The spice island of Zanzibar combines intriguing history with outstanding natural beauty. Spending time in the capital, Stone Town, lets you explore the intriguing alleyways and catch glimpses of traditional Swahili life through the famous carved wooden doorways. Due to its location off Tanzania’s coast, Zanzibar has always enjoyed trade links with both Africa and the Middle East, and this is reflected in the local culture and language. While traditional dhows still ply the seas, Zanzibar is now much easier to get to, thanks to excellent flight connections from the Serengeti and other major national parks. Zanzibar offers accommodation to suit all budgets – you can even opt to experience a stay in a classical Swahili townhouse with four-poster beds and wonderful views of the rooftops. Our recommendations, however, are all more beach-orientated, allowing you to stroll hand-in-hand through the surf as the sun sets, or sip cocktails as the fishing boats return with the freshest imaginable seafood. To make the most of everything Zanzibar has to offer, try Matemwe Retreat, Mnemba Island, or Baraza.