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Hotel Verde Zanzibar is a sleek and stylish eco-hotel that combines luxury with sustainability, offering a range of green features and initiatives that make it Africa’s greenest hotel. Located just outside historic Stone Town and a short drive from the airport, it’s the ideal base for exploring the island’s cultural and natural attractions, or simply relaxing by the pool or the beach.
The hotel has been designed and built with sustainability in mind, using renewable energy sources, water-saving technologies, waste management systems, and locally sourced materials. It also supports various community projects and empowers its staff through training and development. Guests can learn more about the hotel’s green story through interactive displays, guided tours, and activities. They can also earn Verdinos, the hotel’s own currency, by participating in eco-friendly actions such as walking or cycling instead of driving, or reusing towels and linens.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar is situated on the west coast of Zanzibar, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the mangrove forest. It’s close to Stone Town, the island’s historic and cultural center, where you can visit the Old Fort, the House of Wonders, the Slave Market, and the Forodhani Gardens. It’s also within easy reach of other attractions such as Prison Island, Jozani Forest, Spice Farms, and Nungwi Beach. The hotel offers free shuttle services to Stone Town and the airport.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar has a modern and minimalist style that reflects its eco-conscious ethos. The rooms are decorated in neutral tones with pops of color and African-inspired artworks. The furniture is made from recycled or reclaimed materials, such as pallets, wine barrels, and driftwood. The bathrooms are sleek and spacious, with rain showers and organic toiletries. The common areas are bright and airy, with large windows that let in natural light and offer panoramic views of the ocean or the forest.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar is certified as Africa's greenest hotel by the World Travel Awards. It has achieved this by implementing a range of sustainability measures that reduce its environmental impact and enhance its social impact. Some of these measures include: - Solar panels and wind turbines that generate renewable energy for the hotel - A greywater recycling system that collects rainwater and wastewater for irrigation and flushing toilets - A biodigester that converts organic waste into biogas for cooking - A vermiculture system that uses earthworms to produce organic fertilizer for the garden - Energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and air-conditioning systems that reduce electricity consumption - Motion sensors and key card switches that turn off lights and appliances when not in use - Low-flow faucets and showerheads that save water - Dual-flush toilets that use less water per flush - Organic cotton towels and linens that are washed with eco-friendly detergents - Refillable glass bottles for drinking water instead of plastic bottles - Recyclable or biodegradable packaging for toiletries and amenities - Locally sourced or fair trade products for food and beverages - A herb garden and a vegetable garden that provide fresh ingredients for the kitchen - A compost heap that turns food scraps into soil conditioner for the garden
Hotel Verde Zanzibar is not only concerned about its environmental impact but also its social impact. It strives to create positive change in its community by supporting various initiatives that improve the lives of its people. Some of these initiatives include: - Providing employment opportunities for local residents, especially women and youth - Offering training and development programs for its staff to enhance their skills and career prospects - Paying fair wages and benefits to its staff and suppliers - Sponsoring education programs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds - Donating books, stationery, uniforms, and bicycles to local schools - Supporting health programs for women and children in nearby villages - Partnering with local NGOs and charities to address social issues such as poverty, gender inequality, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, etc. - Organizing volunteer activities for guests and staff to get involved in community projects
Hotel Verde Zanzibar has 106 rooms divided into three categories: Executive Twin Garden or Ocean Facing (40 sqm), Executive King Garden or Ocean Facing (40 sqm), and Two-bedroom Penthouse Ocean Facing (80 sqm). All rooms have private balconies with views of either the garden or the ocean. They are equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, minibars, kettles, hairdryers, desks, sofas, wardrobes, and free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms have showers, double basins, and organic toiletries. The penthouses also have terraces, outdoor dining areas, and hot tubs.
Food and drink
Hotel Verde Zanzibar has two restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. The main restaurant, Ngalawa, offers buffet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with international dishes, live cooking stations, and themed nights. The poolside restaurant, Jua Grill, specializes in grilled seafood, meat, and vegetables with African spices. The hotel also has two bars that offer drinks, snacks, and light meals throughout the day. The lobby bar, Kipepeo, has a cozy lounge area with a fireplace, a library, and a board game corner. The rooftop bar, Upepo, has a stunning view of the ocean, the forest, and the sunset.
Things to do
Hotel Verde Zanzibar offers a variety of activities that allow guests to enjoy the hotel's green features and initiatives, as well as the island's attractions. Some of these activities include:
Taking a guided tour of the hotel's green story and learning about its sustainability measures and achievements
Earning Verdinos, the hotel’s own currency, by participating in eco-friendly actions such as walking or cycling instead of driving, or reusing towels and linens
Taking a bicycle ride around the hotel’s surroundings and enjoying the scenery and the wildlife
Joining a yoga or meditation session at the rooftop terrace or the beach
Visiting the hotel’s herb garden and vegetable garden and learning about organic farming
Taking part in a cooking class or a cocktail making class and learning how to use local spices and ingredients
Enjoying a spa treatment or a massage using natural products and techniques
Playing board games, reading books, or watching movies at the lobby lounge
Exploring Stone Town and its attractions with a guided tour or a shuttle service
Taking a boat trip to Prison Island, Jozani Forest, Spice Farms, or Nungwi Beach with a tour operator or a shuttle service
Trying water sports such as kayaking, water biking, jet skiing, tube riding, fishing, or snorkeling at the hotel’s marina or water park
Zanzibar is an island paradise with a rich history, culture, and nature. It offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or romance. You can explore Stone Town, the island's UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can admire the architecture, visit the museums, shop at the markets, and taste the street food. You can also take a boat trip to Prison Island, where you can see giant tortoises, snorkel among coral reefs, and relax on the beach. You can also visit Jozani Forest, the island's only national park, where you can see rare wildlife such as red colobus monkeys, bush babies, and butterflies. You can also tour Spice Farms, where you can learn about the island's spice trade history, smell and taste different spices, and buy some souvenirs. You can also head to Nungwi Beach, one of the island's most popular beaches, where you can swim in the turquoise water, sunbathe on the white sand, and enjoy water sports such as kayaking, surfing, and kite surfing.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar is a family-friendly hotel that welcomes children of all ages. The hotel provides babysitting services upon request, as well as cots, high chairs, and children’s menus. The rooms can accommodate up to two children sharing with their parents, and interleading rooms are available for larger families.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar is easily accessible by road or air. The hotel is about 6 km from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, which is served by various domestic and international flights. Alternatively, you can fly to Dar es Salaam Airport on mainland Tanzania and take a ferry to Zanzibar City. The hotel offers transfers from both airports on request.
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