Al Johari Boutique Hotel | Stone Town | Zanzibar | Tanzania


Al Johari meaning ‘Jewel’ in certain translations of Kiswahili and Arabic is a small 15 room Boutique Hotel in the Stone Town area of Zanzibar, and is the result of a careful refurbishment combining two ancient buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town.

We have endeavoured to produce an exceptional hotel property while keeping within the Architecture and dimensions of Stone Town history and have placed an emphasis on modern state of the art amenities as well as the opulent luxuries of the Omani, Persian, Indian and Swahili influences that have dwelled in the Islands of East Africa and particularly Zanzibar.


The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa and is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, where little has changed for hundreds of years. For many centuries there was intense sea borne trading activity between Asia and Africa, and this is illustrated in an exceptional manner by the architecture and urban structure of Stone Town.

Most of the buildings were built by the Omani sultans in the 19th century when Zanzibar was one of the most important trading centres in the Indian Ocean and western influences such as balconies and verandas were added some years later one common feature are the barazas which are long stone benches built along the outside walls of the houses which also serve as raised walkways when Stone Town gets flooded in the rainy season.

You can spend hours getting lost in the fascinating network of alleyways full of shops and stalls selling spices, coconuts, mangos and lots of fresh seafood. It’s a good place to pick up souvenirs such as jewellery, colourful clothes, beaded leather shoes and wood carvings. Stone Town is also the starting point for a Spice Tour to the surrounding countryside and sites such as the Slave Caves of Mangapwani, Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppression of slavery, since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and also the base from which its opponents such as David Livingstone conducted their campaigns.

The Town of Zanzibar is an outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonasition. Mosques to churches, Indian temples to the Omani palaces and so forth are a testimony to the thousands of years of mutual tolerance among communities of different cultural origins.

Zanzibar Stone Town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.


The Fusion Lounge is probably the most fashionable bar of its kind in Stone town, it elegantly leans towards opulence in its décor and furnishing, and our courteous staff will serve you in a manner befitting the atmosphere with a selection of perfect sundowners as you watch a glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean. Later in the evening there is a laid back ambiance with a medley of lounge music, Sheesha’s, Havana Cigars and Tapa’s to indulge you.

The Restaurant emphasises it name FUSION in its Décor and atmosphere, and more so in the menu which is Our Chef’s composition of Dishes utilizing only the freshest local Seafood , Poultry and vegetables & meat from Pemba or Arusha prepared using most of the spices Zanzibar is famous for . The menu offers a variety of delicate Fusion and traditional recipes all prepared for a variety of palettes.


Al Johari offers 15 Rooms in four categories:Two Deluxe Suites, Six Junior Suites, Four Standard Suites and 3 Superior rooms. Each room is superbly appointed with marble flooring, Persian rugs, Flat Screen LCD Screens with Cable Television, well stocked mini-bars, and all the rooms are climate controlled.

The Bathrooms feature Kama Ayurveda Spa Toiletries and products and have Massage Showers with the Suites featuring Jacuzzis.

There is free Wireless internet access in all the rooms and throughout the Hotel.


We offer the following Treatments at our Spa:

The Kama Ayurveda Facial
This cleanses, detoxifies and nourishes the skin & the alive and nutritive ingredients heal and sooth the skin, resulting in a glowing, flawless, radiant skin. It also relieves congestion and pent up emotions & enhances health and beauty from within with a heightened state of awareness.

The Kama Ayurveda Head Massage
The head is considered to be the center of the body’s nervous system and we utilize Kama Ayurveda Bringadi Oil for the massage. This treatment helps to increase blood circulation to the scalp and the herbal oil nourishes not only the scalp but the hair. In addition, the process relaxes the one by addressing the pressure points on the head.

Kama Ayurveda Body Massage
This treatment relaxes the mind and body , we use a warmed herbal-oil to nourish the skin and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation which removes stagnant waste and heightens the state of awareness

Kama Ayurveda Ubtan Body Polish
This treatment softens and smoothes the skin and effectively exfoliates the outer tissue layers to stimulate circulation and cleanse the pores bringing a glowing luster to the skin.

Kama Ayurveda Pedicure
The treatment begins with soaking the feet in warm water and cleansing them using Kama Bath Salts and after the pedicure a massage of the calves and feet with the Rejuvenating Body Treatment Swagandhadi and Cleansing using the Soap Free Cleanser Ubtan prior to completing the treatment.


Enjoy a pleasurable and fun day trip on the beautiful waters of Zanzibar. We invite you in one of our jet boats to enjoy a day out snorkelling or visiting secluded beaches on the smaller isles such as Prison Island where there is a sanctuary for an endangered species of the Giant Tortoise and a beautiful beach where you can relax and take in the beauty of the Indian Ocean, and we can arrange all kinds of delicious picnic hampers for the day out upon request.

Diving can be arranged from one of the PADI Certified Diving Companies that we use and is an unforgettable experience for the more adventurous.

The Spice Tour: An enthralling visit to a Spice farm and see the variety of local herbs, medicinal plants, cosmetic plants, tropical spices and flowers that gave Zanzibar and Pemba the name “Spice Islands”.

The Stone Town tour: takes you around the historical old town the architecture of which is very much influenced by the Omani Arabs since the 14th century. This tour includes a visit to the former slave market site, now standing as an Anglican Church, built back in 1817, the town market, the Zanzibar Memorial Museum, The House of Wonders built in 1883 (Beit-Al-Ajaib), the Old Arab fort, the Palace Museum, the old Indian Dispensary (cultural centre), the Maruhubi Palace Ruins as well as Livingstone House.

There are a variety of places to visit on the Island ; one can take a trip to Kizimkazi beach, an unforgettable experience where you can swim and play with resident spinner and bottle-nose dolphins or visit Jozani Forest which is home to red colobus monkeys, or one can take a trip back into the history of the infamous Slave Trade by visiting the Mangapwani slave caves.


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2 comments on “Al Johari Boutique Hotel | Stone Town | Zanzibar | Tanzania
  1. i am using herbal oils for healing minor cuts and burns.:`;

  2. herbal oils are great for massage therapy and for aromatherapy too.-”