Located on the seafront of Zanzibar's romantic and protected Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena has been created by renovating and rehabilitating two historic buildings, one of which was once visited by Livingstone. The hotel reflects the Arab influence on Zanzibar which was once ruled by sultans, Arab princes from Muscat and Oman. There are now fifty-two ocean facing air-conditioned rooms, each with its own private balcony and bathroom. You enter the hotel through a traditional dark wood, brass studded Zanzibari door to find yourself in a large, airy, cool reception area with an Arab fountain tinkling in the centre of the room. Ornate hand-carved woodwork, terracotta tiles bordered with blue and white and deep armchairs and sofas in terracotta and ochre set the tone of a rich and cultured Arab merchant's house. Stunning paintings of the old and secret alleyways of Stone Town adorn the walls. Throughout the hotel you will find exquisite workmanship and lovely antiques.
Crossroads Restaurant offers the tastes of Asia, Africa, Europe and the
Mediterranean. It is so named because Zanzibar was once the crossroads of
Africa for trade and travel and, because of this, has a cuisine influenced
by the many countries that traded here. Light meals may be taken around
the lovely swimming pool styled like a traditional Moorish courtyard pool.
Here, you are surrounded by palms and can hear the sound of waves gently
breaking on the nearby beach.
The Zanzibar Serena is an ideal base for exploring the natural wonders and history of the "Spice Island". The hotel provides a full local excursion service, including spice tours and visits to islands and beaches..
This web page last updated: Sunday, December 31, 2006