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Qambani’s generous proportions provide six bedroom villas, living spaces, two pools and lush tropical garden, a promise of complete relaxation and indulgence.

A fusion of ancient Swahili crafts – perfected in the palaces of the sultans along the East African shores – and modern coastal design, it gives shady sanctuary, while turning the inside out, so every space takes great gulps of the sea and the balmy tropical air.

Living Areas

The single greatest luxury in Qambani could be the vast amount of personal space, and how well it works. At the heart of the property is a ring of superb communal areas: generous, beautifully equipped and made for dream holidays.

A huge living room extends along the garden’s ocean edge opening onto sun-drenched terraces. To one side stands a big, breezy, timber dining room and to the back, a kitchen, entertainment room, gym and hammam open onto a tropical courtyard.

Outdoors

It’s hard to say what’s the best thing about the grounds that surround Qambani: the splendid pools for endless afternoons in the water, the exotic gardens with palms and sunbirds – planted by one of East Africa’s best gardeners – or the Indian Oceans’ craggy coral edge with seaviews splashed all the way along the front.

A little stroll down through the grounds takes you to five wooden steps and the shore. From June to November, a miles-long white sand beach curls around the headland. From December to May, a smaller beach is no more than ten minutes walk away on the coral at low tide.

Bedrooms

The six thatched bedroom villas are scattered east to west along the coral ras, with lovely sea views and generous living areas. Furnished to an extremely high spec, they are a joy to behold and delight to stay in.

Each of the villas is different – in different styles with different treats: extra rooms and bathrooms for children, breeze-cooled loft rooms, outside showers or baths; one even has its own parapet terrace right on the sea’s edge.

1. Castaway

If Robinson Crusoe had found a few more tools and a crowd of craftsmen to help him, he might have built this as his hideaway. This room is all about ocean – delicate marine blues, antique boat timber furniture and a fabulous outside shower that overlooks the sea.

Location

On the far western end of the grounds, to the right of infinity pool, closest to the sea steps. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Suitable for families, all on ground floor

– Total two bedrooms, two bathrooms
– One double (bed 200x220cm)

– Ensuite dressing room

– Bathroom with bath and outside shower

– One twin (each bed 100 x200cm)

– Ensuite shower-room
– Shared sitting area and sea-view verandah

– Total size 95m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning
– Over-bed fans
– Wi-Fi
– Espresso machine
– Mini-fridge

– Sonos sound system

2. Coastal

Cool, airy and elegant – the perfect space for shaking the sand off your feet – with carved wooden furniture, antique Chinese porcelain, billowing nets and delicate shades of the seaside.

Location

To the west of the living areas, between Africa and Castaway. Above infinity pool. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Suitable for families, all on ground floor

– Total two bedrooms, two bathrooms:

– One double bedroom (bed 200x220cm)

– Ensuite dressing area

– Bathroom with bath and outside shower

– One twin bedroom (each bed 105×200 cm)

– Ensuite shower-room

– Shared sitting area and sea-view verandah

– Total size 95m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning

– Over-bed fans

– Wi-fi

– Espresso machine

– Mini-fridge

– Sonos sound system

3. Africa

African gets a contemporary makeover, with bold tribal textiles, carvings and calming creams. With the sunlight filtering through, and a flame tree shading the verandah, a soft sanctuary for tropical days.

Location

To the west of the living areas, close to dining room and kitchen. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Ground and first floor

– Total two doubles with shared bathroom:

– One double (bed 200x220cm) on ground floor

– Ensuite dressing area Bathroom with bath and shower

– Sitting area and sea-view verandah

– Downstairs total area 65m2

– One open-air double loft room (no air-con)

– Upstairs total area 25m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning

– Over-bed fans

– Wi-fi

– Espresso machine

– Mini-fridge

– Sonos sound system

4. Sultan

The vivacity of Zanzibar pervades these two companion rooms – strong colours, naïve African modern art and quirky antiques. All centred around a generous shared terrace and verandah for long, lazy afternoons by the ocean.

Location

Between Sundowner and Plantation, to the east of the living areas. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Suitable for two couples, all on ground floor

– Total two doubles (beds 200 x 220cm)

– Two bathrooms with baths and showers

– Shared central open-air sitting area

– Sea-view verandah

– Total area 130m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning

– Over-bed fans

– Wi-fi

– Espresso machine

– Mini-fridge

– Sonos sound system

5. Plantation

Think romantic colonial with a dusting of spice. The retreat for seasoned planters to recover themselves, amidst antique maps, botanical drawings and Persian rugs. Upstairs, a room in the eaves, breeze cooled and bursting with sea view.

Location

To the east of the living areas, closest to living room. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Ground and first floor

– Total two doubles with shared bathroom:

– One double (bed 200x220cm) on ground floor

– Ensuite dressing area Bathroom with bath and shower

– Sitting area and sea-view verandah

– Downstairs total area 65m2

– One open-air double loft room (no air-con)

– Upstairs total area 25m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning

– Over-bed fans

– Wi-fi

– Espresso machine

– Mini-fridge

– Sonos sound system

6. Sundowner 

Probably the most romantic of all the bedroom villas, harking back to the days of the sultans, harems and parapets. A mini tropical palace for two, couched in rampant greenery and teetering on the edge of the coral cliff.

Location

Tucked away on the far eastern end of the grounds, the most private of the cottages, down 20 shallow steps, closest to shore. Unimpeded sea views.

Accommodation

– Suitable for one couple

– Self-contained with own kitchenette

– Smaller than average rooms

– Total one double bedroom (bed 160x200cm)

– Ensuite shower room

– Outside bath on ocean’s edge

– Sea-view verandah

– Sundowner rooftop

– Total area 50m2

Amenities

– Air-conditioning

– Over-bed fans

– Wi-fi

– Espresso machine

– Fridge

– Ice-maker

– Sonos Sound system

Location

Qambani is set on the tip of a secluded peninsula, with a seasonal beach, on Zanzibar’s eastern shores. For a tropical island, Zanzibar is very accessible, and from Europe, you wont have to deal with jet-lag, as there’s only 2/3 hours time difference .

A direct eight-hour night flight delivers you direct from Europe to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Then there’s a 15-minute flight to Zanzibar. From the airport, the drive to Qambani is an hour and a half, across the island.

The price will be confirmed at the time of the booking for clarity reasons.

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