Authentic colonial splendour and a prime location to explore historic, UNESCO recognised Stone Town.

Set amid exotic sultan's palaces and ancient dhow harbours in the heart of Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a pocket of peace overlooking the Indian Ocean. With an elegant Swahili style, it’s also a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Designed so that the dhows sail right past its windows, the Baharia Restaurant offers all-day international and Swahili cuisine, while the Terrace Seafood Restaurant is a romantic rooftop restaurant overlooking the bay. There’s a short stretch of public beach in front of the hotel where you can watch as locals go about their daily life, but for more private sunbathing, opt for the lovely pool terrace overlooking the ocean or take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle the Mangapwani Beach Club with its restaurant, bar and stunning stretch of coast (leaves at 10am, returning at 3.30pm). Wi-Fi is free at the hotel.

Rooms and suites are elegantly furnished in traditional Zanzibar style, with locally carved furniture and shuttered windows. The colour scheme is cool and calming, with white walls and linens and splashes of ocean blue.

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Key information

Ideally placed on the oceanfront at the centre of historic Stone Town

Airport transfer time: Approx. 15 minutes from Zanzibar airport
Rooms: 51

Accommodation information

51 rooms and suites

Dining

2 restaurants, bar, coffee shop

What's included

Breakfast at the all-day Baharia Restaurant

*Denotes local charge