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Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House

A quiet street in the bustling city of Stone Town, Zanzibar, hides one of the city’s most elegant retreats. Kisiwa House exudes the historical grandeur of Stone Town while blending boutique sophistication and generous, Swahili hospitality. A welcoming fountain adorns the hotel’s ornate entrance which leads all the way up to its rooftop restaurant Darini.

Each of the eleven elegant rooms and suites boast a uniquely Swahili atmosphere, effortlessly combining modern opulence with romantic details. Wafting from behind screened windows and brass studded doors, the smell of “udi” relaxes the senses. This locally-made product is a combination of sugar, perfumes, flowers, spices, and rose water and is placed inside a coconut shell before being placed on an incense burner. Named after the many aromatic flowers found on the island, each suite or room offers en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, wireless internet, air-conditioning, personal safe, telephone, mini-bar, and tea and coffee making facilities. Choose from sumptuous Burdani Deluxe rooms, Malkia Junior Suites, or Sulaima Senior Suites.

Take in the spicy fragrance characteristic of Zanzibar at Darini, the rooftop restaurant that features breathtaking views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Both traditional Zanzibari and continental specialties grace the ever-changing menu, and Darini’s antique fixtures, amber-hued lighting, and fine décor assure you that you have indulged in a distinctive dining destination.

Numerous tours are available to visitors of lively Stone Town, and the helpful staff at Kisiwa House finds pleasure in assisting guests with recommendations and bookings. Whether choosing to take the Kizimkazi Tour of a mosque, visit one of the earliest colonial settlements in East Africa, or trace the Zanzibari spice trade on the “Grave Island & Slaves and Spices Tour,” guests are sure to learn something new. Other popular adventures include a trip to the Mkokotoni village of Tumbatu, a Prison Island Tour, a Jozani Forest Tour (featuring the red colobus monkeys), and walking tours of Stone Town.

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