Splendidly situated in two lavishly restored historic buildings of Zanzibar’s glorious seafront deep in the heart of legendary Stone Town, this opulent hotel offers extensive recreation, fabulous cuisine and proximity to all the delights of this most magical of Spice Island.



A union of coastal elegance and classic Swahili design and décor, the 51 room and suites at Zanzibar Serena Hotel reflect the grace, beauty and heritage of this ancient seaside city.

All accommodations, from our Standard Rooms to the spectacular Presidential Suite, are created to be a quiet haven and an escape from bustling modern life and the heart of Stone Town. High ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls create a sense of airiness. Arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and traditionally carved basket weave furniture with ceramic inlays infuse each room with a sense of Swahili charm. Wood louver doors give way to private balconies with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.

Executive Suite: Spacious and elegant, our Executive Suites offer a magnificent bedroom with four-poster bed, a sumptuous bathroom (with bath and shower) and a relaxing sitting room (with TV and mini bar), which opens onto a magnificent L-shaped balcony with panoramic ocean views, its own al fresco cocktail area and a double hammock.

Presidential Suite: Providing glorious Indian Ocean views from its magnificent L-shaped terrace, the Presidential Suite offers the ultimate in spacious and secluded accommodations in Zanzibar. Boasting a regal reception room (with TV and private bar) and a palatial bedroom with king-sized four-poster bed, this exclusive suite also offers a supremely generous balcony, ideally suited to private cocktails or dining à deluxe.

Honeymoon Suite: Abounding in cushion-covered Lamu beds, softly lit by brass lanterns, and enjoying a private sitting room and a delightfully spacious paneled balcony with Indian Ocean panoramas and its own double hammock, the Honeymoon Suite also boasts an unashamedly romantic en suite bedroom subtly presented in soft creams and ocean blues.

Prime Room: Our exceptionally spacious Prime Rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, fretwork cabinets and brightly colored coastal cotton soft furnishings in cool blue. The four-poster beds are draped in mosquito nets and are generously king-sized.

Standard Room: Our 41 standard rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, fretwork cabinets and a cool blue and white color scheme. Each room has either a king-sized bed with mosquito netting or twin beds.



Swahili Restaurant: With stunning ocean views and an emphasis on using the finest local ingredients and fresh-caught seafood, the restaurants and bars at Zanzibar Serena Hotel specialize in exquisite cuisine served in extraordinary settings. From a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking bay views, to weekly Swahili banquets by the pool, to cocktails and live Taarab music, enjoy an array of tastes unlike any other.

Sample dishes inspired by the enchanting island our resort calls home. Savor a rich medley of flavors, complemented by a magnificent oceanfront setting that inspires the senses. Whether you are in the mood for drinks at sunset or lunch by the sea, you will enjoy the finest dining experiences in Stone Town.

Baharia Restaurant: Steps from the Indian Ocean surf, Baharia offers a selection of international dishes and inspired interpretations of traditional Swahili recipes. Guests are also welcome to enjoy Baharia’s weekly Swahili banquets by the pool.

Terrace Seafood Restaurant: Located on the hotel’s rooftop, the Terrace Restaurant showcases a seafood menu using only fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. With majestic views of the bay, it is the perfect setting for a business lunch or relaxing dinner.

Masahani Bar: A celebration of our Swahili heritage, the inviting Masahani Bar is perfect for relaxing with colleagues or catching up with friends whilst listening to live Taarab music. Enjoy an array of signature cocktails, wines and beers. For those looking for light bites, the bar also serves classic bar favorites with a local twist.

Ndele Coffee Shop: Guests stepping into Ndele Coffee Shop are greeted by the rich aroma of fresh Swahili coffee, along with a wide-ranging selection of fresh-baked pastries, international beverages and snacks.

Conference Facilities


The dedicated conference room accommodates 40 guests and is equipped with Full Audio – visual and technical support services