Hotel guests and residents of Dar es Salaam can now look forward to a new culinary journey experience as the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel celebrates the opening of its new look restaurants and bars, that feature a contemporary and chic ambience.
Jahazi, the Swahili word for a fishing dhow is the inspiration around the Jahazi Restaurant whose style and décor echoes Arabic influence that tastefully blends the traditional with the contemporary.
This signature restaurant presents an a la carte menu featuring sumptuous seafood delicacies.
The use of local fresh produce and the employment of local speciality chefs from the coastal area are a reflection of Serena's appreciation for authentic culinary tastes.
The also recently restyled Serengeti Restaurant has an ambience that is light, airy and reminiscent of a Safari Lodge offering a relaxed dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner which feature elaborate salad and dessert islands, hot and cold dishes and active cooking stations.
Its sophistication is reflected in its warm, natural décor.
Guests can choose to dine indoors or al fresco on the sprawling shaded outdoor terrace.
Exciting theme nights such as the Seafood night on Wednesdays, Indian night on Thursdays, Taste of Africa BBQ's on Friday and the Family Brunch on Sundays will no doubt set guests' taste buds alight.
Also opening this week is the brand new look Kibo Bar and Terrace which will be the ideal meet up point to enjoy a drink, nibble on a light bite or catch an evening sundowner as guests select their favorite wines or whiskies from our elaborate beverage and cocktail menu.
This will no doubt be the best outdoor terrace experience for those Friday and after work drink ups or after dinner nightcaps.
Serena, in the wake of the new facilities, also promised is to continue offering that exceptional dining experience that guests have come to know and love.
But there is more! Relax, rejuvenate and be active at the new improved and expanded Maisha Gym and Spa which makes for the ultimate wellness escape in the heart of Dar es Salaam.
Facilities include a Steam Bath and a Sauna that provide a his and hers option, spacious ladies and gents changing rooms and a new aerobics classroom.
The Gym has been expanded to create more work out spaces and is now equipped with the latest state of the art machines and equipment by international brand Technogym.
Some of the equipment includes spinning bikes, cross trainers, stretch bikes, hyperextension machines, pectoral fly machines amongst others.
The re-energized Maisha team is at hand to guide guests and members and give them a workout that will leave them feeling vibrant and invigorated. What better way to end your workout than with a leisurely dip in the outdoor pool.
The Spa also features treatment rooms where a wide array of traditional and modern Spa treatments using the internationally renowned range of Elemis skincare products are on offer.
Other revamped spaces in the Hotel include the new lobby with a water feature at the entrance which is ideal for wedding photography.
There is also a new coffee shop and a new pool bar which is a must try not forgetting the terrace, an ideal setting for enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea session.
Without a doubt these new spaces will make Dar es Salaam Serena everyone's preferred hotel address in Dar es Salaam whether on business or leisure.
This correspondent has seen the various stages of the re-development of the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel and continues to rank it as his number one hotel choice when in Tanzania's commercial capital.