From the freshly caught seafood selection to the architecturally exquisite hotels, to sunset by the bar and hot stone massages, Zanzibar is an exotic island with cosy night scenery, tasty food selections and romantic locations. Here’s our checklist for a weekend in the Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. And if you just do one thing? Visit the Rock restaurant, It’s an Instagram picture-worthy pilgrimage worth undertaking. It’s time to plan a get-away weekend with the girls, no?
The Hotel: Baraza Resort and Spa
Baraza Resort and Spa is a 5 star all inclusive hotel and Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive boutique resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns.
The Restaurant: The Rock
The Rock is probably one of the most scenic restaurants in Africa. Literally located on a rock in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this restaurant is one of the most renowned in Zanzibar and a high-end stop for those who wish to enjoy fresh seafood recipes in exotic settings. Formerly a fisherman’s’ post, the restaurant has only 12 tables that are filled fast, so consider making reservations to be sure you get the best seats in the house. The menu serves delicacies such as octopus salad, seafood spaghetti, squid and queen prawns alongside vegetarian dishes and special children’s menus.
The Museum: Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani)(Stone Town)
The peace Memorial is an exquisite building intended to commemorate the end of the First World War with exhibits relating to Zanzibar history and nature in a whitewashed, Arab-style building from 1920. There’s an entry fee required to see crafts, art and interesting carpentry and outstanding interior. It’s worth a visit!
The Shop: Fahari
Fahari is a Social Enterprise making high-quality bags, jewellery and accessories on the island of Zanzibar, taking inspiration from the island’s cultural melting-pot of African, Arabian & Indian influences, borne out of years of trading across the Indian Ocean. All their products are handmade using local materials with expert workmanship, using skills gained from the free training the project has provided to disadvantaged local people over the years.
The Bar: Gerry’s Bar
Gerry’s Bar Zanzibar, located on a beautiful, tranquil beach in Nungwi is an excellent place to chill! Gerry’s serves amazing and cocktails while you watch the beautiful sunset with free Wifi!. A plus, you can also play games such as beach volleyball or enjoy a swim in the ocean. It’s great atmosphere and music at this bar.
The Spa: Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
A chic trip is not complete without a trip to the spa, and Sea Cliff resort and spa is the place to go to find peace and tranquillity and restore your energy. The Shwari Spa at this resort has five treatment rooms, including a couples massage room, sauna and steam room, it offers a range of treatments, including facials, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs as well as massages and a plunge pool.
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