"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living" – Miriam Beard
Travelling with family to Zanzibar Island for a beach holiday is a great opportunity. The people of Zanzibar graciously welcome families and the Island is filled with child-friendly activities, parks and hotels that cater to young kids with care and attention. Zanzibar has long maintained an Old-World charm and very respectful people. The Island has just enough all-inclusive first-class hotels in Stone Town and superb beach resorts along the Island’s coastline on white sand beaches within short driving distances from Stone Town and walking distances to inland smaller villages and marketplaces, which makes Zanzibar well-rounded for families.
Zanzibar Island can seem like an exotic and far-flung for families with young children that it may seem impractical, but the truth is; it’s only about 6hours by flight from Dubai, Oman, Doha and about 8-10hours from some of the European Airports. It is also one of the most spectacular destinations for affordable family beach holidays. Upon arrival, each family is met by our assigned driver guides at the Zanzibar International Airport, he assists with any necessities and transfers you to your place of stay in the nearby Stone Town – the soul of Zanzibar.
Where To Stay in Stone Town: Tembo House Hotel provides the perfect launchpad for families to stay at Shangani waterfront area. It’s ideally close to the Forodhani Gardens, the inner labyrinth streets and historical sites of Stone Town. The hotel has 37 rooms of varying sizes and comforts. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and most have balconies overlooking either the beach, or the hotel’s courtyard pool. The breakfast buffet, included is simple but generally very good. The restaurant serves both local and international dishes and the friendly staff are well trained and helpful.
Zanzibar Spice Tour
After an overnight and breakfast at the hotel, your driver guide will meet you at the hotel’s reception area for a short briefing at around 9:00AM. Thereafter you will start your drive to the Spice Farms to see the abundance of exotic spices and fruits. Walk through the spice farm with your guide, touch, smell and taste different spices, and tropical fruits and vegetables. Learn how the spices are cultivated and how they are used and enjoy some freshly prepared meals - prepared with spices as well as fresh seasonal fruits such as the Rose Apples, Jackfruit or Guavas. Visit the Mtoni and Maruhubi Palace Ruins on your way back to Stone Town.
Prison Island Tour
In the afternoon, enjoy a 20-minute boat trip transfer to the Prison Island which lies 5km northwest of Stone Town. A short walk around the island is quite interesting and the coral rag forest is home to duiker antelopes, butterflies and weavers but the long-lasting attraction especially for children are the Giant tortoises that shuffle through the trees and some of them have been known to take children on rides as well as present memorable photo opportunities. Prison Island has spectacular coral reefs to enjoy while snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean and sunbathing on the white-sandy shores. You will enjoy a return transfer to Stone Town’s seafront.
Where To Eat Out
The nearby Livingstone Beach Restaurant is ideal for family dining, seating directly on the beach – perfect for sundowners and lovely in the evening, with candlelight. They also set out tables and seats on the sand. The restaurant serves tasty meals, and great salads and a variety of specialty coffee, and spiced tea and cold beverages. It’s also a nice place to have a drink after dinner while enjoying the chill out music.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and your driver guide will meet and transfer you to the Mangapwani Beach area which lies about 25km out of Stone Town. He will mention to you the suitable pick up time per your departure flight on the last day. He will arrive at the Sea Cliff Resort in good time to transfer you to the Zanzibar International Airport.
Mangapwani has a lovely stretch of beach backed by coconut palms fronted by secluded white sandy beaches and rocky coves, looking out over an expanse of translucent turquoise ocean where dolphin arc, turtles potter and curtains of fish drift amongst rainbow coral gardens. Enjoy spending 5 full days at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa which is the perfect place for adults to enjoy some rest and relaxation while the kids play.
The Sea Cliff Resort & Spa is one of the few family-friendly resorts with a ‘Kidz Club’ with specialised activities to keep the little ones entertained. It also has a safe, and happy environment for children to explore while parents enjoy some downtime at the nice spots. The onsite Mangapwani and Kobe restaurants serve delicious local and international cuisine throughout the day, and three lounge bars offer relaxed recreational bases from which to sit back and watch the world go by. The facilities include Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry services, direct dial telephone, satellite/cable TV and en-suite showers in the rooms. Each room has a hairdryer, safe, and a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning as well as a private balcony.
Recreation at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
Parents who want to relax and unwind can head to the Shwari Spa to try out the sauna, plunge pool and steam room. The spa offers a range of treatments, including facials, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and massages. Children can have fun at the Kidz Club, a secure, contained playground supervised by child minders, with a mini climbing wall, arts, crafts and outdoor and indoor fun activities.
Sea Cliff Resort & Spa has two infinity swimming pools (one is 75 metres long) and a children’s pool, as well an ocean dhow. The recreational area offers darts, pool, table tennis, 2 flood-lit tennis courts, squash court, trampolines, beach volley ball, bicycles and a gym. These facilities and equipment are available free of charge to hotel guests. A variety of board games are also available from the Sports and Recreation area.
The Watersports Centre offers sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and windsurfing. All non-motorized water-sports are free of charge for hotel guests. The Sports and Recreation Centre organizes water sports instruction, which is charged back to your room.
The resort’s golf course — the only one on the island — showcases the area’s natural beauty, and the nine-hole course will take players past the tropical bush, indigenous trees and sweeping sand dunes. There’s also an international-standard driving range with an array of chipping, bunker and putting greens, and an instructor always on hand to help guests perfect those swings.