Zanzibar - 5* Riu Palace Zanzibar (Adults Only): 3 Nights All Inclusive from R10 105 pps incl taxes

When can I go?

13 May – 30 June 2019

 

Description

3 Nights All Inclusive holiday at the Riu Palace Zanzibar

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Package Includes:

  • Return flights to Zanzibar ex JNB
  • Return resort transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Junior Suite
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily
  • All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

 

 

More Info

  • Adults only resort, no under 18 years allowed
  • Please note Riu Palace is closed for refurb from 02 September – 01 November 2019.
  • This fare level is determined by Mango’s yield management of their seats and is not a set fare level but rather subject to the load factor booked on a specific date.
  • A supplement will apply for travel 14 June – 08 July & 20 – 30 September.
  • Peak season surcharges and bock out dates apply

 

 

Terms & Conditions

• Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
• Passport & visa cost (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
• Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
• Re-booking and cancellation fees apply.
• All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
• Standard terms and conditions apply.

Why we like it

A sophisticated and stylish resort comprising of 100 luxuriously appointed ocean front suites and villas on Nungwi’s magnificent beach.

Contemporary Balinese décor, enormous attention to detail, and beautiful fittings and amenities all help to soothe away the stress of modern life in this perfect hideaway for couples, families and friends. The absence of strong tides along this coastline guarantees great swimming and selected non-motorised water sports are complimentary.

Three restaurants, 2 bars, a cigar and shisha lounge, a Spa and Health Club, fully equipped PADI water sports centre, kids club, evening entertainment including live music – Hideaway with its genuine Zanzibari hospitality, both personal and discreet, certainly embodies what we have come to expect from a member f the Leading Hotels of the World.

Hideaway is the ideal place to ‘hide’ on exotic Zanzibar – beautiful sea, amazing sunsets, long walks on the beach… holiday heaven!

Description

Location: North West, Nungwi

ACCOMMODATION
100 Spacious and luxuriously appointed suites, decorated with contemporary and stylish furniture evoke the island’s Arabic-African Colonial heritage.

Room facilities include
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Remote-controlled satellite television
• DVD player
• Private balcony or terrace
• Telephone
• Mini-bar
• Hair Dryer
• Tea/Coffee making facilities
• In-room safety box
• Complimentary wireless internet connection

There is an EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGED AREA which offers direct access to the garden beach, a complimentary butler service, 24 hour room service and complimentary dining in the a la carte restaurants.This area is reserved for guests occupying the following specific room categories:
Luxury Superior Junior Suite, Luxury Jacuzzi Suite, Prestige Beach Villa or the Presidential Ocean Front Villa.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
AQUA RESTAURANT : The main restaurant located on the beach, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner between
ISHI-TEPPANYAKI : Offers fans of Oriental food (Thai, Chinese & Japanese) the occasion to enjoy tasty and delicious creations, in an oriental and multi-ethnic atmosphere. This a’ la carte restaurant is located on the beach and opens for dinner.
THE CARNIVORUS & MORE : A variety of meat including Impala, Ostrich, Crocodile and Zebra are roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. The Carnivorous is not only for meat-lovers! Fish and vegetable lovers are also welcome and the chefs will grill fish and vegetable over the coals as well. Opens for dinner.
SUNSET BAR : Offers soft drinks, exotic cocktails and teas throughout the day.
HORIZON TERRACE CIGAR AND SHISHA LOUNGE
Located on top of the Sunset Bar, this elegantly decorated lounge offers an excellent selection of cigars and Shishas, wines and spirits. A relaxed environment that serves drinks whilst you enjoy the fabulous sunsets.
THE MAKUTI BEACH BAR : Located directly on the beach, this bar offers a selection of drinks and snacks whilst you relax on your sunbed.

FACILITIES
• Restaurants and bars
• Room service
• Kids Club
• Babysitting
• Fitness centre
• Swimming pools
• Spa
• Dive school
• Tour desk & information
• Large selection of activities

Welcome to Zanzibar

The number one beach location in East Africa. It is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.

A country of more than a thousand islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers across the Indian Ocean. Endowed with a dreamlike beauty, the Maldives welcomes you to enjoy its natural splendor and charm. The destination offers-holidaymakers the basic ingredients for a tropical island holiday – great sunny days of deep blue skies, crystal clear lagoons, moonlit nights, waves lapping the soft white sand, the rustle of palm trees and powdery white beaches. Few places offer all this in greater abundance than the Maldives.

The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year; with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away at times. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures in habit the Maldivian waters. Enjoy days snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing or cruising at sunset.

 

HISTORY

The monsoons that blow across the Indian Ocean have allowed contact between Persia, Arabia, India and the coast of east Africa (including the islands of Zanzibar) for over 2,000 years. The first European arrivals were Portuguese ‘navigators’ looking for a trade route to India. They reached Zanzibar at the end of the 15th century and established a trading station here and at other points on the East African coast. At the end of the 17th century the Portuguese were ousted by the Omani Arabs. During this period, Zanzibar became a major slaving centre. In 1840, the Omani Sultan Said moved his court from Muscat to Zanzibar, and the island became an Arab state and an important centre of trade and politics in the region. Many European explorers, including Livingstone and Stanley, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar during the second half of the 19th century. Zanzibar was a British protectorate from 1890 until 1963, when the state gained independence. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution. In the same year, Zanzibar and the newly independent country of Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania..

 

WEATHER

Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate that is largely dominated by the Indian Ocean monsoons. The kasikazi winds are from the north and occur in the winter months bringing the short rains. The long rains, known as mwaka, arrive in March and last until late May or June. January through March is generally hot and dry with little rainfall. April through June is wet because of the long rains which start to taper off in May. July through October are ideal months for visiting Zanzibar because the average temperature is 25 C, the air is dry and breezy and there is little rainfall. November and December are when the short rains appear. Average rainfall in Zanzibar is about 165 cm (65″) and the average temperature is 26 C (79 F).

 

AIRPORT & RESORT TRANSFERS

The airport lies on its own island, Hulhule, close to the capital Male. Transfers are either by speedboat or seaplane depending on your chosen resort location. The Maldives has one of the largest seaplane fleets in the world and the low altitude journey provides a breath taking view of the atolls and islands. Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours the last check in time being 16h00. Speedboats and fixed wing flights operate during daylight hours and after dark.

 

ACCOMMODATION

There are over 90 resorts each with their own individual character and charm ranging from simple 3 star to 5 star deluxe. Each resort occupies its own island – either very small or reasonably large – and is surrounded by pristine beach, a lagoon and a house reef which in itself is a coral garden and natural aquarium. Accommodation ranges from rooms in small blocks to individual bungalows and villas on the beach or built on stilts over the water with steps leading into the lagoon from your own private deck. Beach accommodation generally offers semi outdoor bathrooms which are totally private but enable guests to enjoy showering and bathing under the skies – one of the destinations special, and unique charms. All the basic modern conveniences are provided – ISDD telephones, TV, restaurants, bars, gift shops, medical centres, spa and wellness facilities, diving schools and a full range of land and water sports.

 

LANGUAGE

The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). This language is also spoken as a first language by Swahili people along the east African coast, particularly in Kenya and mainland Tanzania. English is widely spoken and understood.

 

TIME

The Maldives are five hours ahead of GMT and three hours ahead of South African time. Several resorts operate on their own island time which is an hour of local Male time.

 

VISAS & PASSPORTS

South African passport holders do not require a visa.

 

HEALTH

No vaccinations are required and there is no malaria risk. The majority of resorts have a resident medical doctor on the island and decompression chambers are easily reached in the case of any diving emergency.

 

CULTURE

Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) cannot fail to hear the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets, especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations of Christians and Hindus.

 

ELECTRICITY

220/240 V. British type plugs with 3 flat pins are used.

 

CURRENCY

Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change.

 

MALARIA & YELLOW FEVER

As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel. A Yellow Fever inoculation certificate is compulsory when travelling to Zanzibar.

 

WHAT TO PACK

Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day. Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January or March to June. When in town women and men should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to the local population. The dress for dinner is smart casual and gents are required to wear long trousers. Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must.

 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE ON YOUR ZANZIBAR VACATION

Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters with excellent visibility or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small island, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.

 

SHOPPING

Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Zanzibar is one of the last places left for fun shopping and bargain hunts. You will find the inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in the market for a tasteful souvenir. Gizenga Street, off Kenyatta Road by the Post Office is an excellent street for finding all the things mentioned above plus postcards, stamps, skin-covered drums, spices, and antiques. Sasik, a store representing a women’s cooperative, is highly recommended for locally sewn pillow covers in traditional Arabic and Persian patterns. There are also some antique stores that, although they may have more of a junk store appearance, have some interesting pieces that may bear historical importance. Kangas, the local cloth worn by women over their dresses and covering their heads, are available next to Darajani and in town near the majestic cinema.

 

STONE TOWN

Livingstone House, on the northeast side of the town, this old building is now the main office of the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation (ZTC). It was built around 1860 for Sultan Majid. At this time Zanzibar was used as a starting point by many of the European missionaries and pioneers who explored eastern and central Africa during the second half of the 19th century. David Livingstone, probably the most famous explorer of them all, stayed in this house before sailing to the mainland to begin his last expedition in 1866. Other explorers, such as Burton, Speke, Cameron and Stanley, also stayed here while preparing for their own expeditions. The house was later used by members of the island’s Indian community, and in 1947 it was bought by the colonial government for use as a scientific laboratory for research into clove diseases. After independence and the revolution it became the Zanzibar headquarters of the Tanzania Friendship Tourist Bureau, the forerunner of today’s ZTC.

 

THE PALACE MUSEUM

A large white building with castellated battlements situated on Mizingani Road, Originally called the Sultan’s Palace, it was built in the late 1890s for members of the sultan’s family. From 1911, it was used as the Sultan of Zanzibar’s official residence, but was renamed the People’s Palace after the 1964 Revolution, when Sultan Jamshid was overthrown. It continued to be used as government offices until 1994 when the palace was turned into a museum dedicated to the history of the sultans of Zanzibar.

 

BEIT AL AJAIB (House of Wonders)

This large, white building dominates the waterfront area of Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), and is one of its best-known landmarks. A perfect rectangle, it is one of the largest buildings on the island even today, rising over several storeys, surrounded by tiers of pillars and balconies, and topped by a large clock tower. After more than a century of use as a palace and government offices, it opened in 2002 as the Museum of History and Culture and contains some fascinating exhibits and displays. It’s a pity to rush your visit: allow yourself enough time to browse. The Arab Fort – situated next to the House of Wonders. is a large building, with high, dark-brown walls topped by castellated battlements. It was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs, who had gained control of Zanzibar in 1698, following almost two centuries of Portuguese occupation. The fort was used as a defence against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group, the Mazrui, who occupied Mombasa at that time.

 

THE PALACES AT MIZINGANI (formerly the People’s Palace)

This large, white building dominates the waterfront area of Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), and is one of its best-known landmarks. A perfect rectangle, it is one of the largest buildings on the island even today, rising over several storeys, surrounded by tiers of pillars and balconies, and topped by a large clock tower. After more than a century of use as a palace and government offices, it opened in 2002 as the Museum of History and Culture and contains some fascinating exhibits and displays. It’s a pity to rush your visit: allow yourself enough time to browse. The Arab Fort – situated next to the House of Wonders. is a large building, with high, dark-brown walls topped by castellated battlements. It was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs, who had gained control of Zanzibar in 1698, following almost two centuries of Portuguese occupation. The fort was used as a defense against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group, the Mazrui, who occupied Mombasa at that time.

 

DIVING

If you are a certified diver, travel with proof of certification and discover this miracle of nature called Maldives – a true diver’s dream. Do you harbour dreams of becoming a certified diver – well there’s no time like the present!Take the plunge while on holiday in the Maldives – with its shallow lagoons Maldives presents ideal conditions for beginners. With Maldives being one of the most coral rich regions in the world, here you are spoilt for choice when it comes to diving. With over a thousand different species of coral and fish, every dive is a fascinating experience. While boat diving is more popular, shore diving to discover natures little wonders subtly hidden in the house reef off the island are a favourite pastime for many. Diving possibilities include drift diving, wreck diving and night diving.

Address

Suite 202
2nd Floor, West Wing, Egoli East
10 South Boulevard
Bruma
2192
Johannesburg
South Africa

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