PICS: Zanzibar's 'greenest' hotel welcomes eco-conscious tourists

2018-03-07 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - A much anticipated, environmentally responsible and sustainable hotel in Zanzibar is opening its doors to eco-conscious travellers on 21 March 2018.

After three years of construction, Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort and Spa will host its first guests in the 106-roomed, five-star hotel.

Owned by Zanzibari-born businessman, Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, the hotel fulfills his "vision of becoming leaders in the green economy sector by building East Africa’s greenest hotel", says Verde Hotels.

This is not the first "green hotel" in Africa though, as Hotel Verde - Africa’s greenest hotel in Cape Town Airport - has received success and international recognition.

The hotel in Cape Town was certified by Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) for its green standards at the annual World Travel Market Africa in 2017, and earned its spot as one of the most sustainable hotels in the world after becoming the first hotel world-wide to receive a double-platinum green building certification from the United States Green Building Council in 2015.

SEE: Africa's greenest hotel adds Fair Trade stamp to its green hub

Now, Zanzibar's new hotel adds to Africa's sustainably responsible accommodation offering. 

An insider’s peek at the five-star luxury rooms at Hotel Verde Zanzibar. (Photo: Azam Luxury Resort and Spa)

"Verde Hotels was able to enter the building phase at a timeous point to implement the many green, sustainable strategies required in the promotion of responsible tourism," says the hotel group.

Going green

Hotel Verde Zanzibar's design process has sustainability at its core. "Not only is the building sustainable, but green principles, processes and measures ensure all operations are eco-friendly and continually assessed for improvement," says the hotel on its website.

Green implementations at the hotel include a renewable energy generation, reticulated grey and black water recycling systems, waste management, a heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system and regenerative drive elevators.

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The hotel also boasts responsibly sourced furniture and products, as well as LED low-watt lighting and a sophisticated heating systems to reduce energy consumption.

These are some of the green aspects "to achieve acknowledgement from the Green Building Council of South Africa for our sustainable practices", says the hotel which also implements measures and principles through daily management to ensure the property lives up to its name.

"During construction, the hotel has followed the criteria of the Green Building Council and will manage and operate as a certified sustainable establishment, offering a carbon-efficient stay," adds Verde Hotels.

Luxurious treatment room at Hotel Verde Zanzibar. (Photo: Azam Luxury Resort and Spa)

What to expect at Hotel Verde Zanzibar

The hotel, which is 2km from the popular Stone Town and within walking distance to the beach, boasts 106 luxury rooms, a spa, gym equipped with energy-generating equipment, 3 restaurants, conference facilities, entertainment, a gaming room, kids’ club, jet-skis and water sports.

"Future plans include the completion of a marina and a fully-kitted waterpark, which is already under construction," says Verde Hotels.

Calvin Boia of Azam Luxury Resort and Spa says the opening of the hotel marks an "exciting time" for Zanzibar tourism as the destination is gaining recognition as a "sought-after holiday and conference hot-spot and the hotel will add even more value".

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"We have combined five-star luxury with sustainable strategies and offer a range of fantastic facilities and activities. We are looking forward to seeing families, conference groups and all our guests enjoy the fruits of our carefully thought-out hotel," adds Boia.

If the paradise island of Zanzibar and it's new sustainable hotel is not enough to get you booking a flight there, then perhaps also add Tanzania to your travel itinereray as it offers Mount Kilimanjaro, wildlife parks, cultural experiences and pristine tropical coastline.