Five Unmissable Luxury Hotels on Zanzibar
Zanzibar: The Perfect Luxury Escape
With its white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, and spice perfumed beach resorts, Zanzibar has become synonymous with the idea of a once-in-a-lifetime romantic beach escape.
Accommodation on the Tanzanian island runs the gamut from backpacker hostels to budget-friendly B&Bs to five star luxury resorts,
While there are options for all walks of life, today we're highlighting five of the most luxurious properties the Tanzanian beach escape has to offer.
Tulia Zanzibar, Pongwe
The very definition of a tropical island retreat, green and verdant Tulia is the perfect escape for those wanting privacy while they explore the white sand beach of Pongwe.
Guests at this all-inclusive resort can expect to get away from the hustle and bustle in their own luxury villa, complete with a Jacuzzi from which to soak it all in and a hammock to relax in after a day spent exploring.
While many resorts on Zanzibar offer all-inclusive options, Tulia Zanzibar's differs in that its alcohol selection is not limited to local beers and wines. Guests can indulge in a wide variety of drinks and dishes - ensuring you're spoiled for choice whether you stay for one night or one week.
For families, Tulia is a special option. The resort is the only one on Zanzibar with water slides, and its beachside location means you'll have access to all of the water sports that you'd expect to find on an island paradise.
Despite all of these amazing details, our team's favourite element of their time visiting Tulia? The wonderfully warm and welcoming staff!
Tulia prides itself on a high level of personal care, and guests are made to feel like honoured friends rather than being 'just another guest'. It's a welcome addition to the already stellar accommodations.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar, Stone Town
Located at the heart of historic Stone Town, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar blends Zanzibar's unique fusion of cultures with modern luxury.
The perfect base from which to launch your exploration of the city's labyrinthine alleys and bustling marketplaces, the Park Hyatt is also a beachfront property - the perfect middle ground between the city's two biggest attractions.
While designed in a distinctly Zanzibari style that keeps you firmly rooted in the culture you're exploring, rooms boast all of the modern conveniences such as air conditioning, TVs, and bath tubs. The hotel itself has a beauty and massage centre, fully equipped gym, on site shopping, and more.
For those wanting to experience Stone Town without surrendering luxury, the Park Hyatt is the perfect choice.
Star of the East, Nungwi
For many visitors to Zanzibar, the iconic beaches of Nungwi are the first thing that comes to mind.
The very picture of island paradise, Nungwi's long stretches of pristine white sand dissolve deliciously into the turquoise waters that seem to stay warm year round.
While many luxury properties adorn this band of sand like jewels, the Star of the East shines brightest.
Attached to the famous (and luxurious in its own right) Diamonds La Gemma Hotel, the Star of the East is the property's exclusive luxury retreat.
Guests enjoy 24/7 butler service in their private villas, each of which comes with sunny terraces and private pools.
An island of calm in the hustle and bustle of the popular Nungwi region, the Star of the East offers privacy with access to the very best that the island has to offer. Guests are free to use the facilities of the nearby Diamonds La Gemma Hotel and then retreat back to the Star of the East.
A real highlight of the resort is its open air gym and spa. What better way to work on your fitness than out under the dazzling blue skies with the ocean breeze to cool you off?
White Sand Luxury Villas, Paje
Southeastern Zanzibar isn't quite as popular as the often crowded beaches of the northeast, but Paje Beach draws a lot of its charm from this very fact.
If your dreams of Zanzibar paint a picture of an isolated beach, starry nights, and the gentle rattle & rustle of palms rather than loud music and laughing children, White Sand Luxury Villas on Paje Beach might be what you're looking for.
Rather than being just another beach side resort, White Sand seamlessly blends the luxury experience in with the idea of being on the beach. Each of the resort's sunny and breezy private villas has an outdoor shower and bath tub, perfect for washing away the salt and sand beneath starry skies.
Far away from the touristic Nungwe and Pongwe regions of the island, White Sand compensates for its isolation by giving its guests access to bicycles for exploring the nearby beaches.
There is also an extensive spa and beauty facility at the resort - including sauna, Turkish baths, massage, beauty services, yoga sessions, and a fully equipped gym.
For those looking to let their hair down, the resort boasts all of the usual water sports as well as three bars: a cruisy beach bar, a classy lounge, and a rooftop bar perfect for sundowners.
&Beyond Mnemba Island, Mnemba
The &Beyond name has become synonymous with luxury, and it's unsurprising that the luxury label has put together something truly remarkable for their Zanzibar property.
Designed for those wanting a true castaway experience, &Beyond's Mnemba Island property holds just twenty guests and markets itself as the perfect place for those wanting the experience of holidaying on their own private island.
It's barefoot luxury: the simple pleasure of feeling the sand between your toes combined with the decadence of private beachside bandas, candlelit walkways, and personalised service the likes of which you won't find elsewhere.
The island's private house reef and on-site PADI Dive Centre make it a perfect escape for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts, while romantics have the option of private beach dinners, romantic walks, and much more.
It's a Maldives experience with a distinctly Zanzibari twist.
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Yellow Fever Update
Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola and reported cases in both Uganda and Kenya, the Ministries in Health in Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania have issued a statement regarding the need for Yellow Fever vaccinations for all travellers wishing to enter these countries.
In light of this recent development, we urge all Shadows of Africa clients to ensure they have had their Yellow Fever vaccination at least ten days ahead of their intended travel dates and have an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination card with them at immigration.
An up-to-date Yellow Fever vaccination card is needed if entering Tanzania, Kenya, or Rwanda from another African country, even if you are just transferring through.
If you are flying directly from your home country, you don't need to worry about this.
The Yellow Fever vaccination lasts for ten years, so if you have had yours in the past decade, you'll just need your vaccination card.
It's also important that your vaccination be up to date for health reasons. Yellow Fever is completely avoidable if vaccinated.
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Fashion Week Zanzibar 2014
If you belong to fashionista tribe and visiting Zanzibar in September, don't miss Zanzibar Fashion Week!
Zanzibar Fashion Week will take place between 26 th to 28 th September in Stone Town. The Event was first launched in 2013 with great success. With focus to present and promote African fashion designers, there will be many fashion shows going on along with other side events that will certainly add to the vibes of Stone Town.
FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR SHOWS:
25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 (THURSDAY)
Location: 6 DEGREES SOUTH
Time - 7 PM
26TH SEPTEMBER 2014 (FRIDAY)
ZANZIBAR FASHION WEEK – DAY 1
Location: MTONI PALACE RUINS
Time - 7 PM
FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – PARTY
Location: THE POST
Time: 11.00 onwards
SAT, 27TH SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY)
FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – DAY 2
Location: MTONI PALACE RUINS
Time – 7 pm
FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – PARTY
Location: THE POST
Time: 11.00 onwards
After the fashion week there will be movie screenings of course about fashion:
Films will be shown at THE POST on 28th September from 9 till 11.30 and from 3.30 till 6.30.
VALENTINO, THE LAST EMPEROR
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Valentino, The Last Emperor is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy’s most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colourful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion. But at the heart of the film is a love story: the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of fifty years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
An intimate, unprecedented and very funny exploration of the fabulous world of two of Italy’s richest and most famous men, Valentino, The Last Emperor joins them behind the curtain. The critically acclaimed film has captured the hearts and minds of audiences at film festivals around the world.
Directed by R.J. Cutler
Have you ever wanted to sit on the front row of a catwalk fashion show? The September Issue puts you in the shoes of the world’s most influential woman in fashion icon, Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine.
Taking us behind her trademark bob and huge sunglasses The September Issue is a revealing look at the inner workings and glamour of the fashion industry as they prepare the biggest ever issue of the magazine.
Exposing the truth behind the pictures, and featuring appearances from some of the worlds most fascinating designers, as well as actress and covergirl Sienna Miller, The September Issue is the must have accessory for all fashion lovers.
PAUL SMITH: GENTLEMAN DESIGNER
Directed by Stéphane Carrell
An intimate and provoking portrait of "Lord Paul Smith", quirky designer and formidable businessman, through exclusive access to a poet of British fashion.
Paul Smith has 400 shops and outlets in 35 countries, 12 clothing lines, 400 million Euros in yearly revenues, sales topping Chanel's, partnerships with Evian, Apple, and Austin, and prestigious bicycle and race car brands.
The secret of his success? Who is Paul Smith? How has he managed to get millions of men interested in fashion? How did a modest man from Nottingham become synonymous with elegance in men's fashion?
NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES
Directed by Wim Wenders
An intimate portrait of designer Yohji Yamamoto. In 1989, WIM WENDERS (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire) was commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou to make a film about fashion and its place in contemporary society. Initially bemused by the offer, the award-winning director chose to focus on someone whose work he was both familiar with and felt comfortable in, the internationally renowned Japanese designer YOHJI YAMAMOTO.
NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES gradually transforms from a meditation on our relationship with fashion to an exploration of visual representation, creating a dialogue between the language of fashion and that of film. Both are rapidly changing forms of communication whose progressiveness is often breathtaking. As Yamamoto constantly searches for new modes of expression, Wim Wenders embraces video technology, which offers more flexibility when recording such a fast-paced world. Moving between Tokyo and Paris, from the creation of one collection to its premiere at a fashion show, NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES is an intimate portrait of one of the world s most influential and visionary fashion designers and an engaging exploration of the visual medium.
YVES SAINT LAURENT L'AMOUR FOU
Directed by Pierre Thoretton
L'Amour Fou is a deeply moving insight into the private life of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, and the fifty years he shared with the love of his life, Pierre Bergé.
Throughout their partnership, they were avid collectors of art, spending a large portion of their wealth amassing a collection that would rival the best galleries. Upon Laurent's death in 2008 Bergé decided to sell the couple's beloved collection. It is through this momentous auction, as well as rare archival footage and interviews with those closest to Saint Laurent that the film beautifully depicts his incredible life and the relationship between these two remarkable men.
L'Amour Fou is a wonderful tribute to beauty, elegance, decadence and a man who so perfectly captured all these things.
Directed byRodolphe Marconi
An intimate documentary portrait of one of the fashion world's most iconic figures - Karl Lagerfeld. Following the style guru through both his professional and private life, director Rodolphe Marconi offers an insight into the life of the man behind the image, from designing in private, to presenting his collection in the glare of the catwalk.
Photo source: Zanzibar Fahion Week
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