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Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. The Resort is on the most beautiful 30-acre site with its bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, the more than 1,000 beautiful palm trees, the sparkling white beach and the azure seas beyond.
ROOMS AND SUITES
The hotel has a total of 112 rooms, made up of the following categories:
Located behind the Junior Suites in beautiful landscapped GARDENS. They are in 03 bungalows each with 02 ensuite bedrooms.
Bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, the sparkling white beach and the azure seas beyond. All the rooms in this category are SEA VIEW.
Made up of 3 bungalows each with two suites, in a private area, closer to the Ocean (hardly 30metres from the beach). All sea view, Larger rooms (at least 90 Sq Metres)
“Where the sultans of Zanzibar would want to stay” The ultimate beach front accommodation! Each Suite is approximately 100 sq. metres and positioned right on the beach in a private compound, private beach and comes with Butler service
FACILITIES & SERVICES @ BLUEBAY BEACH RESORT & SPA
The Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa caters for the tastes and interests of both those who prefer whiling away on the beach and those who like their holidays filled with activity. Even those who want to combine business and leisure are catered for here in ways that go well beyond conference facilities, a 24-hour business centre and special group incentives. And while we provide a wide range of facilities, we make a point of gamely taking on client suggestions to accommodate any special preferences of our guests.
- Available at Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa
- Banqueting Big Game Fishing
- Business Centre
- Guest Services
- Children’s Club
- ExcursionsGroups & Incentives
- Medical Attention Spa (Oasis)Recreational & Water Sports
- Centre Scuba Diving Sports Facilities
- Weddings Facilities
Zanzibar Dolphin View Paradise Resort is located near the village of Kizimkazi Mkunguni, on the stunning southern tip of Unguja – the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago. This area is known for its history, the large dolphin pods that live and play along the coast, and the summer whale migration. Kizimkazi is considered the best place on the island to see and even swim with dolphins; it is also the best place to go whale-watching during the summer months.
ZDVP Resort is not only ideal for nature enthusiasts, it is the perfect place for families. Our large villas make it easy for the whole family to stay together, and our private beach is quiet and safe. There are plenty of places to relax and play.
- In addition to the large infinity pool,
- Tennis court and football field,
- Game room,
- Private beach spa,
- Boutique, and pristine beach,
- Coffee lounge, and basketball and sand volleyball courts.
Should you want to venture out, we employ a full-time tour operator who can help you book exciting excursions around the island.
ROOMS AND FACILITIES
- 30 villas with: 3 bedrooms,
- Each w/ queen bed, AC, & private full-bath Upstairs and downstairs sitting rooms .
- Large porch Balcony
- 40″ flat screen cable TV
- Safe 21 villas have private pools
- Field Game Room with XBox 360
- 2 Bars
- Coffee & Shisha Lounge,
- Airport/ Seaport Transfers
- Free WiFi Laundry
- Room Service Tour Bookings
This large resort is located on Zanzibar’s east coast in the resort-heavy Kiwengwa region. It is operated by Gulf Hotels. The resort comprises 98 rooms, two of which are Junior Suites. The rooms are housed in modernised copies of traditional Swahili chalets with makuti (palm thatch) roofs. The chalets are spread out over 6.5 hectares of sculpted garden. This takes the edge off the sterile ‘chain’ feel which tends to stain branded resorts of this size.
Ocean Paradise Resort All rooms include air-conditioning and ceiling fans, satellite televisions, direct-dial telephones, mini-bars hair-dryers and safes. All are en suite and have private balconies. All are sea facing. The rooms are large and very comfortable. Junior suites include an extra adjoining living room. As with many resorts in the area the air-conditioning and water have a tendency to be unreliable, but staff are very obliging and it should always be possible to find someone to help.
DINE AND MENUS
Dining at Ocean Paradise Resort The resort offers a choice of restaurants. The Ocean Restaurant is the main eatery. It is on the second floor and has wonderful views. Here an extensive daily breakfast buffet is served as well as, by candlelight, the evening buffet. The menu changes daily. Food is good and the hotel uses fresh local produce. However Ocean Paradise’s menu is not as exciting or consistently well prepared as that of some of the other resorts in the region.The Jahazi Restaurant serves snacks and pizza by the pool all day. The food on offer is average but satisfying. The resort’s beach front Mawimbi Restaurant is its most exclusive option. It serves Zanzibar Fusion cuisine (typical Zanzibari dishes with Asian and European influences).
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
The hotel provides a variety of night-time entertainments from live music and African dancing to acrobatic displays. Service at Ocean Paradise Resort The hotel’s staff are very friendly. Expect to hear the greeting “Jambo!” repeatedly and “Hakuna matata” (no problem) almost as often. The service on offer is ‘luxury’ and staff do go the extra mile to ensure you are happy during your time at the resort. Beds may be laid with flowers and some cleaning staff will even turn your towels into rudimentary towel-gami animals. Tipping is not allowed and guests are not expected to carry cash. Things to do at Paradise Ocean The hotel has a very large and well-maintained pool (one of the largest on the island) where one can relax on the sun-loungers or swim. The resort overlooks a large and quiet stretch of beach. Be warned that seaweed farming takes place in this area and you are likely to encounter locals gathering in the crop. This means that stretches of the beach near here can get very weedy. However, there are still plenty of good spots for bathing (at high tide) and exploring the reefs. Many water-sports are on offer. The resort has an onsite PADI dive specialist who will help organize scuba courses for those wishing to dive on the reefs. There is also kayaking, wind-surfing and snorkeling on offer. The resort has an activity centre which includes table tennis, beach volleyball and billiards. Hotel staff often organize competitions which are a great way to meet other guests and make friends.
HOW TO GET TO OCEAN PARADISE RESORT
The resort is a 45 minute drive from Zanzibar Airport and the hotel is able to arrange transfers for a flat fare from there or from Stone Town (just slightly further). Otherwise one can hire a car (with or without driver) or take a taxi from Stone Town.
Bed size: 6 by 6
Room size: 15 m2
- Ocean Paradise
- Zanzibar Dolphine View
- Blue Bay Beach Resort
- Airport Shuttle Service
- Catering services
- Laundry/Valet service
- Pay-per-view Channels
- Safety Deposit Box
- Seating Area
- Valet cleaning
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The streets are, as they should be under such a sky, deep and winding alleys, hardly twenty feet broad, and travellers compare them to the threads of a tangled skein.
Richard Burton, British explorer (1857)
Zanzibar Town, sometimes called Zanzibar City, is situated about halfway along the west coast of Zanzibar Island. It has a population estimated at 205,870 in the 2002 national census, which makes it by far the largest settlement on the islands of Zanzibar, and the sixth largest in Tanzania. During the colonial period, before the development of towns such as Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Mombasa, Zanzibar Town was the largest settlement in the whole of east Africa.
Zanzibar Town is divided into two sections by Creek Road, though the creek itself has now been reclaimed. On the west side is the ‘heart’ of Zanzibar Town: the evocative old quarter, usually called Stone Town. This is the most interesting section for visitors: many of the buildings here were constructed during the 19th century (although some date from before this time), when Zanzibar was a major trading centre and at the height of its power. The trade created wealth which in turn led to the construction of palaces, mosques and many fine houses. Discovering the architectural gems hidden along the tortuous maze of narrow streets and alleyways that wind though Stone Town is part of the town’s magic and mystery for many visitors. Aside from the souvenir tinga-tinga painting and beaded jewellery, it’s a scene virtually unchanged since the mid-19th century, when it was described by Burton in this chapter’s epigraph.
On the east side of Creek Road is Michenzani, or the ‘New City’, though this part of town used to be called Ng’ambo (literally ‘the other side’) and is still often referred to by its unofficial name. It’s a sprawling area of mainly single-storey houses, local shops and offices, covering a much wider area than Stone Town. This used to be where the poorer African and Swahili people lived, while wealthier Arabs, Indians and Europeans lived in Stone Town. To a large extent this rich–poor division still exists today. Some attempt has been made to ‘modernise’ this area: at the centre of Michenzani are some dreary, uninviting blocks of flats (apartment buildings) which were built in the late 1960s by East German engineers as part of an international aid scheme. Few visitors go to this eastern part of Zanzibar Town, as there is little in the way of ‘sights’, though a visit certainly helps to broaden your perception if you realise that outside the tourist areas of Stone Town is a place where many thousands of real people live and work in much less exotic, but no less authentic, surroundings.
The best way to explore Stone Town is on foot, but the maze of lanes and alleys can be very disorientating. To help you get your bearings, it is useful to think of Stone Town as a triangle, bounded on two sides by sea, and along the third by Creek Road. If you get lost, it is always possible to aim in one direction until you reach the outer edge of the town where you should find a recognisable landmark.
Although most of the thoroughfares in Stone Town are too narrow for cars, when walking you should watch out for bikes and scooters being ridden around at breakneck speed! It’s also useful to realise that thoroughfares wide enough for cars are usually called roads while narrower ones are generally referred to as streets. Hence, you can drive along New Mkunazini Road or Kenyatta Road, but to visit a place on Kiponda Street or Mkunazini Street you have to walk. When looking for hotels or places of interest, you should also note that most areas of Stone Town are named after the main street in that area: the area being referred to as Kiponda Street or Malindi Street, instead of simply Kiponda or Malindi. This can be confusing, as you may not be on the street of that name. But don’t worry: at least you’re near!
Sports and natureThe Zanziba hotels provides a variety of night-time entertainments from live music and African dancing to acrobatic displays. Service at the hotel's staff are very friendly. Expect to hear the greeting "Jambo!" repeatedly and "Hakuna matata" (no problem) almost as often. The service on offer is 'luxury' and staff do go the extra mile to ensure you are happy during your time at the resort.
NightlifeDiscovering the architectural gems hidden along the tortuous maze of narrow streets and alleyways that wind though Stone Town is part of the town's magic and mystery for many visitors. Aside from the souvenir tinga-tinga painting and beaded jewellery, it's a scene virtually unchanged since the mid-19th century, when it was described by Burton in this chapter's epigraph.
Culture and historyZanzibar Town, sometimes called Zanzibar City, is situated about halfway along the west coast of Zanzibar Island. It has a population estimated at 205,870 in the 2002 national census, which makes it by far the largest settlement on the islands of Zanzibar, and the sixth largest in Tanzania. During the colonial period, before the development of towns such as Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Mombasa, Zanzibar Town was the largest settlement in the whole of east Africa.