Leave Nothing but Footprints

With its 300-metre-long stretch of private, sunset-facing beach – the only non-tidal beach on the island and arguably the best stretch of sand on the Tanzanian archipelago – there’s no denying that Zuri Zanzibar is a little slice of paradise found.

Zanzibar’s newest hotel, designed by Jestico + Whiles, offers accommodation in 55 luxurious stilted villas, set against a dramatic cliff backdrop. Add to that a mouthwatering food and drink offering, soporific spa facilities and a varied activity programme, and it all tots up to an irresistible five-star proposition, but where the resort really shines is its dedication to sustainability. From using locally sourced building materials, to implementing energy-saving initiatives and focusing on using organic, local produce in the restaurants, each element of the resort has been carefully considered.

Zuri Zanzibar is also leading a number of local community programmes including providing wells around Kendwa, helping to construct local schools and leading a tourism training project to help locals to find work in the hotel and hospitality sectors. And it is because of all of this, that within a year of opening, it has just become the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold certification for its environmental, social and economic design and construction principles. Which all goes to show that it is possible to reduce our environmental footprint and remove social impact, while enjoying a truly five-star experience.