The Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort marks a new departure for Zanzibar hotels; it is big enough to classify as a large hotel, but with only 55 suites, rooms and villas dotted through its beautiful gardens and beach, it exudes a confident air of luxurious glamour. All areas are big, bold, and well designed for stylish comfort, and come in a variety of options and price ranges to suit various requirements and budgets.
Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort – The Facts
The beach location is superb, on one of the least tidal and most deliciously soft sandy stretches of this northern coast. The beach is a little bit busy, with quirky Zanzibari football or meandering Maasai, but the hotel extends the sandy stretch back to allow for a vast, peaceful, hammock slung beach experience. Then, further back and up the hill, the gardens are a delight, with huge baobabs and well established palms and flowering shrubs, all laced with pathways linking the villas and suites. The central swimming pool is impressively long and luxuriant, with funky beats pulsing out from the shades at the back
Zuri is bigger than the 12 room hotels and way smaller than the 200 rooom hotels; smart, glamorous, with 55 suites in various configurations; with private pools, plunge pools or simple bungalows, deluxe suites and double or triple room villas. There are currently two restaurants, the main restaurant and the pool bar and grill, and a cocktail bar, with a new beach bar/ restaurant due to open soon. The spa and the yoga and exercise salon are particularly lovely, with a glorious polished sprung floor open on all sides for optimum breeze enjoyment and sunset viewing.
The reception area has been stocked with one of the most impressive hotel libraries we have ever encountered; properly sourced literary fiction and fact, picture books and quirky print material all superbly selected for the hotel. This curls around a popular, airy pool table, in reach of sofas, the cocktail/ sunset area and, should you need one, the resident doctor.
All in all, Zuri provides a blissful playground for honeymooners or families, and enough space and attitude to house both side by side. The location on Kendwa Beach is superb, for local swimming and water sports and also the option to explore the coast a little on foot.
The accessibility of Zanzibar makes it a great destination after a safari in either the North or the South of Tanzania. If you have time constraints then a Southern Tanzanai Itinerary is better suited due to the easier and shorter internal flights. Getting from Dar es Salaam to the lush and vibrant Selous or the dry and arid Ruaha is very straightforward as is flying from them to Zanzibar. Nothing quite compares to sipping a cool drink on the beach after an enthralling and exciting safari full of late nights and early mornings.
The two parks make for an excellent combination when topped with a beach break. The Selous is full of waterways that allow up close and personal sightings of wallowing hippos and basking crocodiles whilst Ruaha prides itself on the huge elephant and buffalo populations.
Whilst on Zanzibar, make sure you take the time to visit the cultural city of Stone Town. Staying in the city itself is certainly an option and makes for a great stop-over after you safari with the Park Hyatt being the pick of the bunch. From the bustling markets to the rooftop bars, exploring Stone Town is quite an experience!
Whether you are travelling as a family, on honeymoon or looking for an extended break, there are a plethora of options for hotels and deals on Zanzibar so make sure you contact one of our Tanzania experts who would be more than happy to talk you through what hotel and deal would best suit you
Price starts at $ 293 per person