What The Luxury Travel Bible loves most about the collection is that each property has its own individual style and personality.
Every luxury traveller will be able to find a resort to suit their needs. While Breezes Beach Club and Spa is perfect for a romantic getaway, Palms is the most exclusive (the resort has just six private villas) and the family-friendly Baraza Resort and Spa evokes images of the era of the Sultans with its Arabic, Swahili and Indian design. The latest addition to the collection Zawadi Hotel has a laid-back beach style (and the best views in Zanzibar of the Indian Ocean from its cliff-top location).
The Raguz family have successfully combined five-star service and hospitality with an authentic Zanzibar style, design and personality. The Zanzibar Collection has dedicated itself to ‘improving the lives and the environment that surround its properties'. Each property is built around three pillars of ‘sustainable tourism: economic, social and environmental responsibility’. It is from this foundation that the company has continued to grow.
There are many initiatives in place across the collection that have a positive impact on the island of Zanzibar. Some of these initiatives include featuring the furniture and work of local craftspeople across the resorts, working to reduce single-use plastic, using locally sourced food produce on the menus and local products in the spas, and promoting experiences that promote the diverse past of Zanzibar (such as visits to Stone Town or Swahili cooking class) to the guests. The Zanzibar Collection also supports the local community and economy and has built a Maternity and Neo Natal Clinic in the local village. The Zanzibar Collection actively encourages its guests to visit the local village of Bwejuu and discover how it supports the community through education, healthcare and clean water.
Since its beginning The Zanzibar Collection has employed local people and currently 90% of the collection’s workforce come from communities in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Employment opportunities are always offered first to locals.
Such is the commitment to development and career progression through training and mentoring of staff, that many of the collection’s managers started in entry level positions, (the General Manager of The Palms started as a waiter at Breezes Beach Club, Resort & Spa!)