Bamboo Zanzibar brings eco-luxury to the island’s southeast coast

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A seamless mix of African vernacular structure and Asian design, Bamboo Zanzibar is a sustainable boutique lodge on the island’s southeastern Jambiani shoreline. Travellers looking for environmentally aware bespoke luxurious are allowed a curated immersion in nature – from lush forest landscapes to mesmeric ocean scenes. The thought of software of domestically sourced supplies, together with pure stone and timber, sandcrete blocks, bamboo and uncooked concrete, create a recent imaginative and prescient of an eco-retreat.

Retreat to Bamboo Zanzibar

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The resort was co-founded and designed by Lucas Oteyza, principal architect at Bao Building. After finishing quite a few client-commissioned lodge initiatives throughout Zanzibar, Oteyza determined to use his information of the island’s boutique lodge market to create a novel proposition. The Spanish architect, who had studied bamboo know-how and its use in development in Asia, determined to craft an area with the sustainable materials at its core.

Drone view of Bamboo Zanzibar

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A swimming pool at Bamboo Zanzibar

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Bamboo is built-in into the inside ceiling design all through shared areas, making a dramatic change of geometry. But the architect embraces the thatched palm-leaf roofing historically present in East Africa, generally known as ‘makuti’, to clad the outside. The built-in use of makuti and bamboo embedded inside the tropical vegetation creates an extension of nature – a harmonious transition between constructed areas and the outside.

Bamboo Zanzibar drone view of roof

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Oteyza says the hanging panorama was his place to begin when designing the ocean-view suites. ‘The concept was nearly this stunning view,’ he says of the floor-to-ceiling retractable doorways that body the smooth blues of the horizon, a strip of inexperienced from the manicured garden, the cobalt splash pool and layers of timber beneath. ‘It’s in regards to the strains while you’re contained in the room. It’s all in regards to the tonalities of the blue and the way they’re altering with the tide. That’s your tv.’

Ocean View Suit at Bamboo Zanzibar

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Ocean View Suit at Bamboo Zanzibar

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Ocean View Suit at Bamboo Zanzibar

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The suites are set into the cliffs, each a cocoon of earthy timber flooring and ceiling panels with partitions of uncooked textured concrete. The rooms are furnished with basic teak items crafted by Zanzibari carpenters from Oteyza’s in-house workshop. In distinction, the Rondo Backyard Bungalows are organized in a crescent round a shimmering turquoise pool nestled inside the lush surrounding forest. Whitewashed partitions and polished concrete flooring are accessorised with rattan mats, and handcrafted chairs and cupboards are discovered inside.

Rondo Garden Bungalows drone view of swimming pool

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Rondo Garden swimming pool

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Rondo Garden bungalow bedroom

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Rondo Garden bungalow kitchen

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Rondo Garden bungalow exterior shower

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Yoga may be practised in a cavernous wall-less corridor looking to landscaped gardens, whereas a bamboo domed roof provides shelter. The area is a part of the wellness advanced, which opened in August 2023 and features a health club, a boutique and an eastern-influenced spa.

In the meantime, a spacious two-bedroom luxurious villa is the primary of three constructions constructed as a part of Bamboo Zanzibar’s most up-to-date growth and can be obtainable to the general public from July 2024. Shallow swimming pools encompass the villa’s bamboo construction, whereas foliage encircles the open-plan area, intensifying the immersive expertise in nature. ‘We use the landscaping and swimming pool as a dividing wall,’ Oteyza says. ‘They’re an island surrounded by water and a backyard, however there’s no glass.’

The Spa at Bamboo Zanzibar

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The Spa at Bamboo Zanzibar

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The gym at Bamboo Zanzibar

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In the meantime, the resort maintains efforts to grow to be a mannequin of self-sufficiency, selecting to supply meals from native suppliers inside 20km of its gates. Chickens and goats are reared on web site and the cultivation of an edible backyard permits the lodge group to choose and cook dinner their very own produce. A desalination plant treats properly water, and the resort recycles rainwater and reuses water from sinks and showers for irrigation, therefore using pure and natural Zanzibari soaps inside the property.

exterior view of Bamboo Zanzibar

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Reception Bamboo Nassor living room with grey sofa

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reception area with wooden shelf

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Regardless of his strategy to Bamboo Zanzibar’s design, Oteyza doesn’t subscribe to the label ‘sustainable structure’. ‘That is the proper kind of structure. We have to incorporate vernacular structure,’ he says. ‘That is what structure must be.’

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