The Residence in Zanzibar Adds Spice to Your Life
The African oasis of Zanzibar, often referred to as the Spice Islands, has appealed to wanderlusters, explorers and entrepreneurs for centuries. That allure still exists today as Zanzibar has quickly become a great way to end any African adventure.
After a dusty rustic week in the bush, a few laid back days on the beach is just the ticket. It will provide your trip with the best of both, the bush and the beach. There is simply no better way to reflect on a life-changing week in the wild than being surrounded by the iridescent Indian Ocean.
Hop a quick flight from Arusha to Zanzibar, a mere 16 miles, yet worlds away from the Tanzania's mainland. Zanzibar was once its own country and as far as the locals are concerned, it still is or should be. Consider this Tanzania’s Quebec.
Zanzibar is archipelago, which consists of several small islands and two main ones; Ujunga known as Zanzibar and Pemba. Before dipping your travel toes in to that pearly white sand, slip in to Stone Town. Also known as Mji Mkongwe, which is Swahili for old town. Stone Town is the old part of Zanzibar City.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is a bit worn down today, but it has beautiful bones. It’s easy to see how this once was one of the most affluent and influential cities in the 19th century, up there with Paris and London. It was once an epicenter for the spice and slave trade. Today it is largely sustained by spice and tourism.
For cultural kicks hit the port, wander the old streets, hit the market and food auction and take in the evocative architecture. You will see Arab, Persian, Indian and Euro influences everywhere. Careful taking pictures of the aloof locals, as it may cost you.
After an hour drive through the lush green tropical landscape where spice tours are available, you will finally arrive at the Residence Zanzibar on the south west side of the island. Consider this oasis your home away from home.
The only member of the Leading Hotels of the World in all of Tanzania, Residence exudes a subtle island elegance. Set on 80 acres of land, it takes but a minute to sink in to this seductive spot. Each of the 66 individual and well-appointed villas comes with its own private pool, personal butler and a bike to get you around the resort.
Aquatic options are endless as you can kayak, kite surf, snorkel, scuba dive or simply sit by the sea. You can also add a splash to that safari experience with their dolphin safari on offer.
Complete this pristine scene with cocktails at Resident’s Moon Bar on the beach. Alchemy in Africa is a bit behind the UK, U.S. and other spirit savvy countries. However many of their menus have that colonial influence where classics reign alongside bubbles and premium spirits.
Moon Bar menu includes classic and bubbly cocktails, a martini menu and their signature Exotic Island Mood menu. Toast your good fortune with their Safari cocktail (banana liqueur, orange liqueur and sparkling wine) or with a Goodnight Kiss (Campari, angostura bitters, sugar cube, sparkling wine), both off their bubbly list.
Island influenced options include Summer Punch (white rum, amaretto, watermelon liqueur, orange juice), Residence Zanzibar (spiced rum, banana liqueur, orange liqueur, orange juice) and Ginger Mojito (white rum, ginger liquor, mint, lime, sugar, soda water), the definitive hit off the signature list.
What makes the spicy Ginger Mojito and their bestselling signature so special is the mint, which is grown in their herb garden on site and served with a fresh peeled sugar cane. The signature Residence Zanzibar cocktail is made specially with fresh oranges juiced and picked from the village daily and served with a hand carved red Columbus monkey as a souvenir.
No matter the moment or the service, local staff puts their hand over their heart and will genuinely say, "You are welcome." No cocktail is more intoxicating than that.
Home sweet home...
All African travel arrangements including air and accomodations can be made for the beach or the bush by Micato Safaris - Touted World's Best Safari by Travel & Leisure for the ninth time.