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THE Zanz­ibar Ser­ena Inn, lo­cated on the west­ern­most tip of Stone Town, is the smartest ho­tel in Zanz­ibar and a mem­ber of Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World. Her­itage-style rooms fea­ture dropdead views of the In­dian Ocean; there is com­pli­men­tary trans­port for guests to private Man­gap­wani beach and the front desk can or­gan­ise myr­iad ex­cur­sions around the is­lands. Pack­ages avail­able, in­clud­ing an Un­der Can­vas & In­dian Ocean Ad­ven­ture deal from Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World (three nights at Ki­rawira Camp in the West­ern Serengeti and two nights at Ser­ena Inn). www.ser­e­na­ho­tels.com; www.slh.com.

Mnemba Is­land Lodge, in a marine con­ser­va­tion area off the north­east­ern tip of Zanz­ibar, is the other top-drawer rec­om­men­da­tion (a five-star rat­ing is barely ad­e­quate). There are 10 se­cluded ban­das , or palm-wo­ven beach bun­ga­lows, with fa­cil­i­ties that live up to the re­sort’s claim of ‘‘ bare­foot lux­ury’’. www.mnemba.com. Michael Stothard

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