Zanzibar Island, a city guide
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, known for its cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Its offshore location attracted traders from across the Indian Ocean drawn to lucrative East African markets. Its atmospheric capital Stone Town is a warren of narrow alleyways. They’re lined with mansions built from coral stone and hidden behind iron-studded wooden doorways. To the north, you’ll find some of the best beaches in the area.
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- Airport shuttle
- Swimming Pool
- Air conditioning
- Airport shuttle (additional charge)
- Family rooms
- Gift shop
- Non-smoking rooms
- Packed lunches
- Room Service
- Shops (on site)
- Canoeing (Additional charge)
- Cooking class (Additional charge)
- Diving (Additional charge)
- Evening entertainment
- Fishing (Additional charge)
- Live music/performance
- Water sport facilities on site (Additional charge)
Entertainment and Family Services
- Board games/puzzles
- Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge
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Doors to Zanzibar
Fine dining from Adrien Ferran in the exquisite surroundings of this high end resort
House of Spices
A fusion menu of Indian and Italian dishes served in an 18th century merchant’s house, takes place in a room where spices were once dried.
Secret Garden at Emerson Spice Hotel
Tables are tucked between the ruins in this lush garden. The a la carte menu features the very best of Zanzibari cuisine. Live music adds atmosphere some nights; check with the hotel for the latest schedules.
Tea House at Emerson Spice Hotel
Sundowners kick off an evening of fine dining; the nightly degustation menu is one of the best in Zanzibar. The five course menu changes daily but always focuses on local ingredients.
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Hamamni Persian Baths
The Hamamni Persian Baths were the first public baths in Zanzibar. They were constructed between 1870 and 1888, and finally closed in 1920. You can no longer bathe but it's possible to see inside this magnificent place. It was called ‘Persian’ because it was built by Shirazi architects.
Also known as ‘Prison Island,’ Changuu is famous for its giant tortoises, some of which are over 200 years old. The island also boasts sandy white beaches and crystal clear water, so pack your swimwear. The name comes from the cells that housed prisoners in the 19th century; they can still be visited today.
In 1873 Edward Steere, the third Bishop of Zanzibar and famous British abolitionist, built an Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church on the location of the whipping post from the island’s largest slave market. Steere is buried behind the main altar. In the grounds you'll find a distinctive slave monument. Look out for a wooden cross. Locals say the wood came from the tree under which the anti-slavery crusader Dr. David Livingstone was buried.
Best Shops in Zanzibar Island
Moto and Dada
This shop stocks a range of fair trade artisan products, including woven baskets and homemade soaps
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