The very mention of the spice island of Zanzibar seems to stir the soul in much the same way it has done for travellers down the ages. It is a place of tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty with sun-bleached sands, jade waters and palm trees burnished gold by the eternal sunshine. One of the Indian Ocean's best-kept secrets, it is now becoming one of the world's most desirable destinations and Kilindi, a boutique hotel lying on the Northwest coast of the island, reflects all that is wondrous of Zanzibar's heritage.

This beautiful resort consists of just 15 eastern-styled domed Pavilions nestling amongst 50 acres of tropical gardens, making them an intimate retreat for each and every guest. Each Pavilion has been carefully designed to maximise the use of light and space and the interiors remain faithful to the past whilst allowing contemporary features to provide the perfect partner. They have their own private plunge pools, small courtyard garden, outdoor daybeds and huge wet rooms with radiance showers that truly give the feeling of being at one with nature.

You will also see evidence of an innovative ecological policy here, as they practice rainwater harvesting, use solar energy, recycle and support a local organic market garden. This is a great example of a small luxury resort that offers style and sophistication whilst still maintaining strong ties with the local community.

In the main pavilion a falling water bar overlooks a large 25-metre infinity pool which itself affords views out across the sparkling warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Dining takes place either on the alfresco terrace or even along the pristine white beach, which runs the length of the property. This is a place of indulgence and restoration and as you watch the dhows glide by and catch the murmur of the fishermen as they haul in their daily catch you can imagine that time here has stood still for centuries.
Prices from £430 per person per night in a luxury Pavilion including all meals, room service, snacks and drinks. Child discounts are available.
‘To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.’
Isaac Newton
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