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December 2010

Kempinski Holistic Retreat at the Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski

Kempinski Introduces Africa's First Holistic Health Retreat

The pool and view at the Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski
The pool and view at the Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski

Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski in Tanzania is celebrating its five-year anniversary with the launch of its remodeled facilities, as well as the Zamani Retreat Kempinski, Africa's first holistic health retreat promoting physical, mental and spiritual health.

The luxury resort is re-launching in January 2011, offering a place of tranquil reflection to attune body, mind and spirit. The retreat is the first of its kind for Kempinski and will feature some of the world's leading international lifestyle consultants and gurus, including 'breathing master' Dominique Lonchant.

The retreat will begin with a personalized health consultation intended to address each customer's specific needs. From there, attendants will be placed in one of three 'houses' offering traditional and contemporary treatments. The 'House of Africa' will treat guests using indigenous herbs and treatments reflecting ancient curative methods. Treatments within the 'House of Africa' are drawn from the traditional Maasai medicine of East Africa and provided under the guidance of third generation Maasai healers who will be using medicinal plants and herbs grown on site.

The 'House of Asia' will feature Tibetan Herbal Medicine, using traditional remedies and products from Tibet, administered by experienced doctors of one of the world's oldest forms of healing. Based on the five elements — Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Space — Tibetan medicine is focused on maintaining a balance of all the elements, using blood pressure, eating habits and observation of sleep habits to formulate diagnoses.

The third house, the 'House of India', will offer Ayurvedic treatments under the supervision of expert medical practitioners. Treatments will include specialized Panchakarma detox and weight management programs. All products used in the treatments will be personally created for individual guests using natural products from Kerala. The 'House of India' program also incorporates Ayurvedic cooking sessions, as well as fitness and leisure activities to complement the Ayurvedic treatments.

The holistic retreat takes its promise of a serene environment very seriously. The only alcohol served will be organic wine after 6 p.m. No mobile phones, PDAs or laptops will be allowed in public areas. All retreats will be inclusive of full-board accommodation and include activities in resort. They start at $680 per room, per night.

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