ESCAPE – ZANZIBAR

During our Spring break we had the chance to go on a tropical adventure  with the family. For this exciting experience I had teamed up with Destination Zanzibar and FlyDubai to make this all possible. Zanzibar had been high on my travel wish list for a long time as this lush and beachy corner of the world has all the right ingredients for us as a family.

With FlyDubai it is just a six hour direct flight from Dubai. Where my boys were enjoying hours of great entertainment on a screen, we sat back and relaxed with a magazine and a drink. There is no better way to start your holiday.

First stop: Stone Town
This atmospheric and mystical town is the historical heart of Zanzibar. The fascinating maze of lanes leads past numerous houses and mosques, wonderful cafes and restaurants, cute shops and bazaars. Stone Town is the only functioning historical town left in East Africa and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
We started our trip at the little, stylish boutique hotel Emerson Spice right in the centre of the town. After a breakfast with a amazing view we were ready to explore with The Stone Town Tour that showed us all that should not be missed.

Next stop: Jambiani, East Coast
On the way here we had the chance to visit the Butterfly Center and Jozani National Park which is the home to several special species of monkey like a red one… did you ever see that before? My boys were so excited.
I just couldn’t wait to arrive at the Sharazad Boutique Hotel and be completely in an ‘out of office reply’ mode. This small charming boutique hotel is a dreamy, white haven is right on the beach with fantastic views all day, every day.

Zanzibar has some of the most spectacular, mesmerising beaches I have ever seen, and this is coming from a  beach snob! The soft white sand, the 50 shades of blue in combination with the coral reef makes it pure perfection.
The hotel itself has many cute interior details. With basics of concrete and white combined with blues and beach vibes made it the ideal hang out for us as a family.

Moving on: Upendo, Michamvi Pingwe
Just when you think it can not get any better we discovered that our next stay was in a villa right in front of ‘The Rock’.
Our days were filled with lazy starts, beach walks, long baths and sunset moments. We never got around to wearing shoes or looking at the time. Both seem so overrated here. Our biggest challenge was getting the boys out of the private pool.

Zanzibar is now on my list of places to go back to. The vibe, the people, the staff, the food and the beaches make it a perfect destination for a family holiday.

The best thing about memories is making them. And what better way to do so against a draw dropping backdrop. Zanzibar has it all so go and explore!

This post is in collaboration with Destination Zanzibar and FlyDubai. Thank you for supporting our brands, allowing us to share things we love with a larger audience.

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