Connected by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives and Zanzibar offer a variety of unrivaled luxury white sand beaches and a rich underwater world for diving. Residence hotels, part of the Cenizaro group, are an excellent starting point to explore the islands and, at the same time, disconnect from the routine after months of restrictions. Following the progress of the vaccination campaign in Spain, this summer is full of hope and desire to travel the world again.
Reasons to visit Zanzibar
Zanzibar is an island associated with spicy flavors, a hidden gem that has become popular for its catalog of spectacular palm-lined beaches and rich history. A true little corner of paradise for all types of travelers, the island is the ideal destination for honeymoons, family vacations or the ideal place to relax after a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.
-Those who love nature can try to see the rare native red colobus monkeys in Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park or take a trip on the crystal clear waters with a Safari Blue Tour, an exciting excursion to discover the Fumba region and beyond – of the. Although this is a remote area of the island, guests may see dolphins playing in the shallow waters of Menai Bay or enjoy a snorkeling expedition around the reefs of a desert sandbar or a dinner fit for royalty with fresh-caught seafood. by the fishermen that very morning.
-The oldest part of Zanzibar City, Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the legendary Freddie Mercury, one of the reasons the tiny island was first put on the international card. Zanzibar was an important hub on ancient trade routes which gave rise to an interesting mix of cultures from the Middle East, Africa, India, Persia and Europe. These influences can be found in the cuisine, architecture, religion and local customs of the island. Some of the buildings in Stone Town date from the 18th and 19th centuries, many of which can be seen by walking through the narrow lanes.
-A visit to Changuu Island, or Prison Island, is also highly recommended and is only a 30-minute boat ride from Stone Town. Built in 1893, it was previously used as a quarantine hospital for yellow fever outbreaks, but today the abandoned island is home to a family of giant tortoises that were driven out of town in the 1990s.
-The Residence Zanzibar Spa has six pavilions and is set amongst 2 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, each cabin leading directly to a private garden with outdoor shower, bathtub and relaxation area. This wellness space pays homage to Zanzibar’s vibrant multicultural tapestry and boasts the use of pure, premium ingredients combined with the magical touch of local flora and species.
Reasons to visit the Maldives
Nearly 1,200 islands make up the country, and no two are alike. Conceived as a world away from the everyday, The Residence Maldives on Falhumaafushi and Dhigurah Islands was designed in harmony with the natural surroundings, seamlessly blending traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary elegance and modern comfort. While the tropical beachfront villas open up to a private oasis just steps from the sand, the luxurious overwater villas offer the pleasure of slipping directly from the terrace into a personal lagoon.
-Two resorts in one: Guests staying at either resort can use the facilities and dining options of the partner resort on a half-board or all-inclusive basis, providing a unique experience on two islands in one. Additionally, The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah are the only two resorts in the Maldives to offer the exclusive Spa by Clarins, offering a variety of holistic treatments, soothing massages, hair services and spa programs. . With overwater treatment pavilions at both spas, daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes, travelers will find calm for mind, body, and spirit.
-Easily accessible from the private deck, guests of both resorts have access to the small but charming “Island of the Castaways”, located between the two islands. The hotel team will create a personalized experience for each guest, from organizing a picnic to hosting an evening barbecue. The perfect place to relax and enjoy social distancing!
-The Maldives Residence is located in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the largest and deepest in the world and therefore a dream destination for diving, surrounded by pristine underwater landscapes and colorful corals teeming with marine life varied. The resort’s PADI 5* dive center offers courses for beginners and guided dives for certified divers to explore the underwater world. With many pristine dive sites, snorkelers and snorkelers can encounter various hard and soft corals, sponges, gorgonians, as well as triggerfish, parrot fish, fusiliers, tunas, turtles, barracudas, rays (eagle rays, manta rays) and sharks (grey reef sharks, black and white tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, leopard sharks).
-The Residence Maldives has 9 restaurants and 6 bars on the two islands offering cuisine from around the world. Travelers can alternate poolside relaxation with light meals and tapas at Cafe del Sol, savor a delicious Cantonese lunch at Li Bai, or spend a romantic evening dining under the stars by the waters edge at Falhumaa.