Beyt al Chai

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Located in the famous Kelele Square at the heart of Zanzibar's renowned Stone Town. The location has an interesting history. A wealthy Arab merchant originally built this fabulous old building. In the years that followed, its square became a favourite haunt of the European residents of the town.

This is an exquisite 5-room boutique hotel within a traditional Zanzibar house, built on 3 floors on what was once a tea house. Sitting only a few paces from the sea, the house is cool and breezy.

On a typical day, guests relax in the beautifully appointed lounge and rooms overlooking a square filled with hibiscus and ancient tamarind trees - simultaneously feeling the pull of the mysterious Indian Ocean that lies just beyond the trees and soaking up the ambiance of this World Heritage Site only steps a way from the shops, restaurants and attractions of contemporary Zanzibar.

Each of the 5 en-suite bedrooms and suites are designed with richly coloured organza and silk curtains billowing in the breeze around antique furniture dating back to the days of the Sultan. Every room is fully air-conditioned, but just so you can open the window and enjoy the breeze in the ancient manner, or simply listen to the late night call of the Muezzin as it has been heard in the square of this house for generations, there is a ceiling fan.

The restaurant is considered the finest dining establishment within Zanzibar's Stone Town. The cuisine is a fusion of Zanzibar and Europe. At breakfast, from 0700 hrs to 1000 hrs, only hotel guests are allowed in to savour fresh and prepared orders. Lunch is between 1200 hrs & 1530 hrs and provides a choice of Zanzibari and European cuisine. Dinner is served between 1800 hrs & 2200 hrs, the menu transforms into a fine dining candlelight experience of culinary creations.

Complete your evening with the hotel's famous Passion Fruit Parfait served with caramelized Banana and Coconut Cookies. A wide selection of Fine Wines completes the experience.


Around the place
  • Gift shop
  • Towel and linen service
  • Restaurant
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Water sports centre


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