With an integrated spa and plenty of activities on offer, Zanzibar has it all. By Anita Rao Kashi


The seascapes around Zanzibar can only mean a variety of water sports that is certain to get adrenaline junkies on a high. On offer are snorkelling and diving that help you get a glimpse of the magnificent diversity of marine life. There are also slightly staid but exciting nevertheless activities like cruises and kayaking. However, for those looking for extreme adventure, there is windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing, water-skiing and kite boarding.  



In a setting going back to the 19th century, and a palace no less, Emerson Spice Cafe is the place for celebrity spotting. The rooftop seating is especially popular and ideal for taking in the sunset with sun-downers. The restaurant dishes up some of the best seafood and a mix of local cuisine with such dishes as prawns with grilled mango, lobster on green papaya salad, fish cooked in banana leaf and spiced rice.  


Jozani Forest, a protected nature reserve, is the only forest in Zanzibar and worth exploring for its uniqueness. Located on a limestone marine terrace, it has mangroves and a salt marsh. It is home to the Zanzibar red colobus, an indigenous monkey found only here, as well as other endangered species such as Aders’ duiker, servaline genet and Zanzibar leopard, which enjoys a mythical status.  


Set inside the luxurious environs of The Residence, Ila Spa and Wellness takes relaxation to a whole new level with its holistic approach. The spa has six spacious treatment pavilions, a relaxation area with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room, all of which have been integrated into the surrounding landscape and tropical gardens. The spa offers a range of wellness, therapeutic and beauty treatments to rejuvenate the body, soul and mind.  


Located in Kendwa, the Zuri is quite literally off the beaten track since it sits at the end of an unpaved road that dips gently into the sea. An eco-resort, it has unparalleled views of the ocean and the best stretch of beach in the area. The resort comprises of thatched villas in clusters connected by jungle paths lit by lanterns to resemble an African village, while luxury forms the leitmotif.  

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