The Zanzibar Collection

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Zanzibar’s cool, clear shores are home to centuries of ancient history: from early Persia and merchants that inspired Sinbad the Sailor to Swahili and Omani royalty, fragrant Indian spices and indelible Islamic influences that has governed everything from the architecture to the local cuisine. The archipelago’s landscape, shaped by 2,000 years of monsoon winds, varies from strikingly exotic Stone Town to the swoon-worthy beaches of Pemba: creamy white coral sands lapped by cerulean waters. Inland, clove and mango farms creep up into forest hillsides and along the coast traditional fishing dhows bring in the catch of the day to quench the appetites of locals and intrepid travellers alike.

This small but beautifully formed corner of Tanzania is more Indian Ocean escape than shimmering savannah, meaning it can be combined perfectly with a safari holiday, perhaps in Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire or the incomparable Serengeti; after a week on safari there’s no better way to relax than a restful break at one of the Zanzibar Collection hotels. Family owned and run, the small collection of three beautiful hotels trickles along the unspoilt south east coast beach of Bwejuu-Paje, chosen by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 30 island beaches in the world.

We love Breezes Beach Club, The Palms and Baraza Resort & Spa for their laid-back attitude, attention to detail and beautiful design. Each of the hotels has its own unique personality, no doubt due to the fact that they belong to a small, boutique collection as opposed to a faceless corporation, but also because of the friendly, informal service that’s employed across each of the hotels. There’s a Zanzibar Collection hotel to suit every mood: Breezes has 70 rooms, each with the traditional Swahili thatched roofs and relaxing communal areas that overlook the Indian Ocean – it’s ideal for couples and families looking for a great value beach break. At Baraza Resort & Spa you can choose to stay in one of 30 villas, each decorated in Zanzibari style with brass lanterns, antiques and carved stucco, so it’s perfect for couples looking to get away from it all in style and comfort. Palms, with just six ocean view villas, is a luxurious small boutique hotel offering a romantic getaway and unparalleled personalised service (we think it’s an excellent honeymoon destination).

Dedicated to preserving the spirit, history and legacy of Zanzibar through a commitment to responsible tourism and cooperation with the local community, you can participate in Zanzibar life by learning Swahili or palm weaving, or perhaps traditional dishes. You could visit the school or clinic that the Zanzibar Collection support, or try diving at the Rising Sun Dive Centre, the only National Geographic-affiliated dive centre in East Africa.

Why not choose Zanzibar for your next island escape?

Featured accommodation

Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar  

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Bwejuu  

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The Palms Hotel

Bwejuu  

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