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With sand the tex­ture of ic­ing sugar, the beaches on Zanz­ibar are beloved for good rea­son. In the north, the white stretches of Nungwi, Kendwa, Matemwe and Ki­wengwa are pop­u­lar and it’s pos­si­ble to ar­range snorkelling ex­pe­di­tions in a lo­cal dhow. In the south-east is Bwe­juu Beach, said to be one of the best in the world. Its reef is a renowned dive site.

Well po­si­tioned to take ad­van­tage of this nat­u­ral splen­dour is Baraza Re­sort & Spa (ho­tel.qan­tas.com. au/baraza). Built right on the edge of Bwe­juu Beach, this ex­ten­sive com­pound of palm trees, trop­i­cal flow­ers and brass lamps ca­ressed by flow­ing cur­tains is mod­elled af­ter an Omani palace. The 30 pri­vate vil­las are su­perb and al­most lu­di­crously in­dul­gent. Styled like an Ara­bian ham­mam, the can­dlelit spa has a crys­talline lap pool and of­fers frangi­pani-scented treat­ments.

Baraza is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self so in­clude it on a longer trip that al­lows time to take in the rest of the is­land and Stone Town.

To dive on the reef, visit Ris­ing Sun Dive Cen­ter (ris­ing­sun-zanz­ibar.com) at nearby Breezes Beach Club. The ho­tel can also ar­range kitesurf­ing and daytrips.

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