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Business Info

Business Name

Emerson Spice, Zanzibar Stonetown

What do you do?

We run a small boutique hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa
See Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EmersonSpice.Zan...
Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRevie...
Conde Naste May 2012 http://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/africa-...
Mambo Magazine Tz 13/08/2011 Rachel Hamada, Hot hotels: Emerson Spice
The Independent UK, Zanzibar: Adventure on the high seas, Thursday 09 August 2012

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Do you have a desired website screen size?

the website need to fit to both computers and smartphones, ipads etc
if possible be a so called "responsive web site" with fluid layouts instead of fixed width, allowing the site to easily be viewed across multiple screens sizes and devices.

How many pages (maximum of 4) do you need designed?

If you could give us the basic design or template with all possibilities there, show us how to do the few fisrt pages, then we will add the rest of the pages our self, we can do the most of the text and descriptions adding photos etc etc our selfs. as long as you do it possible for us. We have looked long an wide after a template we like, but if they are beautiful and arty, they miss possibilities to interact with face book and tripadvisor or letting guest comment, if they have all this quirky interesting functions, they look to trendy, industrial and do not fit to our old and history filled Zanzibari house

Target Audience

What is your industry?


Describe the target audience for your website design

We need a template for an interactive, site that we manage our self's to complement Facebook & TripAdvisor, where a guest can go and find the information and inspiration they need when they plan their holiday, it need to be simple and informative so the guest them self feel that they easy can do the booking them self without having to go through an travel agent. Also where Travel Agencys, Tour Opertors and journalists can go in and get facts and photos from the hotel. We like to reach direct out to people that is planning to travel to Zanzibar and are looking for an experience more then a standard hotel, that want to immerse them self in to the design and culture of Zanzibar, we aim for reaching people that regularly uses facebook and tripadvisor, we want to involve bloggers and guests that have been with us or planning to come, we like to be able to list places that features us etc etc

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your website design

Zanzibar Culture, the design of the hotel, that we are immersed in to the culture of Zanzibar and aim to offer an experience more then only a hotel bed

How is your company different from your competitors?

We are more interested of providing our guests with an unforgetable experience, then getting "bums on seats" our business is our life style. We have 20 years experience of running a hotel in Zanzibar, we work with local staff and suppliers, We use local craftsmens and materials in restoring this 150 years old building taking you back to Zanzibar glory days,

Style and Concept

What website design styles do you like?

Elegant, arty, but at the same time simple and easy to navigate,
1) Interactivity: social media, carousels, subtle animations, guest review and coments, useful cross linking
2) Rich: surfaces, gradients, shadows, sense of depth
3) Fairness, ethical values, community, environment

What colors do you want to see in your website design?

The main colour in the building is Omani Blue,
The look: Romantic, with blue-, pink-, and violet-painted walls, rich textiles, deep baths, and high beds.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your website design?

watered out plain,
We do not want a brochure on the web!

What adjectives should best describe your website design?

Elegant, Artistic, simple, Zanzibari, informative, fast, inspiring
The design, look and feel of it should reflect us and the design of the hotel, and preferable not look as a standard WordPress template.
The specs: Fusing a restored nineteenth-century Swahili sultans palace and Zanzibars first photographic studio, this multi-storied small hotel has an inner courtyard, twelve unique antiques-filled rooms, and one of Zanzibars best restaurants.

The look: Romantic, with blue-, pink-, and violet-painted walls, rich textiles, deep baths, and high beds.

The experience: The Stone Town location means youre surrounded by the sounds and smells of local life, but well-traveled gueststhe list includes Matt Dillon and Juliette Binocheembrace the feast for all senses and are not bothered by the lack of conventional amenities such as minibars and television. All suites have verandas, and each is so intriguingly decorated that there is no cause for the room envy typical of many converted courtyard houses.

What content must be included in the website design?

It needs quick links to FB & TA, and posibility to add their badgets and widgets etc it need to have pages for each room (with photos, video & music of the room for those who likes), and a restaurant page, (where we can post daily menus and guests can rate us). a page for the hotel in general, integrate a customized google map of stonetown, have pages for excursions, about us, contacts, rates, fact sheet, etc. a normal photo gallery, and a gallery with high res marketing photos, and other info (reached by invitation only). a page where guests can leave guest comments and give coming guests tips them self, a blog, links to all our online publicity or articles written about us, or what we support, etc. Be both very informative and fast for those who looks for quick information but also have plenty of stuff for those that like to dream away a cold winter night planing next holiday

Do you have additional requirements or links you want to share?

It should be made in away so you fast can get the information you need on a slow connection, but if you have time on hand and a fast connection can look at photos, videos, listen to the music chosen for the room and or etc..
We should be able to extend and build on the the website our selfs using the template you made



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