When two men from the Czech Republic decided to build a hotel hundreds of miles away on a small beach resort in East Africa’s Zanzibar they never imagined how problematic following their dream would be. They could hardly speak the local lingo and it took three years of haggling just to procure the necessary permits.
They employed 200 local workers and began to create their vision of a luxury beachside resort even though they had not an iota of experience in construction. Their style was pretty hands on, but their inexperience, inevitably, led to disappointment when their imagination and the reality differed. After two years of building they realised there were flaws and demolished everything only to start again.
Later than hoped and with the help of architect Barbara Mluvkova, the duo have finally launched the Tulia Zanzibar. Their offering is an all-inclusive 5* boutique beach resort. It’s pretty exclusive with just 17 bungalows. Each is made of local stone and wood, and has its own path that leads through the lush gardens to its door.