|In the legendary Stone Town of Zanzibar, the island whose very name evokes East Africa's exotic past, stands Zanzibar Serena Inn. It has joined the ranks of the world's finest resorts as a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This stunning property is set in two historic seafront buildings that have been masterfully restored to their previous grandeur, when Zanzibar was a crossroads visited by travelers and merchants from all corners of the globe. Interiors echo Zanzibar's rich Arabic influence - or ustaarabu - as well as the island's indigenous East African roots. The rooms are elegant and romantic, each overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The property's 51 rooms are cool, white and constructed to the traditional design of a Swahili houses, dependant upon the length of the mangrove poles that make up its ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and featuring traditionally carved furniture, cool-ceramics, intricate fretwork, draped beds and louver doors giving onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and azure bay beyond, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance. Facilities include: Satellite TV, air-conditioning in all rooms, mosquito nets, mini-bar, in-room safe, telephone, bathrooms with tub/shower, hair-dryer, concierge and porter services, laundry, and 24-hour room service. The Zanzibar cuisine is a glorious melee of fresh seafood, spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. Meals vary from lavish seafood suppers on the panoramic Roof Top Terrace to extensive buffet selections and themed dinners in the Baharia Restaurant. Home-made cocktails and traditional fruit punches are served at the Masahani Bar, as are atmospheric ‘Sundowners’ on the exotic poolside terrace with uninterrupted views across the azure waters of the bay. Seafood grills and beach cocktails can be arranged at the exclusive Mangapwani Serena Beach Club.An extensive selection of recreation and water sport activities are available to guests. Visits to Stone Town's historical landmarks and excursions to neighboring islands and wildlife reserves are done daily.