Hotel

Zuri Zanzibar

Close your eyes and empty your mind. These are your only instructions during your dreamlike stay at Zuri Zanzibar. Resting upon the softest sands in all of Zanzibar and fusing influences from across the African continent and the Indian Ocean, Zuri is the epitome of beachside elegance. 55 bungalows, suites and villas strewn throughout tropical spice gardens offer up sanctuary to those who step ashore here, whilst three restaurants strive to take their taste buds on a journey and the oceans form the playground to your heart’s desires.

Location

A 32-acre micro-universe tucked amid lush tropical foliage on the northwestern shores of Unguja, Zuri Zanzibar feels like a world of its own. An hour and a half from Stone Town and the international airport, it strikes the perfect balance between remote, yet accessible. It’s no exaggeration to say that Zuri’s Kendwa Beach is one of the best on the island when, unaffected by the tides, it’s perfect for a dip any time of day. For those looking to explore further, there’s the Wimbi Watersports and Diving Center to introduce you to the turtle nesting zone of Tumbatu Island and Mnemba Atoll marine park.

Your Room

Looking at the 55 island-chic bungalows, suites and villas, shrouded as they are by tropical gardens, Zuri Zanzibar can be described as nothing other than a tropical paradise at one with nature. Step inside though and no luxury has been spared. Starting with outdoor showers and large private terraces, there is a feeling of indoor-outdoor living which is capped off by sweeping views of the Indian Ocean or tranquil vistas onto the gardens. Our pick goes to the Oceanfront Suites though, with their private jacuzzis and access to the exclusive Dhow Bar and Beach meaning you’ll never want to leave.

Why we like it

Translating as ‘beautiful’ in Swahili, Zuri Zanzibar is exactly that. The design here has been so meticulously thought out that the result really can’t be described as anything less than flawless. Sustainable architecture, environmental design and privacy were paramount in the design and as you look around you here, it’s clear they’ve made good on each of those. Whether its the home from home feeling created by the bungalows, suites and villas, the sand between your toes bliss of watching the sunset at the beach bar or the all-out relaxation of Maua Wellness, Zuri delivers on its promise of bringing you harmony and rejuvenation.