THE EARLY
YEARS

Our History

Sharazād is a charming boutique hotel, nestling on an unspoiled stretch of beach, close to Jambiani village on the south east coast of Zanzibar.

The original villa was built in 2003 - it was the first private villa along the Jambiani coastline. The area was then connected to Stone Town by a rugged secondary road cutting through island vegetation - tarmac roads were few and far between - the journey from the capital taking approximately three bumpy hours!

The Villa was built in the style of a Riad to the owner's specification, with a central pool and veranda covered by a traditional makuti (palm leaf) roof.

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The owners indeed lived their dream, spending weekends and holidays here with family and friends from all over the world, who were invited to share in the magic of Sharazād. They loved it so much that they were later married on the beach in front of the villa, followed by a lively yet relaxed rception party on the patio.

SHARAZĀD
BOUTIQUE HOTEL

The Property Today

In the years to follow, the rare beauty of the area was discovered by other travellers, who have in turn built their own properties along the east coast.

In 2015 the owners invited additional partners to join them in enlarging, renovating and refurbishing the property, and embarked on a new adventure - Sharazād Boutique Hotel - which now boasts a six bedroom luxury villa, three double-storey bungalows with sea and garden views, a fully equipped self-catering apartment, a restaurant & bar, and an expansive beach-side swimming pool. The whole property is surrounded by a tropical beach garden.

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Sharazād is named after the legendary queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. The name has Persian origins - meaning "she whose land is free”; as well as pretty woman, wise woman, and woman with liberty of mind.

OUR
VISION

As an eco-friendly choice all bedrooms and bathrooms at Sharazād Boutique Hotel have ceiling fans rather than air-conditioning systems. Large windows provide cross-ventilation and a cool temperature. 

Solar panels, LED lights, a desalination plant and waste recycling is implemented throughout to protect the environment and support the fragile ecosystem of the area and the existing vegetation. 

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During construction we used only local materials and labor to assure the traditional building methods of the island, and wherever possible the impact of human activity has been reduced creating a natural and beautiful environment for our guests and our team.

OUR GUESTS

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...are travellers with an international, open-mind who are looking to unwind in a relaxed and peaceful environment - away from the crowds but who appreciate a touch of comfortable luxury and attentive, personalised service.

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