Ever since I came across pictures of the beaches in Zanzibar, it had been my dream to visit this beautiful island. So, when my husband suggested including Zanzibar for our honeymoon along with mainland Tanzania, I just couldn’t contain my excitement. We wanted to do the adventurous part first and then spend the rest of the holiday in a much leisurely way. Hence after a terrific time spent on the Safaris in the Northern Circuit, we flew to Zanzibar for some relaxing beach time.
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The pristine blue beaches of Zanzibar was very enticing for both of us after driving across the Savannahs for almost a week. As we landed on the island, we couldn’t wait to head to our hotel to leave all our luggage and lounge on the beach. Our hotel in Zanzibar was the Warere Beach Hotel, which was located at Nungwi Beach, the northern part of Zanzibar Island. The hotel was about an hour and a half from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and as our cab driver drove us to our destination, we were glued to our windows taking in every sight as we passed by.
Warere Beach Hotel is a bit secluded from the Nungwi village and took us a little effort to locate the property. Once the check-in formalities were done and we got settled in our rooms, we were actually glad that the hotel was so isolated, as this gave us ample of opportunity to rest and relax during our stay. Warere Beach Hotel has 15 bungalow style rooms with three rooms having the beach view. We were lucky to be allotted with the one of the best sea-facing room in the hotel, with the beach located right below the cliff. The room came with a private balcony which had an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean (totally blissful to look at).
The first two days in Zanzibar was spent mostly swimming, lounging by the pool sipping some local beer and eating delicious local food. Usually, when I am traveling I am all in for exploring the new place but at Nungwi I was more than happy to stay put and enjoy the beach life. The hotel also arranges day trips to surrounding islands and water sports activities on request. But as I was on eat-drink-sleep-repeat mode, I couldn’t be swayed to try any of the activities. During the high tide, it is impossible to step into the water as the waves along with strong winds making it difficult to stand still even for a second. But during the day as the waves hit the shores at a relaxed pace it is a beautiful experience to walk on the fine white sand, gazing at the pristine blue water that spans for miles long.
The turquoise blue water was just soothing to gaze at and as I listened to the waves hitting the shores day I couldn’t imagine a more sublime experience than enjoying one of most beautiful creations of nature! If I ever plan to retire in some exotic location, I would happily choose Nungwi Beach as my destination as I can easily see myself contently spending endless days in this magical place.
On our last day in Zanzibar, we decided to head to the main city of the Zanzibar, Stone Town to explore the old city. As we spent a day in the historic city, my heart yearned to be back in the gorgeous Nungwi Beach.
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Have you guys ever found a place so enticing and decided to do nothing but enjoy just being there at the moment? What do you think about Nungwi Beach?
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