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Zanzibar + The Islands

Hotels in Zanzibar + The Islands

What to Expect: A base for spice merchants and explorers for three centuries, the island of Zanzibar lies 30 miles off the coast of Tanzania, and 35-acre Chapwani Island lies a mile to the west.

On a sun-bleached crescent opposite Tumbatu Island, 15 domed limestone pavilions are tucked along a tidal bay where wooden dhows still ply the aquamarine waters. Here, luxury comes with a light footprint—rainwater collected on the roofs of the cottages is used to water the lush gardens.