Beach + Island

Escaping Winter

by Cathay Che

You don't have to spend like a sultan to experience Zanzibar. At the airport, arrange a day rate with a taxi driver, and voilà: You've got a chauffeur. First stop is to drop off your bags at Salome's Garden, a picturesque 19th-century country house just north of Stone Town with Arabic tiles, locally made rugs, colonial furniture, overflowing gardens, and a private beach (pretty luxurious for only $140 a night). Ask your driver to tour you around the mansions, mosques, carved wooden doors, and ornate colonial facades of Stone Town. Come lunchtime, hit the British-owned Fat Fish Bar for seafood cooked with piri piri chiles, and, in the evening, the inexpensive Thai curries at Sweet Eazy. But don't forget the other reason you're here: breathtaking white-sand beaches and endless ocean fun. Arrange a day trip to Chumbe Island Coral Park, a nature reserve just offshore from Stone Town, to snorkel through the shallow reef sanctuary or explore the virgin forest. Now let's see who brags about far-flung trips at the office.

Salome's Garden
Tel: 39 051 234 974
Fax: 39 051 239 086

Sweet Eazy
Tel: 255 777 416 736

Chumbe Island Coral Park
Tel: 255 24 223 1040

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