Serena Inn

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence, setting it apart as one of the finest hotels in Zanzibar. After the heat and dust of Stone Town, the accommodation in the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a haven of cool and shade. With high ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls, they are constructed in the traditional Swahili manner, whereby the size is dictated by the length of the mangrove poles that make up their ceilings.

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Standard

The standard rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, fretwork cabinets and a cool blue and white colour scheme. Each room has either a king-sized bed with mosquito netting or twin beds. All the luxury Zanzibar accommodation options are equipped with: 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and in-room modem hook-up, direct-dial phone, voice-mail, complementary newspaper, in-room satellite TV, mini bar, private safe, 240V/3 pin (square)sockets and shaver sockets, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair driers, mosquito nets, bathrobe and slippers, umbrellas, porter/concierge, airport shuttle and limousine service.

    Executive Suite

    Cooled by the breezes of the spice island, located in the heart of romantic Stone Town, enjoying sweeping views across the Zanzibar waterfront; and with access to its own private beach facility, the magnificent Zanzibar Serena Hotel offers the ultimate escape from reality. Spacious and luxurious the fabulous Executive Suites offer a magnificent bedroom with four-poster bed, a sumptuous bathroom (with bath and shower) and a delightfully relaxing sitting room (with TV and private bar), which opens onto a magnificent L-shaped balcony with panoramic ocean views, its own al fresco cocktail area, and a deliciously romantic double hammock.

      State Suite

      Cooled by the breezes of the spice island, located in the heart of romantic Stone Town, enjoying sweeping views across the Zanzibar waterfront; and with access to its own private beach facility, the magnificent Zanzibar Serena Hotel offers the ultimate escape from reality. Enjoying glorious Indian Ocean views from its magnificent L-shaped terrace, the Suite offers the ultimate in spacious and secluded accommodation in Zanzibar. Boasting a regal reception room (with TV and private bar) and a palatial bedroom with king-sized four-poster, this exclusive suite also offers a supremely generous balcony, ideally suited to private cocktails or dining a deux.

        Serena Stone Town Restaurants

        Constructed so that the waves lap to within inches of its open windows and the lateen-sailed dhows pass within metres of its tables, the Baharia Restaurant features lazily whirring fans, a jewel-glass atrium, mangrove-pole ceiling, fretwork screens, Omani carvings, Persian rugs and bright Swahili artefacts. The Zanzibar cuisine, meanwhile, is a glorious melee of freshly caught seafood, fresh picked spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. You will enjoy exclusive Seafood Restaurant on the open-air terrace with magnificent views over the Zanzibar channel; Staff offer a selection of dining and entertaining venues to include: The Baharia Restaurant, the Mdele Coffee Shop, the Masahani Bar and the exclusive Mangapwani Beach Resort.

          Activities

          Activities include immediate access to the sights of Stone Town, the Spice tour, visits to the Sultan’s baths, slave caves and slave market, diving on one of the world’s most renowned dive sites, dhow trips and idyllic island escapes, dolphin, turtle and humpback whale watching, and swahili feasts with Taarab music.

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