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Cinnamon Beach Holiday

Explore Zanzibar’s east coast beaches and historic Stone Town, with this good value, family friendly beach holiday.

Cinnamon Beach Holiday: Summary

Cinnamon Beach Holiday in a nutshell

The Cinnamon Beach Holiday combines five nights on the island’s picturesque east-coast with two nights in vibrant Stone Town.

Your first stop will be a stay at Sunshine Hotel which is a friendly and welcoming small hotel with a pretty white sandy beach, and a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Lounge with a book by the shady infinity pool or enjoy a fruity cocktail at the vibrant beach bar. With just the right amount of ‘buzz’, this is an ideal property for couples and families alike, as there is no age-restrictions here. If you are feeling more active you can borrow snorkelling equipment or bicycles to explore the local area.

After your time on the beach head to Stone Town for two nights at the charming Dhow Palace Hotel. This traditionally Zanzibari styled boutique-hotel is well located for exploring the labyrinth of cobbled streets. Explore at your leisure or arrange a tour with a knowledgeable local guide to really learn about the history and culture of this unique city. At the end of the day, escape the from the hustle and bustle with a cooling dip in Dhow Palace’s swimming pool, before heading to dinner on the rooftop restaurant.

At a glance

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport
5 nights Sunshine Hotel - East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar Half Board
2 nights Dhow Palace Hotel - Stone Town, Zanzibar Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Sunshine Hotel

Days 1-6

Opened in 2010, the Sunshine Hotel is located by Matemwe village, on Zanzibar’s east coast. Situated on a lovely stretch of white beach, it’s a bright and lively place to stay, popular with young couples. The seafront plot here is flat and sandy, and planted with flowers and shrubs.

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Dhow Palace Hotel

Days 6-8

The Dhow Palace Hotel in Stone Town is a beautiful old building full of Swahili character. Originally, the building belonged to a wealthy Arab from the Omani royal family. It then remained as a private house until nineteen years ago, when it was fully renovated and became a hotel. The original structure is 150 years old (an extension was added several years ago) and the Dhow Palace still houses many antiques from the era of Arabian rule.

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Sunshine Hotel

Sunshine Hotel

East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel

Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Cinnamon Beach Holiday.

  • Relax and unwind on powdery white beaches
  • Discover marine life by snorkelling or diving
  • Hire bicycles to explore the local area
  • Delight in the sights and sounds of Stone Town
  • Visit a traditional roof-top restaurant

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Cinnamon Beach Holiday: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Kayaking

  • Scuba-diving

  • Self-guided walking

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

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Side-trips whilst on this beach holiday

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Cinnamon Beach Holiday. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Princess Salme Spice Tour

Princess Salme Spice Tour

Half-day

Discover the captivating story of the smart and rebellious Princess Sayyida Salme, the youngest daughter of Sultan Said. Join a knowledgeable local guide to follow in her footsteps through palaces and plantations, as well as the fascinating Zanzibar spice trade on a working plantation.

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90% (4 reviews)
Swahili Cooking Workshop

Swahili Cooking Workshop

Half-day or combine with other tours

Zanzibar’s cuisine and culinary influences are as exotic as the island itself. This genuinely authentic culinary workshop will take you to the heart of the spice farm region, teach you how to select and blend an array of spices, create souvenir blends, and guide you through cooking a traditional Swahili meal.

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80% (1 reviews)
Stone Town Discovery Tour

Stone Town Discovery Tour

Half-day

Spend a morning wandering through Stone Town’s maze of alleyways with an erudite Zanzibari resident, meeting the locals, marvelling at its fusion of architecture and cultures, learning about the food, music, beliefs and everyday life, for an utterly fascinating experience.

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89% (16 reviews)
Zanzibar Dhow Safari

Zanzibar Dhow Safari

Full day - approx. eight hours

Discover the coast and islands of the Menai Bay from a traditional Zanzibari dhow. Explore this beautiful marine conservation area with a local guide, snorkelling over coral reefs, swimming through mangrove lagoons and keeping an eye out for dolphins. To top it all, you’ll also be treated to a fabulous beach barbecue.

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80% (1 reviews)
Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest Tour

Half-day or combine with other tours

For nature lovers, Jozani Forest is a must. One of the last sanctuaries of the red colobus monkey, it features a diverse range of habitats, from mangrove forests to salt marshes. Keep your eyes peeled for other forest residents, including Sykes’ monkey, bushbabies, duikers and more than 40 species of bird.

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64% (5 reviews)
Jambiani Village Tour

Jambiani Village Tour

Half-day - mornings

Tear yourself away from the soft white sands of Zanzibar to get under the skin of the history and culture of Jambiani village. Join a knowledgeable local guide to discover the intricacies of day-to-day life in this traditional coastal village, with much of the profits being ploughed back into the community.

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Prison Island Tour

Prison Island Tour

Half-day

Escape the hustle and bustle of Stone Town on a 30-minute boat ride to Changuu Island, now commonly known as Prison Island. This is your chance to find out about the darker side of Zanzibar history, as well as to get up close with the island’s Aldabra giant tortoises, and to engage in a spot of coastal snorkelling.

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