“Getting lost is the only way truly to understand a place …- and in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, getting lost is a rite of passage,” the Telegraph notes. For people looking for unusual, relaxing places to travel, Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is finding itself on many lists as a top tourist location for Africa. Currently, about 50% of Zanzibar’s tourists hail from Europe.
If you are thinking about staying in an exclusive resort for your upcoming vacation, Zanzibar is worth checking out. From there, you’ll be able to scuba dive in the ocean, or relax on the beach. But what should you look for in exclusive resorts, especially in an area you’re not familiar with? Here are three factors to keep in mind.
1. Look for Zanzibar Beach Resorts
If you want to spend your vacation by the water, why get stuck inland? You might save a little money on the location, but you’ll end up staring out of a window that faces a street, rather than a blue sky and ocean view. And you’ll end up spending an hour and a taxi ride every morning getting to to the beach, rather than simply walking out of your resort and across the road to the water.
2. Look for Zanzibar Hotels Located Near Popular Tourist Destinations
Zanzibar has many fascinating sights for tourists to visit, so keep accessibility in mind while planning your trip. Many people choose to stay in iconic Stone Town, which was recently declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is a unique blend of multiple cultural influences, combining former Sultans’ palaces with Persian baths, and Anglican cathedrals. The Darajani Market bazaar, with its mazes of stalls, is a must-see for any visitor.
3. Look for Vacation Resorts That Help Plan Activities
In a foreign country, you might have more difficulty figuring out where things are, and how to get to them — not all places you would like to visit in Zanzibar have a website. For this reason, it’s a good idea to check out resorts that help arrange such trips for you. Whether you’re interested in scuba diving, a tour of Jozani forest, or a dolphin adventure, these resorts should be able to take the guesswork out of your visit so that you can relax and enjoy your time.