Zanzibar Island - Tanzania
Karafuu means 'cloves' in Swahili and echoes the hotel's location on the famous 'spice isle' of Zanzibar. Fronting on to a wide pure white sandy beach with fabulous views over the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, the Karafuu Hotel Beach Resort offers the ultimate island retreat.
For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike. Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar's perfect beaches.
To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
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, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
Location and season
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 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.
The hotel offers a broad selection of rooms all housed in traditional palm-thatched buildings featuring traditional Zanzibari furniture. There are 26 Junior Suites, located in a palm grove (each has its own private garden and entrance, a scenic veranda, mosquito nets, large bedroom, dressing room, marble bathroom (hot and cold running water, shower and WC), ceiling fan, air-conditioning, hair-dryer, telephone, mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities), and 35 cottages.
Dining and bars
There are three restaurants and two bars. Themed evening are held on the beach, in the hotel's 'floating restaurant' and poolside. Nightly entertainment includes traditional dancing, cabaret and disco.
Conference and event facilities
The hotel has two conference rooms and offers full business support services. The hotel also welcomes wedding parties and offers a broad range of packages plus a honeymoon suite.
The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly. Family rooms, babysitting, children's menus, children's amusements, pool and beach games. The hotel also offers its own ‘Kindergarten'
What to see and do
The Karafuu hotel offers its own PADI dive school, 2 tennis courts, a massage room, 2 gift shops, games room, satellite TV room and business centre (WiFi connection).
The activities on offer include swimming, snorkelling, diving, water sports, spice tours and dhow trips. Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest - the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
The hotel offers a numbers of tours plus a visit to a traditional Swahili village where guests can meet the fisherman, sail on a traditional ‘ngalawa' fishing boat and try the local ‘madafu' cocktail.
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