Zanzibar Hotels

The Palms

Located near Bwejuu on Zanzibar’s south-east coast, the Palms is an exclusive resort with only six private villas.

Accommodation at The Palms

Each villa is 140 square meters in size, sumptuously decorated in modern fabrics and traditionally furnished. Villas include double bedroom, living room, full en suite bathroom, dressing room, extra room (also en suite) and a furnished terrace with ocean views. Every villa also features a private outdoor plunge pool, satellite television and a DVD player, mini bar, safe deposit box, standing bar, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and good air conditioning. The Palms’ package is all-inclusive.

Dining at The Palms

The resort boasts a suitably elite restaurant. The hotel’s dining room has a high thatched-roof and a feeling of colonial elegance about it. Meals are good. A fusion of typical Swahili fare and Western dishes is on offer. With four-course meals as standard, three times a day, guests may be overwhelmed, but this all part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The hotel offers a wide range of drinks, including a good selection of wines from South Africa. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, as well as tea and coffee, house wines and beers and a selection of spirits are included in the room price.

What’s on offer at The Palms?

Service at the resort is exceptionally professional for the region. Staff are also friendly and go out of their way to make sure guests are having a good time; they will even help teach you the traditional Swahili game of Bao.

Though activity is not what one goes to a place like The Palms in search of there are numerous sports, excursions and more relaxing ‘thing-to-do’ on offer. The hotel beach is quiet and beautiful (though don’t expect the seaweed free beaches of the Caribbean, seaweed is a vital resource in these parts, locals farm it for fertilizer) and you can explore on foot when the tide is out and bathe at high tide. You may be approached by beach vendors known as ‘beach boys’ they are mostly harmless and will leave you alone when you make your position clear.

The Palms is connected to The Breezes (one of its larger sister resorts) and guests are welcome to use the facilities there; water club (offering various water sports), tennis courts, shop etc. The hotel has its own spa which comes highly recommended and the hotel pool is a good size and scrupulously maintained. Guests can snorkel, dive and take boat trips and tours of the local village. The hotel will also help arrange numerous excursions including to Stone Town, the Jozani Forest and swimming with dolphins (among others).

How to get to The Palms

The Palms is approximately an hour from Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport by road. The hotel will happily arrange transfers for a fixed rate. One can also travel by taxi or hire car. Many guests choose to break their journey in the Jozani Forest nature reserve and catch a glimpse of Zanizbar’s Colobus monkeys.

Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-down.

Although the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also useful to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels, including The Palms and its sister hotels, Baraza and The Breezes, are now contributing to funds to support locals and environmental projects that are advancing through Zanzibar.

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