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Zuri receives Atta membership

Zuri receives Atta membership

on 14. 10. 2019  

Showing our commitment to African tourism, Zuri Zanzibar is now part of the African Travel & Tourism Association.

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GOLD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

GOLD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

on 21. 3. 2019  

Fantastic news! Zuri Zanzibar becomes the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s prestigious Sustainable Design Gold Certification.

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Tourism Training Graduation

Tourism Training Graduation

on 5. 11. 2018  

Successful completion of a two-year training program for 10 students from Kendwa village.

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MADE BY ORIGINALS

MADE BY ORIGINALS

on 25. 7. 2018  

Meet Vaclav Dejcmar - the "Original" who gave his soul to Zuri Zanzibar.

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PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES

PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES

on 3. 7. 2018  

PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES

Taking place once a year in Marrakech, Pure Life Experiences is the global marketplace for the high-end experiential travel industry.

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ZURI OPENING

ZURI OPENING

on 2. 7. 2018  

ZURI CELEBRATES ITS OPENING

The long anticipated day has finally arrived on 2nd July 2018 when Zuri Zanzibar officially opened doors to welcome the first paying guests.

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Zuri receives Atta membership

Zuri receives Atta membership

on 14. 10. 2019

We are proud to become part of Atta (no. 206616), a trade association gathering hotels, travel operators and media in order to share knowledge, network and cooperate with an ultimate goal of promoting tourism in Africa.

The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) is a member-driven association that encourages tourism to Africa from all corners of the world. Recognised as the Voice of African Tourism, Atta serves and supports businesses in Africa representing buyers and suppliers of tourism product across 21 African countries.

With over 630 members, Atta acts as Pan-Africa’s largest network of tourism product covering not only accommodation, transport and travel specialists in Africa, but a formidable selection of tour operators, representation and PR companies worldwide promoting tourism to Africa.

GOLD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

GOLD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

on 21. 3. 2019

Zuri Zanzibar – the recently launched, design-led resort – is delighted to announce its recognition as the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification.

The stylish beachfront 13-acre Jestico+Whiles-designed resort, located in Kendwa, on the the idyllic northern west shores of Unguja, provides a seamless blend of contemporary design, sustainable architecture and authentic African flair offering world-class gastronomy, wellness and responsible tourism.

On receiving the certification, Jean-Francois Laporte, the Zuri Zanzibar Project Director comments, “We’re extremely proud of being the only resort globally to receive Gold Certification in EarthCheck’s highly-esteemed Sustainable Design Programme.  This accolade reflects our unwavering commitment to sustainability, by making positive changes to reduce our environmental footprint and improve social impact”

“This award is also testament to the fantastic team behind the construction of Zuri who all shared the joint vision of creating a truly magical resort with ecology at its heart, without compromising on design and style.”

The EarthCheck BPDS Final Certification Report found that “Sustainable design principles were integrated from the outset with the building concept respecting the original terrain configuration and utilising local materials and local architectural traditions.”

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Zuri Zanzibar achieved a Gold certification in EarthCheck’s Design Programme which facilitates environmentally, socially and economically sustainable design and construction management of collective buildings and associated infrastructure. Results are determined by operational data from global clients which benchmark their environmental, social and economic performance.

As part of the certification process, the resort was assessed by an independent third-party auditor who appraised Zuri Zanzibar against the ten key performance areas of sustainability approach, energy, water, solid waste, land use planning & biodiversity, sustainable materials & resource conservation, indoor environmental health & pollution control, transport, social, cultural & economic wellbeing and innovation.

Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck stated, “Achieving EarthCheck Design Gold places Zuri Zanzibar as an industry leader that has benchmarked its design and sustainability performance against internationally recognised criteria and demonstrated responsible business practices across their operation”

"This award highlights the long-term commitment that Zuri Zanzibar has shown to the communities and environment of Zanzibar and has allowed the resort to take practical, meaningful action to provide a quality holiday experience for their guests. We look forward to continuing to support their environmental efforts for years to come.”

EarthCheck commended Zuri Zanzibar on the following environmental and CSR initiatives:

Sustainable Energy Use: Zuri Zanzibar’s energy use per guest per night is 52% below the EarthCheck baseline for similar developments. This is achieved by implementing self-sufficient power sources and installing less energy intensive technologies including automatic lighting and the Evening Breeze’ system to create a microclimate around the bed to promote healthy sleep, using seventy five per cent less energy than a conventional air-conditioning system

Self-Sufficient Water Sources: Zuri Zanzibar is self-sufficient in terms of water consumption with no connection to the island’s water infrastructure. Water is produced and harvested on-site using wells, seawater and a desalination process supplying irrigation water and clean, drinking water to the whole resort. The resort’s design has also avoided the use of grass due to the large amounts of water required to maintain it

Sustainable Materials and Resource Conservation: The project used largely all local materials found within 500Km from the site such as sand, cement, steel, blocks, timber

Social, Cultural & Economic Wellbeing: Zuri Zanzibar has a focus on community initiatives that improve basic living conditions in Kendwa village through education, training and development. Examples of community programmes include ‘Pack to Give’ which allows guests to bring essentials such as books, eye-glasses and towels with them in their suitcase, to directly donate to the local community. Zuri Zanzibar is also working closely with Zanrec to found the ‘Keep Kendwa Clean’ initiative to improve the serious issue of waste management on the island.  Other projects include the provision of wells around Kendwa, construction of local schools and leading a tourism training project designed to give locals the opportunity to be trained and find work in the hotel and hospitality sectors.

Tourism Training Graduation

Tourism Training Graduation

on 5. 11. 2018

We at Zuri are very happy to see all 10 of our Tourism Training in Kendwa students graduate with certificates from Jambiani Tourism Training Institute and we are very proud of their achievement. 

Due to their success both in theory and practical training, all participants, including the 2 trainers, are now continuing with us as full time employees in different departments. We hope that we can initiate another similar project in the future for another group of young men and women from Kendwa village.

MADE BY ORIGINALS

MADE BY ORIGINALS

on 25. 7. 2018

Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of over 300 independent hotels in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original," someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture.

 

PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES

PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES

on 3. 7. 2018

Since 2009, PURE Life Experiences™ has been carefully selecting and gathering the world’s finest Private Travel Designers and Selected Suppliers from the exploding industry of high-end Experiential Travel to meet at annual trade event in Marrakech, Morocco. This year’s event takes place from 9 - 13 September 2018.

 

Zuri Zanzibar will be proudly attending this special event for the second time this year and is very much looking forward to network and exchange the latest ideas and trends in the fast booming Experiential and Transformational Travel market.

To learn more about Zuri Zanzibar and it's PURE approach to Zanzibari nature and environment, click HERE.

ZURI OPENING

ZURI OPENING

on 2. 7. 2018

ZURI ZANZIBAR CELEBRATES OPENING - A NEW LUXURY STAR IS BORN

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 internationally long time before it's opening. With its own high expectations for professionalism and luxury offering, Zuri Zanzibar will continue to turn heads.

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