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Inside the Park Hyatt Zanzibar

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By: Hannah Lee | Jul 19, 2022

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is situated on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical center of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. As the cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years. The town’s unique blend of Arabic and African cultural influences originate from the 19th century when Zanzibar Island served as a center for the trade of spices. During this period, Zanzibar, also known as the “Spice Island,” was the most important trading hub along the east coast of Africa. Today, the streets of Stone Town are filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a UNESCO heritage building steeped in history, grace and mystique with roots dating back to the 17th century. Mambo Msiige is a typical Zanzibari mansion and an architectural gem, featuring intricate carvings and centered around a peaceful courtyard. The name alone meaning “not to be copied or imitated,” embraces true uniqueness. The new and purposefully built ZamaniResidence of the hotel connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old history and contemporary charm, while embracing Swahili culture with a blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar reflects the intimate and understated elegance of the Park Hyatt brand while embracing the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of Zanzibar’s unique Stone Town.

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With magnificent views of a dhow-dotted harbor and a spectacular beachfront at its doorstep, the luxurious Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a beautiful retreat for those wanting to explore the World Heritage site of Stone Town.

Unwind in one of 67 spacious and spectacularly appointed suites, including some magnificent ocean views from a private balcony, a lovely ensuite bathroom with a separate bath and a decadent rain shower, air conditioning and satellite television. Tuck into mouth-watering fare at the hotel’s main dining room, which features an ocean-front terrace and a residential-style kitchen. After a successful day of sightseeing you can retreat to the Park Hyatt’s popular pool bar for a refreshing beverage, soak your weary limbs in the sparkling infinity pool.

From here you can experience the idyllic East African island of Zanzibar and embrace its rich culture, heritage, and historical significance. The hotel provides the ultimate retreat amongst Stone Town’s maze of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors made with magnificent ornate wooden carvings. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, and the House of Wonders. On a beach along the Indian Ocean, this hotel, in a 17th-century mansion, is a 7 minutes’ walk from the Sultan's Palace, 4 minutes on foot from the Forodhani Gardens and 9 km from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Consisting of 4-poster beds, the airy, elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Higher room categories have balconies and/or ocean views. Suites include living areas. Room service is offered 24/7. Amenities include a lounge, a poolside bar and a breezy restaurant with terrace dining, along with an oceanfront infinity pool, a spa and a fitness center.

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At Hyatt, we believe in taking care of our communities, caring for people so they can be their best is at the core of our purpose.

Our CSR portfolio includes:
• Volunteer support and donations for the CEFZ community school for children.
• In support of our local Zanzibari Women we support the Barefoot mama’s who supply us with flavored honey that you can indulge in during breakfast.
• At Park Hyatt Zanzibar we also stand for saving the planet; with this we have ongoing partnerships with SANAA, a Tanzanian brand that focuses on recycling sustainable products. Our beautiful place mats at Park Hyatt Zanzibar and recycled glass products at our stand alone restaurant Beach house are all sustainable products from SANAA.
• In addition we also support a local Zanzibari Woman who supplies homegrown fresh vegetables to the hotel to ensure our guests have the freshest dining experience available on the island.

Our World of Care program stands on 3 pillars:
• Caring for people–We support the community of Zanzibar; the Maruhubi College by organizing training hospitality programs at Park Hyatt Zanzibar.
• Caring for the Planet–We initiate beach clean ups, no plastic initiatives for a better, cleaner Zanzibar.
• Caring for Responsible businesses: We support local business vendors like the local fisherman of Zanzibar, Our coconut vendor Juma, Fatma from Mbezi Green vegetables and Barefoot mamas, our Honey suppliers.

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