Zanzibar

Learn More about Stone Town and Zanzibar 2020

Zanzibar is like no other place on earth. For centuries, this Indian Ocean island off the coast of Africa has lured explorers, traders, adventurers, and romantics of all kinds.

It is a land of contrasts; a place to delight the senses. The crumbling ruins of palaces and sultans’ baths overlook pristine white beaches lined with palm trees.

Wooden sailing vessels, still made by hand, ply the turquoise waters off the shore of a labyrinthian Arab-Indian-African city built from stone and home to a culture that has been maturing for several thousand years.

Exotic spices scent the air and flavor the complex cuisine for which the island is justly renowned. The island’s famed shopping bazaar is thronged with women wrapped in colorful kanga cloth or draped in jeweled buibui with intricate henna designs painted on their hands.

 

The plaintive sound of the call to prayer from the island’s many mosques mingles with century-old Taarab music, mellow reggae, the cheerful pop sounds of Bongo Flava and the intricate rhythms of daku and ngoma drumming.

Wild parrots and colobus monkeys flit through dense green jungle and hundreds of species of exotic fish and sea creatures make their homes among the island’s many coral reefs.

At Emerson Zanzibar properties, you will be able to experience the island’s many pleasures– along with Zanzibar’s celebrated hospitality–in Stone Town’s most unique luxury heritage hotels.

Your nights will be spent in opulent rooms filled with art, antiques and ancient treasures, each one individually designed for comfort and beauty.

Your meals will be expertly prepared under the direction of our chef’s, Your days will be spent as you wish….savouring, exploring, luxuriating.

It is both our goal and our pleasure to help you craft a holiday that fulfills all your dreams.

What our Guests Say about things to do in Zanzibar

Reviews

Facebook Reviews
Michael Wright
Rated 1 on Trip Advisor for a reason
We had dinner there last night and found the whole experience fantastic. Staff were exceptional, view phenomenal and food plentiful and tasty. Top thing to do in Zanzibar. Rated 1 on Trip Advisor for a reason!
Pops
One of the best and most beautiful hotels in Stone Town
Delicious food in the restaurant. This is a great way to experience Stone Town. The view from their rooftop is second to none and the sunset is stunning. The Sunset Dinner is highly recommended. One of the best and most beautiful hotels in Stone Town. A taste of Zanzibar. The perfect way to experience the sights and sounds of magical Spice Island.
Google Business Reviews Excellent
Martin Mitev
Dining on the rooftop is like being in a movie
My friend told me that dining on the rooftop is like being in a movie. So I did. And it is! Reserve in advance – the rooftop is not big. The food is excellent once you climb the steep 99 steps. Feel free to get distracted by the beautiful interior. The live entertainment completes the motion picture experience. I didn’t stay in the hotel but I am sure I would feel like a movie star if I did.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
J M
This hotel totally captures the spirit of Stone Town
Quirkily charming this former palace has retained it’s character. This hotel totally captures the spirit of Stone Town–it’s history and its culture. Our room at the top (North) had great view of the rooftops, an outdoor (but private!) shower, and most amazing of all–and air-conditioned (as well as mosquito-netted) bed!
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Ana F
Amazing Restaurant and Tea house in the middle of Stone Town… Like heaven!
Amazing Restaurant and Tea house in the middle of Stone Town.  Looks like you are in a completely different place… Like heaven!  Prices are very accessible.  Outstanding space and attentive staffing.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Chiho S
Magical Restaurant… superb dinner, quality service, and live music
Magical… A very special and unique spot in Stone Town, with a panoramic view of the city and Indian Ocean from its rooftop, superb dinner, quality service, and live music.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
This Stone Town Hotel was beautiful
The hotel was beautiful and the staff are beyond attentive and friendly. They truly think of everything from environmentally conscious soaps, to separate beach towels. The rooms are very clean and the historical architecture and furniture truly complement the mystery of Stone Town.  When we checked out, they gave us a room to use for shower and lounging for the full day at no extra charge. We were so impressed with their hospitality.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Angela Klinger
Food was delicious, views and atmosphere amazing!
Would highly recommend the Emerson. As for the restaurant, we had dinner on the rooftop with live music. Food was delicious, views and atmosphere amazing and service, again, personal and excellent. It felt like a history lesson with your meal, which we enjoyed to learn about customs and culture.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Must do in Zanzibar
Must do in Zanzibar. The dinner on the roof with the sunset was just great… all with live music of traditional Zanzibari music… you miss something if you don’t add it to the program.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Doctor JMF
Dinner on the roof was delicious
The Spirit of Stone Town… Dinner on the roof was delicious–accompanied by local musicians and an amazing sunset. And the service was outstanding–including free laundry and access to our fantastic guide Simai, he is a treasure!