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Zanzibar Serena Inn

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Zanzibar Serena Inn
Idyllically situated on the sea front of ancient Stone Town, washed by the aquamarine waters of the Zanzibar channel, redolent of the scent of cloves and flanked by an exotic melange of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of Zanzibar. Faithfully restored and lavishly embellished with a jackdaw collection of antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, fretwork screens, carved staircases, Persian rugs and brass-studded doors, the interior design concept is a fusion of authenticity and opulence that reflects the very essence of Zanzibar.

Each room is cool, white and constructed to the traditional design of a Swahili house, which is dependant upon the length of the mangrove poles that make up its ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and featuring traditionally carved furniture, cool-ceramics, intricate fretwork, draped beds and louver doors giving onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and azure bay beyond, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance.
Hotel Address:
  • Zanzibar Serena Inn
  • Kelele Square
  • Stone Town
  • Zanzibar,
  • Tanzania

Location Summary
The island of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja) is known as the 'Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it has always exerted a powerful fascination over the imagination of the world, out of all proportion to its size. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is the main settlement, the best-known part of which is Stone Town. Directly east of Stone Town is the growing section of Ng'ambo whilst to the north of the town are a number of pristine beaches. At the northern tip of the island the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi, whilst some of Zanzibar's best beaches are to be found along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.

Directions to Hotel
There are daily air connections between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks. There are also regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa.
Note Bene
Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
Fine Dining On Site
Constructed so that the waves lap to within inches of its open windows and the lateen-sailed dhows pass within metres of its tables, the Baharia Restaurant features lazily whirring fans, a jewel-glass atrium, mangrove-pole ceiling, fretwork screens, Omani carvings, Persian rugs and bright Swahili artefacts. The Zanzibar cuisine, meanwhile, is a glorious melee of freshly caught seafood, fresh picked spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. You will enjoy exclusive Seafood Restaurant on our open-air terrace with magnificent views over the Zanzibar channel; We offer a selection of dining and entertaining venues to include: The Baharia Restaurant, the Mdele Coffee Shop, the Masahani Bar and the exclusive Mangapwani Beach Resort.
Child Programs
Babysitting available on request, children's menus available.
Pool Outdoor
Luxury swimming pool and sun-deck.
Spa Facility
Sumptuous beauty treatments, massage and hairdressing.
Spend a day on the white sand beaches of Grave Island, Prison Island, Snake Island and the sandbanks of the Zanzibar channel.
Scuba Diving
Take in a day's diving around the magnificent coral reefs and wrecks of the Zanzibar coast.
Theatre Museums
Unique range of event and entertainment venues to include The House of Wonders and The Old Dispensary.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Meeting Space
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Biking Touring
    - Boating
    - Dining
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Hiking
    - Jogging Running
    - Scuba Diving
    - Shopping
Additional Hotel Amenities

Features For Honeymooners Include 'His And Hers' Massage In Your Room, Traditional Henna Body-painting, Candle-lit Dinner On Our Rooftop Terrace, Dinner For Two On Your Private Balcony, Romantic Dhow Trip To Watch The Sun Go Down, Champagne Breakfast In Bed, A Day On A Deserted Indian Ocean Island With Seafood Lunch, And Swimming With Dolphins Or Turtle And Whale Watching.


Honeymoon Suites Don't Get Much Better Than This. Abounding In Cushion-strewn Lamu Beds, Softly Lit By Brass Lanterns, And Enjoying A Private Sitting Room And A Delightfully Spacious Paneled Balcony With Indian Ocean Panoramas And Its Own Double Hammock, The Honeymoon Suite Also Boasts An Unashamedly Romantic Ensuite Bedroom Subtly Presented In Soft Cream And Ocean Blue.

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