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Zanzibar White Sand

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

We will no longer be accepting future Mr & Mrs Smith bookings. If you already have an upcoming reservation confirmed, there will be no impact to your stay.

Zanzibar White Sand

Paje Beach, Paje Zanzibar, Tanzania

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

One 30-minute spa treatment and a local gift

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates usually exclude breakfast, but buffet and in-room options are available for an extra fee.

FACILITIES

Beach, tennis courts, open-air gym, bikes to borrow, paddleboard and kayak rental, rooftop champagne bar, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Bluetooth speakers, minibar, tea and coffee kit, free bottled water, fan, mosquito net, Mwani Zanzibar amenities.

PACKING TIPS

Bring your finest tupperwares to fill with fresh spice from the markets in Stone Town.

CHILDREN

Welcome. There are several family rooms and plenty of activities to keep littles occupied, including an outdoor playground, a paddling pool and child-friendly watersports. Baby cots (free) and extra beds (€50-65 for under-15s) can be added to most rooms.

SPA

Well aware that Paje is precisely the sort of place most spas could only hope to channel, the architects made it an open-air affair, with treatments taking place in open-sided huts with steep thatched roofs. You’ll feel the warm sea breeze as the therapist works out knots or rejuvenate world-wearied skin with the help of products from Healing Earth, who bottle up the best of Africa’s natural resources. Alongside the two treatment spaces (one of which was designed with couples in mind), there’s also a hammam, Jacuzzi and a sauna. Masseurs will also be happy to give treatments in your room.

POOL

The pool’s smooth, asymmetric curves and sandy base make it seem part of the landscape – a miniature oasis encircled by tall palms and neatly planted borders. There are cabanas with greenery-swathed roofs around the outside, each shading a few sunloungers.

ALSO

The sandy surrounds and lack of adapted rooms make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users. Extra beds for guests aged 15-and-up can be added to Cinnamon rooms (except the Quadruple) for €75 a night and villas and Deluxe rooms for €130 a night.
All of the hotel’s furniture is handmade in an onsite workshop, ensuring the hotel supports Zanzibar’s craft community.

USEFUL INFORMATION

To avoid the queues an airport fast track service can be booked through the hotel for $85 per person on arrival and $95 per person on departure excluding visa costs. Guests will receive immigration and luggage assistance and lounge access. Bookings must be made no later than three days before arrival and a copy of each guests passport will be required.

Rooms 

If it’s just the two of you, you can’t beat the one-bedroom beachfront villas, which are made up of two buildings connected by a large sun deck with a private plunge pool. The larger building is the bedroom and bathroom, which has an outdoor bath tub and shower. On the roof, there’s a spacious terrace with shady seating and sea views. The second, thatch-roofed building is the living and dining area, although sunsets are best enjoyed from the dining cabana on the terrace.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The dining room of Doors to Zanzibar has a soaring conical ceiling with a chandelier dangling from its centre beam. Simple wooden tables and chairs keep things restrained – all the decoration come from the various Zanzibari artefacts ranged about the room, including two ornate doors that are bolted onto the walls – the sort you can expect to see in Stone Town. With the climate as warm as it is, most guests tend to go for a table on the terrace, where you get a view of the pool and surrounding palms. There are plenty of traditional Zanzibari dishes on the menu, including flavoursome fish curries, grilled rock lobster and tiger prawns dusted with local saffron – one of the many dishes that make the most of Zanzibar’s plentiful spice farms. If you’re after something more familiar, go for their comfort food, which includes club sandwiches and chicken wraps.

Liquid Bliss 

There are three. The main Lounge Bar is just off the restaurant, and has a lounge area with stone-coloured sofas – but many people choose to take their drinks out onto the terrace, too. The Beach Bar is open from noon till sunset, ensuring you don’t have to stray far from your lounger for a cold beer or piña colada. Up on the roof of the restaurant is the Sunset Bar, open for sundowners each evening.

Experience the Extraordinary 

As its name suggests, this hotel’s all about the beach. The long, flat strip of sand that runs along the coast is what put Paje on the sun-seeker’s map, sought not only for its forget-the-world character and suitability for sunset walks, but because of the crystal clear water that laps the shore. This makes for excellent snorkelling – for the best experience, get the hotel to take you out the reef on a boat. The southeast coast’s diminutive waves have also led to the Zanzibar becoming one the world’s best kitesurfing destinations. The hotel has its own highly regarded kitesurfing school, open from 15 June to 15 September and 15 December to 15 March. Zanzibar’s Unesco-protected capital, Stone Town, is on the island’s west coast, around an hour’s drive from the hotel. The rich history of this Swahili trading town is written on its walls, with buildings cycling between Indian, Arabic, European and East African architectural styles. One of the city’s most famous features are its ornate doors, which grace nearly every building of note. Many are carved from thick slabs of teak or mahogany and decorated with artwork that reflected the occupation and social status of the owner that commissioned them. Another Zanzibari hallmark are the pungent spice markets, which have been a mainstay in Stone Town for as long as people can remember. The best way to get to grips with this rich heritage is on a spice tour – they can be a little touristy, but most involve a visit to a spice farm in a local village, making them one of the best ways to experience rural Zanzibari life. For more natural thrills, journey into Jozani national park, a sometimes swampy landscape that allows the trees and ferns to thrive, supporting a large population of indigenous red colobus monkeys.

Transportation 

Zanzibar White Sand is on Paje Beach, a long stretch of sand on Zanzibar’s southeast coast.

Planes 

Zanzibar International Airport is closest. Flights from the UK involve a stopover – the fastest routes often go via Istanbul or Muscat. It takes around an hour to drive from the airport to Zanzibar White Sand, and luxury transfers with onboard wifi can be arranged by the hotel. For up to four guests, transfers are available upon request for €90 each way. Transfers for five or six guests can be arranged for €160 each way; for seven to ten guests, it's €230 each way.

Automobiles 

Most people choose to leave the driving to the locals, who’ve grown up with the oft-chaotic conditions on the roads. Driving along the coast and rural areas tends to to be calmer, but Stone Town should be avoided unless you’re a veteran driver with experience negotiating Zanzibari roads. (If you do decide to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.)

Location

Paje Beach, Paje Zanzibar, Tanzania

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