In the morning, I was watching elephants contentedly bathing in the red Samburu dust and by late afternoon, I was in a sarong and flip-flops chatting to the bartender who was whipping up a Caipirinha for me with utmost flair.
All this while revelling in the most scenic of views in Zanzibar.
It is no secret that Zanzibar has some of the best beaches in the world and given the influx of visitors seeking luxury on this archipelago, several resorts offering five-star trappings have sprung up.
When it comes to luxury accommodation, my tastes veer towards boutique spots, the more remote the better.
On this particular visit, I was attracted to the South-East Coast, about an hour’s drive from the international airport on smooth tarmac roads and where the beaches are still largely unspoilt with the reef containing the only National Geographic affiliated dive site in East Africa.
You will notice that most hotels employ locally and support local producers but you will also find a few Kenyans working in management positions.
While the Swahili is so fluent it will make you feel a tad inadequate, the island will always feel a bit like home.