Tucked up at Kendwa, in the north of Zanzibar, Zuri Zanzibar promises – and delivers, the real definition of comfort and luxury. If it’s not the inviting and soothing tranquil waters of the Indian, it’s the posh ultra-modern rooms. If it’s not the delectable international and continental dishes seasoned with spices from Zuri’s very own spice garden, it’s the world class water activities teeming here, or the endless hours of sunshine.
Zuri’s Accommodation is any comfort seeker’s dream – boasting five sets of luxurious private suites, villas and bungalows, there really is something for everyone! Zuri features garden bungalows tucked away at the leafy gardens, Zuri bungalows with uninterrupted views of the ocean, the two bedroom ocean front villa with a beach, and the three bedroom ocean front villa with your very own private beach and infinity pool. I stayed at the Ocean bungalow complete with unobstructed views of the Indian – so relaxing watching and hearing the ocean waves crush against each other, or watching the canoes and boats as they slowly disappear into the distance!
It’s not enough that Zuri overlooks the calm waters of the ocean lapping a golden sandy beach; the hotel boasts a 32m long modern infinity pool where I could relax on a lazy afternoon, or watch the waves of the ocean as they come and go. Zuri also has three restaurants each offering unique finger lickings for guest’s variation. At Upendo restaurant, I thoroughly joyed international cuisine with an African twist. At Maisha, I was spoiled with Southern European and Indian cuisine, together with uninterrupted views of the ocean. And at the Beach Restaurant, I reveled in unparalleled sunset views accompanied by mouthwatering finger foods and small bites!
Zuri tops it up with thrilling water and other sports for all ages and levels of adrenaline! I had a ball with my all-time favorite water sport, snorkeling. The Indian is endowed with colorful marine life of all nature including fish, otters, and more! If you have kids, there’s a ton of fun activities like volleyball and pentanque organized on a daily basis. If you just want a relaxed and relaxing activity – go seafaring into the sunset in a traditional dhow, or hop into other non-motorized activities like kayaking, swimming, paddle boating (including standup paddle boating!) and more.
If you want out of the comfort zone and want to see the sights, Zuri is ideally located in close proximity within several Zanzibar highlights. I visited Stone Town, Zanzibar’s UNESCO Heritage Site, which was a luxurious stroll and a discovery of the oldest part of the island. The architecture, social fabric, and the relics of the trading activities that culminate at this town tell of the fusion of the many cultures that once called this home. I also visited The Jozani Forest Reserve, which hosts the rare and threated flora and fauna, and several marine parks with fascinating marine life. Be sure to also visit Prison Island, with a tragic history and now a refuge for the endangered and rare Aldabra tortoise!
Or you can visit any of the spice plantations and lose your senses in all manner of incredible spices and learn a thing or two about spices while at it!
For a dry, tranquil evening, my go-to spot was Zuri’s spice garden where I’d take in the aromatic fragrances as I stayed connected with the free Wi-Fi at the hotel. But if you fancy some water fun, head out to the infinity pool and swim away, or go and get a little sand in between your toes at the sandy shore! It’s surely one of the best place to stay in Zanzibar while on a vacation or business trip.