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Chapwani Private Island

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Chapwani, Tanzania
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Ranked #65 of 143 hotels in Zanzibar
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great to be on a private island, only 30 mins from Zanzibar by boat. Helpful, friendly staff and chilled setting. Most rooms are simple and lovely; but avoid rooms 11 and 12, the 'honeymoon' suites, which are incredibly hot and airless in an ugly modern building. Food is too bland, except when fresh fish/seafood is grilled on the beach, that... More

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My husband & I spent 4 days here in December 2013 for our honeymoon. We were blown away by the service, food, staff, activities & the relaxing and private beach. We highly recommend Chapwani to anyone visiting Zanzibar and looking for a more authentic, quiet vacation. We were able to kayak each day, snorkel, visit Stone Town easily with their... More

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Cape Town, Western Cape
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I had to share my experience visiting the island and its inhabitants. Our trip was pretty unplanned - decided to go away about 2 weeks before the time and totally by chance was given the suggestion by an agent as an alternative to the place we originally chose. Decided to spend the extra money and were not disappointed at all.... More

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Vienna, Austria
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A small private Island paradise off Zanzibar- idyllic, warm tropical ocean, sandy beach directly outside the door of the simple bungalow; only room for 24 guests, so very personal attention; excellent cuisine; super massages; highly motivated friendly staff; a romantic place for couples

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Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Ali was a very helpful host and that was very important to us. The food was excellent and the dining area overlooked the water which was very enjoyable. There were kayaks and we went out every day for a paddle. Our room was roomy and clean with a separate washroom and shower area. The white sandy beach was just outside... More

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Wow! WE found the perfect spot for our family to chill out. Not only is Ali a nice host, he models a good business practice of giving his staff entrepreneurial opportunities. So we really felt welcome and surrounded by very happy people, so we could really play hard and relax easily.

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Frederick, Maryland, USA
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is the most beautiful place! Everyone who works there treats the guests like treasure--and there is no more perfect beach in the world! Go...if you want beauty, serenity, peace and joy. Not for those who want others to provide activities.

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

My wife and two kids stayed in the wonderful big house at the end of the island. This house was absolutely beautiful. Lovely interior, great views and private. Pros: * Wonderful setting * Lovely to walk or kayak around the island. * Owners are relaxed and have tried to provide for local staff (e.g.: local staff earn income from the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We spent two nights of our honeymoon on this little piece of paradise. we could not have wished for anything more. From excellant food, the perfect setting with a beautiful beach on one side and a beautiful coral reef in easy swimming distance on the other. My biggest problem was trying to decide whether I wanted to be in the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights at the end of our two week trip to Tanzania, and Chapwani was the perfect follow-up to our hectic safari week. I spent a lot of time reading reviews and choosing our accommodations in Zanzibar, and I'm so glad that I picked Chapwani. If you like fancy rooms and constant service,... More

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Also Known As:
Chapwani Private Island Hotel
Chapwani Private Island Zanzibar
Address: Chapwani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #65 of 143 hotels in Zanzibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chapwani Private Island 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chapwani Private island is the perfect spot for those seeking a small quiet lodge with good food on a beautiful peaceful beach with Stone Town (Zanzibar main town) and all its facilities just 15 minutes away by boat. ... more   less 
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