When you first arrive at this five-star sanctuary, you’ll need to pause to take in the arresting view. Palms rustle in the breeze and bougainvillea present vivid pops of magenta across the sprawling gardens. In the centre, an inviting infinity pool appears to kiss the aquamarine Indian ocean behind it – the scenery is simply staggering.
Until Zawadi Hotel opened here in the middle of last year, it was one of the most sought-after locations on Zanzibar’s southeast coast. Perched above a quiet cove known as Mswakini Beach, not only is the sand blindingly white, the cove is also cradled within striking rocky cliffs that create enchanting shapes over the splashing waves. At high tide, it’s transformed into its own private bubble which you can only approach by road. It has all the components you need for creating a five-star hideaway.
The development itself is one of four owned by The Zanzibar Collection and joins a second portfolio – the Palacina Collection – who have properties in Nairobi, Berlin and Woodstock. The brainchild of The Raguz family, all of the hotels within The Zanzibar Collection are located within a short drive of each other. Yet each one takes on a slightly different style and approach.
The Palms is an intimate set-up of six private villas presented in an alluring old-fashioned aesthetic, while, Baraza is a larger, modern take on the Omani Arab design the island is known for. Gilded surfaces and Arab-inspired archways make for a one-of-a-kind experience at Baraza’s Frangipani Spa. If you are staying at Zawadi, make it your priority to book in here for a luxurious spa experience.
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