We spent a week on Zanzibar over the New Year period organised by Michael & Natalie of Zanzibar Travel.
At the outset we were provided with a professional and personalised service by Zanzibar Travel. With their in-depth knowledge of the island we were given much information during the planning process which helped immensely in putting our holiday together.
We arrived on the island at an un-Godly hour of the morning. Alawi, a representative of Zanzibar Travel’s agent, was there to meet us and accompanied us on all our transfers. He was intelligent, personable, informative and went out of his way to keep in contact with us during our whole stay.
Our first two nights were at Mixingani Seafront Hotel in Stone Town, a great choice, full of character with wonderful views over the ocean and harbour.
We loved waking up in the morning under the haze of mosquito nets and being able to push back the wooden shutters to watch the hustle and bustle of the harbour area.
From the hotel it is an easy walk into the fascinating old town, granted UNESCO Heritage status in 2000. The town is a maze of cobbled streets and beautiful wooden doorways. Back at the hotel in the late afternoon we were able to enjoy the delights of the courtyard swimming pool to cool off before heading out again to a rooftop bar to watch the sunset and to decide on a restaurant for the evening – there are lots to choose from and all within walking distance.
Our beach stay was at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort. What really made this resort special (apart from the white sand, clear turquoise water and unique traditional round-huts we stayed in!) were the staff. Everyone was so friendly and we lost count of the “jambos” (Swahili for “hello”) shared during our stay.
The pool is one of the largest on Zanzibar Island and has a beautiful swim up bar where you can order fresh juice cocktails and mocktails. The local mangoes and pineapple were gorgeous and we loved watching the sugar cane being pressed through an old wooden mangle at breakfast to produce juice which was flavoured with ginger.
We loved the fact that the hotel supports the local village and we joined the weekly organised trip along the beach to visit the school, hospital and villagers where we delivered much appreciated school supplies including notebooks, pens and pencils.
Lindsay Taylor & Family