Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa is scheduled to open its doors to guests on March 21, after three years of construction.
Geared to be East Africa’s greenest hotel, the 106-room, five-star hotel follows on the success and worldwide recognition of Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel, at Cape Town Airport. Commissioned by owner and Zanzibar-born businessman, Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, the Zanzibar project was contracted to South African-based Verde Hotels, which was responsible for the construction and development, through to opening of the hotel, and included marketing and management of the new hotel.
The inclusion of sustainable strategies at the initial phases of construction allowed for sustainable strategies to be implemented. Some elements included renewable energy generation, reticulated grey and black water recycling systems, waste management, a heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) system and regenerative drive elevators. Having followed the criteria of the Green Building Council of South Africa, it will be managed and operated as a certified sustainable establishment, offering a carbon-efficient stay.
Calvin Boia, a member of the Verde Hotels executive team managing the opening of the Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa, commented: “This is an extremely exciting time not only for us at Verde Hotels but also for Zanzibar tourism – the destination is gaining huge recognition as a sought-after holiday and conference hot-spot and the hotel will add even more value. 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.”
Situated 2km from Stone Town and within walking distance of the beach, the venue offers a spa, a gym that is equipped with energy-generating equipment, three restaurants, conference facilities, a gaming room, kids’ club, entertainment, jet skis and water sports. Future plans include the completion of a marina and a waterpark, which is already under construction.