November 12, 2010

A star is born in Zanzibar

STAR OF THE EAST

A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with its own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset.

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The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with the ultimate in comfort, privacy and luxury.

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Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est.


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The Rooms at Star of the East


One Bedroom Villas

7 one bedroom villas and 2 one bedroom villas with additional in-room Jacuzzi designed in modern contemporary and African style and built to give the discerning guest the ultimate on space and luxurious privacy.

Each villas comes with a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, an extra large and fully furnished terrace with a covered and open area and a large tropicalprivate garden to enjoy the un-matched views over the sea and the famousZanzibar sunset.

One Bedroom Villas Size: 235 square meters ( 100sqm interiors, 65sqm external area covered with makuti, 45sqm garden, 25sqm swimming pool )

Guest room facilities:

King size bed
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Flat screen satellite TV
Entertainment console
Laptop and business Desk pad with exclusive stationary
Large in room safe box
Private bar
Walk-in closet
Spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor walk-in shower, 2 hand basin, face mirror and hair dryer private WC, bidet and indoor Jacuzzi as per reservation
Exclusive choice of amenities
Choice of cushions and duvet
Specialty Coffee and tea making facilities
Electric current 220 volts AC 50 cycles

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Two Bedroom Villas

2 two bedroom villas with additional in-room Jacuzzi designed in modern contemporary and African style and built to give the discerning guest the ultimate on space and luxurious privacy.

Each villas comes with a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, an extra large and fully furnished terrace with a covered and open area and a large tropicalprivate garden to enjoy the un-matched views over the sea and the famousZanzibar sunset.

Two Bedroom Villas Size: 300 square meters ( 150sqm interiors, 65sqm external area covered with makuti, 45sqm garden, 40sqm swimming pool )

Guest room facilities:

King size bed
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Flat screen satellite TV
Entertainment console
Laptop and business Desk pad with exclusive stationary
Large in room safe box
Private bar
Walk-in closet
Spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor walk-in shower, 2 hand basin, face mirror and hair dryer private WC, bidet and indoor Jacuzzi as per reservation
Exclusive choice of amenities
Choice of cushions and duvet
Specialty Coffee and tea making facilities
Electric current 220 volts AC 50 cycles

Two-Bedroom-Villas


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THE SPA

In Africa, rain gives life and life depends on it…

Rain is the gift that brings simple wealth to the earth and all those on it. Rain refreshes in the still heat of the day, it cools thirsty land, awakens the senses and sharpens the aromas of the bush.

Capturing the beauty and magic of African d├ęcor, Mvua African Rain Spa blends earthy colors and dramatic images to evoke a sensory journey and invites guest to built a personal experience in its calming space.

Here you will find everything you need to soothe body and mind.

At Mvua African Rain Spa we utilize indigenous moisture – nourishing natural ingredients and other native resources such as plants, flowers, salt, grains, spices, wild honey and raw sugar. Our tempting choices of treatments are based on ancient African, Asian and European traditions designed to soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body and enrich the mind.

After experiencing the attentive service and warm ambience, you will not want your visit to Mvua African Rain Spa end and you will return again and again.

Mvua African Rain Spa is an experience like no other.

Spherique Boutique

Our Philosophy

Amazing customers with a unique shopping experience in stunning locations around the world.

The Spherique philosophy is to ensure the highest quality in every aspect of our boutiques. Personnel are carefully selected and trained so our customers can enjoy the best professional service.

Spherique sources only the finest products by travelling extensively from small villages in Thailand, where we purchase quality local handicrafts such as handwoven silks and mother-of-pearl, to the small local markets in Africa that sell inimitable artefacts crafted from wood and stone. Where possible we select items made by local associations, which support people with disabilities.

Years of experience means Spherique understands exactly what customers want and need, which is why our boutiques now also feature more exotic brands to satisfy even the most discerning customers.

Our Boutiques

Our focus on quality begins with our boutique interiors. They are all designed by internationally recognised specialist architects and made with the best natural materials from the local area. No one can resist our exciting, colourful window displays and once inside we ensure our customers enjoy absolute comfort with spacious fitting rooms.

We guarantee that our boutiques always offer an excellent selection from the latest collections.

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Zanzibar Area Guide

The island of Zanzibar is in the Indian Ocean, 50km off the Eastern coast of Africa, a few degrees South of the Equator. It joined Tanzania in 1964, known as Tanganyika at the time, and since then it has been a part of what is now known as the United Republic of Tanzania. However, it has its own Government, Parliament and President.

The largest town is Zanzibar, which includes the ancient part Stone Town. Among the many islands forming its archipelago, Unguja and Pemba are the most extended and inhabited. The language spoken here is Ki-Swhaili, a result of the contact between the Bantu and the Middle Eastern civilizations, declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1960. English is also spoken, along with French and Italian. The most common religion is Islam and a very small minority of people are either Christians or Indus.

The island of Zanzibar is an extraordinarily beautiful place from the naturalistic point of view and was, for centuries, a crossroads for international trade between Eastern Africa, the Indian Ocean, China and Europe. This has turned the island into a place where different cultures cohabit harmonically.

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Local Attractions

Stone Town

With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People's Palace), Dr Livingstone's House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar's bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques. A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash's harem at Marahubi should also be included and rounds off an insight into Zanzibar's huge history and vibrant culture. Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.

Spice Plantations

The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, and a good tour includes opportunities to dazzle the senses with fresh spices. A detailed description is given about a variety of spices, and their uses in cooking and cosmetics. Visitors will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and spice oils.

Jozani Forest

The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey (pictured opposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar. These monkeys are full of character, and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve's perimeter and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species including Syke's monkey's, small buck and bushpigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night - perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.

North Coast

Tours to the unspoilt north coast always end up at Ras Nungwi, a sleepy fishing village on the northern tip of Zanzibar island. It is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar, so you will be able to see the traditional methods of dhow construction in action. This area of Zanzibar has some fantastic beaches and nearby coral reefs which are ideal for diving and snorkelling. The local villagers have built a turtle sanctuary where injured turtles and other marine animals are nursed back to health before being released back into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour

Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins which can be a very rewarding experience. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.

Prison Island

Once the site of a gaol for misbehaving slaves, the island lies just off the old stone town. It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkelling, and has a lovely white beach for sun-bathing.

It is also home to a family of giant tortoises, imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. This island is ideal for a day-trip with refreshments available throughout the day. It also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy freshly caught fish.

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