Hotel Verde Zanzibar

After three years of construction, Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort & Spa will host her first guests on 21 March 2018. The 106-roomed, five-star hotel was commissioned by owner and Zanzibar-born businessman, Mr Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa. This hotel will now fulfill his vision of becoming leaders in the green economy sector by building East Africa’s greenest hotel. 

Following on from their success and worldwide recognition of Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel in Cape Town, the project was contracted to South African-based Verde Hotels. Mr Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group, appointed the group to manage the construction and development through to opening, including the marketing and management of this new sustainable hotel.

Verde Hotels was able to enter the building phase at a timeous point to implement the many sustainable strategies required in the promotion of responsible tourism. Some of these implementations include renewable energy generation, grey and black water recycling systems, waste management, a hyper efficient air conditioning system with heat recovery for hot water and regenerative drive elevators. During design and construction, the project has followed the criteria of the Green Building Council of South Africa and is pursuing a 5-Star certification. It will now be managed and operated as a sustainable and responsible establishment, boasting a carbon-neutral stay and conference experience.

The hotel is situated about 4km from the popular and ever-developing Stone Town and within walking distance to the beach. The 106 rooms offer guests 5-star ultra-luxury standard rooms and luxury suites, a spa, a gym (fully equipped with energy-generating gym equipment), 3 restaurants, conference facilities, entertainment, a gaming room, kids’ club, jet-skis and water sports. Future plans include access to a marina and fully-kitted water park on adjacent land, which are already under construction.

Commenting on the opening of the hotel, Calvin Boia, who is part of the Verde Hotels executive team managing the opening of Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa, says, “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.”

With inbound tourism numbers on a sharp incline, Zanzibar is indeed becoming a popular choice for holiday-makers, incentive travellers, and corporate and conferencing groups. Tanzania offers great value for money and ticks off many boxes: Mount Kilimanjaro, un-matched wildlife parks, and an incredible history, not to mention the kilometres of pristine tropical coastline.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa is offering an opening special rate from $145.00 bed and breakfast for 2, valid until 30 June 2018. Bookings can be made via e-mail:


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About Verde Hotels

Cape-Town based Verde Hotels is a responsible hotel operator that offers a turnkey hotel management model based on the principles of the growing global movement of Thrivability. Verde Hotels focuses on sustainability as the core of design, construction, refurbishment and operations of their hotels in order to showcase social, environmental and economical best practice.

Verde Hotels’ flagship property, Hotel Verde Cape Town, set the benchmark for responsible and sustainable hotel development and operations worldwide. It is won many other awards, including the accolade of the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Double LEED Platinum  certification for design and construction as well as operations.

Hotels managed by Verde Hotels will always be positioned to offer luxury without compromising on comfort, environmental best practice and responsibility, convenience, quality, education, employee wellness and corporate social responsibility. Their standard holistic approach ensures all aspects of the design, construction and operation of a Verde Hotel is as sustainable as possible in order to create that region’s greenest hotel.


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About the Bakhresa Group

Mr Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa is Founder of Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd and serves as its Chairman. Mr Bakhresa is a well-known industrialist in the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar. With a humble beginning as a small restaurateur in the seventies, Mr Bakhresa created the business empire within a span of three decades

He is the mastermind behind the success of all the businesses within the group. His vision and excellent managerial skills contributed to the growth of this group to great heights. The Bakhresa Group is one of the leading Industrial Houses in Tanzania, with its operations spread in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.