Colors of Zanzibar
If you really want to get away from it all, look towards Tanzania and then cast your eyes into the ocean off the coast. There lies the island of Zanzibar, one of the original Spice Islands, far away from all’s thoughts, and a real get away from it all island. And here you really can get away from all. If you don’t believe us, please watch the video below by Tomasz Gonda which permits us to feel the colourful soul of this island. But before we want to introduce Zanzibar, an original trading island. Amongst the first visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who arrived in the 8th Century to trade gold, silks, ivory, spices, animal skins and slaves. A whole array of other nationalities arrived later, and many stayed and intermarried with the locals to form a culture that is uniquely diverse, and producing a race of people who regard hospitality to strangers as a sacred duty.
Zanzibar is known mostly for pristine beaches but has a rich cultural history as a trading hub. The main island, Unguja, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town. An almost entirely Muslim city, Stone Town also has influences from Portuguese, Persian and Indian cultures. Stone Town is the old part of the capital, Zanzibar City and is a very small town that basically consists of beach front hotels and restaurants and an intricate network of alleyways within the interior.
Zanzibar has lots of activities associated with its waters. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are all part of the norm. There is also deep sea fishing, windsurfing and sailing in the traditional Arab dhows. Food is of the highest standard with seafood being amongst the best in Africa. The Indian Ocean has plentiful populations of fish, all of which are served up fresh, in various mixtures and combinations. The infiltrations of so many different cultures mean that food is exotic and delicious.
If you have the chance to spend your holiday in Zanzibar, you need to know that although Zanzibar is a popular destination, there really is a Zanzibar less traveled: its less-developed southeastern shore, to be specific, some distance from Stone Town and the more established tourist industry. Paje (picture above), on the East coast of Zanzibar, is a beach of clear white sand facing the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the luxury resort of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is strategically placed on its beachfront. This is a boutique luxury resort opened in July 2014 and set up and privately owned by a passionate family.
The Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa subscribes to the barefoot luxury trend of holidays with an promise of high standard amenities, excellent services and captivating rooms and villas. The luxury villas are located on 4 hectares of lush gardens and along 200 mt of beachfront and are specifically designed to preserve the intimacy of the Guests: each villa boasts a private plot of up to 1500 sqm and a private pool. A stay at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is all about being outdoors and they offer many excursions as well as options for dining, relaxing by the beach or watching a sunset on the rooftop bar.