Taking its name from the Swahili word for “beautiful”, Zuri Zanzibar is simultaneously a
celebration of contemporary design and traditional African craftsmanship. Designed by celebrated
London- and Prague-based firm Jestico & Whiles, the 55 thatched bungalows and villas are the
height of refined and uncomplicated luxury. The team was tasked with a brief to conceive a
concept that was both chic and contemporary but with profound respect for traditional African design. A core inspiration borrows from the clustering of homes in a typical village style. Private
and protected, the stilted villas peek from behind curtains of indigenous greenery, yet are placed so
that most have ocean views with winding paths connecting to the many social spaces and
Villas range from 66 sqm to 250 sqm, with the addition of an owner’s villa of 500 sqm. Unifying
the design concept throughout the villas and bungalows are open and airy spaces dominated by
natural wood, wicker, and a neutral color scheme. Indoor and outdoor areas are blurred, with each
villa featuring its own expansive terrace and outdoor shower. Custom-crafted regional artworks
have been produced by local artisans, including handmade wall murals, spice motif carved doors,
beaded curtains, and lotus flower decorations. All guests have the exclusive benefit of a
complimentary “villa service”, whereby a dedicated host can advise guests on everything relating to
the resort as well as the many different activities to be found in Zanzibar, and can organize local
activities, including a private villa lunch or dinner.
The dining experiences at Zuri Zanzibar are a reflection of the destination: a mix of African,
European, Arabic, and Indian cuisines. Several distinct styles and environments will give guests
ample variety during their stay—from casual beach beers and bites to the chic venue Upendo. Full,
half board, all-inclusive, and all-inclusive ‘premium’ options are available. Guests looking to round
out their days will find an abundance of activities on offer: an outdoor 32-meter infinity pool, an
extensive library and movie collection, pool table, water sports, and a wellness center with outdoor
gym and a yoga studio. A remarkably bio-diverse, 1.6-hectare Spice Garden includes ginger,
turmeric, peppers, and cumin, among many more varieties. Guests can enjoy cooking classes with
one of the hotel’s chefs at the central Spice House--an interactive and authentic way to discover
more about Swahili cooking.
The delicate balance of life on this island means that with a project of this nature comes a
responsibility to foster deep ties to the local community. This has been done through partnerships
with organizations that are ensuring preservation, education, and quality employment remain at
the forefront. Zuri Zanzibar provides guests with handpicked amenities and services from local,
sustainable, and fair-trade organizations in an attempt to give back to the surrounding community.
The resort’s aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible and to be certified as ecologically responsible
by using water from its own wells, a desalination plant, and the energy-efficient space cooling
system ‘Evening Breeze’. Numerous initiatives have been undertaken to ensure that Zuri
Zanzibar’s footprint is as light as possible, and that responsible tourism is paramount.
Taking its name from the Swahili word for “beautiful”, Zuri Zanzibar is simultaneously acelebration of contemporary design and traditional African craftsmanship. Designed by celebratedLondon- and Prague-based firm Jestico & Whiles, the 55 thatched bungalows and villas are theheight of refined and uncomplicated luxury. The team was tasked with a brief to conceive aconcept that was both chic and contemporary but with profound respect for traditional African design. A core...
- Year 2018
- Work finished in 2018
- Status Completed works
- Type Hotel/Resorts / Tourist Facilities / Interior Design