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 as par the Ideal image and specification of the the owner Simon Wood, a British adventurous traveller,which  he dreamed of living on the Island since he first landed , during a long travelling holiday in his early youth age. The Riad Villa has a central pool and veranda covered by a traditional makuti (palm leaf) roof.

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SHARAZĀD
BOUTIQUE HOTEL

The Property Today

In the years to follow, Simon meet Francesca and was love at first sight, they have lived a fairytale life by the side of the Indian Ocean. Jambiani beach that time and the rare beauty of the area were discovered by other travellers, who have in turn built their own properties along the east coast.

In 2015 the new born Wood Family, Simon & Francesca decide to make their family home a dream place to be discovered and experienced by those that had their same passion for travelling and for Africa. They have than work on enlarging, renovating and refurbishing the property, and embarked on a new adventure - Sharazād Boutique Hotel today - which now boasts a six bedroom luxury villa, three double-story bungalows with sea and garden views, 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. Women empowerment has been always one of the causes which the couple have supported during their life in Africa and with all their business and volunteer service on the island and  one of their life motivation till today

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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