DEDICATION TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We’re proud to say that the majority of our managers have worked their way through the ranks and we’ve supported them every inch of the way with an extensive programme of training that has ensured them a career for life in the tourism industry.
Where we can, we believe in employing local people; similarly, we invest heavily in their skills-set building. We also support our local community in terms of health, sanitation and educational infrastructure; and we purchase fresh produce from the local farmers and fishermen wherever possible. We are committed to supporting local craftsmen and artisans in our interior design and refurbishment. Guests may like to know that we also produce and market our own range of Palacina Interior Design, much of which is produced in Zanzibar.
Our insistence on the use of solar power, rigorous energy-saving, minimal plastics use, organic gardening, general waste and water recycling and meticulous marine environmental protection has also ensured that ‘green credentials’ are unrivalled. As the first people to install electricity in this area, we have also made a significant contribution to its overall development in terms of transport, employment, income and overall infrastructure.
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.