Zanzibar is known for its pristine, unspoilt beaches and laid-back African lifestyle. On an idyllic stretch of seafront in Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel offers breathtaking sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Focused on enjoying the magnificent outdoors, chairs and hammocks on the balconies of en-suite rooms are geared to relaxing and reclining. Ethnically chic, the inn is surrounded by historic Portuguese forts, bustling bazaars, sultan’s palaces and dhow harbours. A mix of opulent Arabic influence and Swahili grace, the building is reminiscent of a bygone era. Guests are greeted with the broad smiles of staff that wish to please.
Uncluttered and simply elegant, bedrooms are divided into suites, prime rooms and standard rooms. Shuttered windows keep the African heat at bay and mosquito nets help to create a romantic mood. Unfussy and fresh, the rooms are furnished with traditional carved furniture. The wide verandah and pool deck offer spectacular views of the ocean and with easy access to the beach provide some of the best ways to enjoy Zanzibar – the sun, the sea and the sand. A hidden garden tucked away in one part of the hotel is one of its best-kept secrets, offering a quiet oasis of lush beauty.
Stone Town itself offers adventure and history. Winding lanes lead travelers past ancient stone houses and expose the architectural wonders of the town. Known as the Spice Island, a trip to the bazaars and spice troves is a must.
Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. The richly decorated Baharia Restaurant rests on the edge of the sea and offers international and Swahili cuisine. The open-air roof Terrace Restaurant is a favourite for fresh seafood and the Pool Terrace is perfect for light snacks and drinks. Leisurely mid-morning tea can be taken at the Mdele Coffee shop, which offers fresh baked pastries daily. As the sun sets, the Masahari Bar is perfect spot to have a sundowner or enjoy music by traditional Taarab musicians.
Described as “perfection” and “peace by the sea”, the inn prides itself on providing friendly, helpful staff that deliver professional service.
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