort is a luxury hotel with 88 rooms, situated on an excellent wide, white sandy beach on the Island of Zanzibar. Located on the east coast in an area known as Kiwengwa, Blue Bay beach resort is only about 35 minute drive from the city and the airport. All rooms are tastefully decorated using traditional Zanzibari décor. Equipped with four poster beds with mosquito nets, a writing desk, coffee table and chair. Air conditioners, ceiling fans, Satellite TV, a mini-bar, hair dryer and telephone add a touch of luxury to each room. Internet service is also available. The hotel offers quality cuisine at its main restaurant and has a bar and offers room service. The hotel provides a fitness center, which produced a range of modern equipment from Italy by Technogym, a flood-lit tennis court, five-star PADI features scuba diving center (ocean-diving) and a water-sports center with windsurfers, canoes and sail boats. Table tennis, snooker and billiard tables and are also available.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Zanzibar
On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi Beach hotel overlooks a sparkling expanse of the shimmering Indian Ocean, a block of whitewashed and palm thatched cottages in rich tropical gardens. The numerous paths are shaded by elegant palms and sun-dappled walkways stretch between the beach and bandas. The lush gardens align the most unspoilt beaches on the island, which in turn is fringed by a broad and thriving coral reef. The hotel is situated in a glorious natural paradise, designed so the hotel coexists harmoniously allowing guests to enjoy the beauty of natural surroundings without leaving creature comforts. An environmentally conscious approach has ensured that the delicate balance of land and sea, the flora and fauna is preserved for all to enjoy in the coming years.
Karafu Hotel – Zanzibar
Karafu has ninety traditional cottage style rooms with a makuti roof. Built in 1995, it is a large hotel with a 4 stars rating. It is filled with the facilities you would expect in such a hotel, three Restaurants, three bars, two boutiques, a TV room, two tennis courts, a disco and a swimming pool. The hotel is traditional Zanzibari decor. Each room has a ceiling fan and air conditioning and private lanai.
Tembo Hotel – Zanzibar
Located in the heart of Stone Town, surrounded by historical architecture. The hotel is a restored from Oman extended residence. Dinner is just meters away from the sea, providing glorious sunsets and night skies as a backdrop for your meal. Tembo has just sixteen rooms, all with en-suite facilities, telephone and TV.
Fundu Lagoon Lodge – Pembe
Fundu Lagoon on Pemba is situated on a secluded peninsula. There so much creativity in the décor of the Fundu that it is difficult to to put any kind of category. The closest that can, they can be described as is “Shabby Chic”. Fundu contains 16 tented rooms, spread along the beach and in the vegetated slope up all have views of the sea from their private verandas. Inside the rooms are very large ceiling fans that have a large peaceful appeal. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, hot showers, sink and a range of aromatherapy soaps and shampoos, all eco-friendly and biodegradable. Fundu has two bars, one in the main hut and the other, the mediator is along the jetty. Drinks (except special cellar selections) are included at Fundu. There are different room (with satellite), an accredited PADI dive center and a beautiful treatment room, offering a range of massage and holistic treatments. The complete disposition of Fundu, is to chill out and relax. A friendly team serves a choice of dishes from Fundu ‘s imaginative menu in the main dining room. Fundu is a great honeymoon destination and the Pemba Channel has something of the very best diving in the Indian Ocean.
White Sands Hotel Dar es Salaam
The resort is in pristine Jangwani beach, 25km north of Dar-es-Salaam, with its own 500m of private beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The superior rooms in the resort have been refurbished recently and fully upgraded to international standards with an additional 28 luxury one and two bedroom apartments. The unspoilt beach of the Swahili coast offer a whole new experience for the discerning of holiday makers. Whether snorkeling or diving in it, an abundance of life is awaiting your exploration. This area boasts the best coral reef structures of East Africa. The conference facilities are some of the best in East Africa, where the systems and technologies similar to those of the European conference centers. Looking out over the ocean from our room you see three tropical islands, your own piece of paradise.
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