Concierge.com's insider take:
The Palms is an intimate alternative to the more generic family-style resorts cluttering Zanzibar's busiest beaches. Nestled on the idyllic Bwejuu peninsula an hour's drive from Stone Town, the resort's six palatial villas blend modern amenities such as satellite TV and DVD players with traditional Swahili-style trappings: brass lamps, hand-carved day beds, and palm-thatched roofs. Each of the 1,500-square-foot villas has a bedroom, living room, full bathroom, dressing room, and a second bedroom with its own en suite bathroom, not to mention a large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean. Private plunge pools and beachside bandas—complete with cushiony loungers—are ideal for afternoon snoozes or sundowners, though beach traffic from the neighboring Breezes resort can occasionally interrupt your serenity. Still, an air of exclusivity pervades every inch of the resort, from the discreet but attentive service to the afternoon tea served in the elegant, colonial-style Plantation House. A host of water sports are also available through the five-star PADI center at Breezes.
Closed mid-April through May.
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