The Palms is a luxury resort situated along an unspoiled white beach on the East Coast of Zanzibar. It is the island’s only boutique hotel and offers the facilities of a five star private resort. The hotel is family owned and the hosts have thought of everything to make their guests’ stay exceptional. There are six massive villas available; each with all the comforts one could ask for (even a DVD lending facility, free of charge! The rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer a stylish retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Each room has a private beach Banda with a thatched roof, mattress and sun beds – ideal for a quiet afternoon on the beach with the wind in your hair. Dining is an experience in itself and takes place in an old-styled dining room, adjacent to the resort’s spice inspired evening bar. Jazz music and candlelight create a romantic ambience and adds to the dining experience. The resort has its own spa, The Palms Sanctuary (the first on Zanzibar) which offers a variety of treatments to counter the negative effects of modern living. A professional therapist is available to bring relief to tired hands, feet and bodies. All massages, treatments and facials are performed with high quality skin care products and make use of therapies that range from western to exotic oriental. All pampering is carried out in a quiet and private setting. Should the treatment you require not be available at The Palms Sanctuary, their nearby sister facility, the Frangipani Spa will be more than happy to accommodate you. While the resort doesn’t offer its own diving, sports and water sports facilities, activities such as tennis, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and even shopping for antiques, souvenirs and African arts & crafts is offered at Breezes, their sister resort. These can easily be booked through hotel reception. The blue mosaic swimming pool is a popular venue for relaxation, as its poolside loggia and driftwood bar is only a few steps away and serves cocktails all day long (the resort also offers fresh fruit throughout the day). There are various private spots in and around the resort that offer an escape from the typical commotion of civilization.