Where to stay
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.