MILELE VILLAS – ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND ECO-TOURISM
The villas are constructed using local building techniques and with local, natural materials such as makuti (palm leaves). They combine the beauty and the unique African-Arab style of the Swahili coast with modern comforts. The villas are furnished with recycled dhow (rigged Arab boats, typical in Zanzibar waters) wood furniture, which are crafted by our very own dhow furniture workshop. We consciously decided not to install any air conditioning inside the villas, since A/C systems result in high power consumption and contradict the eco-tourism guidelines. As an eco-friendly alternative, the villas have been carefully constructed to maximise the refreshingly cool ocean breeze, and all rooms are equipped with ceiling fans. Wind and solar energy support us in providing fresh air, electricity and heated water for our guests. At Milele Villas we understand the importance of protecting the environment and supporting local business. Our long term goal is to become completely self sufficient by utilising renewable resources and sourcing food from local farms and fishermen. Our eco-friendly concept is described below:
Fruits & Herbs
Zanzibar is renowned for being a Spice Island but also has a wide variety of seasonal fruits, strating from mangoes, bananas, pineapples, to papayas and coconuts. While staying at Milele Villas Zanzibar you can taste these delicious fruits fresh, grown without any chemical additives and pesticides. Rediscover the genuine, mouth-watering taste of fresh fruit picked daily! To keep our ecological impact neutral or even better we have been planting fruit trees throughout our property around the villas. Some of them are still in their infancy, but they are growing quickly and some started to produce fruits that use in the preparation of our delicious dishes. While some of our fruit trees are reaching maturity, we are buying fresh fruits from local vendors, in order to support the community and limit the pollution caused by means of transportation.
Flora & Fauna
We not only planted fruit trees and herbs, but also local trees, shrubs, and bushes to provide a perfect habitat for the local wildlife. These plants will grow and create a small forest providing a refreshing shade in the midday sun and encouraging African bird species to find shelter and make a home. Lilac Breasted Rollers are regulars at Milele Villas as well as a number of different species of Sun Birds and butterflies. The local blooming flowers in our garden are spectacular and release an inspiring fragrance into the air. This refined scent combined with the fresh Indian Ocean breeze offers a magic experience to our guests at Milele Villas. We create a fascinating, flowery, and natural environment by decorating our rooms and our candlelit tables with leaves and flowers. The owner of Milele Villas considers planting gardens a very important and positive contribution to future generations. Planting Baobab trees is essential to his vision, since baobabs can live for thousands of years, and hopefully, many generations will enjoy their presence!
In Zanzibar, fish is an important part of the population’s diet and provides a sustainable income for local fishermen and women. While relaxing in a sun lounger at Milele Villas Zanzibar in the morning, you will see fishermen walking towards the edge of the barrier reef during low tide to catch a wide variety of sea food: octopus, red snappers, dorado and king fish. At sunset the white sails of fishing dhows out on the Indian Ocean paint an idyllic picture. They go out to catch tuna, mackerel and other large game fish. All fish and sea food served at Milele Villas is purchased at the local fish market and caught the same day from the ocean. The combination of fresh fish, Zanzibar spices, and our chef’s experience creates an explosion of flavours that will delight your senses.
Since Milele Villas are located near an established community, it is important that we respect the local culture and try and support it whenever possible. We purchase food and supplies from individuals and local businesses and employ over ten staff members from the surrounding area. We also encourage our guests to visit the local villages and to learn more about a unique way of life. Tourism creates new sources of income for the local population, allows the people to diversify and learn new skills, and to improve their own daily life.