Dream of Zanzibar on the North-east coast of Zanzibar. Dream of Zanzibar information, pictures, packages and more.

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Dream of Zanzibar is a superb 5 star all inclusive resort and a proud member of The Emerald Collection. Dream of Zanzibar is nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
Dream of Zanzibar offers a wide veriaty of room categories, and the 6 Restaurants offer guests an exceptional variety of dining options together with 4 bars that feature relaxing environments to enjoy refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Dream of Zanzibar is without a doubt the most attractive and modern structure in East Africa with a beautiful blend of contemporary and local Afro-Arabic design of solid woods and luxury materials with an architectural style that recalls the African-Arab Palaces.

About Dream of Zanzibar Zanzibar

Dream of Zanzibar is located on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar, this exclusive and luxurious 5 star all inclusive beach resort is set on the beach of Kiwengwa about 45 km from Zanzibar Airport.

 

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* 24 hours reception with concierge and luggage storeroom
* Business Center and wireless internet connection (at charge)
* Laundry and valet service (at charge)
* First aid in house clinic and doctor on call (at charge)
* 2 Swimming pools, 1 with children area
* Spa with indoor gym
* Baby sitting service
* Boutique
* Conference Centre
* Animation team with daily entertainment
* Water sports centre
* Credit cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard.

Watersport
The sea in front of Dream of Zanzibar is an inviting clear blue, with a soft sandy bottom.
It is a beautiful swimming beach for all the family, meanwhile there’s plenty of sport to be had on and under the water; kayaking, snorkeling, diving, sailing and kite surfing.

Snorkeling and Diving
Zanzibar has some fabulously colourful reefs at the Mnemba Marine Reserve or Tumbatu, where you can snorkel or dive to spot turtles, clown fish, sea horses and octopus.
Children can take a Bubblemaker course, adults can train for PADI, while the more advanced might enjoy our night dives.

Sport facilities
Run towards the sight of the sea in this air conditioned fitness centre with floor to ceiling windows.
There is a wide range of Technogym™ equipment and personal trainers on hand at Dream of Zanzibar to put together a holiday programme or help with the equipment.

Sailing and cruising
The sea is soft and the wind is fair making the waters off the beach at Dream of Zanzibar a dream for sailing and windsurfing.
Take out a Pico, hobie cat or surfboard, and if you need a lesson professionals are always available.
For something more relaxed join the sunset cruise from Dream of Zanzibar on a traditional Arabic Dhow.

Simba Kids Club
Jambo! The carers at Dream of Zanzibar will give your little ones a warm welcome and will keep them energised, entertained and educated with sports, craft and games.
They will build fabulous sand castles, learn to tie a kanga, try out beach Olympics and speak the Lion King lingo, Swahili.
The group will have lunch together and then flop down for some movie time.

Spa&Fitness
The Spa at Dream of Zanzibar is the place to really enjoy some holiday indulgence on your own or with your soul mate in our couples’ treatment room.
Rest and revive in the mosaic steam room, then choose your dream treatment from an extensive menu that includes therapeutic wraps, scrubs, facials and a range of massage.
Many therapies use local ingredients such as mongongo nuts, cinnamon, coffee or African ginger.
The spa area at Dream of Zanzibar includes a beauty salon, fitness facilities with views over the beach and the ocean, and a plunge pool for post treatment relaxation.

Conference Centre
A beautiful place for your business, and for your private events.
Three rooms at Dream of Zanzibar make up the Arabesque Conference Centre, each has plenty of daylight and all the presentation facilities you may require.
It is set apart around a courtyard, in a quieter part of the Resort, giving you privacy for your event.
Dream of Zanzibar can host up to 140 delegates in the main venue, there are two board rooms seating 14, and a reception area.
On offer at Dream of Zanzibar are four different conference packages and will tailor any event to your needs.
Evening events can be arranged in a beach marquee, around the pool, or book an exclusive reservation in one of the restaurants or bars avaiable at Dream of Zanzibar.

 

Facilities at Dream of Zanzibar

Please note that the information on Dream of 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.

Dream of Zanzibar room options

Dream of Zanzibar provides top modern comforts with accommodation of the highest standards fitted with furniture made by Italian specialists in elm wood. The 157 rooms have King size or European twin bed with mosquito net, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and double basin. All room have spacious private terrace with table and chairs. Room categories at Dream of Zanzibar include 104 deluxe rooms with communal swimming pool, children area and bar, 40 junior suites with sea view, 10 junior suites ocean view with Jacuzzi and 3 sea front Beach villas with Jacuzzi and private pool and butler services.

Dream of Zanzibar rooms

All the Deluxe rooms at Dream of Zanzibar offer a delightful atmosphere that blends African features with every modern comfort. Four poster beds are draped in muslin, colourful textiles decorate floors and walls.
The large French windows open onto a garden patio, or a first floor terrace with views of the Indian Ocean. The en-suite bathroom is spacious with twin basins.
There is Wi-Fi and of course Satellite TV. Some rooms are near the pool which can be ideal choice for families, there are also plenty of interconnecting rooms.

The Deluxe rooms are large enough for an additional single bed or baby cot that converts the room into a triple room, (3 people in 1 room).
Inter-leading rooms available on request and subject to availability.

* Air conditioning
* Direct dial telephone
* En-suite bathrooms
* Flat screen TV
* Free wifi
* Hairdryer
* Laundry service (at extra charge)
* Mini bar
* Safety deposit box
* Tea and coffee facilities
* 24 hour room service
* Room size 37 sqm

Dream of Zanzibar Deluxe rooms

Junior Suites

The Junior Suites at Dream of Zanzibar are delightful rooms to return on a sunny afternoon, situated on the first floor of our bungalows which are created in either Arabic style or with the traditional African thatched roofs.
At 50 square metres the Junior Suites at Dream of Zanzibar offer you more space and the pleasure of that dreamy blue view of the Indian Ocean. A private terrace is an enchanting spot for a quiet evening cocktail.
Furnishings hint of Zanzibar’s colonial past with four poster beds draped in white muslin, and a ceiling fan to keep up a cool breeze when the French doors open. Bathrooms are generously large with double vanity units.

The Junior Suites are large enough to accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children under 14 years in a room – child discounts on offer. Inter-leading rooms available on request and subject to availability.

* Air conditioning
* Direct dial telephone
* En-suite bathrooms
* Bathrobes and slippers
* Exclusive L’Occitane toiletries
* Flat screen TV
* Free wifi
* Hairdryer
* Laundry service (at extra charge)
* Mini bar
* Safety deposit box
* Tea and coffee facilities
* 24 hour room service
* Room size 50 sqm

Dream of Zanzibar Junior Suites

Jacuzzi Junior Suites

Lie back in your own delicious bubble bath enjoying the tropical views over the Dream of Zanzibar Resort. These lovely rooms, the Jacuzzi Junior Suites at Dream of Zanzibar, bring home all the luxury you would wish for on your beach holiday.
You have a delightful terrace to enjoy a private breakfast or evening cocktail. Four poster beds are draped in white muslin and ceiling fans give a colonial feel. Room service and facilities are all five star.

The Jacuzzi Junior Suites are large enough to accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children under 14 years in a room – child discounts on offer.

* Air conditioning
* Direct dial telephone
* Magnificent sea views
* En-suite bathrooms
* Whirlpool tub
* Bathrobes and slippers
* Exclusive L’Occitane toiletries
* Flat screen TV
* Free wifi
* Hairdryer
* Laundry service (at extra charge)
* Mini bar
* Safety deposit box
* Tea and coffee facilities
* 24 hour room service
* Room size 50 sqm

Dream of Zanzibar Jacuzzi Junior Suites

 

 

Beach Villas

Wake and sleep to the sound of the Indian Ocean, in these exclusive two Beach villas at Dream of Zanzibar you can really immerse yourself in the African beach experience that is perfectly created at Dream of Zanzibar. Each Beach villa has its own plunge pool, with a dining terrace.
Cool interiors have tiled floors, elm wood furnishings and interesting African art. Wide floor to ceiling windows open onto your terrace with views across the lush gardens to the sea, making the bedroom and sitting room extremely light and airy.

* Air conditioning
* Direct dial telephone
* Magnificent sea views
* Separate living and dining areas
* Two bathrooms
* Whirlpool tub
* Private plunge pool in front of the Villa
* Bathrobes and slippers
* Exclusive L’Occitane toiletries
* Flat screen TV
* Free wifi
* Hairdryer
* Laundry service (at extra charge)
* Mini bar
* Safety deposit box
* Tea and coffee facilities
* 24 hour room service
* Room size 87 sqm

* 4 People max per Villa

Dream of Zanzibar Beach Villas

Please note that the information on Dream of 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.

Dream of Zanzibar restaurants and Bars

 

Jump off your lounger and enjoy a spicy curry lunch on the sandy beach in front of Dream of Zanzibar. Pull up a seat beneath a palm tree, in this dream spot with the gardens behind you and a lovely view of the sea.
Every day Dream of Zanzibar serve up new flavours from Korma to Madras, always accompanied by your favourite popodums, raitha and chutneys.
The buffet is displayed on a traditional wooden fishing boat for some added island spice. It is located right next door to the Shark Club so your family can sit together and mix up the menus.

Working hours
13:00 – 15:00
Open Every day except Tuesday

Dream of Zanzibar The Taj Mahal restaurant

 

Open from breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with the most amazing buffet, presented with appetising creativity.
Dishes from around the world give guests a huge variety, so you can choose anything from the fresh catch of the day that might be sword fish or tuna, a spicy curry or crisp salads.
There are always some speciality African dishes such as fish shukuchuku with star fruit or chicken in coconut sauce. Exotic fruits of Zanzibar are presented for a refreshing last course, along with some delicious sweets.
Cape to Venice is in the centre of Dream of Zanzibar, so you can stroll over from the pool for lunch. There is a lovely dining terrace that overlooks the gardens and beyond to the sea.

Working hours
Breakfast : 07:30 – 10:00
Lunch : 13:00 – 15:00
Dinner – 19:30 – 22:00

 

Dream of Zanzibar Cape to Venice restaurant

 

You may be in Africa but everyone loves a pizza. Here they are crisp and prepared in authentic Italian style. Start with some antipasti and Italian bruschetta; then there’s pasta, risottos and grill options, and always some fresh healthy salads.
The main stars of this menu are of course the pizzas, with many favourites; Quatro Stagioni, Marinara and spicy Diavola.
The Andiamo Pizzeria is above the Cape to Venice Brasserie at Dream of Zanzibar and has great views across the garden towards the sea.

Working hours
Open for Dinner
19:30 – 22:00
Everyday Except Tuesdays

Dream of Zanzibar The Andiamo Pizzeria restaurant

 

Beef, fish or cheese burgers served by the sea. Seating is dead casual with sand beneath your toes.
Shark Club serves tasty wraps like chicken with mango and vegetable with soy sauce.
There’s a spicy katchumbari salad which mixes tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in a zesty dressing, or just go with the coleslaw. Cokes, juices, beers are of course included. All ingredients are delivered fresh daily at Dream of Zanzibar and sustainably sourced wherever possible.

Working hours
13:00 – 15:00
Open Every day except Tuesday

Dream of Zanzibar Shark club restaurant

 

One moment it is in the sea, then it’s on your plate! Dream of Zanzibar source all fish locally wherever possible and the chefs are excellent at preparing sushi and sashimi.
On the teppanyaki hot plate they dash up a different dish every day; Monday it is chicken and beef julienne, Wednesday is calamari, Friday is prawns, Saturday is paneer. All served with miso soup, vegetables rice and noodles.

Working hours
13:00 – 15:00
Open Every day except Tuesday

Dream of Zanzibar Sakura Sushi bar

 

A particular favourite for anyone at Dream of Zanzibar who has spent an energetic morning with watersports or volley ball and worked up an appetite.
Roll up for a German beef sausage, baked potato and an iced Tusker beer or coke.
There’s an excellent salad bar with a crisp and zesty choice. The Zanzibar Grill is the most popular lunchtime spot and situated right in the middle of the beach at Dream of Zanzibar.

Working hours
13:00 – 15:00
Open Every day except Tuesday

 

Dream of Zanzibar Zanzibar grill

 

Settle into the African atmosphere with carved wooden sculptures, fantastic display of traditional masks, woven place mats and dark wood seating.
Prepare for a taste of Zanzibar with a spread of African dishes, which change every night. Try crispy sweet potato in mango pickle, fried cassava and chutney, calamari or fish in coconut.
For dessert there is always an impressive display of exotic fruit at Dream of Zanzibar but you will more likely be tempted by the delicious cardamom donuts or peanut crust.

Working hours
19:30 – 22:00 Everyday
Except Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

Dream of Zanzibar The Boma restaurant

 

A charming restaurant at Dream of Zanzibar full of Asian character with black and white photographs of Shanghai, Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling and a wooden Buddha as its centerpiece.
Or you can dine outside on the garden terrace shaded by tall branches of bamboo.
The menu is a culinary trip around Asia, with sweet and sour flavours from Canton, tempura and teriyaki from Japan, Thai cashew nut stir fries and Indonesian herby soups.
Dishes with extra chilli are indicated, but you can always request more or less spice, the chef is very pleased to prepare the dish to your liking.

Working hours
19:30 – 22:00
Open Everyday
Except Tuesdays

 

Dream of Zanzibar Chopsticks restaurants

 

The light open restaurant at Dream of Zanzibar is designed with a fusion of African, Arabic and Western style, tables are laid with red cloths, tin lanterns swing from the rafters, and there’s comfortable casual rattan seating.
The food is prepared by chefs at their cooking stations or presented on a traditional wooden fishing boat for a buffet.
There’s something to appeal to all whether you prefer Greek salad, Caesar salad or Indian Ocean seafood salad; Middle Eastern lentil soup with cumin or hot pot with noodles, chicken, beef or fish skewers.
Drinks are all included and there’s a particularly good range of South African wines if you wish to try something different.

Working hours
19:30 – 22:00
Open Everyday except Tuesdays

 

Dream of Zanzibar The Golden bridge restaurants

 

The location of Blue Vanilla is magical, situated right by the sandy shore in a peaceful corner of Dream of Zanzibar.
This restaurant is not in the inclusive dining experience that Dream of Zanzibar offers, and is there for those particularly special evenings.
A romantic celebration perhaps, with candlelight flickering in the gentle beach breeze and elegant service.
The à la carte menu features more gourmet ingredients; pasta with shrimps and truffle essence, lobster flambéed with a champagne sauce and fresh caught seared tuna with vanilla mushrooms.

Working hours
19:30 – 22:00
Open Everyday except Tuesdays

 

Dream of Zanzibar Blue Vanilla restaurants

Please note that the information on Dream of 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.

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Please note that the information on Dream of 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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