Zanz­ibar's spiced his­tory and raw beauty

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - Un­guja Is­land plays host to yet an­other lux­ury prop­erty

One foot on the soil of Zanz­ibar and you in­stantly know that you’ve fallen in love with Africa. Zanz­ibar Ar­chi­pel­ago’s Un­guja Is­land, east of Tan­za­nia, pop­u­larly re­ferred to as Zanz­ibar, is per­haps one of the most cap­ti­vat­ing is­lands of this vi­brant con­ti­nent. The ad­di­tion of Zuri Zanz­ibar Ho­tel and Re­sort dressed in beau­ti­ful white sand is an­other rea­son why a trip to this is­land can no longer wait. Its home is the north­west­ern shores of Un­guja in Kendwa Vil­lage, an en­chant­ing beach­front that looks out to the In­dian Ocean. 55 bun­ga­lows, suites, and vil­las over­look­ing the beach are set to open in May 2018. The wa­ters are free of tide force, thus mak­ing for safe swim­ming and de­cent wa­ter ad­ven­tures. As a nod to Zanz­ibar’s his­toric spice industry, the prop­erty will carry the Zuri Spice Gar­den, a pocket of lush greens per­fect for a quiet stroll or med­i­ta­tion. The ho­tel, de­signed by Jes­tico + Whiles, is an ideal com­bi­na­tion of 21st-cen­tury de­tails and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ar­chi­tec­ture. The Stone Town, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, re­mains the star at­trac­tion where vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the in­cred­i­ble cul­ture of the lo­cal Swahili peo­ple. As a con­se­quence of world wars and chang­ing of masters dur­ing coloni­sa­tion, Zanz­ibar is an eclec­tic mélange of Euro­pean, Per­sian, In­dian, and Arab cul­ture and el­e­ments. The Stone Town, named as such be­cause coral stones were pri­mar­ily utilised in houses and other small es­tab­lish­ments, the old city may be daunt­ing to nav­i­gate with its maze-like nar­row al­leys—an ad­ven­ture in it­self. Mosques, bazaars, small shops, and houses dot the lanes, and due to the con­fined space, it is the bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­bikes that rule th­ese paths.

Stone Town, Zanz­ibar’s Port

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