few places ooze an exoticism so mesmerizing, they sweep even the most jaded of travelers off their feet. the sunny island of zanzibar is such a destination. located off the coast of tanzania, it boasts stunning natural beauty and has a rich history that dates back to the days of the spice trade and beyond. it's in this idyllic spot that very recently the mashariki palace boutique hotel opened its doors. housed in a splendidly restored 18th-century building, smack in the middle of winding little streets in the island's tiny capital, this once was the grand residence of a sultan when the island was under omani rule.
the property features 18 differently-sized yet spacious rooms, magnificently refurbished in a traditional style but very much tuned into the desires of the modern traveller, offering free wi-fi, air-conditioning, and other amenities. as the mashariki palace is an enclosed structure, ground floor rooms have high ceilings and look into the courtyard, and the rooms upstairs either have a balcony and/or gorgeous views of the indian ocean. you know where to find us this summer, don't you? location: nyumba ya moto street [stone town].