By Fiona McIntosh
If you’re attracted by exotic Stone Town, but want the beach as well, Mtoni Marine is the place to head.
Five minutes outside Stone Town, on a large crescent of sand, sits one of the best value hotels in Zanzibar. It’s set in a rambling green garden, shaded by trees and flowering bougainvillea. The resort is quiet, spotlessly clean and has a variety of rooms of different sizes to suit various budgets, yet it’s literally just outside town, so you’re soon in on the action should you want it. And amazingly, given its location, it has its own extensive beach where you can stroll by the Indian Ocean without a care in the world. In short, Mtoni Marine is an absolute gem. Owned and managed by Italians, it has a chic, colonial style with large, high-ceiling rooms, big fans and simple decor. There’s a large pool (particularly useful at low tide when the sea is a bit of a walk), big, bed-like loungers to while the day away in, and if you really can’t escape the office, wi-fi and a desktop where you can use the internet.