Rye’s Five Star Gem

The Zanzibar is a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast located in Saint Leonard-on-Sea, Sussex. The beds are comfy, the breakfasts are divine but it’s the remarkable rooms that you will always remember.

Owner Max O’Rourke created the Zanzibar International Hotel from humble beginnings and turned it into something creative and unique. Located in a meticulously-renovated Victorian-era town house, the Zanzibar Hotel is like no other luxury hotel in Sussex and is a fabulous place to get away for a few days and nights. Book a romantic getaway with your favourite person for a mid-week or weekend mini vacation. Yes, the rooms are remarkable but there’s a lot more going on at the Zanzibar than simply wonderful rooms. Consider the Zanzibar spa experience. If you schedule ahead you may have a professional masseuse come to your room and treat you and your partner to a relaxing full-body Swedish aromatherapy massage. Or, if you prefer, the Zanzibar will make reservations for you both at the nearby Wellington Centre. Either way, you and your partner will receive a luxurious massage that will delight your senses and relax your entire being.

But let’s get back to the rooms for a minute here. We are especially fond of the Manhattan Suite which is a uber-modern penthouse suite on the top floor of the Zanzibar. With sleek minimalist decor and Art Deco touches plus a magnificent moon window through which to watch the night sky.

If you are in the mood for something more plush you would do well to book the Morocco Room with its rich velvet tones of red and orange and gold. The Morocco Room provides an enormous mezzanine bed and spiral staircase that you will have to see to believe. For a truly serene experience select the Japan Room which includes inscrutable Asian decor and a deep soaking tub that will make all your troubles float away.