Luxury Hotels

Zanzibar – Santa Barbara – Charles Forte

Zanzibar will – well, possibly – in the next few years be home to a $1.3 billion  tower, shown above, that would, if it does get built, change the face of the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago. A joint venture of Tanzania’s AICL Group and Edinburgh Crowland Management Ltd (led by CEO Emmanuel Umoh) the tower would be designed by New York and Dubai-based architect Jean-Paul Cassia. The 78-floor off-shore would be the tallest building in eastern, central and southern Africa. Inside there should be 560 units in two branded residences, a five-star hotel (360 keys), and a wedding chapel.

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And now to reality.  Foley Entertainment Group has bought the 121-key Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara, California, located steps from the Pacific Ocean. Among development plans is a Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar. Foley Entertainment Group co-CEO Randy Morton says operations will continue to be led by MD Warren Nocon.

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And finally, today and today. Charles Forte, named for his grandfather, already heads development for Rocco Forte Hotels.  Hear him here, on podcast: