Officially open: Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Africa’s greenest hotel

Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa, has officially opened its doors to the public as Zanzibar’s & East Africa’s greenest hotel –

BHA Lighting were privileged to have been commissioned to produce the lighting design for the island’s greenest hotel. The five star Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa is one of its kind. Set just outside historic Stone Town, it is the ideal base for a relaxing or adventurous break. Operated sustainably, the hotel offers 106 beautifully decorated luxury rooms all ocean-facing with views of the coast or the mangrove forests. Their range of dining options promise to tantalise your taste buds, while their world-class spa will melt away your cares.

Designed to be chic and luxurious, the rooms are stylish, sophisticated and contemporary, accented with Zanzibari art and décor. All penthouse suites boast private hot tubs on their terraces, providing the ultimate setting for relaxation.

Hotel Verde is a complete green experience to behold. The designs throughout the entire project have sustainability at its core. Not only is the building sustainable, but green principles, processes and measures ensure all operations are eco-friendly and continually assessed for improvement.


Daniel Hammond, BHA lighting designer, designed all of the interior and exterior lighting for the 106 bedroom guest building, main reception building interior lighting which included all back of house areas, shops, restaurants and cafes as well as the exterior of the building.

Philip Hammond, designed all of the landscape lighting along all walkways, the two marinas, the pathway lighting to the beach, the standing wave pool and all roadway lighting.  All roadway lighting consisted of solar pole area lanterns which provide autonomous operation with 3 rain day capability when minimal sunlight is available.  The exterior lighting design encompassed an area of 576,000 sq m.

We worked closely with Ecolution Consulting and performed the many very complex lighting calculations required for IEQ-7 and the Green Star rating system for energy effiency in buildings.

The hotel is set to lead the way in the green economy sector in East Africa by being a flagship for green technology whilst further developing sustainable tourism as Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

The hotel will be offering guests a carbon neutral stay and conferencing experience and has registered with the Green Building Council of South Africa to target a 5 Star Green Star SA as-built certification. Some of the many sustainability interventions include renewable: energy generation, 100% LED lighting, occupancy sensors, grey and black water recycling systems, waste management, demand controlled ventilation, regenerative drive elevators and an intelligent heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system which is highly efficient in heat recovery for the purpose of hot water generation.

The hotel is situated 4km from the burgeoning Stone Town and a 2-minute walk to the beach. The 106 rooms offer guests 5-star ultra-luxury standard rooms and luxury suites, a spa, a gym (fully equipped with energy-generating gym equipment), 3 restaurants, conference facilities, entertainment, a gaming room and a kids’ club –  all whilst ensuring a sustainable stay.


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