Blue Amber Luxury Resort in Zanzibar launches residential units

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Phase one of the mixed use Blue Amber resort in Zanzibar recently launched in January 2018.

The aim is to create a resort that blends contemporary living with world class hospitality facilities. These include an 18-hole Signature Ernie Els Design Golf Course – the first in East Africa.

The first residential phase will consist of 47 luxury double storey villas, available for sale to both local and foreign buyers.

Saleh Said, Blue Amber managing director, said for the first time in history, non-Tanzanian residents will be able to invest in property on the tropical island.

“The Blue Amber resort – initially launched early in 2017 as Zanzibar Amber Resort – will enable non-Tanzanian residents to buy residential property in Zanzibar on 99-year leases with the option to extend ownership by 49 years,” she said.

The villas are set within a secure, private estate and are designed to maximise the spectacular views of either ocean, lakes, or golf course. Locally sourced materials such as sand render and coral stone cladding will be used in the construction of the villas to honour local tradition.

Zanzibar is one of the World’s Heritage Sites and has a rich and diverse cultural history. Its main industries are spices, raffia and tourism, an industry that has grown significantly in the past few years.

Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property Group, said the new resort development will place Zanzibar on the map as a high-end lifestyle destination offering sound investment opportunities as a year-round permanent residential or rental location.

“Numerous airlines around the globe are now flying daily into Zanzibar. Blue Amber is just an hour’s drive away, making it easily accessible,” he said.

Another plus for investors is that property owners – as well as their spouses and children under 25 – are eligible for Zanzibar residence permits, and residence status is valid for as long as buyers remain owners.