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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: Zanzibar's colonial past is well preserved in Stone Town, located in the island's historic centre. It gets its name from the use of coral stone as the main construction material back in the early 19th century. One of the loveliest ways to see Stone Town is on a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow with its iconic triangular sail billowing in the breeze.

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A landmark not to be missed is the 19th century Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, built on the site of the biggest slave market of Zanzibar.

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DINING OPTIONS: Residence Zanzibar can arrange a private picnic on a secluded sandbank for guests depending on tide times.

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The Rock Restaurant, perched on an outcrop of reef rocks, offers diners stunning views of the ocean.

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ANIMAL SIGHTINGS: The Zanzibar Red Colobus is an endangered species. It is considered one of the rarest monkeys in Africa and is found only in Zanzibar.

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ANIMAL SIGHTINGS: Dolphins off the coast of the island.

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EVERYTHING NICE: The Residence Zanzibar has 66 luxury villas each with its own swimming pool.

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A nutmeg, one of the many spices grown. Zanzibar’s history of spice cultivation can be traced as far back as 2,000 years.

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On arrival at the Hamad International Airport in Doha for the connection to Zanzibar, business class passengers can choose to chill further at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge, considered one of the largest business class lounges in the world. Most though, will not pass up the chance of taking a photo with the giant yellow teddy bear with its head stuck in a lamp (above).

Island in the sun

Zanzibar, off Tanzania in Eastern Africa, will entice a traveller with its rich history and spectacular coastline.
Dec 5, 2015 5:50 AM

WITH its history as a major spice centre and colony of both western and middle-eastern powers, Zanzibar evokes romantic visions of an exotic getaway isle surrounded by the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania in Eastern Africa.

Alluring as it sounds, Zanzibar isn't quite the main

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