Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, the exotic island of Zanzibar is one of the ultimate romantic destinations. While other places in the Indian Ocean such as The Maldives and Mauritius remain popular, Zanzibar, nicknamed one of the "spice islands," is drawing a steady stream of romantic holidaymakers in search of style and rustic charm in a gorgeous setting. From the fascinating architectural styles fusing Arab, Indian and African influences, to the heady scents and explosion of colour at the bazaars of Stone Town or the spice plantations, the unique fauna that make their home in the island forests, or the perfect beaches with the finest white sand and warm turquoise waters, Zanzibar is a honeymooners' paradise like nowhere else. Whether on Zanzibar itself, or dotted throughout its neighbouring islands, there are several luxury establishments for William and Kate to enjoy their first holiday as a married couple. The Kilindi Luxury Resort is a brand new five star property and one of the island's finest, with each villa boasting not one but two private plunge pools linked by waterfalls. For the crème de la crème of exclusive hideaways, the lovebirds could try the intimate Mnemba Island Lodge, on its own island a few kilometres northeast of Zanzibar; or Fundu Lagoon, situated on a remote beach on Pemba Island.
By Richelle Harrison Plesse