The Zanzibar Collection – Luxury Hotels & Resorts

Bwejuu Beach, South East Coast, Zanzibar

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Enviable vacation in Zanzibar top hotels – businessdailyafrica.com

In the morning, I was watching elephants contentedly bathing in the red Samburu dust and by late afternoon, I was in a sarong and flip-flops chatting to the bartender who was whipping up a Caipirinha for me with utmost flair.

All this while revelling in the most scenic of views in Zanzibar.

It is no secret that Zanzibar has some of the best beaches in the world and given the influx of visitors seeking luxury on this archipelago, several resorts offering five-star trappings have sprung up.

When it comes to luxury accommodation, my tastes veer towards boutique spots, the more remote the better.

On this particular visit, I was attracted to the South-East Coast, about an hour’s drive from the international airport on smooth tarmac roads and where the beaches are still largely unspoilt with the reef containing the only National Geographic affiliated dive site in East Africa.

You will notice that most hotels employ locally and support local producers but you will also find a few Kenyans working in management positions.

While the Swahili is so fluent it will make you feel a tad inadequate, the island will always feel a bit like home.

Zawadi

As the name suggests, this intimate collection of nine upscale seafront villas really is a gift.

It is a honeymoon haven, the kind of place that calls for a dip in the infinity pool with a lover, blue lagoon cocktails on deck, taking in the view from your clifftop advantage.

A view in which the blue sea, white sand and greenery offset by brightly coloured bougainvillea flowers all seem to paint the most seductive of scenes.

Highlights included being serenaded by a talented taarab trio band while tucking into a delectable dinner. I requested that they play ‘‘Embe Dodo’’, a song that brought back nostalgic memories of a childhood in Mombasa. When they also played a soothing rendition of ‘‘Malaika’’, I knew I would be generous with my tip.

The villas are named after fish. Mine, Nyangumi (whale) felt like a modern beach pad; this place will make you want to own a beach condo!

Baraza Resort & Spa

One of the top internationally acclaimed spots for luxury in Zanzibar, this resort oozes elegance and exotic opulence, perfect for travellers (particularly families) looking to vacation like royalty.

Frangipani spa is a masterpiece that reminded me of a Moorish harem, if Hollywood movies are anything to go by. It is decked in gold and white with antique decor, brass lamps and polished wall hangings, gold baths, daybeds with silk canopies, ottomans and more.

It even has a yoga room with an Indian instructor as well as a pool in a private courtyard, and treatments range from facials to massages by Thai therapists.

The resort itself is an architectural marvel reminiscent of the palaces of Omani Sultans who ruled Zanzibar in the 1600s. A little similar to Swahili architecture along our Kenyan coast, the low white flat roofed buildings feature intricately carved doors, distinct arches and numerous open barazas offset by towering palm trees.

The Palms

As is the case with Zawadi and Baraza, the price here is all-inclusive which is great given how many cocktails you will be tempted to down at the pool bar.

The bartender here is the best and from rum punch to Martini or Cocolada, he sure knows how to whip them up.

I asked for a chef’s salad and turkey burger for lunch and this was served in the comfort of the private beach banda in front of my villa. Each villa has a banda which is great because you never have to jostle for space.

Sundowners were served in the plunge pool of my villa as the waiter took my order for supper. I got to watch the sunset from the comfortably upholstered plush sofa-bed right by the door.

The colour scheme is largely blue with hints of gold and with only six villas, it is intimate which allows for personalised service and since there will never be too many guests milling around, it is perfect for a couple’s getaway.

The full article by Wendy Watta is available online here.


Zanzibar: An affordable destination for a holiday in the Indian Ocean – inews.co.uk

Zanzibar: An affordable destination for a holiday in the Indian Ocean

In the gloom of winter, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about Indian Ocean islands. However, it’s a craving that might just as easily be cut short by anxieties about taking out a second mortgage. Yet such sun-drenched idylls as Mauritius and the Seychelles, which fleck this aquamarine ocean, aren’t all prohibitively expensive. Off the Tanzanian coastline, the archipelago of Zanzibar is eminently affordable. At Breezes Beach Club & Spa on the as-yet undeveloped south-eastern coast of Unguja (the main island, more commonly referred to as Zanzibar), a night’s half-board starts at £75 per person, which should leave enough money for several of its speciality “Zanzi-politano” cocktails. One of four appealing neighbouring five-star properties in the Zanzibar Collection (the others are The Palms, Baraza and Zawadi), Breezes overlooks Bwejuu–Paje Beach, a five-mile strip of largely deserted white sand. The gardens are a riot of colour, with bougainvillea, hibiscus and frangipani jostling for space.

Tour guide quote

“I recommend the Zanzibar Spice Tour at the Spice Farm near Stone Town. You can see how cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric and the highly prized vanilla are all grown. You can also smell the ylang ylang flowers that are used in the production of Chanel No 5. And at the end of the tour, you are presented with your very own crown of flowers.”

When to go

Because of its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm all year round. The dry months of July to September are the most popular period to visit.

How to get there

Kenya Airways (tel:020 8283 1818, kenya-airways.com) operates daily flights from Heathrow to Nairobi, with daily connections to Zanzibar. Return fares from £421 per person. Oman Air, Etihad, Ethiopian and Turkish Airlines also offer connecting flights from the UK.

Where to stay

The Zanzibar Collection (thezanzibarcollection.com) has four hotels on Bwejuu Beach. Breezes Beach Club & Spa has doubles from £75 per person per night. Baraza Resort & Spa has two-bedroom villas from £526 per night. Zawadi Hotel has one-bedroom villas from £482 per night. The Palms has one-bedroom villas from £615 per night.

Where to eat

The Africa House Hotel (africahousehotel.com) in Stone Town, 400m from the Old Fort of Zanzibar, has a restaurant with a huge terrace overlooking the ocean. A great spot to have a cocktail while watching the sun set. House of Spices (houseofspiceszanzibar.com) in Stone Town serves an excellent melange of Italian and Swahili cuisines in a buzzing atmosphere.

What to see

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, the only national park in Zanzibar, is a wonderful place to see the extremely lively red colobus monkey, native to the island, leaping from tree to tree. The Slave Market Museum in Stone Town is a profoundly moving exhibition about the Zanzibar slave trade. More information For more local attractions: tanzaniatouristboard.go.tz.

The complete article by James Rampton is available here.


The Drive of Your Life – Escapism drops by.

…Our destination is Zawadi, a secluded hotel on Mswakini Beach, on the island’s south-east coast. With just nine villas, it’s overwhelmingly bespoke and has luxury in spades, including sleek inside-outsude dining areas, face-numbingly strong cocktails and a lavish bathtub-with-a-view.
In between Insta-worthy snaps of it’s infinity pool and walks on its butter coloured sands, we kayak above shoals of tropical fish and rays, GoPro dipped in the water. My water-loving other half heads down the beach – flippers in hand – to explore an nearby lagoon and I don’t see him for half a day. We make a mental note to go one bit better next time and dive the Mnemba Atoll. But for now, this is one of those places where you exert around ten steps a day and spend hours taking multiple pictures of the view. Another cocktail? Oh, go on then.

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THE FANTASTICAL FOUR – Spear’s pays us a visit!

Much like the Indian Ocean island that they inhabit, The Zanzibar Collection’s quartet of idyllic hotels have an ethereal quality that makes you believe that they can’t quite be real — but they most certainly are



LIKE TIMBUKTU OR CASABLANCA, Zanzibar is a place the very sound of which causes people, and not only the nostalgically disposed, to swoon, as though it were literally mythical, another Arcadia or elysium, perhaps. But it really does exist. ‘everyone loves Zanzibar, not just the Aga Khan,’ says Amer Amer Bindu, smiling proudly to expose his three teeth (one on top, two on the bottom). Beekeeper by day (which may explain the teeth), Bindu moonlights as the resident ‘storyteller’ at the four luxury hotels which make up the Zanzibar Collection. Anyone from anywhere can acclimatise to life on Zanzibar, says Bindu, because the sun is always shining, the air is fresh and the water clean and tasty.

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Zone out in Zanzibar. OK! pays us a visit.

For those dreaming of a trip to the Maldives and Mauritius, we’ve found another idyllic Indian Ocean paradise to add to your bucket list. The unspoiled island of Zanzibar offers all the same ingredients – turquoise waters,swaying palm trees and sandy beaches, as well as year-round warm temperatures. Located just 25 miles off Tanzania’s coastline, the coral reef-ringed island offers a rich mix of Arab, Omani and British colonial heritage and a fascinating history as a spice and trading centre. OK!’s Kirsty Hatcher headed off to explore…

Where can i stay?
The family-owned Zanzibar Collection comprises four hotels. Breezes, The Palms and Baraza are all
dotted along Bwejuu Paje beach, while the group’s newest property, the all-inclusive Zawadi Hotel, sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, with steps down to Mswaki beach. All nine villas at this adults-only bolthole are named after an aquatic creature, and ours – called Jodari, a local fish – featured beach chic interiors, a sun terrace and a lush garden.Just along this beautiful stretch of coastline
is the Baraza Resort & Spa. The hotel decor is Arabic in style – think white arches, ceiling fans, brass lanterns and rich fabrics– inspired by the palaces of the Omani sultans, who once ruled Zanzibar. This all-inclusive luxury resort features 30 one and twobedroom villas and is set
in 70 hectares of beautiful gardens overflowing with bougainvillea, jasmine and frangipani. OK!’s oceanside villa boasted a dreamy hand-carved four-poster bed, plunge pool and a freestanding bathtub

Read the rest of the feature here. OK! Magazine DPS 19th Spetember 2017


World Travel Awards Nominations For Our Properties.

Our properties have the privilege of being nominated for several categories in the World Travel Awards. The famous awards serve to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global tourism and travel industry.

Breezes Beach Club has been nominated on the following categories

  1. Africa’s leading resort.
  2. Tanzania’s leading resort 2017

Baraza Resort and Spa has been nominated in the following categories.

  1. Tanzania’s leading resort 2017
  2. Tanzania’s leading boutique hotel 2017
  3. Zanzibar’s leading resort 2017

The Palms Zanzibar has been nominated in the following categories.

  1. Tanzania’s leading resort 2017
  2. Zanzibar’s leading resort 2017

Voting is now open and you can vote for us on this link https://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote


A guest marvels at the magic that is Zawadi,Palms, and Baraza (Nomad Magazine)

I am unwell. In fact, I am gravely ill. It would seem I suffer from dreaded Stendhal syndrome – oh, the horror – so I do not know how much time I have before I shuffle off this mortal coil…

Stendhal syndrome (as everybody knows of course) causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to particularly beautiful art or a large amount of art in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world, according to my trusted expert, Wikipedia.

In my case, it is the knee-weakening vision of Zawadi Beach Villas in Zanzibar which has induced this condition.

An hour or so before this sudden onset of the Dreaded Lurgi, the lovely voice of Captain van der Westhuizen welcomes us to Zanzibar and thanks us for flying Mango Airlines from South Africa, a very comfortable three and a half hour flight.

Our driver PK from Tradewinds transfers promptly awaits us outside the tiny third-world airport and for the next hour I am immersed in the sights and sounds of Zanzibar as we pass cows, scooters carrying up to three passengers, women clothed in burkas and laughing children on their way home from school, all beneath giant swaying palm trees in the tropical heat. Brightly coloured clothes on lines billow in the breeze and flaming orange frangipani break up the impossible green of the palm trees and the metal grey sky.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa with a population of about 1.4million people. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. It is widely known as a haven for honeymooners and holiday makers because of its friendly people, tropical climate and world-class powdery white beaches with water the colour of blue crystal.

Upon arrival at Zawadi Hotel in the south-eastern part of the island, the meaning of the name becomes immediately evident. Zawadi means “gift” in Swahili and the beautifully simple and modern architecture of the buildings and its sophisticated white décor superimposed on the translucent sea beyond is certainly a gift of the most special order. Zawadi is the newest member of The Zanzibar Collection, a unique and global award winning group of hotels here on the island and this latest asset is an absolute gem.

It is one of the most exclusive properties on the island with just nine large villas set in a secluded spot atop a cliff.

The main guest area contains a large swimming pool, again with spectacular views; as well as the restaurant and bar area serving the renowned Zanzibar Collection food. Towards the centre of the property the cliffs recede and you can snorkel in a pristine cove directly from the beach.

The colour scheme throughout comprises only of nuanced creams and whites which beautifully off-sets the amazing natural array of pallets – the turquoise ocean, the blue skies and the mixes of red and fuchsia bougainvillea. We are greeted with fresh coconut water – straight from the coconut – after which our gracious and warm host Evelyn takes us to our villa.

The hypnotising view of the Indian Ocean in all its glimmering glory is the main focus of all of the villas, with the raised location giving some of the best views on the island. Each spacious villa, 100 square metres apiece, boasts a large en-suite bathroom and an open, breezy terrace directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. The decor is simple and modern, in keeping with the elegant and under stated atmosphere.

All the usual 5-star amenities are on offer of course like mini-bar, air conditioner, humungous bath with robes and slippers as well as the loveliest bath oils, soaps and bubbles.

We go for a spot of lunch at the restaurant with the sea stretching below us and the tide is already coming in. George and Raza serve us and a friendlier and funnier duo you will ne’er find. We feast on yellow fin tuna, grilled dorado and a lovely trio of sorbet for dessert. We laze around the pool for the rest of the afternoon, cocktail in hand, savouring the peace and tranquillity.

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Spice Isle beckons lucky WMN reader

A Western Morning News reader is preparing for the trip of a lifetime to exotic Zanzibar after winning first prize in our win a holiday competition. Chris Grose-Callan ( p i c t u re d right, above) won the prize in last year’s competition run by the WMN in conjunction with Devon based travel company Zambezi Safaris and the Zanzibar Collection. Lucky Chris from Tintagel received the prize from Zambezi’s Sue Bowern and the WMN’s Stewart Barriball. She will be taking a week’s holiday for two, including flights on the beautiful Indian Ocean island, known as the Spice Isle, later this year. It will be Chris’ second trip to Africa.Zambezi sfaris and wmn

Last year she went on safari to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Cape Town and Victoria Falls. She said: “I don’t usually enter competitions but this one caught my eye. All I’ve won before is a bottle of wine! I c a n’t believe I’m off to Zanzibar, it’ll be great to visit another part of Africa”. Chris will be spending six nights at one of the Zanzibar Collection Hotels with flights and transfers. The travel lover was invited to Zambezi Travel on Delamore Estate in Cornwood to receive her itinerary.

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Wedding Ideas 1st April 2017


WIN A HONEYMOON LIKE NO OTHER TO…ZANZIBAR

Dazzlingly white, powder soft, expansive beaches, the crystal clear, azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the exotic destination of Zanzibar are what honeymoon dreams are made of! The Zanzibar Collection is a family-owned collection of four luxurious and amazing hotels: Breezes Beach Club & Spa, The Palms, Baraza Resort and Spa and the newest addition to the portfolio, Zawadi, located on a cliff top with the most spectacular view in Zanzibar.

Each hotel in The Zanzibar Collection is unique with its own style. From the intimate colonial décor of The Palms, to the Arabic & Swahili-inspired style of Baraza Resort & Spa, to the authentic, traditional influences of Zanzibar that inspire interiors at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, to the cool and contemporary furnishings of Zawadi, all have been thoughtfully created for honeymooners to celebrate their special moments together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

WHAT YOU WILL WIN…

A stay at two of our stunning properties over a five-night period, to include the following:

30-minute complimentary back, neck and shoulder massage for the couple

Transfers to and from the airport are included as well as transfers between the two properties.

Flights are not included.

For more information on how you can win head over to Wedding Ideas Magazine who are running the competition here


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