Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar
The stylish and excellently presented Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort lies to the north of the island, near the dhow centre of Nungwi. Magnificently located it offers four stunning pools, 3 restaurants, 4 bars, numerous activities, and is exceptionally child-friendly.
Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels and resorts, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
Location and season Zanzibar is an archipelago (made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets), on the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian Coast, and 6 degrees south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of about 650 square miles. The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is located in Nungwi, on the northern shore of the island. Distance to
Zanzibar international airport: 58 km (1.5 hour's drive) There are daily air connections between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks. There are also regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa.
When to go: Zanzibar enjoys a typical 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 can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
The Background The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the 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. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
Accommodation The hotel offers 4 villas (2 bedrooms (each with double bath, walk-in shower WC and bidet), large terrace, kitchen and lounge. Each villa has a central courtyard with open-sky shower, private pool, Jacuzzi, private deck and butler service.
There are also 80 superior rooms and 16 suites (100 sq m each), each of which features stylish architecture and traditional furniture. All are air-conditioned and have mini-bars, plasma screen TV, satellite TV and DVD player, Wifi and direct internet connection, King or Queen beds with mosquito nets, spacious balcony, hair dryer.
En-suite bathrooms (double bath, walk-in shower, WC and bidet). Direct dial phone, in-room safe, coffee maker, spacious seating area. All rooms offer: laundry, direct-dial telephones, forex, Business centre (internet, secretarial services, photocopier, fax, lamination and CD writing), medical services, taxi-service, 24-hour room service.
Dining and bars The hotel offers a range of restaurant experiences, specializing in global cuisine with particular emphasis on freshly-caught sea food. Choices include: ‘The Spices' outdoor restaurant, ‘Samaki', specialist sea-food restaurant, ‘Coco', a cliff-top restaurant offering light lunches, pizza, grills and high tea. Additionally there is the ‘Upepo' swim-up bar, the ‘Baraza' two-storey beach bar, and the ‘Hunters Grill', poolside al fresco BBQ area. Evening entertainment includes live bands, disco, cultural dance and cabaret.
Conference and event facilities The resort makes the ideal wedding venue and a broad range of packages and honeymoon options are offered.
Child-friendly The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly. Family rooms, babysitting, children's menus, children's amusements, pool and beach games. There is also a Supervised Children's Club, from 10:00 - 18:00 daily (4 - 12 years).
What to see and do The resort offers: four large free-form swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar, one with a Jacuzzi; the other an infinity pool. Sun beds, mattresses, beach umbrellas and pool towels are provided. There are daily recreational fitness activities (Animation team: water aerobics, water polo, beach volleyball, beach football, darts, table-tennis, pool) as well as a spa, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, dolphin-spotting tours, dhow trips, water sports, a well-equipped gymnasium, two floodlit tennis courts, a beauty salon, 3 gift shops and a business centre.
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