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Zanzibar - DIAMONDS LA GEMMA DELL 'EST - 7 Nights
Web Ref#: HF6288
    Destination
    Zanzibar - North West Coast
    When can I go?
    11 April 2017 - 30 June 2017
    Description
    Save 20% at the All inclusive Diamonds La Gemma
    What’s included in the deal?
    • Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled; direct services of Mango
    • Return resort transfers (seat in coach)
    • 7 nights accommodation in a Villa Club Room
    • Welcome drink - Breakfast; lunch and dinner at The Pavillion restaurant – Soft drinks; house wine; local beer; juices; water tea; coffee spirits and long drinks served during meals and at the resort bars – Snacks are offered at the Coral Cove Snack Bar as well as a light menu for lunch – Dinner at the Coral Cove Pizzeria – Tea; coffee; special coffee and water pipes at Café Moresco - After midnight all drinks are chargeable – WiFi in public areas – Canoes; water gym; stretching; beach volley; table tennis; gym; tennis court – Stocked minibar in the room – Beach towels; sun beds and beach umbrellas.
    • All Zanzibar taxes; levies and surcharges (estimate)
    Airfare Surcharges & Conditions
    • This fare level is determined by Mango’s yield management of their seats and is not a set fare level but rather subject to the load factor booked on a specific date.
    • A high season supplement from R2535 applies for travel 28 Mar-30 Apr; 01 Jul-25 Jul, 30 Sep-10 Oct and from 06 Dec onwards
    Terms & Conditions
    • Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
    • Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
    • Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
    • Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
    • All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
    • Standard terms and conditions apply.
    Pricing from Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 17 555 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 1 320 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 18 875 p.p.s
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    DIAMONDS LA GEMMA DELL'EST
    Why we like it
    Designed to merge beautifully with its exquisite surroundings, Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est is a pinnacle of luxury.

    With every furnishing and décor created with the utmost attention to detail, this is a place to relax your mind and spirit. This is the largest Resort on one of the most incredible coastlines in the world. Watch the sunset over a bottle of wine, and relish the splendour that is Zanzibar.
    Description
    LOCATION
    North East Zanzibar, Nungwi.

    CURRENCY
    Tanzanian Shilling, USD also accepted

    ACCOMMODATION
    With 138 luxurious rooms, all with a guaranteed view of the azure Indian Ocean, you’ll be met with every satisfaction and comfort.
    The rooms are warm and welcoming, a cool refuge after a day in the sun.
    Accommodation comprises
    • 93 Deluxe Sea View rooms with private terrace and garden access
    • 23 Villa Club rooms with a communal living room
    • 10 Suites with sea view, separate living room and kitchenette
    • 6 Ocean Suites
    • 1 Family Suite with living room and 2 bedrooms
    • A Presidential Suite with 5 bedrooms, a large communal living area, office, butler quarters and private pool with sea view terrace.

    ROOM FACILITIES
    • Individual climate control and ceiling fan
    • TV with satellite channels
    • Stocked mini barn
    • Coffee and tea making facilities
    • Digital in room personal safe
    • Telephone via operator
    • Smoke detector and sprinkler
    • Hairdryer
    • Shaver plug point
    • Electricity 220V 50 Hz

    DINING
    The All Inclusive Concept
    • Welcome drink
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Pavillion restaurant
    • Soft drinks, house wine, local beer, juices, water tea, coffee spirits and long drinks served during meals and at the resort bars
    • Snacks are offered at the Coral Cove Snack Bar as well as a light menu for lunch
    • Dinner at the Coral Cove Pizzeria
    • Tea, coffee, special coffee and water pipes at Café Moresco
    • After midnight all drinks are chargeable
    • WiFi in public areas
    • Canoes, water gym, stretching, beach volley, table tennis, gym, tennis court
    • Stocked minibar in the room
    • Beach towels, sun beds and beach umbrellas.

    RESTAURANTS
    Pavillion restaurant
    With indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor dining facilities offers lavish buffet of light and tasty Mediterranean cuisine together with favourite local dishes. Special theme nights are organized on a weekly basis.

    Sea Breeze a la carte restaurant (At a supplement)
    Located on the magnificent pier, serves fresh seafood in an exceptional and romantic atmosphere.

    The Coral Cove
    All inclusive pizzeria restaurant located on the beach open for dinner serves fresh pizzas, salads, aperitifs, selected wine and refreshing drinks.

    The Beach Grill ( At a supplement)
    Serves excellent sea food menus in a unique setting on the beach, directly under the starry sky: ideal for romantic dinners.

    The Cafè Moresco and Sunset Lounge Bar
    Located on the magnificent pier, are open only in the evening. The Cafè Moresco serves Oriental coffee and tea, shisha, oriental snacks and pastries. The lounge bar offers wide selection of local and international cocktails and drinks with live entertainment and African shows.

    The Beach Bar
    Located near the Coral Cove, serves cool drinks and snacks throughout the day,
    afternoon tea and a variety of cocktails in the evening. Open from 9 am to 10:30 pm.

    The Lobby Lounge
    Located near the reception offers refreshing drinks in a calm and peaceful environment during the day and early evening. Open from 7:30 am to 11 pm.
    Wi-Fi facilities available.

    BOABAB CONGRESS CENTRE
    The convention centre is named after 2 monumental and ageless baobab trees around which it has been designed and caters to all conference, meeting an banqueting requirements. Organizing and catering services are available along with premium table settings, meeting amenities and audio-video equipment. The Baobab meeting rooms accommodate up to 160 persons for sit down function or 300 for cocktail receptions. The grand ballroom divides into 3 separate rooms fitted with soundproof walls and has a board room offering the latest facilities.

    WATERSPORTS AND ACTIVITIES (some at a supplement)
    • Catamaran
    • Laser boat
    • Windsurfing
    • Canoe
    • Sailing and windsurfing courses
    • Water-skiing
    • Wakeboarding
    • Banana tube riding
    • Speedboat trips and local boat sunset trips and full days
    • Deep sea fishing

    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Spherique Boutique
    • Mvua Spa African Rain Spa
    • Glitter Gems Jeweller
    • extensive and immaculate gardens
    • sea and sunset view from all rooms and areas of the resort
    • a multilingual management team.

    Facilities
    Spa
    WiFi
    Diving
    Snorkeling
    Babysitting
    Package Bonus Info
    • Package includes a 20% early booking discount.

    WELCOME TO ZANZIBAR

    Zanzibar is the number one beach location in East Africa. It is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.

    HISTORY
    The monsoons that blow across the Indian Ocean have allowed contact between Persia, Arabia, India and the coast of east Africa (including the islands of Zanzibar) for over 2,000 years. The first European arrivals were Portuguese 'navigators' looking for a trade route to India. They reached Zanzibar at the end of the 15th century and established a trading station here and at other points on the East African coast. At the end of the 17th century the Portuguese were ousted by the Omani Arabs. During this period, Zanzibar became a major slaving centre. In 1840, the Omani Sultan Said moved his court from Muscat to Zanzibar, and the island became an Arab state and an important centre of trade and politics in the region. Many European explorers, including Livingstone and Stanley, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar during the second half of the 19th century. Zanzibar was a British protectorate from 1890 until 1963, when the state gained independence. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution. In the same year, Zanzibar and the newly independent country of Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania.


    LANGUAGE
    The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). This language is also spoken as a first language by Swahili people along the east African coast, particularly in Kenya and mainland Tanzania. English is widely spoken and understood.


    CULTURE
    Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) cannot fail to hear the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets, especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations of Christians and Hindus.

    CLIMATE
    Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate that is largely dominated by the Indian Ocean monsoons. The kasikazi winds are from the north and occur in the winter months bringing the short rains. The long rains, known as mwaka, arrive in March and last until late May or June. January through March is generally hot and dry with little rainfall. April through June is wet because of the long rains which start to taper off in May. July through October are ideal months for visiting Zanzibar because the average temperature is 25 C, the air is dry and breezy and there is little rainfall. November and December are when the short rains appear. Average rainfall in Zanzibar is about 165 cm (65") and the average temperature is 26 C (79 F).

    CURRENCY
    Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change.

    ELECTRICITY
    220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK)

    MALARIA
    As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel.

    WHAT TO PACK
    Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day. Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January or March to June. When in town women and men should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to the local population. The dress for dinner is smart casual and gents are required to wear long trousers. Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must.

    VISA
    South African Passport holders do not require a visa.

    THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE ON YOUR ZANZIBAR VACATION
    Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters with excellent visibility or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small island, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.

    Diving- With living reefs surrounding the islands, Zanzibar has excellent dive locations. There are plenty of places where the water temperature is warm, visibility is usually excellent, and currents are weak, all of which contributes to an ideal location for first time and novice divers. In addition to the warm and still waters full of colourful fish, there are many challenging dives as well. If you want to surf the current through a ravine, go for deep water, or search for wrecks, there are dive companies that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger resorts on the north and east coasts have professionally-run dive shops as well. Qualified divers must produce certification and log book.


    Shopping- Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Zanzibar is one of the last places left for fun shopping and bargain hunts. You will find the inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in the market for a tasteful souvenir. Gizenga Street, off Kenyatta Road by the Post Office is an excellent street for finding all the things mentioned above plus postcards, stamps, skin-covered drums, spices, and antiques. Sasik, a store representing a women’s cooperative, is highly recommended for locally sewn pillow covers in traditional Arabic and Persian patterns. There are also some antique stores that, although they may have more of a junk store appearance, have some interesting pieces that may bear historical importance. Kangas, the local cloth worn by women over their dresses and covering their heads, are available next to Darajani and in town near the majestic cinema.

    Stone Town- Livingstone House, on the northeast side of the town, this old building is now the main office of the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation (ZTC). It was built around 1860 for Sultan Majid. At this time Zanzibar was used as a starting point by many of the European missionaries and pioneers who explored eastern and central Africa during the second half of the 19th century. David Livingstone, probably the most famous explorer of them all, stayed in this house before sailing to the mainland to begin his last expedition in 1866. Other explorers, such as Burton, Speke, Cameron and Stanley, also stayed here while preparing for their own expeditions. The house was later used by members of the island’s Indian community, and in 1947 it was bought by the colonial government for use as a scientific laboratory for research into clove diseases. After independence and the revolution it became the Zanzibar headquarters of the Tanzania Friendship Tourist Bureau, the forerunner of today’s ZTC.

    The Palace Museum- A large white building with castellated battlements situated on Mizingani Road, Originally called the Sultan’s Palace, it was built in the late 1890s for members of the sultan’s family. From 1911, it was used as the Sultan of Zanzibar’s official residence, but was renamed the People’s Palace after the 1964 Revolution, when Sultan Jamshid was overthrown. It continued to be used as government offices until 1994 when the palace was turned into a museum dedicated to the history of the sultans of Zanzibar.

    Beit al Ajaib (House of Wonders)- This large, white building dominates the waterfront area of Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), and is one of its best-known landmarks. A perfect rectangle, it is one of the largest buildings on the island even today, rising over several storeys, surrounded by tiers of pillars and balconies, and topped by a large clock tower. After more than a century of use as a palace and government offices, it opened in 2002 as the Museum of History and Culture and contains some fascinating exhibits and displays. It’s a pity to rush your visit: allow yourself enough time to browse. The Arab Fort - situated next to the House of Wonders. is a large building, with high, dark-brown walls topped by castellated battlements. It was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs, who had gained control of Zanzibar in 1698, following almost two centuries of Portuguese occupation. The fort was used as a defence against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group, the Mazrui, who occupied Mombasa at that time.

    The Palaces at Mizingani (formerly the People’s Palace)- Constructed on part of the site of an even older palace called Beit el Sahel, which was originally built for Sultan Said between 1827 and 1834. Contemporary accounts describe Beit el Sahel as a two-storey whitewashed palace, with a roof of green and red tiles, separated from the beach by a high wall, with a grove of pomegranates behind. The accounts go on to describe how Sultan Said spent three days of each week at Beit el Sahel, and the rest of the time at his country palace at Mtoni, about 5km north of Zanzibar Town. He often walked from the town to Mtoni even though his stables were full of Arabian horses. Every morning, the best horses were brought out from the stables and fastened to the seaward side of the wall with long ropes, to roam about and wade in the soft sand at low tide.

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