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We are a family business that has a strong history and background in hospitality. We have created a thriving Hotel business in East Africa with four internationally recognized hotels. The Zanzibar Collection, which features three properties on the Island of Zanzibar and the Palacina Hotel in Nairobi. These hotels are all designed, built, managed and marketed by us. We are Tour Africa Safaris, a tour company that specialized in safaris to East Africa and Palacina Interiors one of East Africa’s most prestigious and internationally recognized Interior Design Studios and Retail Stores specializing in Hospitality and Restaurant Design.

We work with a set of principles which we firmly believe customers recognize and appreciate: Maintain international hotel standards, incorporate a beautiful design which reflects the destination, create a feeling of home and ensure that the clients understand from the moment they arrive that the property is family owned. The attention to detail, the emphasis on creating a home away from home, warm hospitality and personalized service have always been our guiding principles.

Aaren Macksoud is originally from Woodstock, Vermont so there is a deep rooted connection to the town. Our family has loved Vermont from the moment we set foot in the Green Mountains. With his family owning and operating a Maple Syrup farm and a Vermont country store we are locals and love the Vermont lifestyle, no nonsense sensibility and the stunning natural beauty which can be found nowhere else in the world.