Villa Palm is set slightly to the north of the other villas, and faces directly onto the ocean.
Villa PalmSet on its own, slightly to the north of the other villas, Villa Palm also stands right in front of the beach and is the largest of the villas at Kikadini – although it still only has three different guestrooms.
Entering from the side, you find yourself looking into an open courtyard, surrounded on three sides by cloisters. A covered walkway with an open colonnade faces into a small open-air quadrangle. Within these cloisters there are large potted palms, some Arabic-style seats and large oil paintings on the walls. One antique bureau doubles as a bar, and nearby is a small stereo CD unit for guests to use.
One side the cloisters houses the open-plan kitchen; breakfast is usually served amongst the cloisters, whilst tables for impressive candle-lit dinners are usually set under the stars, in the open-air courtyard.
From the cloisters, smoothly-carved wooden steps lead up to an open-air first-floor landing, and thence another set head up to the roof terrace. Here on the top floor there's a shaded sitting areas with cushions, and an open terrace with sun-loungers, and the most amazing view over the beach and the ocean, and up to the stars at night.
Back on the first floor landing, one door leads to the Palm suite, at the front of the villa. This is huge – we're told it covers 80m². In one corner is a king-size four-poster bed, with a ceiling fan directly over it. Despite its size (and chunky posts), this completely fails to dominate the room. In front of that four cushioned chairs sit around a low, glass coffee-table, whilst to the other side is an occasional table, a fried and a screened area for luggage. Large original paintings, with a hint of Zanzibari history, line the walls.
The en-suite bathroom houses a highly-polished brass sink, a rather beautifully-moulded stone shower, and a modern flush toilet; all the stone in here makes it all feel very solid and cool.
Though wide double French-doors is a large private balcony, directly overlooking the ocean. The high tide mark is probably about 40m away! This balcony has two cushioned sun-loungers, a shaded seat built into a side wall (great for afternoon naps), and a large, partially-sunken stone bath. It's a great space to wake up to – or to listen to the ocean whilst stargazing in the evening.
Below this first-floor suite, on the ground floor, is a beachfront room, which shares the same footprint as the suite above it – and broadly the same internal design, although the colours and fittings are slightly different. (Its rooms are decorated with sultry images and red hues, against the pale peach of the suite.).
The large French doors from this beachfront room lead onto a ground-floor veranda with an outside shower, and thence to a sitting area with sun-loungers. There are palms and potted plants around, and you can walk from here directly onto the beach – although note that this outside shower is overlooked and far from private!
The second room on the first floor of this villa is the Palm garden room, which is a large (35m²), although not as vast as the other two rooms in the villa. Like the other rooms, this has large windows on two sides and a king-sized bed, swathed with a mosquito net – and below a quiet electric ceiling fan. Behind the bed-head is a wall which conceals a small dressing-room and an en-suite bathroom with the usual polished-brass shower and sink – amidst lots of cool, grey-speckled stone.
It's a large room by Zanzibari standards with three or four easy chairs and also a small min-bar/fridge. Double French doors lead onto a small Juliet-balcony which looks over towards Villa Pwani ; to the left is a view of the ocean, and to the right is the village and a small school playground.