Verde Hotels: Taking notes from a greening sustainable business

Looking to replicate their eco-hotel business model from South Africa, Verde Hotels got involved in a hotel expansion project in Zanzibar, Tanzania in late 2015. The hotel’s owner, Said Salim Bakhresa, was upgrading the old hotel and involved the Verde Hotels’ team to develop and manage the property development.

Some of the old hotel’s accommodation rooms were kept and a soft refurb was done. While part of the main restaurant was retained – an iconic restaurant with its wooden thatch roofing and palm trees that now form part of the spa building on the premises.

The management team used many of the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) environmental sustainability principles, culminating in a five-star Green Star certification as a new building.

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