With its pristine sands, teal-tinged waters and traditional way of life, Zanzibar is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples looking to channel their inner Robinson Crusoe. This Tanzanian archipelago offers the perfect blend of driftwood luxury and romantic island seclusion, with beaches few footprints have stepped on before and cities of crayon-coloured coral that will leave your eyes as big as your snorkel mask. Its tranquil vibes are the perfect partner with an exciting safari in either Kenya or mainland Tanzania. If you do want to peel yourself away from the beach, then the intriguing spice history and snaking lanes of historic Stone Town is also well worth a wander.
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When you think of an exotic island then the Zanzibar archipelago isn't far behind. It really delivers on its reputation, with its untouched sands and understated charm perfect for honeymooners who are looking for luxury and privacy in one place. It really is somewhere you and your loved one can escape to and disconnect from the rest of the world.
Zanzibar is surrounded by pristine coral reefs hidden beneath the shimmering waves of the Indian Ocean. While on on a snorkel mask or zip up a wetsuit and get exploring these incredible underwater worlds of kaleidoscopic coral, tropical fish and a magical array of marine life, including spotted eagle rays, green turtles, reef sharks and dolphins. Visibility is fantastic throughout the year, so it doesn't matter when your honeymoon is!
Thankfully, the accommodation in Zanzibar matches the archipelago's simple charms. Authentic retreats front footprint-free beaches, rustic wooden hideaways blend in with the spectacular scenery and eco-chic luxury is the mantra of most resorts here. It's all about living like a 21st-century Robinson Crusoe in Zanzibar!
For a long time, Stone Town was a trading station for spice merchants heading from Africa to Arabia. Its role as a trading checkpoint has meant Stone Town today has become a cultural melting pot, where locals of Arab, Indian, European and African origin have influenced everything from the food to the ancient buildings which flank the city's labyrinth of lanes. It's a truly fascinating place to wander and great day trip for couples who want a break from the beach!
Zanzibar is a great honeymoon escape in its own right but it also dovetails beautifully with a safari in East Africa. Spend a few days spotting the Big Five in Kenya or mainland Tanzania, before spotting the African bush for the relaxing cream-coloured beaches of Zanzibar.
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