Our efforts towards sustainability

We recognize that sustainable operations across our resort play a major role in achieving our purpose to preserve and protect the nature of Zanzibar for future generations. We consistently strive to be more sustainable by trying to reduce our ecological footprint.

So far we have made some small steps in our sustainability achievements, and would like to share it with you. Have a look.

We harvest vegetables from our garden

We expanded our vegetable and herb garden in 2020 and also added livestock to the farming operations. We endeavor to grow as much of our own organic produce and our selection of chickens, ducks, pigs and goats supply organic meat and byproduct. What we cannot produce ourselves we strive, where possible to source locally, especially when produced organically and in a sustainable manner.  

We support our local farmers

From garden to table. Xanadu’s garden is growing. We strive to procure locally to support the local economy, farmers and producers.

Our fish comes from local fisherman

Not all foods are available every day or week. If the fishermen come, there is fish, otherwise, there isn’t. Supporting local fishermen that fish sustainably, observing breeding seasons, for example, lobster season, and never ever procuring any endangered or slow breeding species all help our mission of conserving, and guests can rest assured that we have taken all these steps and still produce world-class meals.

Ocean Foraging

Our team forages the turquois waters for delicacies like sea urchin and sea snails.

Job creation and training

Part of the commitment of investors in Zanzibar is to constantly improve the skillset. The vast majority of our employees are Tanzanian and training and career development is an ongoing process.

Local materials & traditional building techniques of the design

We strive to use materials for our buildings that are local and environmentally friendly. Tanga Stone from the mainland and recycled Dhow boat wood for the majority of our carpentry are only 2 examples but very visible in the design. Supporting local and using traditional manual building techniques reduces our carbon footprint and also assists with job creating and skills development.


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3 pillars of our sustainability philosophy


Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. It has three main pillars: economic, environmental, and social. These three pillars are informally referred to as people, planet and profits.