Dedication to Social Responsibility
We take immense pride in the achievement that a majority of our managers have risen through the ranks, and we have offered unwavering
support throughout their journey with a comprehensive training program that assures a lifelong career in the tourism sector.
Whenever feasible, our priority lies in employing local individuals, and our equal dedication is directed toward substantial
investments in honing their skill sets. Our commitment to the local community encompasses facets like health, sanitation, and
educational infrastructure. Furthermore, we prioritize procuring fresh produce from local farmers and fishermen. In our pursuits
of interior design and refurbishment, we actively collaborate with and back local craftsmen and artisans. A notable initiative
includes the creation and promotion of our own Palacina Interior Design line, with a substantial portion of it being crafted in Zanzibar.
Our unwavering commitment is reflected in our robust reliance on solar power, rigorous energy conservation measures, minimal use
of plastics, organic gardening practices, responsible waste management, water recycling initiatives, and meticulous
protection of marine environments. These endeavors have solidified our unrivaled reputation for "green credentials." Being
pioneers in introducing electricity to this region, we've also played a significant role in its overall development, including
enhancements in transportation, employment opportunities, income generation, and overall infrastructural advancement.
We’re pleased to have invested in a green sewage-treatment plant that recycles wastewater into an efficient irrigation system. We plant only indigenous species, which are chosen for their ability to absorb humidity during the day and release it into the roots at night. In this way, we have reduced our uptake of water by 50%. We also maintain a far-reaching policy of laundry/bathroom water-use minimization.
Zero Plastic Use - The Way Forward
We’re already firmly committed to the total eradication of plastic. We use recyclable cardboard and paper wherever we can. We’re similarly dedicated to the use of glass bottles rather than plastic whilst providing drinking water for re-usable containers in all our units. Finally, any single-use plastic containers that are still in use are immediately recycled either into plant pots or into construction materials.
Going Green on Interior Design
The distinctive range of artefacts and furnishings used throughout The Zanzibar Collection are hand-made by local artisans in an effort to celebrate and preserve the island’s precious heritage and ensure an income for the local community. We also prefer to create our distinctive design profile by using upcycled locally sourced / reclaimed materials.
Buying Local, Reducing Airmiles
Wherever feasible, we purchase locally. We place our business with a broad range of local farmers, fishermen and artisans and we prefer to buy seasonally and organically and to plan our menus accordingly. Wherever possible, they also reflect the authentic heritage of the region whilst preserving local skills and customs.
We have taken care to ensure that our leisure options respect the principals of social responsibility and environmental protection. By supporting local villages, we also promote their development; as does our patronage of numerous local environmental programmes. We also contribute towards the preservation of Zanzibar’s cultural heritage by means of our classes in cookery, palm-weaving, Swahili and Bao.
Marine Conservation Matters
We rely on our marine biologist to ensure the well-being of the barrier reef that protects our shoreline and its delicate tidal ecosystem. We also offer educational workshops on marine conservation for all our staff. For our guests, we promote reef walks, diving and snorkeling – all of which activities are managed according to the most careful environmental considerations.
We welcome families and, as a loving family ourselves, we’re keen to ensure a family-friendly environment and an extensive selection of ‘edutainment’. We provide baby cots/chairs, additional beds for children, children’s mealtimes and leisure options to include: guided reef walks, children’s water-sports, beach volleyball, sandcastle-building, Swahili lessons, cookery workshops, palm-weaving and palm-tree climbing for kids plus tours of the Jozani Forest, Stone Town and the Spice Plantations. Visiting families may also like to go for a bike ride, learn to kite surf, kayak, windsurf and dive. We can also arrange family-oriented visits to the local village and school.
The treatment portfolio for our Frangipani Spas has been wholly inspired by local medicinal plants and products. Our body treatments and beauty regimes are based on hand-made products using locally produced coconuts, fruits spices and fragrances. All our treatments are free of harmful chemicals and toxic plastics.
Investing in The Future
We believe in the precept that the provision of ‘luxury with a conscience’ promotes the longevity of our planet and the well-being of people alike. Our own business has been built on a foundation of conscious commitment to social, economic and environmental responsibility. Meanwhile, we will always be dedicated to the adoption of only environmentally and community-supportive polices and implementations in the future.
Almost 25 years to the day that The Zanzibar Collection invested in commissioning main grid power to the South East Coast of the Island, we are now pleased to announce another first! As we know it was The House Of Wonders, that was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity and the Zanzibar Collection is now the first on the island to be powered by renewable energy.
The first of its kind in Zanzibar, the 1 MW project is located over more than 20,000 SQ meters, consisting of 2640 solar panels, which equates to the power supply to about 700 homes. It is connected and operational in suppling power to three of the four Zanzibar Collection resorts, in line with our company policy of caring for the environment, after three years of construction, investment and development.
We have invested in the infrastructure and equipment to connect the Solar power generated to the main grid as well as being complimented by ZECO and our own generators during the night.
We are very proud of this project which reinforces our commitment to protecting the environment, knowing that the carbon footprint of our operations and valued guests will be reduced during their stay at our award winning properties of the Zanzibar Collection.