After a bone rattling week-long drive around Kenya, we were ready for resort comfort and relaxation in beach town Zanzibar. Breezes, our resort in Zanzibar was a long drive from the airport- and took us 1.5 hours to get there. Once you’re at the resort, you can forget about going anywhere else. It’s just too much driving and too much of an effort to get out. The alternate is to enjoy the powdery white beaches, amazing snorkeling, cocktails and food! Not a bad deal.
Having been to the Maldives and Seychelles, we had high expectations of the underwater life. Zanzibar is truly unspoiled. The coral reef is teeming with beautiful coral and fish. And you don’t need to go too far into the ocean to experience all of this since the beaches and ocean are still so pristine. The hotel organizes trips everyday depending on tide levels.
Old stone town is where you can find Zanzibar heritage. I found it interesting to find so many shopkeepers of Gujarati descent who said Indian tourists in Zanzibar are still few and far between. Old stone town has lovely art and woodwork – and antiques! Such lovely antiques, even the locals seem to have no idea of what their value is!
One of the things I was looking forward to was the Zanzibari Biryani. I had heard so much, I just couldn’t wait. Restaurants in stone town are really nothing to write home about, but we managed to find a hole in the wall restaurant that served authentic biryani, their style. The food was good, it wasn’t what we could honestly call biryani, but it was quite okay. I recommend trying it.
Zanzibar has my vote.