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Welcome to the second article in our luxury getaways series, where we aim to introduce you to the top, most highly recommended resorts, lodges and hotels in Africa. If you missed the first article in the series, where we introduced you to the Thornybush Game Lodge in South Africa, feel free to check it out here.
Taking a stroll along Bwejuu Beach on the South East Coast of the main island of Zanzibar will bring you to a luxury oasis: The Palms, a five-star beach resort, one of – if not the best – in the area. The epitome of indulgent island relaxation, The Palms, Zanzibar should be on each and every traveller’s bucket list.
The pristine Bwejuu Beach exemplifies the term ‘island paradise’ and The Palms Resort, for its part, is the top voted hotel in Bwejuu [as per trusted travel review site Trip Advisor.] With a full 5/5 rating, visitor consensus is that The Palms is ‘absolute paradise’ and ‘beyond excellent’.
The hotel’s facilities include a full spa, bar and restaurant – the latter of which also offers a beach dining option.
The Palms’ facilities and unparalleled service aside, what makes it a real winner in our books are the incredible, once in a lifetime activities [most of which are unique and location-specific] that the Hotel offers guests. The Palms’ top experiences include a traditional Swahili Dhow trip through the Mangroves, a visit to the local village of Bwejuu, a world-renowned diving experience in the form of a Reef Safari and a visit to the World Heritage site that is Stone Town [more about Stone Town and the remarkable range of activities on offer to visitors to Zanzibar below].
The Palms has six villas, each over 140 sq. meters in size and each boasting a bedroom, living room, full en suite bathroom, dressing room, additional room with its own en suite bathroom, a large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean and a private outdoor plunge pool.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The main island is called Unguja, referred to informally as Zanzibar, and is where The Palms – and the aforementioned World Heritage Site, Stone Town – are located.
Zanzibar is not merely a beautiful island paradise. Though it certainly is that, a visit to Zanzibar would be wasted if one did not take the opportunity to discover the island’s rich culture and history. Stone Town is a historical marvel; a visit to this site is not only one of historical and cultural enrichment, but is also a truly humbling experience. Specifically, a visit to Stone Town includes a visit to the historic Spice Plantations, the slave chambers, Maruhubi baths and Prison Island.
In addition to Stone Town, Zanzibar has a plethora of other cultural and educational activities on offer, some of which we highlighted above. From cooking classes to palm-weaving, travellers seeking a cultural experience will certainly not be left wanting.
Of course, an island holiday is nothing without a bit of adventure, and with a full PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre and Water Club at The Palms, water activities on offer include scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking, amongst others.
If you have visited The Palms or the breath-taking Zanzibar in general, we’d love to hear about your experience, let us know in the comments below.
Photo Credit: http://palms-zanzibar.com/
Words by Illona Meyer
The STREAM AFRICA Team