This hotel is perfectly situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an intriguing mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, old dhow harbours and bright bazaars. It is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the hustle of one of Africa's eldest and most engaging towns.
Member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to embody the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic loveliness and Arabic opulence.
Cooled by the breezes of the spice island, located in the heart of romantic Stone Town, enjoying sweeping views across the Zanzibar waterfront; and with access to its private beach facility, the dazzling Zanzibar Inn offers the ultimate getaway from reality.
The rooms in the Zanzibar Serena Inn are havens of fresh and shade, after the hot spot and breach of stone Town. With high ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls, they are constructed in the usual Swahili manner, whereby the size is dictated by the lenght of the mangrove poles that make up their ceilings. Adorned with bowed niches, antique plates and brass lamps; and featuring traditionally carved furniture with basket weave and ceramic inlay, the rooms are predominantly royal blue and white. Four-poster, net draped beds dominate, offset by superb side tables, vanity units and louver doors giving onto balconies, some of which feature whopping free-standing hammocks.
The rooms offered are: Standard Rooms, Prime Rooms or Suites.
The 39 Standard rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring average niches, fretwork cabinets and a cool blue and white color pattern. Each room features either a king-sized bed with mosquito netting or twin beds.
The incredibly spacious Prime Rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, mesh cabinets and brightly coloured coastal cotton peaceful furnishings in cool dispirited, all feature their own large balcony with hammock and sea view. The four-poster beds are draped in mosquito nets and are generously king-sized.
The hotel also offers an amazing selection of suites, classified into:
The Executive Suites: spacious and luxurious they propose a fabulous bedroom with four-poster bed, a sumptuous bathroom (with bath and shower) and a delightfully relaxing sitting room (with TV and bar), which opens onto a magnificent L-shaped balcony with panoramic ocean views, its own al fresco cocktail area, and a deliciously romantic hammock for two people.
The Presidential Suite: enjoying splendid Indian Ocean views from its magnificent L-shaped terrace, the Presidential Suite offers the unsurpassed in spacious seclusion. Boasting a regal reception room (with TV and bar) and a palatial bedroom with king-sized four-poster, this luxury suite also offers a supremely generous balcony, ideally arranged for private cocktails or dining a deux.
The Honeymoon Suite: they don't get better than this. Bountiful in cushion-strewn Lamu beds, softly lit by brass lanterns, and enjoying a private sitting room and a delightfully oversize paneled balcony with Indian Ocean panoramas and its own double hammock; it further boasts an unashamedly romantic ensuite bedroom subtly presented in soft cream and ocean blue.
All the rooms and the suites are equipped with: 24-hour time service, air-conditioning, WIFI, direct-dial phone, in-room satellite TV, mini bar, normal safe, 240V/3 pin (square)sockets and shaver sockets, hair driers, mosquito nets, bathrobe and slippers, umbrellas, porter/concierge, airport shuttle and limousine service. Suites amenities: fully stocked mini-bar and 24-hour room service available and fruit and wine will be laid out to welcome guests.
The Baharia Restaurant: lapped by the waves of the ocean, presents fretwork screens, Omani carvings, Persian rugs and bright Swahili artifacts. The Zanzibar cooking meanwhile, blends freshly caught seafood, fresh spices, palatable fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables.
The restaurant offers all-day international and Swahili cuisine. Weekly Swahili banquets are and liable around the pool.
The Terrace Restaurant: on the roof of the Inn is the exclusive open-air restaurant, which looks out over the bay and features an astonishing selection of freshly-caught sea food.
The Masahani Bar: in a traditional Swahili style, the bar also offers performances by traditional Taarab orchestras.
The Pool Terrace: Indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the pool terrace where a wide range of drinks and snacks are served all day long.
The Mdele Coffee Shop: just nearby the pool, this Coffee Shop offers conventional Swahili coffee, fresh-baked pastries and a wide range of international beverages and snacks.
The Mangapwani Beach Barbeque: A short drive from the Inn, the Serena's exclusive beach oasis offers a delicate Swahili seafood lunch buffet.