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The Palms - Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania
£POA (DOA)

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The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility...a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar. It is Zanzibar's most exclusive, private resort with just six villas in a personalised and intimate setting.... the perfect, romantic getaway.

Who can join: 16 years and above
Accommodation: Luxury Beach Villa
Transfer time:
Pick up Point: Transfer not included
Meals: Full board
Volunteer numbers:

Duration & Fees

Price on Application

Start Dates

Throughout the year

Payment

30% deposit is required to secure a booking - balance due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea
  • Soft drinks, juices and mineral water
  • Coffee and tea
  • Selection of house wines and beer
  • Our selection of in-house spirits
  • Use of swimming pool

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Tours and excursions
  • Spa services and treatments
  • Water sports activities
  • Scuba diving
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Telephone and internet connections
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights

Zanzibar is the magical Island where the fusion of Arab, African and European cultures has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine and a colorful tapestry of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.

On the untouched, tranquil South Eastern coast of Zanzibar lies this boutique property that combines effortless elegance with Zanzibari sophistication. This collection of six beautifully designed villas offers luxurious comforts and amenities with personal attention throughout your stay. Each villa features a sophisticated interior composition of hand carved furniture and beautiful fabrics, where dark grained wood floors extend and the decor is a unique marriage of colonial grandeur and traditional design.

The Palms provides a range of beautifully appointed facilities reflecting the warmth and character of the local architecture. The elegant colonnaded terrace of The Plantation House leads into a spice inspired bar, onto an antique elegant dining room where fabrics change daily from rust coloured silks to crisp white linens. An exotic cuisine is creatively presented reflecting the spices and flavours of the Island, fusing just caught with freshly picked.

Overlooking our award winning beach (chosen by Conde Nast Traveller magazine as one of the top 30 beaches in the world), private thatched “bandas” shelter private day beds and loungers to provide intimate beachfront privacy. The beachfront Sanctuary Spa offers a selection of world-class treatments designed to stimulate your senses and rejuvenate your soul. The Palms is an oasis...where rustling coconut palms, white powder sand and the warm waves of the Indian Ocean combine to create a stunning recluse for the discerning traveler.  

The Palms also features the private Sanctuary Spa in a beautiful ocean front setting. Guests at The Palms can also use the neighbouring Frangipani Spa, which offers world-class treatments and facilities.

Facilities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Evening bar
  • Dining room
  • Spa 
  • Internet facilities
  • Pool Bars
  • Private beach front Banda

 Additional Activities (all extra, payable locally):

  • Massage & Selected Treatments at “The Sanctuary Spa’ and the nearby Frangipani Spa.
  • Rising Sun Dive Center (PADI 5 star)
  • The Water Club (water sports activities)
  • Internet Facilities
  • Laundry

The Palms welcome all guests who are over the age of sixteen at the hotel.

Extra Information

The following are options available and are payable locally:

Spa

In this beautiful ocean front setting, reflecting a sophisticated Swahili style enhanced with candlelight and spice scented aromas, you can enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies, all aimed at relieving the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle such as stress & exhaustion. Our international team of professional therapists offers a wide variety of facial, body and hand & foot treatments, as well as specialized massage techniques. With our therapists from Thailand and Bali, you can experience the invigorating Thai massage and the renowned Balinese Massage.

The Sanctuary Spa also offers “The Kili Foot Treatment” and "Après Safari Treatment ©" which are specially designed packages by our experts to soothe and rejuvenate after the dust and bumpy roads of the African Bush. An excellent option for those who are looking to recover after an adventure filled safari.

We welcome you to experience the Spa designed to stimulate your senses and to create a complete relaxation of body & mind.

Guests are also welcome to use The Frangipani Spa at Breezes, which offers a world-class selection of facilities and health and beauty treatments.

The Water Club

The Water Club water sports center is located approximately 300 meters from The Palms on the beach front.  Featuring a great selection of new equipment and offering instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing as well as kayaking, pedal-boating, snorkelling and a variety of beach and biking activities, The Water Club is the perfect place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean (activities payable locally). Approved as the First BEST KITE SCHOOL IN ZANZIBAR, the IKO certified instructor will have you flying in no time.

Scuba Diving

The Rising Sun Dive Center is the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Center in Zanzibar. Located on the untouched South East coast of the island, the dive center was the first to discover this unexplored region. With over 12 years experience the highest levels of customer care and attention is offeredwhilst encouraging you to conserve and explore the marine environment. The center takes divers from complete beginners up to professional level and has a massive variety of diving guaranteeing something for everyone. With small groups of a maximum of 6 divers per guide participants have the chance to escape the large crowds and get the most from the dives.

Trips and excursions

There are options to partake in a variety of excursions offering the opportunity to explore the area and interact with the community, such as:

The Mangrove Forest and Dhow Trip: The day begins with a leisurely cruise around the mangroves in a traditional Swahili Dhow where the guides will show the guests some of the abundant marine and wildlife thriving in these forests. After the visit to the mangroves the guests are instructed on how to hand line fish as it has been done on the island for hundreds of years. The guest’s catch is then brought back to the hotel and after a short meeting with our chef, prepared for their dinner that evening.

A visit to a local village: Guests pay a small fee for the trip with all proceeds going to a local charity engaged in giving back to the village Guests have the opportunity to visit the local school, dispensary, mosque have a soda in the village and take a walk through a typical Zanzibari fishing village.

Reef Safari: At low tide, guests are able to go for a reef safari where you take a walk out to our coral reef and see the spectacular marine life. Guests will be accompanied by a member of staff out on the coral shelf in front of the hotel and will point out many of the juvenile fish that seek refuge in the shallow waters at low tide and  will listen to how the coral itself is vital to the island and its inhabitants as well as information about the sea life they encounter.

World Renowned Diving: The Zanzibar Archipelago features some of the best diving in the world and guests can go diving with the only National Geographic affiliated Diving Center in Zanzibar.

Turtle Rescue Program: Visit a very successful Turtle Rescue program, founded to discourage local capture of turtles where local fishermen are paid to bring live turtles to the beach. They are then and marked and released back in the ocean.

Stone Town: Guests can partake in organized Educational visits to The World Heritage site of Stone Town, viewing of historic Spice Plantations, the slave chambers, Maruhubi baths and Prison Island on the island of Zanzibar.

Jozani Forest: Visit the nearby Jozani Forest: home to the Red Colobus Monkey which is indigenous to Zanzibar and only found on the island.

Cultural and Educational Activities

Guests can partake in organized classes “under the Palm trees” featuring Mwalimu (teachers) giving Swahili classes and lessons on the History of Zanzibar or can learn Palm weaving on the beach

Cooking classes are organized regularly where guests learn to prepare some classical Swahili dishes with the excellent resident chefs who talk about the local spices and their use and importance.

There is also a Library featuring a wonderful selection of historical and educational books on Zanzibar and is a comprehensive resource on the History of Zanzibar and East Africa.

Getting There

You can fly into Zanzibar Airport in Stone Town, Zanzibar, where we can arrange for you to be met and transferred to the hotel.

There are direct flights from Europe, the United States and South Africa to either Nairobi (Kenya) or Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and then easy connections on to Zanzibar Island.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and we can arrange any flight requirements that you have upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Zanzibar, Tanzania, The Palms - Zanzibar

Villas

The Palms has six villas, each over 140 square meters with a bedroom, living room, full en suite bathroom, dressing room, extra room with its own en suite bathroom & large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean.

Each villa features a sophisticated interior composition in all colours of coffee and cream where filmy caramel coloured curtains billow, dark grained polished floors extend and the décor is a unique marriage of colonial grandeur and traditional design.  On the veranda, a silk-draped four-poster Zanzibar Bed accents a sunken, midnight blue plunge pool with long views of the Indian Ocean.

Additional Features

  • Private Outdoor Plunge Pool
  • Satellite TV & DVD player
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe deposit box
  • Standing bar with tea / coffee making services
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning

A fusion of cultures in Zanzibar has resulted in a unique cuisine, which blends exotic spices, fruits and flavors of the island. Our chefs have an exotic menu fusing just caught with fresh picked for a wonderful dining experience.

The elegant colonnaded terrace of The Plantation House leads into the Spice inspired bar, onto the antique-elegant dining room where fabrics change daily from rust colored silks to crisp white linens.

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Why visit Tanzania

Tanzania is unsurpassed for its magnificent scenery: from the snow-capped heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the "Crown of Africa", to the exquisite floor of the Ngorongoro Crater; the jewel-like coastal islands of Zanzibar to the awe-inspiring Great Rift Valley, the natural splendours set the stage for the astoundingly diverse wildlife. Within the space of several hours it is possible to go from lazing on idyllic beaches and diving on exquisite coral reefs to exploring the narrow alleys of Arabian influenced Stone Town, from climbing mist-covered slopes in the Southern Highlands to trekking through barren landscapes around Ol Doinyo Lengai, guided by spear-carrying Masai warriors. Turtle season is between December and May, and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches.

Yet, despite its attractions, Tanzania has predominantly managed to remain unassuming and low-key. It has also remained enviably untouched by the tribal rivalries and political upheavals, and this makes it an ideal choice for both first-time visitors and Africa old hands.

Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast uncrowded and unspoilt areas. The magnificent collection of game sanctuaries to the north of the country, near the border with Kenya, is referred to as the Northern Circuit. This is the most popular and accessible wildlife safari route in Tanzania, and is considered as one of the finest game viewing areas anywhere in the world. Arusha, a city of northern Tanzania is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Highlights of Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.
  • Bordered by Africa's three largest lakes - Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria.
  • Zanzibar Island, exploring bustling Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, and idyllic beaches, snorkelling, and picturesque fishing villages on Mnemba Island.
  • Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact caldera in the world, where wildlife are specifically protected.
  • Olduvai Gorge - said to be the birthplace of man.
  • The 20-million-year-old Great Rift Valley.
  • The vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti and hot air balloon safaris.
  • The annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience can be viewed between Tanzania and Kenya.
  • More than twenty-five percent of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas.
  • Possible to view the elusive "Big 10" in Tanzania - elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, zebra and giraffe - plus the famous chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Tanzania boasts over 1,000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to over 400.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer (November -May) 31 °C 20 °C
Winter (June – October) 22 °C 15 °C
Rainfall: March - May (Long Rains “Masika”), November - December (Short Rains  “Vuli”)

Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate year-round, where temperatures rarely fall lower than 20°C.  The coolest months countrywide are from June to October (15–20 °C), when it is also dry, and the warmest from December to March (25–31°C), although there are significant regional variations:-

  • Along the warmer and humid coast, the average daily temperatures hover in the 30°C range, and only go as low as 25°C due to sea breezes from June to September. The climate here is determined in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the “masika” (long rains), from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The lighter “vuli” (short rains) fall during November, December and sometimes into January. July and August have the lowest rainfall.
  • Inland, altitude is a major determinant of conditions. The central plateau is somewhat cooler and arid, while in the mountainous areas of the northeast and southwest, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively, and it can rain at any time of year. In the Kilimanjaro area, temperatures vary from 15°C in May-August period to 22°C over December - March. As one heads to the peaks of Kilimanjaro, temperatures can drop to below freezing, especially at night. The best climbing on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is surprisingly easy, is from August to October and from January to March.

Key Facts

Population – 43.7 million
Capital – Dodoma is the political capital, and Dar Es Salaam is the principal commercial city
Currency – Tanzanian shilling
Language  –  Swahili is the most widely spoken language, although English is the official language
“karibu tena” – welcome again

Peoples and Culture:  there are over 120 tribes in Tanzania.  However, the majority of people on Zanzibar follow the Muslim faith. Dress code to them is of particular importance and it is suggested that women try to dress fairly conservatively in order not to offend the local people. An Arabic influence is also evident in the people, who are a mix of Shirazia (from Persia), Arabs, Comorians (from the Comoros Islands) and Bantu from the mainland. The official language of Zanzibar is Kiswahili. Most residents have a good knowledge of English, Italian and various Arabic dialects.

Zanzibar's most world famous musician is Freddie Mercury! He was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th 1946 in Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, who were Parsees - members of the Zoroastrian faith.

Time difference – GMT +3 hours
Telephone – country code 255

There are currently no reviews available, however if you contact us on info@amanzitravel.co.uk we will be happy to put you in touch with past participants.

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