DES­TI­NA­TION CHUINI

Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by Paula Ra­bel­ing | Im­ages © Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge

Only 12 km from Stone Town in Zanz­ibar, is a place of tran­quil­lity – a lodge that wel­comes guests to re­lax to the sounds of the In­dian Ocean just a few me­tres away. Here, ex­cel­lent ser­vice and com­fort­able lux­ury are found. Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge of New­mark Ho­tels, Res­i­dences, Re­serves & Lodges is not your stock stan­dard re­treat – ru­ins of a by­gone age of sul­tans rise between the white­washed walls of the mod­ern lodge.

When plan­ning a ro­man­tic va­ca­tion and try­ing to de­cide on a des­ti­na­tion, an is­land hol­i­day is of­ten the pop­u­lar choice. Sunny days spent on the beach, sip­ping cock­tails while watch­ing the sun go down, in­dulging in deca­dent meals by can­dle­light while crash­ing waves ser­e­nade you, and ocean ad­ven­tures all chalk up to an ideal hol­i­day. One des­ti­na­tion in Africa that is known for be­ing an ideal lo­ca­tion for this type of va­ca­tion is Zanz­ibar. Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge has in­cor­po­rated ev­ery­thing that is loved about the is­land ar­chi­pel­ago, and placed it in a his­tor­i­cal set­ting.

Re­mains from the Age of Sul­tans

Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge has been built around over a cen­tury-old his­tor­i­cal palace ru­ins. The Chuini Palace was built for the Zanz­ibar Sul­tan, Sayyid Barghash bin Said Al-bu­said in 1873. The age-worn palace and aqueduct ru­ins still stand proud among the mod­ern times, and pro­vide ideal places for guests at the re­sort to visit.

For a post­card-per­fect view of the sur­round­ings, guests are able to climb up a spi­ral stair­case to the top of one of the relics. How­ever, this is not the only view that Chuini boasts.

Is­land Re­lax­ation

An ideal spot to re­lax a sunny day away in is by the pool, over­look­ing the ocean. Po­si­tioned next to the bar, guests are able to re­lax on the loungers and sip cock­tails while bask­ing in the Zanz­ibari sun; to cool off, the pool is the ideal respite, as well as the ocean just a few steps away. There is a sec­ond pool on the prop­erty that al­lows for a bit more pri­vacy, and is lo­cated next to an­other spot for re­lax­ation: the spa.

Chuini Spa places em­pha­sis on the sur­round­ings in its lay­out – the ther­apy rooms are open to the en­vi­ron­ment. While be­ing pam­pered with a mas­sage, pedi­cure, man­i­cure, or fa­cial, the is­land breeze can be felt, and the ocean heard.

Ocean Ad­ven­tures

Just a few steps away from Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge is the beach, and from here nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties can be launched for those who want to ex­plore the ocean. If guests would pre­fer to stay above the sur­face, big game fish­ing, boat cruises, as well as kayak­ing and pad­dle board­ing are avail­able. For those who wish to get more up close and per­sonal with the ocean res­i­dents, there are fan­tas­tic scuba div­ing and snorkelling spots to ex­plore.

The Fare of the Spice Is­land

The his­tory of Zanz­ibar is deeply rooted in spices – hence its nick­name, “The Spice Is­land”. The is­land na­tion be­came a ma­jor pro­ducer of spices in the 18th cen­tury, with coun­tries around the world crav­ing cloves, cin­na­mon, gin­ger, black pep­per, and car­damom.

This rich his­tory of spices has not been for­got­ten, and has trans­lated into mod­ern age lo­cal cui­sine.

Due to the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences on tra­di­tional cui­sine, lo­cal fare is var­ied and ex­cit­ing. At Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge, guests can ex­pe­ri­ence Swahili dishes. The re­sort lays out three course meals, and places an em­pha­sis on lo­cal flavours. To start a meal, tra­di­tional Swahili sweet bread is brought to the ta­ble; starters in­clude meat and veg­etable skew­ers coated in fra­grant spices along with samosas. For mains, fish curry in co­conut masala is one

of the spe­cial­i­ties of the kitchen.

Wher­ever the din­ners are held – whether around the pool look­ing out to the ocean, or in a palace ruin – it is a ro­man­tic, can­dlelit af­fair.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge com­prises 12 bun­ga­lows and one villa ideal for trav­el­ling fam­i­lies. All fea­ture touches of lo­cal dé­cor, and drap­ing nets around king­size beds wrapped in crisp linen, and light, bright am­biances.

The Hon­ey­moon Suite is the per­fect choice for cou­ples. It is set apart from the other bun­ga­lows to en­sure ut­most pri­vacy, and in­cludes a wooden deck shaded by a tree grow­ing right through it, and ac­cess to the beach is just steps away. Should a cou­ple wish to have a pri­vate din­ner, it can be set up on their bal­cony.

Mix­ing the al­lure of Zanz­ibar with his­tor­i­cal won­der, Chuini Zanz­ibar Beach Lodge has pride of place in one of the best is­land des­ti­na­tions in the world.

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