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    Destination

    Zanzibar - North Coast

    When can I go?

    1 April 2019 - 30 June 2019

    Description

    7 Night discounted luxury villa getaway at Diamonds Star of the East

    What’s included in the deal?

    Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango Return resort transfers 7 nights accommodation in a One Bedroom Villa Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

    More Info

    15% Early Bird Discount included - Book and pay 30 days prior to departure

    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 peak season supplement applies for travel 12 December 2018 - 19 January 2019.

    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 not included. Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations. Rebooking and cancellation fees apply. All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified. Standard terms and conditions apply. All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.

    Pricing From

    Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 48 995 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 1 210 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 50 205 p.p.s
  • DIAMONDS STAR OF THE EAST


    Why we like it

    Nestled on the North West Zanzibar at Nungwi, this flagship Diamonds resort offers 11 one or two bedroom private villas, each with their own plunge pool, overlooking the azure ocean.

    The villas are the real highlight with spiral shaped pools, butler service, four-poster beds draped in white linen and indoor/outdoor bathrooms. Each villa sits in its own tropical garden walled by foliage and offers a hilltop view of the Indian Ocean.

    Star of the East guests enjoy exclusive access to a private beach, plus an all inclusive programme that covers all drinks (including a personal bar stocked to order with premium brands) and meals in the private restaurant. Guests also have access to selected Diamonds la Gemma dell’Est facilities and food and beverage outlets.

    This resort is the perfect escape for those in search of island pampering at its best.

    Description

    LOCATION
    North West, Nungwi

    ACCOMMODATION

    9 One Bedroom Villas (Size: 235 m²)
    There are 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 discerning guests the ultimate on space and luxurious privacy. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, an extra-large and fully furnished terrace with a covered and open area and a large tropical private garden to enjoy the un-matched views over the sea and the famous Zanzibar sunset.

    2 Two Bedroom Villas (Size: 300 m²)
    The 2 two bedroom villas with additional in-room Jacuzzi designed in modern contemporary and African style are built to give the discerning guest the ultimate on space and luxurious privacy. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, an extra-large and fully furnished terrace with a covered and open area and a large tropical private garden to enjoy the unmatched views over the sea and the famous Zanzibar sunset.

    ROOM FACILITIES

    • King size bed 
    • Individually controlled air conditioning
    • Flat screen satellite TV and DVD player 
    • Entertainment console 
    • Large in room safe box 
    • Private bar 
    • Walk-in closet 
    • Spacious bathroom with large bathtub, indoor and outdoor walk-in shower, 2 hand basins, face mirror and hair dryer, private WC, bidet and indoor Jacuzzi 
    • Exclusive choice of amenities 
    • Choice of cushions and duvet 
    • Speciality coffee and tea making 
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    DINING

    Meal Plans
    The resort operates on an All Inclusive basis.

    All Inclusive includes

    • Special Welcome Drink and selection of amenities upon arrival
    • Fine Selection of Soft drinks, house wine, local beer, juices, water, tea, coffee served at any time
    • Choice of fine cuisine lunch and dinner menu
    • 24 hours Room Service
    • Large choice of breakfast options as per personal request
    • Snack Menu available 24 hours
    • Romantic Private Dinners at our beach with a personalized menu from our Head Chef
    • Canoes, paddle boats, stand up paddle, water aerobics,beach volley, table tennis, pool, table soccer, indoor & outdoor gym, floodlit tennis
    • 24 hours Butler Service
    • Fully stocked mini bar personalised with your preferred beverages
    • Nightly entertainment including live bands/singer, Acrobatics, Masai Show, DJ playing at the Tiara Lounge and at the Sunset Lounge & Bar
    24 Hour in room dining with a wide selection of international dishes.

    Ocean Blue Restaurant
    Serves fine dining a la carte dishes with panoramic views of the ocean.

    Tiara Lounge Bar

    Serves finger food, snacks and a variety of International and Local drinks and large selection of cocktails.

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

    Diamonds Beach Club
    The Tropicana Pool and Snack Bar serves drinks including beers, wines, spirits, local fresh juices, homemade ice teas, cocktails and more. The outdoor restaurant on the beach serves light snacks salads, homemade pizza from the show kitchen as well as a curry buffet at lunchtime.
    The Beach Club is open from 09h30 to 22h30 daily

    MVUA AFRICAN RAIN SPA
    Rain is life, and life depends on it……. this is the concept behind Mvua African Rain Spa, a balanced oasis to calm the body and senses. Guests will be pampered by the skilful hands of the expertly trained staff

    Wi-Fi
    Complimentary through Diamonds Star of the East.

    FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES (some at a supplement)

    • Hobby cat
    • Windsurfing 
    • Canoes
    • International diving centre
    • Variety of swimming pools
    • Outdoor gym
    • Floodlit Tennis court
    • Beach volley ball
    • Private beach with beach service
    • Beach volley ball



  • WELCOME TO ZANZIBAR

    Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that you will hear on arrival when you are welcomed by the warm and inviting locals. Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa. There are many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as 'Zanzibar'), and Pemba Island. As the number one beach location in East Africa, Zanzibar 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

    Zanzibar was inhabited by Portuguese navigators at the end of the 15th century. They were ousted 200 years later by the Omani Arabs and Zanzibar became a major centre for slave trading. The island became an Arab state and was an important centre of trade and politics in the region. European explorers, including Stanley and Livingstone, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar in the late 1800’s. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution and in the same year, Zanzibar and Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

    LANGUAGE

    The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood. Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!

    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) will 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 very tropical climate. The average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between 20°C and 25°C. Temperature wise – this island is an all-year-round winner. February is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and March to May are the wettest months.

    CURRENCY

    The local currency is Tanzania Shillings (TSH) but the currency cannot be bought outside of the country. Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change. We strongly recommend that you take USD cash in small denominations for incidental purchases, tips etc.

    ELECTRICITY

    220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to take along an international adaptor.

    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 DO IN ZANZIBAR

    Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small islands, 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 a log book.
    • Shopping: Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Stone Town is a great place for fun shopping and bargain hunting. 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.
    • Stone Town: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Stone Town is a mishmash of cultures, languages and architecture. Over the centuries, Stone Town has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving town with an extraordinary history. Walking around Stone Town, you can see the influence of the different cultures that make up Zanzibar. Coral and stone houses show off imposing Zanzibar doors with brass studs as a defence against charging elephants and carvings with scriptures from the Quran. A tour of the town is highly recommended.
    • Excursions: There are loads of excursions available to help you explore this unique island. It is wise to stick to a reputable operator and not be lured by beach boys and vendors who prey on tourists promising cheap prices. There are two excursions that are not to be missed in our opinion. A visit to a spice farm village on the Spice Tour will allow you to walk through the farm with your guide – touching, smelling and tasting different spices and fruits. It will give you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.

    Setting sail on a traditional dhow will be one of the highlights of your trip. Safari Blue is a full day excursion which takes you out into Menai Bay – a haven of beautiful uninhabited islands where the waters are frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The anchor is dropped on a sandbank which makes for some spectacular snorkelling. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari and chicken. Make sure this one is on your itinerary.

    WHAT TO PACK

    • As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class.
    • Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
    • Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
    • The dress-code for dinner is usually smart casual and gents may be required to wear long trousers
    • Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January to March to June
    • When in town, men & women should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to locals
    • Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
    • Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
    • Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
    • Swimming shoes and goggles
    • Mosquito repellent
    • A sun hat or cap

    TRAVEL TIPS

    • Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
    • Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
    • No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
    • Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
    • Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
    • Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
    • It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
    • Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!

    DID YOU KNOW:

    • Due to its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal days and nights (12-hours each)
    • The shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
    • Zanzibar is popularly known as the Spice Islands.
    • Zanzibar has the largest number of carved doors in Africa
    • Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was actually Farouk Bulsara.


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