Zanzibar Serena Hotel

On the seafront in ancient Stone Town, this tranquil hotel is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Swahili and Arabic elements influence the Zanzibar Serena Hotel’s design – expect cool white walls, shuttered windows and decorative niches. There are 51 spacious guestrooms in total at this premium property, all providing a peaceful haven to escape from the sultry, bustling streets outside.

There is also an all-day restaurant, a terrace eatery, coffee shop and bar at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool and spa treatment rooms. Steps from the entrance are all the delights of Stone Town, including the Hamamni Persian baths, the Palace Museum and the crumbling House of Wonders.

Attractions farther afield include Jozani Forest, a sanctuary for the red colobus monkey which is endemic to Zanzibar, outlying islands including Pemba and Prison Island as well as spice plantations which you can tour. Activities such as scuba diving in the Pemba Channel and dolphin-watching are also recommended.


How to get to Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar Serena Hotel is 7km from the island’s international airport, which is 20 minutes’ flight from Dar es Salaam.

Activities at Zanzibar Serena Hotel

  • Stone Town tour
  • Spice tours
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Zanzibar Serena Hotel Highlights

  • A charming small hotel on the Stone Town seafront
  • With a combination of architectural styles reflective of Zanzibar Island’s exotic history
  • A collection of 50 beautiful airy guestrooms
  • Steps from the sights of ancient Stone Town
  • A great base for spice tours or dhow cruises

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Below are some of our preferred hotels and resorts on Zanzibar. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Baraza Resort and Spa

Exotic Baraza Resort and Spa combines Arabic, Swahili and Indian design elements, providing unparalleled luxury on the unspoilt southeastern shores of Zanzibar Island.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant in the heart of Stone Town, and is one of the city's most attractive and atmospheric small hotels.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is an exquisite and peaceful boutique hotel set amid the hustle and bustle of ancient Stone Town

Konokono Beach Resort

Konokono Beach Resort boasts one of Zanzibar Island's most secluded and spectacular locations, set on a lush peninsula overlooking a turquoise bay.

Maru Maru Hotel

In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel is set inside a lovingly restored townhouse steps from all the attractions of this ancient city.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar is the exclusive and romantic Mnemba Island, less than 1.5 kilometres in circumference.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

A magnificent internationally renowned luxury hotel with the attractions of World Heritage-listed Stone Town at your doorstep.

Shooting Star Lodge

A small family-run resort, Shooting Star Lodge overlooks a dazzling stretch of white sand on Zanzibar Island's idyllic northeast coast.

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is an absolutely stunning boutique resort close to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island steps from powder white sand and the azure Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town is within walking distance to all the sights. Expect antiques, Persian rugs, rich silks and beautifully carved



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