Bakhresa’s Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors, no alcohol served

29Jun 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Bakhresa’s Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors, no alcohol served

ZANZIBAR’s only green hotel opened its doors last March charging an average of U$ 145 (over 329,000/-) per night and serving no alcohol which is a big blow to foreign holiday markers most of who are enjoy binge.

The newly opened Zanzibar Hotel Verde.

In a statement posted on its website, Hotel Verde Zanzibar’s management said after three years of construction, the Spice Islands first green technology hotel which incorporates Azam Luxury Resort & Spa, opened its doors last March.

The 106-roomed, five-star hotel was commissioned by owner and Zanzibar-born businessman, Said Salim Bakhresa and fulfills his vision of becoming a leader in green economy sector by building East Africa’s greenest hotel.

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, said it an asset that will promote Zanzibar tourism.

“Zanzibar as a destination is gaining huge recognition as a sought-after holiday and conference hot-spot and the hotel will add even more value,” Boia said.

He added, “We are looking forward to seeing families, conference groups and all our guests enjoy the fruits of our carefully thought-out hotel.

” He pointed out that 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,” the Verde Hotels executive pointed out.

Among some of its green technology features 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 statement noted.

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), three restaurants, conference facilities, entertainment, a gaming room, kids’ club, jet-skis and water sports.

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, the South African based company stated

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