Green and blue is a brand new resort built with a focus on attention to detail.
Green and Blue: Our full report
New in 2012, Green and Blue has a picture-postcard setting on a sweeping curve of white sand on Zanzibar’s east coast. A lot of effort has gone into the room design here, and we have high hopes that the same amount of thought will go into the service and facilities as well.
We first visited Green and Blue a month before it opened. Although it was still under construction, we were greeted by an extremely polite and friendly receptionist and could see how it would look when complete.
The lodge’s accommodation consists of a collection of 13 inviting bungalows and one sea-front villa, all dotted around colourful landscaped gardens filled with leafy tropical plants.
Apart from the view (garden view, sea view or pool view), the two-storey thatched bungalows are all the same, with a mosquito-net draped double bed on the ground floor and two single beds upstairs. The upstairs area also doubles as a comfortable lounge. All rooms have fans, air conditioning and a phone, and there’s WiFi throughout, even inside the mosquito nets. Ochre-washed walls make the place seem bright and spacious while finishing touches such as blue sheets, coconut-wood furniture, a ‘baraza’ sofa and arched windows add to the high-quality feel.
In front of each bungalow is a veranda shaded by palms and banana trees, which also offer some privacy from the surrounding rooms. On this veranda is a stylish plunge pool as well as an outdoor shower decorated with shells. There is real attention to detail here, from the hand-made welcome pack in each bungalow to the planting on the roofs so that the bungalows blend into their surroundings.
The sea-front villa boasts similar facilities, but has two double rooms. The ground-floor master bedroom has a sea-view shower with a seat, and there’s also a living room and kitchenette. Although a private chef is on hand to provide private dining, Green and Blue can provide the ingredients should guests wish to cook for themselves.
Upstairs in the villa is a second double bedroom with a sea view from both the bed and the balcony. This room also has an en-suite shower and his-and-hers sinks.
On a cantilevered deck by the beach, overlooking the sea, the restaurant at Green and Blue is built around a boat-shaped bar. In the evening, the restaurant is lit by lamps, creating a romantic atmosphere.
In the chilled-out upstairs lounge, there’s a large Swahili table, and windows create a perfect frame for views of Mnemba Island out to sea. There are plans for a computer to be added.
Set in the centre of beautiful gardens is the Tulia Spa (‘tulia’ is Swahili for ‘relax and enjoy’), which is surrounded by a wall for privacy and has its own pool. Here, well-trained therapists offer body massages, head massages, manicures, pedicures and cosmetics in two therapy cabins. Private spa sessions and candlelit treatments for couples are offered. Blue and green towels are provided, in keeping with the colour scheme.
Two further fresh-water infinity pools are found by the beach, and are surrounded by sunloungers. One pool is shaded by a yellow muslin sail while the other runs over into the second. It is possible to walk under the first pool, where there are a couple of beach-facing seats.
The powder white beach in front of Green and Blue is beautiful, with a few shady sunloungers that usually manage to escape the high tide. At low tide however the tide retreats significantly, meaning that swimming is not possible from the beach.
Our viewGreen and Blue is an exciting new addition to Zanzibar’s east coast. With high levels of quality and attention to detail, a beautiful beach and stylishly designed rooms, this promises to become a great choice for those seeking an attractive and relatively exclusive beach retreat.
Ideal length of stay: At least three nights
Directions: Green and Blue is located in Matemwe, about an hour’s drive from Zanzibar airport.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The two Austrian chefs at Green and Blue use locally grown herbs and high-quality, fresh ingredients to create delicious meals that change daily.
The rates here include breakfast and a light lunch such as salad or sandwiches. Dinner is served in the restaurant by two Austrian-trained chefs who use fresh, high quality ingredients.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No drinks are included.
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Green and Blue.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.
Special activities & services: There are no specific activities for children here.
Equipment: Cots, highchairs and a baby monitor are available.
Generally recommended for children: Although families do stay here, Green and Blue is a fairly adult-orientated lodge, and children may find more entertainment elsewhere.
Notes: Children must be under parental supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: WiFi and a phone are found in every bungalow and in the villa. There are plans to add a computer to the lounge area.
TV & radio: There are no TVs or radios here.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The lodge has links to a local Belgian doctor.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There are security guards on the premises 24 hours a day, and two dogs join them at night. The whole property is surrounded by an electric fence.
Fire safety: Both the bungalows and the villa have fire extinguishers.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is included in the rates.
Money: There is no currency exchange available.
Accepted payment on location: British pounds, euros and US dollars are accepted here as well as Tanzanian shillings, Visa and MasterCard. No commission is charged on credit cards.