Cape Town / Zanzibar, 2 July 2018. The long anticipated day has finally arrived on 2nd July 2018 when Zuri Zanzibar officially opened doors to welcome the first paying guests. The brand new 5-star resort is located in prime position in Kendwa in the north-west of Zanzibar, about one hour by car from Stone Town and the international airport. Zuri Zanzibar boosts a 300 metres pristine beach that is not affected by tidal movements and hence ideal for swimming and at the same time offers breath-taking sunsets. The 55 units are strategically positioned to resemble an African village rather than a resort. Whilst the bungalows and suites feature outdoor showers and private terraces surrounded by tropical gardens to ensure privacy, the villas enjoy beachfront location including either Jacuzzi or own pool and access to a semi-private beach.
Designed by Jestico+Whiles, the lifestyle accommodation has been created with sustainability in mind. Whilst offering greatest comfort and luxury to today’s discerning traveller, all efforts have been made to create an ecologically responsible product, from choice of material to technology used, such as the eco-friendly ‘Evening Breeze’ cooling system that uses only 25% of energy compared to the usual air-conditioning systems. The ecological and social responsibility goes far beyond the actual resort and reflects in various projects that Zuri Zanzibar has launched to support the local community since 2015, ranging from on-going waste management initiatives to hospitality programs.
What sets Zuri Zanzibar apart is the combination of African design and sophisticated elegance whilst embracing the destination Zanzibar, often referred to as ‘Spice Island’. Zuri Zanzibar features its own, beautifully arranged, Spice Garden covering over two acres where indigenous plants and spices are organically grown, the ideal place for relaxation, yoga and meditation. A yoga deck and Maua wellness centre including Wild Fitness will further meet the physical needs of guests at Zuri Zanzibar.
Besides offering guests the fastest internet connection on the island and a DVD library for entertainment, the owner recognized the need of today’s traveller to include a digital detox during a holiday and created a book library for mental stimulation.
Dining at Zuri Zanzibar is an experience in itself, extended throughout the three restaurants and four bars presenting a fusion of European, African, Arabian and Indian cuisine. The ‘Dining by Design’ concept aims at giving guests their individual choice of culinary experience which is available on request and can include anything from an Arabic beach picnic, a cooking lesson in the spice garden or breakfast in bed, to name a few.
Zuri Zanzibar is certainly setting a new standard in hospitality in Zanzibar on all levels and ticks many boxes. Ideal for honeymooners, wellness and single travellers, smaller groups and families alike, Zuri Zanzibar has started to attract attention not only among South African travellers but also internationally. With its own high expectations for professionalism and luxury offering, Zuri Zanzibar will continue to turn heads.
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