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.