The Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel is a short walk from the ferry terminal in Stone Town and all of the attractions of the city. Whether sipping fresh fruit juice in the lobby or sitting on cushions sampling local Swahili delicacies in the rooftop restaurant, the Grand Palace is an elegant escape from the Zanzibar sun. Every detail of the décor is exquisite in this beautiful hotel. The staff are equally wonderful and happy to recommend local restaurants or help to organize tours of Stone Town, Prison Island or further afield. We enjoyed the hotel so much that after exploring the north and south of Zanzibar we stayed another night on the island in the Grand Palace.
Numerous beach resorts are tucked away on the expansive white sand beaches of the north and south of the island, providing picturesque places to rest and relax. Baobab Beach Resort in Nungwi to the north and Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje to the south are beautiful examples. The warm turquoise waters of Nungwi beach are an idyllic spot from which to watch the soft pastel colours of sunset or to explore the incredible diving Zanzibar has to offer. To the south of the island locals harvest seaweed from shallow rock pools, formed as the sea recedes into the horizon at low tide. The views over beaches such as Paje and Jambiani at low tide are magnificent and unique.
Did you know...?
1) The Kizimkazi Mosque is believed to be the oldest building in Zanzibar and was built in 1107.
2) The brass studs on the intricately carved wooden doors of Zanzibar may have been influenced by their use in India to prevent war elephants damaging them, however there are no longer elephants in Zanzibar.
3) Freddie Mercury, the front man of Queen, was born in Stone Town.