ZANZIBAR: THE Z HOTEL

Geared up as a flop-and-drop resort for weary, post-safari travellers (hint: don’t feel too sorry for them), The Z Hotel Zanzibar is a relaxed, beachfront boutique hotel on the northern tip of the island.

PROS:
– Views of the water (particularly from the rooftop bar) are obviously unbeatable
– Hotel staff are warm, genuine and friendly without exception
– Wide, affordable range of fishing and water activities available off the beach
– Hotel food and drink menus reasonably priced (USD, of course)

CONS:
– Half board option poor value and very restrictive
– Food at the hotel restaurants really not up to scratch
– Expensive and time-consuming to get to and from the resort; limiting opportunities to experience the remainder of the island

WHO’S IT RIGHT FOR:
This is definitely a safe bet for those needing a (short – see below!) chance to unwind post safari. It’s more suited to couples than to young families; and to bookworms over party animals.

OVERALL:
Our big tip? Don’t book a stay longer than three nights. Zanzibar has a huge amount to offer in the way of food, history and culture, so balance your beach break with a stay in one of Stone Town’s stunning heritage hotels on your way to or from the island.

BALI: DOUBLE-SIX LUXURY HOTEL, SEMINYAK

If you’re wanting to treat yourself in Bali, look no further than the Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak. This 5-star, ultra-modern, luxury property is all-suites, located in a prime position on Double-Six Beach. Uninterrupted ocean views, anyone?

PROS:
– Beachfront hotel in Seminyak with incredible ocean views
– Rooms (which are all suites) are HUGE!
– Buffet breakfast is a-la-carte (order whatever you want from the menu!)
– Huge rooftop bar for sunset views and late night drinks
– The most incredible, kind staff! The hotel includes 24 hour butler service

CONS:
– Only one pool area and two restaurants
– Feels more like a hotel than a resort, despite its beachfront location.
Disclaimer: Although the Double-Six doesn’t call itself a resort, we still had an expectation it would have more of a fun, resort vibe with multiple pools, restaurants and activities on-site!

WHO’S IT RIGHT FOR:
Anyone looking for a trendy, beachfront hotel in Seminyak with a real luxury feel. We’d recommend this hotel for Honeymooners, couples or small groups. If a resort vibe is what you’re after, we’d suggest you look elsewhere.

OVERALL:
A great experience, our jaws hit the floor when we walked into our suite. You’ll definitely get a taste of the good life here (and if you’re like us, plenty of cocktails by the pool). Trendy, modern, luxury!

Travelled, tried and tested.

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