These rooms are available with a choice of king size or twin beds and located on the beach facing west. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a mini-bar/fridge, ceiling fan, and a terrace or balcony with sea view. Each of the en-suite bathrooms features a shower, a hairdryer, and hot and cold water.
These rooms are available with a choice of king size, twin or triple beds and located within the main buildings overlooking the pool and the sea. All of these rooms are air-conditioned include ceiling fans and have private balconies. Each of the en-suite bathrooms features a shower, a hairdryer, and hot and cold water. (Only available at Amaan Bungalows & Z Ocean Kihinani).
These rooms are available with a choice of king size, twin or triple beds, complete with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom, located on the side section of the hotel close to the main building. The deluxe bungalows have a garden view and each boasts a private terrace.
Zanzibar, Unguja, The capital, Stone Town, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and is an eclectic mix of cultures, architecture and languages. What was once a small fishing village is now a thriving town with an extraordinary history and past. The impact of the different cultures can be seen on the buildings and in the faces of the locals while walking around Stone Town. Coral and stone houses boast imposing wooden Zanzibar doors, set with brass studs to defend against charging elephants, intricately carved with scripts from the Qu'ran. Indian houses have courtyards behind the shop fronts and delicate and beautiful carved balconies. Arab homes are characterized by their white washed walls, flat terraces and small windows. The reason for this window style is solely to preserve the modesty of the women. Zanzibar does not have tribes. Local traditions are a fusion of different ethnic groups that have settled on the island. Although Zanzibar benefits from Tourism, the majority of the population still makes their living from subsistence farming and fishing. Zanzibar is a unique destination filled with history and character, beautiful beaches and wonderful people.
The islands were likely to have been visited at an even earlier date by traders and sailors from Arabia. From around the 8th century Shirazi traders from Persia also began to make their way to East Africa, where they established settlements on Pemba and probably also at Zanzibar's Unguja Ukuu. Zanzibar became a powerful city-state, supplying slaves, gold, ivory and wood to places as distant as Indian and Asia, while importing spices, glassware and textiles. Along with the trade from the east came Islam and the Arabic architecture that still characterizes the archipelago today. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj, as well as extensive inland trading routes. Over time the abolition of the slave trade came about when the British Empire took control. In 1890 Zanzibar became a British protectorate. The death of one sultan and the succession of another of whom the British did not approve, led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War, also known as The Shortest War in History. The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution caused the death of many Arabs and Indians, and even thousands more expelled and expropriated. This led to the foundings of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the Republic merged with the mainland Tanganyika, or more accurately, was subsumed into Tanzania, of which Zanzibar still remains a semi-autonomous region. it has been influenced by many different cultures, including the great Orientals like China, Arabia and Persia. The history and cultures have also been strongly influenced by both traders and invaders over the centuries, from the Portuguese and Omani Arabs to the English, thus creating a very unique history and diverse culture. Another major trade good was ivory from the tusks of elephants killed in mainland Africa. The third pillar of the economy was slaves, giving Zanzibar an important place in the Arab slave trade.
Zanzibar is a very religious country and consists 95% of Muslim people. To show respect towards Zanzibar's culture, visitors are requested to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection. When walking through towns or villages, women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees and men should not walk bare-chested or in swimming trunks. Swimwear is acceptable on the beaches but topless sunbathing is not. Visitors are advised not to take pictures of people unless you've asked their permission. During the fast of Ramadan, it is considered the height of bad manners to drink and eat in public places or while walking down the street. Non-Muslims should also not enter Mosques unless specifically invited to do so.
Located in Nungwi, a beachfront on the north western tip of the island, with a wide range of facilities and leisure options. Amaan Bungalows embraces families, couples and honeymooners, the 86 guest rooms, including 16 sea view rooms that literally catch the waves at high tide, 32 pool view rooms, 19 deluxe rooms and 19 garden rooms.
I've stayed in stonetown, I've stayed in nungwi, and I'm heading to paje later this month. If you're looking for a place to stay that is quiet relaxing and away from the action of stonetown, this is where you want to be.
I have stayed at Misali Beach twice while traveling for business this year. I love the spectacular views of the water, local boats working, and the serene setting. The rooms have been clean and comfortable, with good AC.
This is a modest, but clean and VERY friendly hotel, a bit outside of Chake-Chake, bordering a mangrove swamp. There are few European guests (in fact, I was the only one for a day, last week, in mid-November). The perfect place for a few days in nature.
Our one night stay was on a Thursday evening. We met the General Manager, Ramon Antelo, and his very friendly staff at a welcome reception that was out of this world. Upon our arrival, we were assigned a great hotel room, however, it did not have an ocean view as I had anticipated.