I was keen to make the most of our last day in Zanzibar & wanted to go & visit The Residence Hotel having represented the hotel group previously and before the Zanzibar property being built. I was so impressed at how impeccable the staff & service were and the whole hotel seemed so serene. The infinity pool was particularly cool with the glass side walls…..it took all my will power not to dive in to cool down from the Zanzibari heat!
Returning to Zanzibar White Sand, I realised the reason why I love working with smaller, more personal properties rather than bigger hotel chains. The hotel is a real labour of love built on Natalia’s father’s passion for Zanzibar and it comes through in everything they are doing. It is great fun to be part of that. The service isn’t as slick or serene yet as The Residence (yet!) but the team are incredibly passionate and switched on and considering it is the owner’s first experience of opening a hotel, they have thought of everything. Most of the things I suggested they had considered or were in the process of doing. Antoni the GM has opened two hotels in Europe & Dubai and is very professional and rather than being frustrated by the African pace of doing things, he is enjoying the challenge!
The remainder of the day was spent chilling out in our stunning villa…..after all its critical that I know exactly how the sun loungers feel to lie on, how comfy the swing bed is & the exact temperature of the plunge pool! It wasn’t all play though as I did tap into the villas wireless internet to download all my emails. Each of the villas will have wireless and sound systems, tvs etc for those guests who can’t switch off from the outside world.
I am so glad that I got to see Zanzibar White Sand before it was completely finished as its always nice to then go back & see the finished product. I have no doubt that Zanzibar White Sand will be a real success as the design, the team, the location, the food & the activities all combine to offer something very special for Zanzibar. I will definitely be back very soon and maybe next time I’ll have time to give kite surfing a go!