Trop­i­cal Get­away at a Lux­ury Re­sort

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Zuri Zanz­ibar, which opened on 2nd July 2018, of­fers a com­pletely unique ex­pe­ri­ence in Zanz­ibar for any­one who is look­ing for some­thing off the beaten African tracks. It is a place that pro­vides guests a place of peace and tran­quil­lity.

Zuri means “beau­ti­ful” in Swahili, which is the lan­guage of the is­land of Zanz­ibar – and that is pre­cisely the feel­ing Zuri Zanz­ibar wants guests to ex­pe­ri­ence in its 32-acre mi­cro-uni­verse.

Zuri Zanz­ibar ben­e­fits from be­ing in a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion, near the tur­tle-nest­ing zone of Tum­batu Is­land. It’s close to the Mnemba Atoll ma­rine park, of­fer­ing some of the best spots in Zanz­ibar for div­ing and snorkelling.

The re­sort is nes­tled on the most beau­ti­ful white beach of the north-west shores of the is­land, 50 km from Stone Town and its in­ter­na­tional air­port. The ho­tel’s pri­vate 300-m west-fac­ing beach is free of any tide im­pact, al­low­ing for safe swim­ming all day long and breath­tak­ing sun­sets.

Va­clav De­jc­mar, owner of Zuri Zanz­ibar, says, “The beach was the rea­son why I bought the land many years ago. Un­like most Zanz­ibar beaches where one must walk 500 m to swim at low tide, our beach, set­tled in the large la­goon, is al­ways per­fect.

“I have trav­elled the world and stayed in the most lux­u­ri­ous sea-front prop­er­ties, but I still con­sider Zuri’s beach as one of the best on Earth.

It is not just the white sand and the in­cred­i­ble colour of the turquoise In­dian Ocean, but also the lo­cal way of life, which is so cheer­ful and op­ti­mistic. When you see the dhows in the dis­tance dur­ing the spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets, you do not need to prac­tice mind­ful­ness or med­i­ta­tion train­ing to en­joy the present mo­ment and un­der­stand the power of now.”

Zuri Zanz­ibar’s in­te­rior has been de­signed by the well-known Lon­don- and Prague-based in­te­rior de­sign­ers, Jes­tico & Whiles, who, since 2011, have been reg­u­lar award-win­ners for their projects through­out Europe, the Mid­dle East, Africa, Aus­tralia, and In­dia.

The ho­tel is mostly self-suf­fi­cient, as well as so­cially re­spon­si­ble. It of­fers

life­style ac­com­mo­da­tion in 55 bun­ga­lows, suites, and vil­las that sit com­fort­ably within Zanz­ibar’s cul­ture, cli­mate, and ge­og­ra­phy. The re­sort uses its own well-wa­ter, cleaned by its de­sali­na­tion plant, and its sewage is re­cy­cled and pu­ri­fied in or­der to be used for the main­te­nance of green­ery in and around the re­sort. The space­cool­ing sys­tem, Even­ing Breeze, uses just a quar­ter of the elec­tric­ity of tra­di­tional air-con­di­tion­ing.

Zuri Zanz­ibar is pas­sion­ate about the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and fo­cuses on what it be­lieves are the ar­eas most in need: ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, and waste man­age­ment. Kendwa vil­lage is Zuri Zanz­ibar’s home, and the re­sort aims to work closely with the lo­cals to give back what it re­ceives, and to pro­vide them with new ameni­ties while also im­prov­ing their daily life.

From the out­side, Zuri Zanz­ibar em­u­lates a tra­di­tional Zanz­ibar vil­lage, while the in­side of­fers the very best in com­fort, with light, airy rooms and open ar­eas. In terms of dé­cor, the de­sign­ers im­ple­mented the use of lo­cally avail­able ma­te­ri­als, African-themed paint­ings from lo­cal artists, the clever or­gan­i­sa­tion of space, and strong ref­er­ences to the is­land’s her­itage and crafts­man­ship. A mem­ber of De­sign Ho­tels, Zuri Zanz­ibar com­bines el­e­gant con­tem­po­rary de­sign with a con­sid­er­ate, sus­tain­able build, and an au­then­tic African at­mos­phere.

Par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis has been put on the gar­dens at Zuri Zanz­ibar. As De­jc­mar says, “The gar­den is the ic­ing on the cake. I do not mean the pri­vate spice gar­den cov­er­ing a quar­ter of our land – the only one of its kind in the area. I mean that Zuri it­self is the gar­den. All the vil­las and bun­ga­lows are just part of an enor­mous trop­i­cal park which you can en­joy by walk­ing

through and in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Hun­dreds of gar­den­ers and land­scape de­sign­ers needed more than two years to se­lect all the trees and flow­ers placed in the re­sort. The re­sult is an enor­mous trib­ute to the pin­na­cle of Zanz­ibar and its rich his­tor­i­cal legacy.”

The un­for­get­table Din­ing by De­sign con­cept, one of the re­sort’s three restau­rants and four bars, of­fers a fu­sion of Euro­pean, African, Ara­bic, and In­dian cui­sine, cre­at­ing a rain­bow of sen­sa­tional flavours.

Zuri Zanz­ibar is made up of ideal places to har­monise your body and soul and re­ju­ve­nate your­self – every­thing from Safi Yoga, Maua Well­ness, a swim­ming pool, and the beach, to spice gar­dens and a green oa­sis for med­i­ta­tion, an out­door “wild fit­ness” gym area, and a book and DVD li­brary.

De­jc­mar con­cludes, “To­day, when more and more things tend to feel and taste the same, it is not an over­state­ment to say that Zanz­ibar is dif­fer­ent. Lo­cated just on the Equa­tor, the colours are more in­tense, more sat­u­rated, and more vi­brant. And, for some rea­son, time runs dif­fer­ently as well. In this en­vi­ron­ment, it is so easy to for­get our daily rou­tines, to rouse our dor­mant imag­i­na­tion, and to per­ceive life from a new an­gle. Stop ‘do­ing’ and start ‘be­ing’. Be­cause, ul­ti­mately, we are hu­man be­ings, not hu­man do­ings. And it all be­gan in Africa.”

For more info, visit www.zur­izanz­ibar.com. For book­ing in­quiries, please con­tact reser­va­[email protected]­izanz­ibar.com.

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