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A new resort raises the bar in Zanzibar

A stunning beach is the setting for this chic Zanzibar resort

A new resort raises the bar in Zanzibar

May 11 2011
Maria Shollenbarger

Hang up the snow shovel, store the full-length parka: the long, joy-killing winter of 2010-2011 is behind us, and there’s probably not an urbane voyager on either side of the Atlantic who’s not packing already at the prospect of balmy climes and languid days.

And so immediately to where to enjoy them: Zanzibar, Tanzania’s offshore bastion of chic, takes things up a notch over the next few months with a clutch of new arrivals; the first is set to impress. The Residence Zanzibar (www.theresidence.com/zanzibar; from £500) is set on an 80-acre stretch of stunning beach on the island’s south-west coast. Sixty-six villas have full-sized pools and mix style motifs from Zanzibar’s Swahili, Omani, Indian and English-colonial heritage with elegant results.