Culinary Discovery of Zanzibar’s Spices
Did you know that Zanzibar was one of the world’s largest producers of spices such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon in the 19th century, after the abolition of the slave trade?
Interestingly, culturally, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years. The town’s unique blend of Arabic and African cultural influences originate from the 19th century when Zanzibar Island served as a center for the trade of spices. During this period, Zanzibar, also known as the “Spice Island,” was the most important trading hub along the east coast of Africa. Today, the streets of Stone Town are filled with rich aromas of spices, perfumes and local handcrafts.
Celebrating this unique history, Park Hyatt Zanzibar, situated on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical center of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. Park Hyatt Zanzibar is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a UNESCO heritage building steeped in history, grace and mystique with roots dating back to the 17th century. Mambo Msiige is a typical Zanzibari mansion and an architectural gem, featuring intricate carvings and centered around a peaceful courtyard. The name alone meaning “not to be copied or imitated,” embraces true uniqueness. The new and purposefully built Zamani Residence of the hotel connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old history and contemporary charm, while embracing Swahili culture with a blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings that bring you back in time. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot from the hotel’s ideal location, including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, Old Dispensary, Peace Memorial Museum, Palace Museum, and the House of Wonders.
During this experience, discover the vibrant spices of this magic island through a visit to a local spice farm, where you can both taste and purchase. Afterward, return to Park Hyatt Zanzibar’s kitchens and embrace the art of traditional cooking with a Swahili cooking class. To finish, gourmet creations can be enjoyed as a sumptuous meal overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Not too shabby, indeed.
Prices starting @$280/night