Kisiwa House is a luxury boutiqe hotel located in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The word ‘Kisiwa’ is Swahili meaning ‘Island.’ Built in 1840, Kisiwa House was originally a family home and was recently refurbished into a boutique hotel. It has modern conveniences combined with the Zanzibari styling. It has a central courtyard which is typical in Swahili architecture. There are many ornate details which are also synonymous with this style: antique furniture, brass fixtures, persian rugs and original photographs.
Kisiwa House has a total of 11 rooms and suites that are furnished in a romantically Swahili style. Each of the rooms is named after aromatic flowers that can be found on the island. There are 3 room types available here:
- Burdani Deluxe Rooms
- Malkia Junior Suites
- Sulaima Senior Suites
The in room facilities include: Flat-screen TV, Satellite television, Wireless Internet access, Air-conditioning, Personal safe, Telephone, Mini-bar, Tea & coffee making facilities, Hairdryer, En-suite bathrooms, and Toiletries.
Kisiwa House has a rooftop restaurant aptly named Darini in Swahili which means Rooftop. The restaurant has fantastic views over Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. It is has a very opulent setting as in days gone by. Soft lighting, and antique furniture create a warm and inviting ambiance. The restaurant creates dishes that are a combination of traditional and continental while taking advantage of the spices that Zanzibar is famous for.
The Courtyard Lounge has the perfect combination of the sound of water, greenery and enchanting sounds of traditional taarab music creating a tranquil setting where one can unwind. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and indulge in the delights of a traditional Zanzibari tea, accompanied by a selection of freshly baked pastries in Stone Town’s first Tea Lounge.
Incense or Udi as it is referred to in Swahili, plays an important role in Swahili cuture. It is used to scent the room and also women use it to perfume themselves. From behind the screened windows and brass studded doors, comes the sweet and mesmerizing scent of “Udi” (incense). A locally made product concocted from a wide variety of ingredients varying from sugar, perfumes, flowers, spices and rose water is placed into a coconut shell and then onto an incense burner.