Zanzibar – East Coast – South
Sultan Palace Hotel is nestled in the utterly stunning Dongwe area and is surrounded by lush vegetation, perfect for honeymoons.
What is this hotel good for?
Sultan Palace is a very relaxed, small and friendly hotel located in the Dongwe area on the east coast of the island where there are endless expanses of white sandy beaches and also where the reef opens up to reveal the breath-taking marine life. This hotel is approximately 50 minutes away from the airport thanks to the fully paved roads that wind through charming woodland and mango and papaya trees. It is set within lush and spontaneous vegetation and surrounded by small fishing villages and plenty of walkways through the mangroves where often you will see Herons in flight.
The hotel was built in 1996 and has been refurbished since to ensure guests experience a perfect holiday. The Sultan Palace consists of 15 beautifully decorated suites which means that staff are able to offer a personalized service to its guests.
Sultan Palace Hotel:
Each of these gorgeous 15 suites are spread out around the expansive grounds of the resort and have huge terraces allowing access to the 20km of white sandy beach where you can also sit out and relax enjoying the view over the ocean and lush exotic gardens. Every suite is designed and decorated in a unique style giving particular attention to the rounded shape of the Nautilus shell and finished off with local furnishings not forgetting the warm hearted African roots.
The rooms are fully air conditioned and also have large windows offering the unique pleasure of having your breakfast in bed whilst admiring the magnificent morning views across the ocean.
Sultan Palace has a large infinity style swimming pool overlooking the ocean and is fully equipped with a wet bar, a natural spa and a massage corner where you can enjoy a back drop of stunning sun sets and low tides.
The Italian chefs at the restaurant offer an excellent variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine, freshly caught ocean fish and shell fish as well as local tropical fruits and local spices, all available both at the club house and the beachside restaurant.
This hotel offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling, and equipment can be hired for free directly from the hotel.
Environment and local community
Sultan Palace does all it can to maintain a good relationship with the local community by sourcing food locally and employing members of the local community and training them to a high standard.
This hotel really is paradise in every sense of the word. The staff speak excellent English and will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and nothing is ever too much trouble. The hotel is clean, well maintained and beautifully decorated. It really is the place to stay if you are in search of luxury, tranquility and relaxation.
Zanzibar – East Coast – South
Completely restructured in autumn of 2010, this cozy lodge is positioned right on the sandy beach next to a small tropical forest which is home of the red colobus monkeys, that give the name to the lodge.
Red Monkey Lodge is a 9 room affordable and comfortable small beach lodge located on the south east coast of the island on the stunning Mfumbwi coast in the heart of a small fishing village called Jambiani. It boasts a long white sandy beach with ample palm trees and only 40minutes from the airport and Stone Town.
The 9 rooms at Red Money are simple, comfortable, functional and tastefully decorated with a double bed and mosquito net. The rooms also feature a ceiling fan, desk, chair, en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower, stone sink and mirror.
The food at Red Monkey is of high quality. Guests can dine at the Sea View Restaurant that specializes in sea food. The Sea View Restaurant does not offer a menu to its guests as they believe in locally sourcing the ingredients and avoid using frozen products. Guests will be able to see what is on offer by choosing from the daily black board menu. The bar also offers a selection of local beers, international spirits and wines from South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Australia and Europe.
Red Money also offers a book exchange where guests can relax in the reading corner or on the hammocks.
The Lodge also offers evening entertainment such as beach barbecues with African dance groups and drummers, jam sessions and parties in cooperation with neighboring hotels. Transfers are also available to various parties for those guests wishing to stay out late.
For those wishing to be pampered, there is a masseuse available at request who will pamper you directly on your beach bed or in your room.
The manager of red monkey is a fully qualified dive instructor and will be happy to suggest itineraries according to guests’ ability. The reef in front of the lodge boasts some of east Africa’s finest corals where you can dive down slopes, walls and overhangs, the lagoon inside the reef is an ideal spot for snorkeling and beginners as well as an excellent spot for night diving.
The lodge also offers fantastic Kite Surfing from its in-house Kite Centre. The sandbank in front of Red Monkey Lodge is the ideal location for beginners, and expert kite surfers can go to play on the reef breaks.
Other activities available include: Deep Sea Fishing, Bicycle tours, Quad Excursions, Sailing trips and Sundowner Cruises.
Environment and local community
The Red Monkey Lodge wants to be an antithesis to mass tourism by being integrated with the local village and do not offer luxury accommodation. As much as possible this lodge locally sources all it’s products and employs and trains people from the local community.
In our opinion, although the rooms are modest, the lodge is perfectly located and the ideal accommodation for back-packers or those on a budget. The staffs at the lodge make you feel incredibly welcome. This lodge is quiet, romantic and integrates perfectly with the local community. This lodge is not really suitable for families as there is no animation team or swimming pool to keep the kids occupied. At this lodge you really can be as active or as lazy as you like.