Beach resort, cultural centre, historic destination and wildlife sanctuary
La Gemma Dell' Est is the largest resort on Zanzibar and stands on the north-west coast near to Kendwa Rocks on a magnificent stretch of beach. An all-inclusive package hotel (all meals, drinks and entertainment), the hotel is modernistic in design and covers a large plot of tropical gardens facing a beautiful stretch of beach. Offering three restaurants, 3 bars, evening entertainment, a comprehensive activity programme and a social area built out over a sea jetty, the hotel is an ideal family or friends' choice.
La Gemma Dell' Est is located on Zanzibar, the ‘spice island', which is part of Tanzania, and is one of East Africa's most famous Indian Ocean beach resort destinations. The hotel stands in Stone Town, Zanzibar's main city, which is also an ancient Swahili settlement and East Africa cultural centre. The hotel is a short drive from the numerous beach resort options of the east coast.
Zanzibar Island hotel location
The resort is in Nungwi, 55 minutes drive from Stone Town.
There are daily air connections between Zanzibar (Stone Town) and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks of Tanzania, East Africa. There are also regular Tanzania flights to Mombasa and Nairobi; and a ferry service, which links Zanzibar (Stone Town), Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link the beach resort of Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa. Transfer between the port or airports to the hotel can be arranged.
When to go to La Gemma Dell' Est
The Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar enjoys a typical East Africa equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains in East Africa can be expected from March to the end of May. The short rains fall in East Africa during the month of November.
Indian Ocean destination
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the East Africa clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Stone Town, on the western side of this Indian Ocean island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone town houses, bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
To the north of Stone Town lie mile upon mile of pristine Indian Ocean beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning Indian Ocean beaches lie along the eastern shore of this superb Indian Ocean island. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous smaller islands off shore, which include the Indian Ocean islands of : Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
Accommodation at La Gemma Dell' Est
The resort offers 138 air-conditioned rooms with a walk-in shower, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV & terrace. Deluxe rooms and villa suites are also available. All rooms are sea facing. The hotel features an all inclusive package covering all meals, drinks and entertainment.
Dining and bars at La Gemma Dell' Est
There is a main restaurant where buffet selections are offered breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Al Fresco Pizzeria on the beach serves fresh pizza. The hotel also offers an all-day café. There is selection of bars. Evening entertainment daily.
The La Gemma Dell' Est menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and Swahili dishes as well as numerous international choices.
Conference and event facilities at La Gemma Dell' Est
The hotel does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. Tanzania incentives can also be arranged in Stone Town or the surrounding Tanzania beach resort venues.
Weddings and honeymoons at La Gemma Dell' Est
This hotel makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination and offers a selection of honeymoon packages.
Child-friendly facilities at La Gemma Dell' Est
The hotel welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds. The resort also offers a children's pool and play area
Indian Ocean Beach resort activities at this Zanzibar hotel
There is a choice of 3 restaurants, 1 café, 3 bars, evening entertainment. Large swimming pool with a children's area, beach volleyball, football, outdoor gym, fitness activities and jacuzzi.
The activities on offer at Zanzibar's Indian Ocean beach resort choices include Indian Ocean water sports (swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sailing and more), and dhow trips (out of Stone Town and the Eastern Indian Ocean beach resort destinations). The hotel can also arrange cultural visits to fishing villages, dhow workshops and Tanzania artisans markets.
Cultural activities around Stone Town and the beach resort options
The heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and is much the same today as it was 200 years ago. A city within a city, Stone Town is the oldest section of Zanzibar Town, and is made up of winding lanes and unique stone houses, many of which feature magnificent carved doors and overhanging fretwork balconies. Places of cultural interest in Stone Town and around include: the Portuguese Fort, Sultan's Palace, old Dhow Port, Old Slave Market, Zanzibar House of Wonders, Stone Town Old Dispensary, Livingstone's House, slave caves/slave market, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum of Zanzibar, The Chukwani Palace, Jozani Forest (the last sanctuary of the red colobus monkey in East Africa), Mtoni Palace and Maruhubi Palace ruins, and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
The Spice Tour
Most hotels offer access to the Spice Tour, a tour of the spice-growing fields and orchards of East Africa's most famous spice exporter, which lie just outside Stone Town. Typically lasting half a day, the tours usually end up with shopping for spices and oils, or a visit to the slave caves and beach resort options.
Wildlife viewing this Tanzania hotel
Jozani Forest Tour
The Jozani Forest Reserve is the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey, which is endemic to this East African island. 35 kms from Stone Town, the reserve is also home to other key East Africa species including Syke's monkeys, bush pigs and nocturnal Zanzibar leopards. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.
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