About the Holiday
Zuri means beautiful in Swahili, the language of the island of Zanzibar, and beautiful certainly is an apt description for this new resort where just 55 designer bungalows, suites and villas with ceilings reaching for the sky are spread across 32 acres of tropical garden including a private spice garden, complete with its own relaxation pods. This fabulous resort is located on the North West Coast, Kendwa Beach.
The accommodation faces West and the majority of the 55 Bungalows, Suites and Villas offer stunning views over the ocean whilst just a few bungalows offer a partial ocean view or are located amongst the tranquil tropical gardens. Award winning interior designers Jestico+Whiles have combined beautiful and elegant interiors with a unique African flavour which includes local artworks.
The rooms have
- Air conditioning
- Unlimited Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Organic bathroom amenities
- Outdoor showers
- 48” TV with satellite channels
- In-room safe (Suites and Villas only)
- Bathtub (Suites and Villas only)
The resort operates on a Half Board basis with options to upgrade to Full Board, All Inclusive and Premium All Inclusive.
Please enquire about the all inclusive package as this special is half board only.
The main restaurant overlooks the entire resort and live cooking stations prepare international cuisine with an African/Indian Ocean twist.
The pool restaurant and provides a fusion cuisine menu during the day and Middle Eastern and Omani food at night.
The Beach Restaurant and Bar
Offer finger foods and small bites together with an extensive range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
‘Dining by Design’
Offers the opportunity of romantic candlelit dinners or private cooking lessons in various different locations throughout the resort.
A great spot for an after dinner drink and cigars.
A beachfront venue for the exclusive use of Suite and Villa guests.
Maua Wellness has 3 massage rooms and a salon offering a range of treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and a hairdresser.
The Spa also has a Jacuzzi deck with sunbeds.
Safi Yoga enables guests to balance themselves in a peaceful environment with a magnificent ocean view.
Facilities and Activities
- Infinity Pool
- Watersports Centre
- Souvenir shop
- Book and DVD library
- Dive Centre
- Fitness Centre & Indoor Gym
- Spice Garden
Read the owners introduction to this beautiful resort:
"ZURI" MEANS "BEAUTIFUL" IN SWAHILI, WHICH IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR. AND THAT IS PRECISELY THE FEELING WE WANT YOU TO EXPERIENCE IN OUR 32 ACRE MICRO-UNIVERSE. WHEN THINKING HOW BEST TO EVOKE THE BEAUTY OF ZURI TO YOU SENSUALLY, WE FOCUSED METICULOUSLY ON 3 MAIN AREAS:
THE BEACH was the reason why I bought the land many years ago. Unlike most Zanzibar beaches where one must walk 500m to swim at low tide, our beach, settled in the large lagoon, is always perfect. I have travelled the world and stayed in the most luxurious sea-front properties, but I still consider Zuri's beach as one of the best on Earth. It is not just the white sand and the incredible color of the turquoise Indian Ocean, but also the local way of life, which is so cheerful and optimistic. When you see the dhows (the traditional wooden sailing boats) at a distance during the spectacular sunsets, you do not need to practice mindfulness or meditation training to enjoy the present moment and understand the power of now.
THE HOTEL is not made up of rooms; just villas, and bungalows. Each separated from one another to attain absolute privacy, and all of them outfitted with outdoor showers and large terraces. The size of our plot could easily accommodate twice as many houses, but we decided to build only 55 of them. Nestled on a west-facing slope, most of the units enjoy direct sea-views. And our ceilings reach for the sky: African-style roofing delivers a breathtaking cathedral-like feeling over your bed and cannot be compared to anything you would find in busy Western cities. On the other hand, being so far away from civilization, we did not want to compromise the quality of your connection with the rest of the world, which is why we have built our own dedicated fast internet line to the mainland – the only hotel in Zanzibar to date!
THE GARDEN is the icing on the cake. I do not mean the private spice garden covering a quarter of our land - the only one of its kind in the area. I mean that Zuri itself IS the garden. All the villas and bungalows are just part of an enormous tropical park which you can enjoy by walking through and investigating. Hundreds of gardeners and landscape designers needed more than two years to select all the trees and flowers, in which you can bask. The result is an enormous tribute to the pinnacle of Zanzibar and its rich historical legacy.
Today, when more and more things tend to feel and taste the same, it is not an overstatement to say that Zanzibar is different. Located just on the Equator, the colours are more intense, more saturated, more vibrant. And, for some reason, the time runs differently as well! In this environment, it is so easy to forget our daily routines, to rouse our dormant imagination, and to perceive life from a new angle. Stop "doing" and start "being". Because, ultimately, - we are human beings, not human doings! And it all began in Africa :-)
I wish you many Zuri moments.