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Main: Baraza pool area, below, a sumptuous bed fit for a king in the one-bedoom villas at Baraza
service here is both attentive but importantly relaxed - guests can get to know the cheerful and unfailingly helpful staff. As you walk through any of resorts you’ll hear calls of “Jambo!” ringing out in greeting - in
a week I was never met with anything less than a dazzling smile.
Importantly, unlike so many luxury hotels in beautiful
places which supplant themselves in the best spots FROM JUST ANOTHER WHITE- with little thought of the local ecology or people,
the Zanzibar Collection is actively involved in the local community - from employing swathes of
local villagers and giving them fantastic training to progress in their careers, to working in partnership with other charities to build a village maternity hospital and regularly contributing to the funding of the school. You can visit the nearby Bwejuu Village with a guide to learn more about the local people, their way of life and their handicrafts - whilst some of the buildings might seem underdeveloped by
our standards, this village is proud of its growing infrastructure and the opportunities it can give its young people. It always fascinates and heartens me when visiting places like this, to see that so much
of the world is united more by our similarities than our differences - the mothers talked at length about the importance of their children getting the best possible education and the teenage boys were most concerned about when they could watch the next big football match! Some things don’t change!
Zanzibar’s historical significance can’t be ignored and indeed its rich history is part of what elevates
it from just another white-sand destination. I’d highly recommend a visit to the capital, Stone Town, about an hour from Baraza, to ground yourself in
an understanding of this place - even though some elements can feel unpalatable. As well as the trade of spices, Zanzibar was a primary trading post
in the Middle Eastern Slave trade - this history is not brushed under the carpet, but explored and understood in all its brutality throughout different art installations and museums across the capital, including the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral and

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