Emerson Zanzibar

Emerson Zanzibar


Emerson Zanzibar is formed by three organisations founded by Emerson Skeens and operated under similar management principles. The two hotels Emerson Spice and Emerson on Hurumzi and the Emerson’s Foundation for Zanzibar

The Emerson’s

Emerson Zanzibar Foundation

A Special Fund for Education and Culture believes in Zanzibar, in Zanzibaris, and their potential to create a
vibrant and self-sustaining future that uniquely reflects the rich history and cultural heritage of these islands. To that end a Fund has been established to support individuals with exceptional talents in artistic and academic fields and to assist local organizations that preserve and enhance the culture of Zanzibar. The foundation will be a nongovernmental organization, non-political, non–commercial, non- religious and non–profit making.

Emerson Zanzibar

Emerson Skeens

Spaces are magical, always have been for me. Since childhood, often when I walk into a space for the first time, I’m confronted with a narrative, a feeling, a history, some characters. Like Jaques, in “As you Like It,” there is a myth, an opera, a film or a play stretching out on stage before me. These stages present themselves for me to play on and, for even more fun, to play with. The romantic and erotic are always embedded in the space. How would I make love in that space and narrative? Then, I set out to embody that in three dimensional space. To this old frustrated sculptor the process is exhilarating. May I ask the visitors of Emerson’s Zanzibar’s hotels to indulge with me and perhaps join in by feeling the archetypal stories that inspired the designs of each room. For all the mad romantics that remain among us in a digital age, here’s the scoop.