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Zanzibar for Magical Droplets

Magical Droplets asked for shots of Zanzibar, one of our very favorite places to relax.

So near, who would think this tropical paradise would be so close? Most flights from here go through Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Dar as-Salaam, but sometimes you can find a flight that goes Muscat – Zanzibar direct. So you get to go to two really cool places instead of just one.

If Oman is fusion Arabian, influenced by Africa and India, than Zanzibar is fusion African, with heavy Arabian, Indian and British influences. We stay at the Zanzibar Serena, only because we never seem to be able to get into Emerson and Green’s, a very funky hotel, every room different (and nice and large) and where you try to be for sundowners on the roof. It’s tradition.

To get away from everything, we stay at Mnemba Island, which has only one hotel on the whole island, run by CCAfrica. You have your own bungalow, which is as big as a small house, and all the privacy in the world. You can even have all your meals in your bungalow – your butler brings them. They do daily diving trips, and they have their own marine reserve with more fish than I have ever seen in one place, even an aquarium. The food is fresh and fabulous. You are treated as a cherished house guest. They tell you when you land that you will not need your shoes the entire time on the island, and you won’t believe them (the first time) but it’s true! The weather stays in the high 80′s (F) year round.

CCAfrica specializes in maintaining a low ecological profile while providing all this luxury. The bungalow is full of locally crafted goods, and the small gift shop is full of locally produced soaps, papers, textiles, crafted items. . .It isn’t easy to get reservations, as it is a great favorite with post-safari travellers and with honeymooners.

For us, the greatest luxury of all is privacy. Mnemba Island is paradise. Ahhhhhh. . . .Zanzibar . . .

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Zanzibar Serena
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June 19, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Arts & Handicrafts, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Lumix, Photos, Spiritual, Tanzania, Zanzibar

12 Comments »

  1. WOW I loved that bed!!

    Comment by Elijah | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :)

    I can go barefoot everywhere…aaahhhh now that’s my kind of paradise. I would walk around barefoot at work if I knew the social etiquette and the odor police wouldn’t get me :D

    Damn there are so many heavenly places on earth that one just doesn’t hear about. And this one is so close to home.

    I google it; it has an interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanzibar

    I love the cultural blend of it.

    OMG, I just read this sentence: “The town of Kidichi features the Hammam Persian Baths, built by immigrants from Shiraz, Iran during the reign of Sultan Barghash bin Said.”

    Hmmm, I wonder if I am related to anyone over there?

    Wonderful pix intlxpatr…shokraaaaaaan

    Comment by Magical Droplets | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hello,
    I have always wanted to go to Zanzibar, ever since my daughter did a study of it in the fourth grade. Is it the kind of place you would want to travel to with small children?

    Comment by Carly | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Elijah – all the beds have mosquito nets because . . . there are mosquitos! It is VERY romantic.

    Magical – go. find out. You probably DO have relations there and they will be thrilled to reconnect. It is a totally unique place. To get to Mnemba you have to go by boat – it is a private island. You take off your shoes to jump to shore and you NEVER wear them again until you are back on Zanzibar! How cool is that??? It is truly an island paradise. Stay in Stone Town if you like more going on – we like Mnemba because we love snorkeling and walking on the beach (20 – 30 minutes around the entire island) and reading. It is sheer luxury and great food.

    Carly – I think there is a lot for children in Zanzibar. Some people might find it a little seedy, but the hotels are clean and modern. There are CLOVES growing on trees! Fresh pineapples! Fresh coconuts! Lots to see, and at the resorts, activities for children. Diving and snorkeling, too.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. My best freind’s mom was raised in Zanzibar but they had to flee when they were kids because of the war. It looks absolutely beaufitul.

    Comment by 1001 Kuwaiti Nights | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  6. I think you would love it, Zin.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  7. Zanzibar is frickin beautiful.

    On the east coast the tidegoes out hundreds of meters and the sand is as fine as baking flour.

    Great minds think alike, intlxpatr; fools never differ.

    Comment by heartodarkness | June 22, 2007 | Reply

  8. Uh, Heart, your great mind and my great mind agree that Zanzibar is totally unbelievably beautiful, but I hear fools arguing all the time! You back in the Sudan?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 22, 2007 | Reply

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