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Zanzibar Serena Inn, Tanzania

Fri, Mar 4, 2011

Eastern Africa

Adorning the historic Stone Town in the island that brings to mind the interesting past of Africa is the seafront Zanzibar Serena Inn. Majestically surrounded by the old palaces, bright markets, Portuguese ports, and the old dhow harbors; this is the inn where opulence does not overcome the touch of tranquility despite the fact that is located in a hustling town. There is no doubt that the Zanzibar Serena Inn is now in the list of the planet’s superb resorts after being the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s member.

Designed to symbolize the essence of the Swahili elegance, cultural classiness, and Arabic luxury; this striking African asset comprises of two legendary buildings that are chicly refurbished without compromising on their original grandeur. The décor reverberates the plush Arabic impact along with the indigenous East African heredity, while the en-suite Ivory Class rooms reflect the structural elegance. Besides this, you have a lot to do for your recreation right from the water sports to eco tours including the local historical landmarks as well as expeditions to the reserves and islands nearby.

Above all, this inn, overlooking the Old Fort as well as Zanzibar Channel, is near to the famous Jozani Forest, Forodhani Gardens, and House of wonder.


At the Zanzibar Serena Inn, there are 42 guest rooms on 3 floors, all of which are individually furnished and offer the vistas of the azure Indian Ocean as well as of the sea. No matter which one you select, in each room, you can expect balcony, premium television channel(s), mini bar, premium bedding, air conditioning, direct-dial phone, wake-up calls, housekeeping, turndown service, designer toiletries, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, extra towels/bedding, makeup/shaving mirror, in-room massage, sewing kit, slippers, separate bathtub and shower, in-room childcare (surcharge), desk with ergonomic chair, opening window, welcome amenities, in-room safe (accommodates laptop), satellite television service, wireless high-speed Internet access (surcharge), and LCD television.


•  Airport transportation (surcharge)  • Parking (free)  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby  • 24-hour front desk  • Safe-deposit box - front desk  • Front desk hours  • Concierge desk  • 2 restaurant(s) in hotel  • Lounge  • Coffee shop or café  • Complimentary breakfast  • Room service (24 hours)  • 24-hour business center  • Multilingual staff  • Multiple small meeting rooms

• Multiple conference/meeting rooms  • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge  • Event catering  • Currency exchange  • Tours/ticket assistance  • Doorman/doorwoman  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • Laundry facilities  • Porter/bellhop  • Gift shops  • Express check-in and check-out  • Beach/pool umbrellas  • On-site medical aid  • Babysitting or child care  • Shoe shine


• Private beach at the Mangapwani beach  • Swimming pool - children’s  • Swimming pool - outdoor  • Arcade/game room  • Massage - spa treatment room(s)  • Full-service health spa offering body treatments  • Beauty services  • Whale-watching, kayaking, water skiing, surfing/boogie boarding nearby  • Eco tours: Stone town tour, spice tour, sand bank picnic, dolphin watching, and prison island tour


At the Zanzibar Serena Inn, there are 2 restaurants and both offer all the three meals of the day – complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the Baharia restaurant, you eat while enjoying the ocean vistas. Mostly, you savor the delicious Swahili dishes. Coming here on Fridays is worthy because of its Swahili night when the dinner is offered amidst the Swahili music at the poolside.

Another choice is the terrace restaurant where you eat under the open skies as well as amidst the flanking sea vistas. There is also café shop on site as well as 24-hour room service daily bringing you the snacks, coffee, and menus of the restaurants in your room.


From $175 per night.

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