They had me at pods. Meaning beautiful in Swahili, ‘Zuri’ Zanzibar’s sensual spice garden invites guests to experience the island’s past while providing a peaceful meditative present. Enjoy an aromatic stroll by day then immerse yourself in the joys of an interactive, authentic Swahili cooking class with one of the hotel’s chefs.
Get lost on the 32-acre property, a 300-meter-long stretch of private beach on the main island of Unguia, known for breathtaking sunsets. Designed to be ecologically and socially responsible, the Jestico + Whiles luxurious retreat features paintings from local artists and superbly crafted design details that evoke the island’s African, Indian, Arab and European heritage and abundant materials.
Relax on a traditional Dhow at sunset, or take exotic excursions to visit a Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony on Prison Island, and sightings of the rare Red Colobus Monkey in the Jozani forest. The retreat’s sustainability includes its own wells cleaned by its desalination plant and an ‘Evening Breeze’ environmentally efficient space-cooling system.
You’ll find plenty to write home about with three restaurants that feature international faire with an African twist. Or Dine by Design and let the resort arrange a private romantic seaside candlelit dinner especially for you. zurizanzibar.com
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© This article was first published in June-July 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.