Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal Resort on the East Coast of Zanzibar Island. Cristal Resort Zanzibar information, pictures, packages and more.

Please note that the information on Cristal Resort Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

More info on Cristal Resort

Cristal Resort is located right in the heart of Paje beach and has the best stretch of beautiful white sandy beach in all of Zanzibar. A popular kite surfer paradise!
The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, tropical and comfortable. If you are looking to get away from the large 5 star resorts and looking for a small and private hotel, Cristal Resort is the place!

You can choose to soak up the sun on one of the beach beds surrounded, by what clients say “ one of the most amazing beaches in the world” or go to the diving Center and enjoy a snorkeling trip or a dive with their experienced instructors.

Cristal Resort’s location is ideal as it’s not surrounded by the other hotels but close enough to the other bars and restaurants for those who want more night life.

Now with WiFi you can stay connected with the world if you choose.

 

 

About Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Cristal resort is one of the best budget-saver hotels with the best stretch of beautiful white sand in all of Zanzibar located in Paje Beach.
This small hotel is set on a refreshingly large plot on the south end of the village.
Cristal Resort Beach Hotel is a great little place, particularly if you fancy dipping in and out of the kitesurfing action and its associated scene.

Cristal Resort Zanzibar location map

The Hibiscus Restaurant:
The breakfast buffet starts from 07h30 to 10h30 serving; fresh fruit, eggs, pancakes, cereal and more.
For lunch, lighter meals are on offer; salads, burgers, grills, pizzas and bites.  Lunch starts from 12h00 to 16h00. Prices range from $4 to $12 per dish
Dinner offers a combination of Thai and Island cuisine and is open 19h00 to 21h30. Prices range from $5 to $20 per dish.
A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink or two.

WiFi at the Hotel.
WiFi is available at Cristal Resort, but better signal in the reception area. Rooms are not guaranteed to receive a connection. Wifi is at charge.

Paying by Credit Card.
Cristal Resort accepts Visa and Mater Cards only. Clients can pay with their credit cards for all expenses within the hotel. The Hotel charges a 5% commission fee which is about the standard fee on the island. The hotel does not accept credit card payment for outside companies working with Cristal Resort including Amazing Tours and ZanziWorld Divers.

Wind Season.
The East coast is known for its wind seasons. The wind picks up from around June to mid October and January to March. Like all seasons, towards the beginning and the end of these seasons you are not guaranteed much wind. This wind season has brought a new and elegant sport to the east coast; Kite Surfing.

Zanzibar Culture.
Many people ask what is the appropriate dress code:
Bikinis are permitted on the beaches. Topless is not permitted on the beaches nor in the hotel. While walking in the villages one can wear reasonable length shorts or skirts and sleeveless shirts. In Stone town it is best to wear long pants and a top that is not showing cleavage but sleeveless is permitted.

During Ramadhan it is best to wear long pants and a top that covers chest and shoulders. It is  a sign of disrespect if you eat, drink or smoke during the day. Smoking is not permitted during the full time of Ramadhan, (out of respect it is best to smoke away from one practicing).

Hibiscus Restaurant – Kindly cover yourselves when coming from the beach or the pool and not walk in the restaurant in your bathing suit.

Power and water supply
Power and water supply are challenges on Zanzibar. Cristal Resort has a generator that can supply most of the electrical devices and appliances. The power supplied by the government is not very stable leading to many power surges. 240 watts is what is used and the the plugs the UK ones with 3 pins.

Paje Village has its own water tank that supplies water to the village during the daytime only (when it’s not out of service as it is many times) and during night time the hotel supplies water from its own well, which depends on the ocean’s tide. Pressure pumps are used to supply the rooms and common areas. Drinking bottled water on Zanzibar is recommended.

Cristal Resort offers 2 outdoor swimming pools and a children’s pool.

Complimentary self parking and valet parking are available on site.

Cristal Resort front desk is available to guests, but for limited hours.

The beach at Cristal Resort offers a nightclub, spa services, and a terrace.

Dry cleaning/laundry service on offer at Cristal Resort at extra charge.

Safe-deposit box at front desk.

Bicycle rentals and children’s playground on site.

Scuba diving nearby the hotel.

Facilities at Cristal Resort Zanzibar

Please note that the information on Cristal Resort Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

Cristal Resort room options

Cristal Resort has individual deluxe luxurious bungalows all full furnished to make your stay pleasant and accommodating.
The bungalows are equipped with a styled four poster mosquito net bed, air conditioning and fan, spacious bathrooms with a bathtub, terrace and ocean view.
The beach rooms are 30 meters away from the beach.
All 30 rooms offer balconies or patios, room service, and free bottled water. Ceiling fans, safes, and desks are among the other amenities that guests will find.
Room check-in: 14:00 – 20:00
Room check-out: 08:00 – 11:00

 

Cristal Resort Zanzibar room

 

14 x Eco Bungalows all with ocean view

Try a tropical experience in an Eco Bungalow. 30 m2 open plan en-suite room equipped with standing fan, shower, hot water, mosquito net, and an individual terrace with a magnificent view on the Indian Ocean.
Cristal Resort  provides laundered linen and towels
Occupancy: 1, 2 or 3 adults

Eco Bungalow Amenities:

* Room size 30 m2
* Standing fan
* Shower (wall separation from room, no door)
* Bathroom towels
* Sink (wall separation from room, no door)
* Toilet (wall separation from room, no door)
* Water heater
* Housekeeping Service
* Queen size bed with Mosquito net
* Extra twin size bed with Mosquito net
* In room safe
* Private terrace
* Small water bottles on arrival

Cristal Resort Eco Bungalows

 

4 x Villa Rooms

The Villa rooms are equipped with a styled four poster mosquito net bed, air conditioning,  fan, spacious bathroom with shower and terrace.
Cristal Resort provides laundered linen and towels
Occupancy: 1, 2 or 3 adults

Villa Room Amenities:
* Room size 29 m2
* Air Conditioning
* En-suite private bathroom with shower
* Bathroom towels
* Stand fan
* Water heater
* Housekeeping service
* Queen size bed with Mosquito net
* Extra twin size bed with Mosquito net
* In room safe
* Terrace
* Small water bottles on arrival

 

Cristal Resort Zanzibar Villa rooms

 

5 x Beach Rooms

The 5 beach rooms are situated 30 meters away from the beach. All having different room sizes (from 25 m2 to 40 m2), the Beach rooms are very nice for family’s or groups as they are not individual. Each room is equipped with a mosquito net , air conditioning, stand  fan, washroom with shower, hot water, and a terrace with an amazing ocean view.
Cristal Resort provides laundered linen and towels
Occupancy: 1, 2, 3 or 4 adults (depending on room availability)

Beach Room Amenities:
* Room size (from 25 m2 to 40 m2)
* Air Conditioning
* En-suite private bathroom with shower
* Bathroom towels
* Water heater
* Housekeeping service
* Queen size bed with Mosquito net
* In room safe
* Terrace
* Small water bottles on arrival

 

Cristal Resort Zanzibar Beach rooms

 

7 x Deluxe Bungalows

The individual Deluxe Bungalows are equipped with a styled four poster mosquito net bed, air conditioning,  fan, spacious bathroom with bath tub and terrace.
Cristal Resort provides laundered linen and towels
5 Deluxe Rooms of 36m² with ocean view (depending on room availability)
2 Deluxe Rooms of 36m² with garden view, shower only
Occupancy: 1, 2 or 3 adults

Deluxe Bungalows Amenities:
* Room size 36 m2
* Air Conditioning
* En-suite private bathroom with bath or shower (depending on room availability as noted above)
* Bathroom towels
* Water heater
* Housekeeping Service
* Queen size bed with Mosquito net
* Extra twin size bed
* In room safe
* Private terrace
* Small water bottles on arrival

 

Cristal Resort Zanzibar Deluxe Bungalows

Please note that the information on Cristal Resort Zanzibar was correct at the time of being published. While all efforts are taken to update this information as regularly as possible, changes can occur due to hotel offers, services and facilities.

Useful information

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Unguja, The capital, Stone Town, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and is an eclectic mix of cultures, architecture and languages. What was once a small fishing village is now a thriving town with an extraordinary history and past. The impact of the different cultures can be seen on the buildings and in the faces of the locals while walking around Stone Town. Coral and stone houses boast imposing wooden Zanzibar doors, set with brass studs to defend against charging elephants, intricately carved with scripts from the Qu’ran. Indian houses have courtyards behind the shop fronts and delicate and beautiful carved balconies. Arab homes are characterized by their white washed walls, flat terraces and small windows. The reason for this window style is solely to preserve the modesty of the women. Zanzibar does not have tribes. Local traditions are a fusion of different ethnic groups that have settled on the island. Although Zanzibar benefits from Tourism, the majority of the population still makes their living from subsistence farming and fishing. Zanzibar is a unique destination filled with history and character, beautiful beaches and wonderful people.

History

The islands were likely to have been visited at an even earlier date by traders and sailors from Arabia. From around the 8th century Shirazi traders from Persia also began to make their way to East Africa, where they established settlements on Pemba and probably also at Zanzibar’s Unguja Ukuu. Zanzibar became a powerful city-state, supplying slaves, gold, ivory and wood to places as distant as Indian and Asia, while importing spices, glassware and textiles. Along with the trade from the east came Islam and the Arabic architecture that still characterizes the archipelago today. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj, as well as extensive inland trading routes. Over time the abolition of the slave trade came about when the British Empire took control. In 1890 Zanzibar became a British protectorate. The death of one sultan and the succession of another of whom the British did not approve, led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War, also known as The Shortest War in History. The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution caused the death of many Arabs and Indians, and even thousands more expelled and expropriated. This led to the founding of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the Republic merged with the mainland Tanganyika, or more accurately, was subsumed into Tanzania, of which Zanzibar still remains a semi-autonomous region. it has been influenced by many different cultures, including the great Orientals like China, Arabia and Persia. The history and cultures have also been strongly influenced by both traders and invaders over the centuries, from the Portuguese and Omani Arabs to the English, thus creating a very unique history and diverse culture. Another major trade good was ivory from the tusks of elephants killed in mainland Africa. The third pillar of the economy was slaves, giving Zanzibar an important place in the Arab slave trade.

Cultural Considerations

Zanzibar is a very religious country and consists 95% of Muslim people. To show respect towards Zanzibar’s culture, visitors are requested to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection. When walking through towns or villages, women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees and men should not walk bare-chested or in swimming trunks. Swimwear is acceptable on the beaches but topless sunbathing is not. Visitors are advised not to take pictures of people unless you’ve asked their permission. During the fast of Ramadan, it is considered the height of bad manners to drink and eat in public places or while walking down the street. Non-Muslims should also not enter Mosques unless specifically invited to do so.

Tips for planning and for saving for your Zanzibar holiday:

Zanzibar is truly a great destination to consider for your next tropical Island beach holiday. Not only is it much more affordable compared to other Island destinations, it will take you less than 3,5 hours to fly to Zanzibar, if opting for the direct flights departing from Johannesburg.  While it is more affordable than most destination, it is not cheap and planning is needed to make your dream of a relaxing holiday become a reality.

Packages that we offer includes your return airfare, airport to hotel transfers, accommodation with meals (variety of options available) and day activities can also be arranged.

Open a holiday savings account, just like budgeting for other expenses, is part of any well-thought-out expense budget. You need to start planning as far in advance as possible.

How to get your hands on those elusive special packages. Travel off-season (outside of school & or public holidays), your travel packages will be much more affordable as flight fares & room rates will be less. Understand that if holiday times are the only time you can travel bookings must be made well in advance (around 6 months if possible). 

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