New Resort: Zuri Zanzibar

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES courtesy of Zuri Zanzibar

Architecture firm Jestico+Whiles is behind the design of the new resort Zuri Zanzibar, located on the Spice Island of Unguja in Kendwa, only 50 kilometres from Stone Town.

Sustainability was top of mind when it came to the design of Zuri, which means beautiful in Swahili. With aims to be certified as ecologically responsible, the resort currently strives to be as self-sufficient as possible. Water comes from wells cleaned by its own desalination plant and sewage is recycled and purified to be used for the resort’s gardens. A specialised space-cooling system uses a quarter of the electricity normally used by a conventional air conditioner.

The resort was built using locally available materials, with references to the island’s heritage. Paintings created by local artists feature throughout the interiors and organic bathroom products are all locally made.

The boutique hotel, which is the only hotel in Zanzibar that is a member of Design Hotels, is made up of 55 bungalows, suites and villas, as well as a three-bedroom private villa with a 12-metre pool, a game room, lounge, kitchen and private beach access.

The resort as a whole comes complete with a 300-metre private beach, a 32-metre infinity pool, a Spice Garden, three restaurants and four bars, yoga and wellness facilities and a library.

Zuri Zanzibar officially opens in July 2018.

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