Swahili style in Zanzibar
Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stonetown, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns.
A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn was created by renovating and rehabilitating two romantic and historic buildings before being styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.
Each of the 52 rooms are cool, white and constructed along the traditional lines of a Swahili house. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps, and featuring traditionally carved furniture, intricate fretwork and draped beds, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance. Most rooms offer louvered doors that open onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and the azure bay beyond.
The Inn offers a seafront restaurant, bar and a spacious and secluded swimming pool. For the discerning traveller the Zanzibar Serena Inn constitutes an ideal base for exploring the natural and historic wonders of this famous Spice Island.
Why we like it
Traditional Zanzibari style
Swahili feasts with Taarab music
A stone's throw from the action