The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility, a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar.
On the untouched, tranquil South Eastern coast of Zanzibar lays this boutique property that combines effortless elegance with Zanzibari sophistication. The Palms provides a range of beautifully appointed facilities reflecting the warmth and character of the local architecture.
The Palms has six spacious private villas, each with a main bedroom, living room, full en suite bathroom, dressing room, extra room with its own en suite bathroom and large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean.
Each villa features a sophisticated interior decor reminiscent of colonial grandeur with dark grained polished floors and traditional design. On the private veranda there is a silk-draped four-poster Zanzibar Bed and a plunge pool with long views of the Indian Ocean.
- Private Outdoor Plunge Pool
- Satellite TV & DVD player
- Mini Bar
- Safe deposit box
- Standing bar with tea / coffee making services
- Air conditioning
The Palms provides a range of facilities reflecting the warmth and character of the local architecture in an elegant yet relaxed setting. The colonnaded terrace of The Plantation House leads into a spice inspired bar, onto an antique elegant dining room where fabrics change daily from rust colored silks to crisp white linens.
Overlooking the beach, private palm thatched “bandas” shelter private day beds and carved sun loungers to provide intimate beachfront privacy.
The tiered swimming pool of tiled blue Mosaic complements the poolside loggia with a driftwood bar, shaded by mangrove poles and tumbling bougainvillea. The Palms also features the Sanctuary Spa in a beautiful ocean front setting.
The Spa is designed to stimulate your senses and to create a complete relaxation of body and mind. It reflects a sophisticated Swahili style enhanced with candlelight and spice scented aromas and there is a broad variety of treatments and therapies, all aimed at relieving the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle such as stress and exhaustion.
A team of professional therapists offer a wide variety of facial, body, hand and foot treatments, as well as specialised massage techniques. With therapists from Thailand and Bali, you can experience the invigorating Thai massage and the renowned Balinese Massage.
The Sanctuary Spa also offers “The Kili Foot Treatment” and “Après Safari Treatment ©” which are special expert-designed packages to soothe and rejuvenate after the dust and bumpy roads of the African Bush.
Other features include:
- Swimming pool
- Evening bar
- Dining room
- Internet facilities
- Pool Bar
- Private beach front Banda
Wining & Dining
The Palms has a unique cuisine, which blends exotic spices, fruits and flavors of the island. The Palm’s chefs have an exotic menu fusing just caught with fresh picked for a wonderful dining experience.
The elegant colonnaded terrace of The Plantation House leads into the Spice inspired bar, onto the antique-elegant dining room where fabrics change daily from rust colored silks to crisp white linens.
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Afternoon tea
- Mineral water, soft drinks & juices
- Coffee & tea
- Selection of House Wines & Beer
- A selection of in-house spirits
Weddings & Honeymoons
What could be more enduringly romantic than to celebrate your union on a pristine sandy beach on the mystical spice Island of Zanzibar…with a mesmerizing view of the Indian Ocean under celestial blue skies? With rose-colored sunsets and a palm fringed untouched beach, The Palms is the perfect romantic getaway in Zanzibar to celebrate your special occasion.
The Water Club is the water sports centre located approximately 300 metres from The Palms on the beach front. Featuring a great selection of new equipment and offering instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing, The Water Club is the perfect place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean. The water club has both high tide and low tide activities.
Rising Sun Dive Centre is the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre in Zanzibar. Located on the untouched South East coast of the island, the dive centre was the first to discover this unexplored region. They have over 12 years’ experience and offer the highest levels of customer care and attention whilst encouraging you to conserve and explore the marine environment.
Cultural and Educational Activities
The Library features a wonderful selection of historical and educational books on Zanzibar and is a comprehensive resource on the History of Zanzibar and East Africa. They have a great selection on books with information on animals, trees, spices and fish relative to the Island and East Africa.
The Mangrove Forest and Dhow Trip
The day begins with a leisurely cruise around the mangroves in a traditional Swahili Dhow where the guides will show the guests some of the abundant marine and wildlife thriving in these forests. After the visit to the mangroves the guests are instructed on how to hand line fish as it has been done on the island for hundreds of years. The guest’s catch is then brought back to the hotel and after a short meeting with our chef, prepared for their dinner that evening.
A visit to our local village of Bwejuu
Guests have the opportunity to visit the local school, dispensary and mosque, have a soda in the village and take a walk through a typical Zanzibari fishing village. All the proceeds of this trip go to the hotel’s charity “Baraza for Bwejuu” which is engaged in giving back to the village.
At low tide, a guided reef safari takes you for a walk out to the coral shelf in front of the hotel to see the spectacular marine life. You can see many different types of fish that seek refuge in the shallow waters at low tide. You can learn about how the coral itself is vital to the island and its inhabitants as well as find out about the sea life you encounter.
World Renowned Diving
The Zanzibar Archipelago features some of the best diving in the world and the hotel offers diving with the only National Geographic affiliated Diving Center in Zanzibar.
Turtle Rescue Program
The Rising Sun which is based in Baraza founded a very successful Turtle Rescue program to discourage local capture of turtles where they pay local fishermen to bring live turtles to our beach. They are then and marked and released back to the ocean.
The hotel can organise educational visits to The World Heritage Site of Stone Town, viewing of historic Spice Plantations, the slave chambers, Maruhubi baths and Prison Island.