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Zanzibar, Indian Ocean

An integral part of the skyline of Zanzibar, along with mosque minarets, Hindu temple towers, and church spires, is the Tower Top restaurant of Emerson & Green Hotel. The second tallest building in Stone Town Zanzibar, the hotel has been restored to its former glory when it was the residence of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire. Atmosphere is of principal import as the furnishings are all original Zanzibari antiques of varied origins and styles that, together, create the impressions of Arabian Nights and sultan princesses escaping in the dead of the night for romance.

The Tower Top Restaurant, a common stop for newlyweds and marriage proposers alike, is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Featuring a panoramic view of Stone Town and a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect place to watch the sun set. Eighty feet above Stone Town and sitting on Persian carpets, more than one guest has told us that dinner here feels like a ride on a magic carpet. The dining room is open on all sides and guests sit Arabian-style on pillows and carpets, their shoes having been left at the door, while their dinner is served in five or more courses and accompanied by the sights and sounds of exotic Zanzibar. The retaurant serves sumptuous dinners comprised of local seafood, meat and vegetables infused with the spices that thrive in Zanzibar. Breakfast is also served here high among the minaret towers.

Additional Activities

  • Explore the maze of alleys, shops and stalls of this Unesco-recognised town
  • Stock up on fabrics, shoes, spices and other gifts to take home
  • Visit the House of Wonders, the Arab Fort, the People's Palace and other historic buildings
  • Sail a boat to one of the nearby islands
  • Take a spice tour into the lush interior
  • Check out the historic slave chambers, the Anglican cathedral and the covered market near Creek Road
  • Guided half-day city tours are available


The sixteen guest rooms are beautiful and romantic, each representing Zanzibari traditions in a distinct way. All rooms except for the Kipembe room are equipped with large stone bathtubs providing unusual bathing pleasure where a bubble bath and a bottle of wine are a frequent request. Ceiling fans keep our guests cool along with the constant breeze on the upper floors. Second and first floor rooms as well as the South room are equipped with air conditioning for added comfort.

The sultan-sized rooms on the first and second floors have 20 foot ceilings, carved doors, original stucco décor and hand painted glass lamps and window panes. All guest rooms have large Zanzibari beds complete with netting.

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Government Taxes