For a thousand years, Zanzibar was one of the world's crossroads of trade, with Persians, Arabs and Europeans attracted to its exotic exports. Stone Town's architecture is a testimony to that cultural heritage. Masterfully restored, the Zanzibar Serena Inn occupies two historic seafront buildings within the town, commanding majestic views of the Indian Ocean.
Each room is cool, white and constructed to the traditional design of a Swahili house, which is dependent upon length of the mangrove poles that make up its ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and featuring traditionally carved furniture, cool-ceramics, intricate fretwork, draped beds and louver doors giving onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and azure bay beyond, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance.
The Zanzibar cuisine, meanwhile, is a glorious melee of freshly caught seafood, fresh picked spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. You will enjoy the exclusive Seafood Restaurant on an open-air terrace with magnificent views over the Zanzibar channel.
Ideally situated on the sea front of ancient Stone Town, washed by the aquamarine waters of the Zanzibar channel, redolent of the scent of cloves and flanked by an exotic melange of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of Zanzibar.