Zuri Zanzibar – first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Prestigious Sustainable Design Gold Certification

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BRISBANE, April 17, 2019 Zuri Zanzibar, the recently launched, design-led resort is the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification.

The stylish beachfront 13-acre Jestico+Whiles-designed resort, located in Kendwa, on the idyllic northern west shores of Unguja, provides a seamless blend of contemporary design, sustainable architecture and authentic African flair offering world-class gastronomy, wellness and responsible tourism.

On receiving the certification, Jean-Francois Laporte, the Zuri Zanzibar Project Director comments, “We’re extremely proud of being the only resort globally to receive Gold Certification in EarthCheck’s highly-esteemed Sustainable Design Program. This accolade reflects our unwavering commitment to sustainability, by making positive changes to reduce our environmental footprint and improve social impact”

“This award is also testament to the fantastic team behind the construction of Zuri who all shared the joint vision of creating a truly magical resort with ecology at its heart, without compromising on design and style.”

The EarthCheck Building Planning Design Standard Final Certification Report found that “Sustainable design principles were integrated from the outset with the building concept respecting the original terrain configuration and utilising local materials and local architectural traditions.”

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Zuri Zanzibar achieved a Gold certification in EarthCheck’s Design Program which facilitates environmentally, socially and economically sustainable design and construction management of collective buildings and associated infrastructure.

Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck stated, “Achieving EarthCheck Design Gold places Zuri Zanzibar as an industry leader that has benchmarked its design and sustainability performance against internationally recognised criteria and demonstrated responsible business practices across their operation”

“This award highlights the long-term commitment that Zuri Zanzibar has shown to the communities and environment of Zanzibar and has allowed the resort to take practical, meaningful action to provide a quality holiday experience for their guests. We look forward to continuing to support their environmental efforts for years to come.”

EarthCheck commended Zuri Zanzibar on the following environmental and CSR initiatives:

•           Sustainable Energy Use: Zuri Zanzibar’s energy use per guest per night is 52% below the EarthCheck baseline for similar developments. This is achieved by implementing self-sufficient power sources and installing less energy intensive technologies including automatic lighting and the Evening Breeze’ system to create a microclimate around the bed to promote healthy sleep, using 75% less energy than a conventional air-conditioning system.

•           Self-Sufficient Water Sources: Zuri Zanzibar is self-sufficient in terms of water consumption with no connection to the island’s water infrastructure. Water is produced and harvested on-site using wells, seawater and a desalination process supplying irrigation water and clean, drinking water to the whole resort. The resort’s design has also avoided the use of grass due to the large amounts of water required to maintain it

•           Sustainable Materials and Resource Conservation: The project used largely all local materials found within 500Km from the site such as sand, cement, steel, blocks, timber

•           Social, Cultural & Economic Wellbeing: Zuri Zanzibar has a focus on community initiatives that improve basic living conditions in Kendwa village through education, training and development. Examples of community programs include ‘Pack to Give’ which allows guests to bring essentials such as books, eye-glasses and towels with them in their suitcase, to directly donate to the local community. Zuri Zanzibar is also working closely with Zanrec to found the ‘Keep Kendwa Clean’ initiative to improve the serious issue of waste management on the island.  Other projects include the provision of wells around Kendwa, construction of local schools and leading a tourism training project designed to give locals the opportunity to be trained and find work in the hotel and hospitality sectors.


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EarthCheck – Marie McGrane, M: +61 437 736 613; E: marketing@earthcheck.org

About EarthCheck:

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 1987, they have helped businesses, communities and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play.

Their products and services are used by the travel and tourism industry across the world to guide their broader sustainability and corporate and social responsibility initiatives. This includes guidance and advice on the design, construction and operation of tourism infrastructure.

EarthCheck Sustainable Design Standard:

EarthCheck’s Building, Planning and Design Standard (BPDS) provides guidelines, tools and indicators that are used for assessment and certification and to assist designers, architects and developers in the planning and design phase of sustainable buildings. BPDS is the only standard in the world that incorporates community and social impact in the design process for buildings and precincts.

The key point of difference is the focus on social well-being through community design that acknowledges values through local culture, heritage, accessibility and inclusion. In addition, sustainable building materials and infrastructure that support community needs are encouraged.

About Zuri Zanzibar:

Opened in July 2018, the Jestico+Whiles designed resort blends contemporary hotel features with traditional African touches including traditional Zanzibar carved doors and local art. A majority of the 55 bungalows, suites and villas are west facing and offer stunning views over the Indian Ocean.

Hotel facilities include a 32m infinity pool, five stylish drinking and dining outlets whose cuisine offers a fusion of European, African, Arabic and Indian, as well as a peaceful spice garden perfect for meditation and personal cooking classes with the hotel chef. Zuri Zanzibar’s private beach is also free from any tidal-impact allowing for safe swimming all day long.

Wellness is central to the resort; the beachfront Maua Spa features three treatment rooms offering restorative experiences for body and mind, which have been inspired by the natural abundance of local spices, indigenous plants, herbs and oils. 

Rates: Room start from £331 per room, per night for a garden bungalow on a half board basis.