The view from Sea Cliff Resort & Spa is simply mesmerising. From its perch high up on a clifftop, the resort overlooks the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see, shimmering in the sun. And behind, palm trees sway lazily, framing the resort on Zanzibar’s northwest coast, just a short 20-minute drive from the historic city of Stone Town.
Whether guests choose the deluxe, superior or garden rooms, they can expect to be greeted with luxury. Painted in pale creams and golds, and accented with Arabian-inspired antique furniture, all 120 rooms ooze charm. But eyes will be drawn to the large windows, where views look out over tropical gardens and pristine stretches of white sand, lapped by crystal waters.
The onsite Mangapwani and Kobe restaurants serve delicious local and international cusine throughout the day, and three lounge bars offer relaxed recreational bases from which to sit back and watch the world go by.
The resort’s golf course — the only one on the island — showcases the area’s natural beauty, and the nine-hole course will take players past the tropical bush, indigenous trees and sweeping sand dunes. There’s also an international-standard driving range with an array of chipping, bunker and putting greens, and an instructor always on hand to help guests perfect those swings.
Those wanting to relax and unwind can head to the Shwari Spa to try out the sauna, plunge pool and steam room. The spa offers a range of treatments, including facials, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and massages.
The resort is a welcoming haven of lush, tropical-scented gardens, sparkling infinity pools and great food. Guests can enjoy breakfast overlooking the ocean, dinner under the stars and sundowners on the jetty or a private balcony.
Away from the resort, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town — with its maze of cobbled streets and stunning architecture — is well worth a visit. Or for those looking for something off the beaten track, the Jozani forest, home to the rare and majestic red Columbus monkey, is close by.
For a true taste of decadence and luxury, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa offers the ultimate getaway.
Need to know
• Sea Cliff Golf Course
• Shwari spa
• Squash court
• Private beach
• Two tennis courts
• Yoga deck
• Kids’ club