There is nothing better than celebrating the festive season on the coast, starting with Christmas Eve on the magical island of Zanzibar with its sandy white beaches, turquoise-blue water and swaying palm trees. The historic Spice Island seems to have been lost in time with its narrow streets, carved doorways and ancient trade routes. As you head to the north of the island, Elewana Kilindi overlooks the ocean that has witnessed the spice trade route for over 500 years.
Set in a picturesque tropical garden with a secluded beachfront, the luxurious Pavilion Suites feature wide arched, glass-less windows, affording spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Kilindi’s “open-to-nature” approach provides the true essence to any stay and crafts a private, intimate and “barefoot” appeal that so many crave.
The day before Christmas brings excitement and wonder for all. As the sun goes down and the heat of the day dissipates, head down to the beach where a bonfire awaits you. Enjoy a special Christmas cocktail, Gin Basil Smash with a Christmas Twist, as the sun sets leaving behind the scarlet hues in the night sky. Make a wish as the first star appears then watch as the rest glimmer into life, creating Christmas lights that twinkle above as you sit for dinner. Chef Lucas will prepare a tantalizing and delicious array of prawns, lobster and a few local side dishes on the beach barbecue. A separate menu is available for those who do not eat seafood.
The dawn breaks to the sound of the ocean waves, and Christmas is here. Explore the hidden secrets of the island or relax in the infinity pool watching the dhows head out to sea, with a gentle breeze in their sail. Individual tables will be beautifully set up in a secret place, either in the garden, upper terrace or villa. Celebrate with a Kir Royal with a Christmas Twist cocktail before your butler escorts you to your table, where you will banquet on a 5-course Christmas feast of gammon, turkey, seafood, and additional side dishes prepared by Chef Lucas. And what is Christmas without a gift? The final gesture from the Kilindi team to complete your holiday!
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