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Mafia Island Lodge

Utende Beach, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Mafia Island Lodge
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The lodge is an old government property that has been recently renovated. It is 20 mins drive from the city/airport and strategically located to explore the marine park. The superior rooms are renovated and in very good condition. The standard rooms are not renovated, hence the discrepancy in the reviews in trIpadvisor. Each room has a veranta with view to... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

friendly, great inclusive new year party, relaxed, unpretentious. proximity of great dive centre was real bonus - we were really there for the diving and the diving was outstanding. Rooms simple. nice location with beach and mangroves.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff and the Manageress is great and very helpful. They tried all their level best to give us the maximum comfort in this island. The accommodation is average however commendable given the circumstances. I think the friendliness of the staff keeps it going well. I recommend for anyone who wishes to come here. The hotel is situated right opposite... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a solo traveller, I couldn't have chosen a better place than Mafia Island Lodge. I spend almost 3 weeks at the lodge as I extended my stay by an additional week. The managers, Gilles & Tanur were lovely hosts, almost like family. Knowing I was travelling alone and it being my first time to east Africa, they made sure... More 

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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

we spent ten days and we loved being there. It's the only lodge in that part of the island - the one from all the diving centers organize their trips - who has a proper beach and lots of space. we liked the structure, spacious and with different areas where you can have drinks or read or simply look at... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Me and my family spent 7 days at Mafia Lodge from Dicember 28th to the January 5th and we still miss it. The managers, Gilles and Tanur, are very interesting and kind and made their best in advising us and let us enjoy the holiday at its most. Bedrooms are nice, clean and have both fan and AC and each... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very beautiful place to relax. People are very friendly. The rooms are large enough and suitable to the environment. There are few choices of food. There is nothing more to eat between meals instead of the same sandwich every day, but it is acceptable because of the logistical problems.

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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We have spent 4 wonderful days at the lodge which offered a great combination of rest, good food and daily activities. The rooms are relatively large with all the comfort that we ask for: clean spaces, good matrasses, working airconditioning, hot and running water in the shower resp. wc, etc. The food was very good, every day something different and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We have just returned from a weekend at Mafia Island lodge, and I think it is fair to state that the brochure does not reflect what you get or the price. The staff were helpful and did their best, the food was OK, the drinks overpriced and all priced in USD 8USD for a Gin & Tonic, 25 USD for... More 

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MafiaLodge, Manager at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Firstly, we would like to thank you for choosing Mafia Island Lodge as your accommodation of choice on the island and apologize that you did not thoroughly enjoy your stay. As you may know, Mafia Island is a remote location and most of our food and beverage is flown in from the main land by air. This means... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This was a lovely, isolated lodge on Mafia Island. The food was good and they did a nice job accommodating my food allergy and my picky eating habits. If you like seafood you will love it. My husband was especially happy when I passed my seafood appetizer immediately over to him. There are limited resources on the island so make... More 

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