Prime holistic retreat to launch in Zanzibar

DUE to open in March, the latest African offering from Kempinski, the relaunched Zamani Retreat Kempinski, aims to be Africa’s prime holistic health retreat offering extensive treatments in the breathtaking Indian Ocean setting of Zanzibar.

For an increasing number of travellers wellness and wellbeing are about reconciling the body with mind and spirit, about self-reflection and a spiritual experience and Africa, with its awesome nature and indigenous cultures, is the perfect environment to do just that.

Zamani Retreat Kempinski’s guests are expected to be ‘active health seekers’ who desire a holiday which gives them something to take home beyond the memories and the usual snapshots.

Spokeswoman Gehan Moustafa said: “We like to refer to them as ‘journeyers’ emphasising that to achieve a balanced lifestyle it is a permanent journey of active involvement and self-responsibility. An educational stay may mean learning about the spices of Zanzibar that we grow in our own spice garden; it may be learning how to cook in a healthier manner in our culinary classes, tailored to the origins of our guests. But it could also mean being inspired by meditation through yoga, better-breathing techniques or learning to better deal with personal challenges.”

The property, which has undergone extensive upgrading from the former Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski, offers 107 fully-equipped guest rooms as well as three ‘houses’ which will offer a wide variety of traditional and contemporary treatments and therapies from various parts of the world.

The House of Africa offers treatments featuring the continent’s indigenous herbs and spices as well as its social healing traditions.

In the House of Asia guests will find Tibetan herbal medicine and acupuncture and in the House of India there are Ayurvedic treatments under the supervision of Ayurvedic specialists.

Moustafa added: “The houses not only embody physical and architectural entities on Zamani Retreat Kempinski’s premises but, more importantly, stand for a unique selection of health treatments and a conceptual wellness approach sourced from the various parts of the world in which lay their origin. Guests choose either before or upon arrival which house and its therapies fits in best with their personal goals.”

There is also daily health-focused cuisine of African, Indian and Asian inspiration along with organic herbs and vegetables from the retreat’s greenhouse and the specialised team will also advise on making nutritious food choices for meals whilst at Zamani and once back home. The executive chef will even teach guests how to prepare and cook simple healthy meals in the cooking studio.

And there will be several exquisite culinary options including a vegetarian restaurant and a barbecue lounge.

The property will offer a number of themed retreats, for both corporate groups and individuals as well monthly signature retreats featuring world-class speakers, daily yoga and meditation, a variety of lectures from visiting health consultants, evenings filled with traditional African dance and song in the stunning 250-seat amphitheatre overlooking the Indian Ocean and unique daily excursions to stunning locations around the island as well as workshops on traditional African crafts.

Moustafa added: “Because sustainability is essential in all we do, we will focus on locally grown fruits and vegetables from our own organic gardens. Community involvement will play a very important role in our approach. Projects that allow for ‘giving back’ to the community under the form of integration and education are part of the concept and we like to involve our guests and give them a sense of community by encouraging them to experience various aspects of the local culture with excursions, personal exchanges, musical performances, art lectures and dance to name but a few.”