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Emerson Spice

Eleven room boutique Hotel set in the maze of the old Stone Town alleyways, no car access; Rooftop Bar & Restaurant with seafood based prix fixe menu.

 Fusing a restored nineteenth-century Swahili sultan’s palace and Zanzibar’s first photographic studio, this multi-storied small hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and one of Zanzibar’s best restaurants.

The look: Romantic, with blue-, pink-, and violet-painted walls, rich textiles, deep baths, and high beds.

The experience: The Stone Town location means you’re surrounded by the sounds and smells of local life, but well-travelled guests—the list includes Matt Dillon and Juliette Binoche—embrace the feast for all senses and are not bothered by the lack of conventional amenities such as minibars and television. All suites have verandas, and each is so intriguingly decorated that there is no cause for the room envy typical of many converted courtyard houses. Conde Nast Hotlist 2012



All rooms but Mimi have their own private veranda; guests in Mimi are welcome to use the rooftop tea house as their outside space.

All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan,and high ceiling mosquito net.

The double rooms have one queen size double antique Swahili bed, and enclosed en suite WC with bath and shower that is open or semi-open to the room. Therefore the double rooms are not suitable as twins, although we can add an extra bed for a child or baby cot when needed.

Aida is a duplex, suitable for a family. On the first level, there is a queen size bed in the main room, a single in the sitting area, and two singles on the upper level. Ideal for a family with up to three children, both WC and bath are en suite and enclosed. 

Rates from $175 per room B&B per night.




 Many excursions on and around the Island can be arranged from the hotel 

 The Half Day Spice Tour - almost like a big Easter Egg hunt where you go from plantation to plantation and plant to plant trying to find the spice within. 

 Visit Historic Stone Town. A half day guided tour including Town Market, Slave Market, National Mussseum of Zanzibar, the High Court Building and the Slave Chambers, the Forodhani Gardens and the Old Harbour as well as many more. 

 A dhow excursion to Prison and Bawe Islands. This cruise visits fine beaches and woodlands - gives you an opportunity to see the tiny suni antelope and the giant land tortoises. Enjoy a sensational seafood BBQ on the beach and snorkel some stunning reef. 

 Enjoy a guided walk through Stone Town in the evening. Here you mingle with almost every eastern race in their diverse attire, shopping at the many small and exotic bazaars and enjoy the sunset from the balcony of the Africa House Hotel. 

 Take to the waters for a full day Dolphin Excursion. 



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Other meals, drinks, transfers, and activities.



 Children are accepted reluctantly

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*Prices may vary according to season

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