Serena is a chain with hotels and lodges all over East Africa, and its Zanzibar location is hard to beat: with a huge shady patio set above the beach and spectacular vistas across the ocean. All rooms have balcony and sea views too. Although well-appointed, it still has a charming air of colonial times with white-suited staff serving afternoon tea.
Located on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, Zanzibar Serena Inn offers 5-star accommodation with a view of the Indian Ocean. There is an outdoor pool with sun loungers, a café and 2 restaurants. All rooms are decorated with traditional furnishings and feature a satellite TV, mini bar and a tea and coffee maker. Each has a private bathroom with a bath and shower with free toiletries. There is 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. The Terrace Seafood Restaurant features an open-air rooftop terrace and has ocean views. International and Swahili dishes are available at the Baharia Restaurant. The Pool Terrace Bar and coffee shop serve a wide selection of drinks, snacks and traditional pastries. Guests can relax and sunbathe poolside or on the beach. Other local activities include swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and diving. House of Wonders is a 5-minute drive away. Zanzibar International Airport, Dala-Dala Bus Terminus and Zanzibar Ferry Terminal are within a 10-minute drive away. Zanzibar Serena Inn offers free private parking.