One fine Tuesday afternoon, on a particularly slow day at the office, an email popped up in my inbox from one Alphée introducing herself and the work she does with Visiter L’Afrique. She explained the work they do at Visiter L’Afrique in trying to promote tourism destinations of Africa. Such a fantastic idea I thought to myself. What came as a pleasant surprise to me however, was that she was keen to send my fiancée Luca and I on a romantic trip to Zanzibar for Valentines Day weekend to explore Zanzibar through our eyes and share it with the world.
As it seemed to good to be true, I forwarded the email to Luca, to see what he made of it. After a few emails ironing out details with Alphee, the fantastic weekend was upon us. Friday came, and after a few hours at the office, we were off! A 15 minute plane ride and an hour drive from Zanzibar airport, brought us to the beautiful secluded Kasha Boutique Hotel.
We immediately go into explorer mode and walked around the beautiful hotel grounds before we are introduced to our home for the weekend. A beautiful room, with a plunge pool overlooking the majestic indian ocean. Perfection.
After freshening up, we hit the pool bar, awaiting a traditional dhow to catch the sunset. As we sipped our drinks, our eyes meet,and we immediately know, we made the right choice to go.
After watching a sunset that can only be described as life changing, we retreat back to the hotel for dinner. We find ourselves lost in conversations over a delicious seafood pasta dish and before we know it, it is almost midnight.
After a restful sleep, we awoke at the crack of dawn for a meditation overlooking the indian ocean. An hour later, we were served with warm pancakes and tea before jetting off to our adventurous day at sea.
We were joined by a lovely elderly couple on our boat who happened to have missed their ride. Annie and Gerrard from France. Upon retiring they were taking a much needed holiday in Zanzibar. We could only hope that at that age, we too may be in Zanzibar for Valentines day weekend.
We came upon an array of boats surrounding an area that was the most scenice and ideal for snorkeling. On came our gear and into the ocean we went. Luca seemed very calm but i kept it safe close to the boat. I enjoyed staring at a safe distance while floating on the ocean without a care in the world.
After Snorkelling, the boat took us to an island not too far from the hotel to what was to be a one of a kind barbeque lunch prepared for us. Straight from the ocean, as fresh as can be, a glorious mix of red snapper, lobster, prawns and baked potatoes. It was set beautifully and a small piece of history was made. We had the most delicious lobster in the world! We are still raving about it, to this day!
After our feast, there was only one logical thing to do. Nap. But not just any nap, under a palm tree, with the sound of the ocean kissing the shore type of nap. There, we could not help but feel that, there was only one place to be on Valentines day. And we were right there.
We hoped back on the boat and headed back to the hotel, where we were met with cocktails and a dip in the pool for the rest of the afternoon.
Before we knew it, our elaborate romantic candlelight Valentines dinner for two was set for us by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Kasha surely had outdone themselves. After a delicious and romantic meal under the stars and beside the indian ocean, we took a stroll around the beautiful hotel for one last time. A starry walk around this paradise that we had been a part of courtesy of Kasha Boutique hotel and Visiter L’Afrique.
Being the very first Valentines weekend we shared after getting engaged, it surely was a memory made and saved in our hearts forever.
Kasha Boutique Hotel
Matemwe, Kigomany, Matemwe, Tanzanie