We just completed a most relaxing time at La Madrugada Resort in Makunduchi, Zanzibar. My husband and I had been travelling for 3 months and were looking for a place to take a bit of a break. The previous review, True Paradise, says it all, but I would like to add a few comments.
The staff at La Madrugada make this place a true delight! As they are under new management, you can tell that they have spent a lot of time hiring professional, friendly, trustworthy staff. Sofia our waitress was an absolute sweetie and she was the perfect hostess. Zawadi (with a degree in Travel Tourism) taught me some Swahili and a song I could teach my students back at school -- I was so pleased. Betty at reception was friendly and professional. Hajje taught us more Swahili and always greated us with a huge smile and lovely conversation. The chef provided us with amazing meals and even gave us a seafood dinner on the beach for our last night (he added little food additions that he noted we preferred over our stay). The bartender had a great sense of humour and taught us some local phrases (poa chacheezi cama indizi friti bariti - cooler than a banana in a refrigerator). The owners are a very lovely couple, he Tanzanian and she Finnish, who gave us wonderful service and some very interesting history lessons. I can't say enough about the staff who truly made this experience the most relaxing and special experience!
The facilities are great and the beach is beautiful. The local bicycle path is between the resort and the beach, so you will sometimes see locals carrying biking or the odd cow pass by the resort: it all added to the charm. There are constantly gardeners pruning and raking the sand. You can await fresh flowers on your bed and a turn-down service. Make sure to walk the beach just around sun down because hundreds of mini-crabs go to find food. We loved the board games that they had including ping-pong, pool, air hockey, and some mind games. The security seemed quite good and we never had any issues.
Since it is a recent acquisition for the couple, they are constantly making updates to improve the facilities. Although we were very happy with what they had to offer they said they had more to do. If you choose to go, it could be even better than our experience, though we find that hard to believe. ;)
- Also Known As:
- La Madrugada Beach Resort Zanzibar/Makunduchi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the South East corner of Zanzibar, Makunduchi is a heavenly Coral village with the whitest of white beaches that goes down in the gentlest slopes into an amazing tourqouise ocean and an azure skyline. Zanzibar Azure is an exotic 37 Chalet Resort that brings out the romance in you! A must see paradise for lovers! ... more less
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