The Res­i­dence Zanz­ibar

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Set just one hour from Stone Town, the mag­nif­i­cent old sec­tion of Zanz­ibar City, The Res­i­dence is the ideal place to ex­plore the fas­ci­nat­ing history of the oft-colonised is­land that once lay at the heart of the spice trade. Stone Town is a bustling mix of colour­ful bazaars, mosques, wind­ing al­leys and beach­front mar­kets that hasn’t changed much in 200 years. It was de­clared a World Her­itage site by Unesco, largely for the 500 vast brass and wooden en­trance doors on the big­gest houses in the cap­i­tal, which were built to pro­tect the in­hab­i­tants against smug­glers in the 19th cen­tury and are now the most im­por­tant tourist at­trac­tion on the is­land. Af­ter a day of sight­see­ing, re­turn to your ho­tel to re­lax in the warm In­dian Ocean, take a dip in your pri­vate pool or wan­der in the jun­gle-like gar­dens. Din­ners re­flect the history of the is­land and are a mix of Swahili, Omani, Bri­tish and In­dian cuisines, which you are free to en­joy in your villa, brought to you by your very own but­ler.

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