Situated just off the mainland of the East African nation of Tanzania, Zanzibar first became a hotspot for weddings and honeymoons in the late 1980s, and has since risen to international acclaim, becoming one of the most sought-after locations by couples worldwide – and we can see why! With its luxurious beaches, historic architecture and stunning panoramic sea views, it would be difficult to find a location more romantic, more intimate and more opulent to have your special day.
In amongst the many potential venues, however, there is one enterprise in Zanzibar that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Dedicated to giving you the most incredible wedding experience, the Zanzibar Collection is one the most widely renowned hotel groups in the country, famous for its palatial accommodation and 5* service. With four distinct properties along the Zanzibari coast, and four deluxe wedding packages available (with vow renewal services also!), the Zanzibar Collection are the perfect hosts for your big day on Spice Island.
Named the Number 1 Luxury Hotel in Tanzania, and classed amongst the Top 25 Best Hotels in the World by TripAdvisor, any one of the Zanzibar Collection’s four properties can serve as the unmissable location for your Destination Wedding. The four hotels available are similarly pleasurable, but each with their own unique characteristics to choose from.
The Zawadi Hotel is the place to go if you’re looking for the most spectacular backdrop for your ceremony. Sat atop a cliff facing outwards towards the Indian Ocean, not a single palm tree interrupts the endless 360° view that stretches out towards the horizon. With nine spacious and modern villas available, and a whole host of activities including snorkelling in the tropical Zanzibari waters, the Zawadi Hotel is ideal for couples looking not only to marry, but to have an adventure too.
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The most reclusive and exclusive hotel within the Zanzibar Collection is the Palms. With only six villas available, seclusion and privacy is guaranteed, inviting romance and passion, and cultivating an atmosphere of absolute tranquility. For couples who are eloping, and therefore are in want of a space just for the two of them to enjoy the magic of their wedding together, then there is no better place.
The Baraza Resort & Spa has a very distinctive aesthetic amongst those in the Zanzibar Collection. Exemplifying the Arabic character of Zanzibar – which you will be able to experience firsthand if you visit Stone Town in Zanzibar City – the Baraza is steeped in intricately designed decorative features, beautiful brass lanterns and fixtures, and adorned with the most lavish antiques. Exuding a sensuality that is perfectly fitting for a bridal couple, the Baraza is the perfect destination for a more romantic and exotic themed wedding.
The Breezes Beach Club & Spa is home not only to some of the most impressive villas that we at Zankyou have ever seen, but also to the unbeatable Frangipani Spa. With luxurious spa treatments available – including the Apres Safari Treatmentä, designed to relax and rejuvenate – and an almost palatial appearance, the Breezes is the ultimate getaway location for brides and grooms seeking an end to months of stressful wedding planning. Assuredly, the Breezes will leave you feeling so serene that you’ll never want to leave.
Before choosing to have your wedding with the Zanzibar Collection, you and your partner must be aware of one thing – the services provided here are symbolic, without legal recognition. However, see this as a benefit – you can have an intimate private ceremony in the UK with just the two of you to make it official, and then be able to enjoy a picturesque wedding with your family and friends on this unforgettable island. The views alone would make it worth the while, but the wedding packages offered by the Zanzibar Collection only make it that much more attractive.
The Zawadi, Baraza and Palms Hotels offer the same wedding package, at a very reasonable price of €2950 (approximately £2750, at the moment!), with the following features included: an officiant, a reception of the beach with canapés and sparkling wine, a private Gala Dinner, a homemade wedding cake, and photography (though this is included with an additional fee). There is also a wealth of additional options available, including breakfast in bed the following morning, complimentary massages and much more!
The same features are available with the Breezes, but at a reduced cost of €2,300. However, it can be said with some surety that this experience is absolutely priceless. All you need to imagine are the photographs of you and your partner, with the gorgeous Indian Ocean in the background, surrounded by fragrant floral décor and your loved ones, let alone the feeling of marrying there itself… There’s no doubt about it. The Zanzibar Collection is the one.
Alongside being able to get married at one of the most elegant and stylish venues in Tanzania, the Zanzibar Collection also has an array of entertainment, making it the perfect place for your honeymoon also. One of the most heavily recommended options is the awe-inspiring diving trips on offer exclusively with the Collection. These trips take place on the ontouched South-East corner of the main Zanzibari island, meaning you’ll be able to explore the vast oceans away from tourists and crowded beaches.
And if you’re looking for a unique honeymoon experience, then visiting the Jozani forest – which is on route to the hotel from the airport – is an absolute must. Home to the indigenous Red Colobus monkey, this is the only place on earth that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the species, alongside other wild flora and fauna unknown to Britain. Zanzibar is a whole new world, and with the Zanzibar Collection, you’ll be able to explore and experience the very heart of it.
One of the safest and most beautiful provinces on the African continent, Zanzibar is hard to beat as a destination for your wedding abroad, and with the Zanzibar Collection serving as your venue, you’re guaranteed to make memories that you’ll be able to look back on with total joy for many years to come. A wealth of new experiences will be laid on your doorstep, and you’ll love every minute under the blissful African sun – don’t hesitate, and choose the Zanzibar Collection now for your wedding!