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Masala Beach Holiday

Two luxuriously elegant hotels offer relaxation on Zanzibar’s beach-front and exploration of Stone Town. Combine peaceful tranquility with fine dining, indulgent comforts and vibrant culture.

Masala Beach Holiday: Summary

Masala Beach Holiday in a nutshell

This indulgent Zanzibar retreat combines beach-side relaxation with the delightful intrigues of Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys and marketplaces.

Beginning with a week at the stunningly unique Kilindi, you will unwind in a stylish boutique hotel that quickly earned its reputation as one of the best on the island. The 15 spaciously designed pavilions are utterly decadent, offering both a private butler, or ‘room ambassador’, and two personal plunge pools as well as considerable comfort and privacy.

If the superb beach-side location doesn’t invite hours of quiet relaxation beside the waves, paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling or diving excursions can also all be arranged to pass the time. In addition, Kilindi offers guided tours around the nearby Spice Plantations or Stone Town, both of which could also be enjoyed at the end of this trip, during your stay in Stone Town.

Serena Inn occupies a fantastic spot on Stone Town’s beachfront. It is a fine old hotel that has been carefully restored from two historic buildings and which offers a variety of places to sit and wile away the hours with a cocktail or coffee. Of course, if you can peel yourself away from the stunning rooftop views or enticing cafes and restaurants, Stone Town’s rich history and vibrant culture awaits just beyond Serena Inn’s doorstep.

At a glance

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport
7 nights Kilindi - Northern Zanzibar, Zanzibar Full Board
2 nights Serena Inn - Stone Town, Zanzibar Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Kilindi

Days 1-8

Ever since it opened Kilindi has created quite a buzz as one of the best properties on Zanzibar. Kilindi was originally designed for Benny Andersson, famed for being a member of 1970’s pop group ABBA, and it has established itself as a stylish boutique hotel offering a very high level of luxury.

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Serena Inn

Days 8-10

The Serena Inn in Stone Town is part of the internationally renowned Serena chain, which has hotels all over East Africa. The buildings which make up the Serena Inn were once used as the residence for a Chinese doctor but it has been a hotel for the since the 1990s and has all the facilities you would expect of an international-style chain – including a choice of restaurants, a swimming pool, shop and coffee shop. It even has a conference centre.

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Kilindi

Kilindi

Northern Zanzibar, Zanzibar

Serena Inn

Serena Inn

Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Highlights

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

  • Unwinding with a massage treatment at Kilindi's spa
  • Exploring the shallow reefs around Tumbata Island
  • Diving beneath the waves, admiring the marine life
  • Learning about Stone Town's rich history on a tour
  • Relaxing with a coffee, overlooking Stone Town's horizon

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Masala 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 Masala Beach Holiday. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


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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