Zanzibar Serena Inn is set in two historic seafront buildings that have been masterfully restored, to exploit the grandiose view of the Indian Ocean from every angle and from every one of the property’s 51 rooms. Rooms are cool, white and constructed to the traditional design of a Swahili houses, dependent upon the length of the mangrove poles that make up its ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and featuring traditionally carved furniture, cool-ceramics, intricate fretwork, draped beds and louver doors giving onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and azure bay beyond, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance. Facilities include: Satellite TV, air-conditioning in all rooms, mosquito nets, mini-bar, in-room safe, telephone, bathrooms with tub/shower, hair-dryer, concierge and porter services, laundry, and 24-hour room service. The Zanzibar cuisine is a glorious melee of fresh seafood, spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. Meals vary from lavish seafood suppers on the panoramic Roof Top Terrace to extensive buffet selections and themed dinners in the Baharia Restaurant. Home-made cocktails and traditional fruit punches are served at the Masahani Bar, as are atmospheric ‘Sundowners’ on the exotic poolside terrace with uninterrupted views across the azure waters of the bay. Seafood grills and beach cocktails can be arranged at the exclusive Mangapwani Serena Beach Club.