Travel: Luxury resorts to check out in Zanzibar.
The Manta Resort
This is undoubtedly the most unique accommodation available in Zanzibar. Imagine sitting in a cozy well furnished room surrounded by large glass windows from which the sea casts a turquoise hue given its underwater location. Looking out from your bed, you see various colourful species of fish swimming by and there is never a dull moment in the sightings particularly given your location on the Pemba channel. When the underwater spotlights are turned on at night, they attract surprise visitors such a squid and octopus. Some fish actually live around this submariner room because of perceived protection from predators.
At an average cost of Sh150,000 per double room per night, a boat will pick you up from the beach and sail about 250m into the sea to your room. This Swedish engineered 'island' is set on three levels. On the sea level where your boat will land, there is a large environmentally friendly bathroom and lounge. A ladder leads upstairs into the rooftop area from which you can bask in the sun or lie awake and revel in the magic of the night sky. Downstairs from the landing deck is the submerged room offering 360 degree views of the breathtaking surrounding marine life.
Originally designed for one of the members of 1970s Swedish pop group Abba, this luxury boutique property has several chalk-white Pavilion rooms set on a massive, green and well-kept 50 acre piece of land in Kendwa.
Given the background of the initial owner, the minimal Scandinavian design is distinct in the architecture coupled with the moorish influences so prevalent along the East African coast.
The plan is also notably open and set in nature, with large glassless windows, rainfall showers and various outdoor jacuzzis/plunge pools.
The spa offers guests signature treatments such as the deep tissue Intonga Amasatchi stick massage coupled with beauty treatments like potato body wrap, coffee body wrap and a raiboos and lavender clay wrap.
Each of the 15 pavilions is set in its own secluded tropical garden complete with a butler at your beck and call. From here, one can explore activities around the island including water sports, spice farm tours or a day trip to Jozani forest. During the festive season, accommodation goes for about Sh80,000 per person sharing on full board basis.
Diamonds Star of The East Zanzibar
Each of the 11 private villas here has a modern African architecture and is named after some of the world's most precious gems. At around Sh100,000 per night, each villa has a pool, tropical garden, hydromassage jacuzzi bath, large furnished terrace, a 24-hour personal assistant and other premium services. A private beach is accessible to all guests.
The food here will be one of the highlights of your stay. During the holiday season, the resort will be bringing in different Jeunes Restaurateurs from around Europe every week to offer cooking classes and an excellent array of gourmet dishes. At Ocean Blue Restaurant, patrons can enjoy a fine dining selection of international dishes off the a la carte menu with a side of incredible panoramic views of the sea.
For the ultimate relaxation, pop into Mvua African Rain Spa for African, Asian and European-inspired treatments using natural ingredients, such as cereal, unrefined sugar, salt, flowers and wild honey.