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Ocean Paradise Resort - Zanzibar

The Ocean Paradise Resort, Zanzibar is a peaceful and secluded resort located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in East Africa, and surrounded by acres of brilliantly colour tropical gardens, which feature their own waterfall. With its own dive school, selection of restaurants and numerous activities, Ocean Paradise is ideal for families, couples or business-people alike.

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.

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.

Location and season
The resort lies on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar. The trip from the International airport at Stone Town will take 45 minutes, meandering through utterly un-spoilt scenery and villages unchanged for hundreds of years. 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 centr 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
Set in 6.5 hectares of colourful tropical gardens with direct access to a glorious Indian Ocean beach, the rooms are housed in traditional African ‘rondavel' buildings with palm-thatched roofs. All are sea-facing with large patio doors that open up to a private balcony. Each room is fully air-conditioned and offers either twin or king size beds draped with mosquito netting. The rooms also offer; satellite television, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, hair dryer and a unique curved en-suite bathroom, with shower, WC and bidet.

Dining and bars
The resort offers three restaurants; The Ocean Restaurant is located on the second floor thus allowing for stunning views down the coast. The choice of cuisine is wide and in the evening a themed buffet is served. There are also evening dance, acrobatic and live band performances. Down by the pool, the Jahazi Restaurant serves a variety of snacks, a la carte international and local choices, and what the hotel claims are ‘the best wood-fired pizzas in Zanzibar'. Set on a stunning beachfront location, Mawimbi Restaurant serves ‘Zanzibar Fusion' cuisine.

Conference and event facilities
Ocean Paradise boasts one of the largest and best equipped conference facilities in Zanzibar and has played host to numerous prestigious events. The fully air-conditioned main conference room seats up to 180 persons and features a built in screen and projector and full AV support. For smaller meetings, the boardroom accommodates 20 people. The hotel also specializes in Indian Ocean weddings and honeymoons and offers a full wedding-planning service.

Child-friendly
The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly. Family rooms, babysitting, children's menus, children's amusements, pool and beach games.

What to see and do
Zanzibar is renowned for some of the best diving in the world and, as one would expect, the resort boasts its own professional PADI accredited dive school. Other activities include; windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, dolphin tours, spice island tours, visits to Stone Town or the Jozani Forest and more. The resort also offers; a fully equipped fitness centre, beach volleyball, billiards and table tennis, with competitions organized by our animation team.


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