First of all, welcome to the Seyyida Location page. In addition to the Seyyida Hotel & Spa setting, you will also find some information about Zanzibar and Stone Town.
The Seyyida Hotel & Spa
An elegant, 18 rooms, boutique hotel located right by the Palace Museum. In addition to be the former residence Zanzibar’s Sultans, it overlooks the picturesque harbor of Zanzibar.
The Seyyida is on the Indian Ocean waterfront, in the heart of Stone Town UNESCO World Heritage’s site. Also, right next to the Palace Museum and the popular Forodhani Gardens, just a stone throws away, are added attractions to the Seyyida location.
Most noteworthy, Seyyida is the perfect hub to visit Zanzibar island. Finally, from there, one can drive without difficulty and discover this stunning island. Especially, spices farms, many fishermen villages longing pristine and quiet beaches of the Indian Ocean. A must do, for all visitors!
Also known as Mji Mkongwe, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of Zanzibar’s Archipelago.
Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing center of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century. Especially relevant, it retained all its importance during the period of the British protectorate.
Probably, Stone Town is the city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Yet its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture. Consequently, giving it a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.
Hence, for these reasons, Stone Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage’s site since the year 2000.
Finally, a few words about Zanzibar. In 1896, Zanzibar was the location of the world’s shortest war, surrendering to Britain after 38 minutes of naval bombardment.
While it was also one of the shortest lived Sovereign State. With 104 days, from the 12th of January till the 26th of April 1964. During this time, it changed from being the Sultanate of Zanzibar to People’s Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba, then joining with Tanganyika to finally form the United Republic of Tanzania.
Finally as per just mentioned, Zanzibar is now a semi-autonomous archipelago, off the coast of Tanzania. Consisting of Unguja, Pemba and many other smaller islands. Unguja island itself is approximately 90km long and 40km wide. And due to its heritage, Zanzibar and Stone Town are now major visitor attractions in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends now on tourism-related activities.