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“A nice getaway complimented by excellent service” 4 of 5 stars
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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Chuini Ruins, Bububu, Tanzania   |  
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“A nice getaway complimented by excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location is beautiful (however a bit misleading if you were expecting long white beaches - the beaches are quite rocky and not really suitable for swimming). They bay however with the ruins in the middle is visually stunning.
The staff were excellent throughout our stay, making it comfortable and welcoming. So were the dogs!
Rose and Fritz were great hosts as well. The kitchen was stellar, bringing out delicious dishes (presented fantastically) every time we sat down for a meal, especially since we there were 3 vegetarians in our group.
We also did the east coast tour which was fantastic (try and negotiate to squeeze the spice tour into the east coast tour for a really full day if you are short on time)

The rooms were spacious however there were a few issues here... Firstly the bathroom was tiny, minuscule even. Barely any space to move.. and poorly lit. The shower was quite horrible. Barely any pressure and lukewarm at best. Secondly the air conditioning was very weak; barely cooling the room even when left on an entire day. This led to somewhat uncomfortable nights. Lastly the sockets in the room were all european.. which we found quite strange. There are adapters available at the reception but they were all taken when we asked.. There really should be an adapter for each room.
Also watch out for the afternoon tea, its great and the cakes are tasty but they are not complimentary! Quite pricey actually..
The wifi was barely usable.. but didn't really need to use it as we were trying to disconnect! (you can also pay for a faster connection)

Overall the stay was great. We had a really good time and I would recommend the place to couples and travelers.. Families with small children may struggle.

Room Tip: At the time of our stay there was a lot of construction going on around the hotel which made some of...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

-over priced
-friendly staff but poor service & management
-not only food is bad.. but it's expensive too !
-rooms are not equipped.. and no mini fridge
-basically you will pay for a lodge & spa .. and they think it is.. however it's less than a motel bcuz of the reasons i mentioned above.. so if u don't travel much u might like it.. but if u do u will know it's below average

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I booked this hotel after looking at reviews and the hotels website and the hotel did not dissapointed! I emailed asking what time I could check in and the hotel offered to organise a transfer for us which was cheaper than the one out other hotel had offered.

When we arrived we were offered a welcome drink which was lovely! The staff were so welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Our bungalow had everything we needed it was clean and well presented. The hotel itself has lots of different things for you to do a private beach, cinema, bar and restaurant. We are all our meals here and all of the food was fantastic. We had a Swahili night and then dinner on the beach which was really beautiful. On our last day the hotel staff allowed us to check out late which meant we could swim and then have showed just before leaving. I highly recommend this hotel and the service was fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed October 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Recently, I stayed at the Hakuna Matata Beach lodge and Spa. I was a bit worried because I am a young, female traveling alone. My fears were for naught, although you have to drive through some "interesting" territory to get to the lodge, it is well worth it. The lodge was beautiful.There were a few cons but mostly pro's and I would certainly stay there again. The staff was amazing and the food was so good, I wanted to beg the chef to come back to America with me. ☺. Mohammed, the tour director on site was a godsend and the entire team made my trip that much more enjoyable.

Pros
Mohammed ( All 3 Mohammed's)
Staff
Room
Furniture ( i would give anything to have the furniture shipped to the US)
Location to Beach
Location to Ruins
Breakfast
Dinner

Cons
Wish I had more interaction with the owners Rose and Fritz
Mosquitoes ( OMG) be prepared because that part sucks but by day 2 I was fine. I was ready for the little buggers.

So- SO Situation
No TV in the room.. Yikes, but believe it or not it made my trip more relaxing because I was able to read my books
Wifi is not that great

Room Tip: Try to ask for a room further into the lodge, I was so paranoid my first night because I was near th...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is a beautiful resort with interesting ruins interspersed among the characterful thatched cottages and reception and dining buildings. There is tasteful African art everywhere and the gardens are well tended. The food is outstanding and imaginatively served in various locations. During our three-day stay we had dinner on the beach (with live local music), in the dining room and at a trestle table with other guests among the ruins. The staff are friendly and efficient and the owners are very hospitable and helpful. It is easy to arrange tours or taxi rides to Stone Town and spice farms from within the resort. The only downside was the bumpy approach road for the last 10 minutes, but we understand this will be rectified when the neighbouring resort is completed.

Room Tip: It could be a few minutes walk to the reception area.
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

i stayed here for one night in Oct 2014. it was a very bumpy ride to get over a potholed dirt track, but very nice upon arrival. i had a delicious evening meal although there was no choice so was lucky i loved it. Room very nice, no complaints. Staff friendly and helpful. i would say this is more for couples than solo travellers.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A very relaxing,beautiful runaway lodge among the ruins n colourful nature, located on the west coast, nicely landscaped n overlooking the ocean wherever you are
Very friendly owners and staff trying hard to satisfy your needs ( a limited prepaid mobile phone is handed over to guest on arrival to keep them in contact with Hotel front desk and lodge taxi drivers) Food is simple and good. Tour operators headed by Mohammed are very friendly n helpful. It would have been very helpful if group tours would be arranged as first time visitors are not fully aware of the secrets of the island. A pleasant place to go!

Room Tip: South rooms are with better view to the Ocean.
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa

Address: Chuini Ruins, Bububu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bububu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bububu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa. Located on the west coast of the exotic island Zanzibar under shady age-old mango trees, bordered by a secret private bay you will find our 4 star hotel Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa. Our beach hotel offers 13 comfortable bungalows - all with a spectacular view to of Indian Ocean. The new Villa Zanzibar is the highlight of all bungalows. Weddings and honeymoons - are you are looking for a romantic place to get married under palm trees, on the beach or next to historical palace ruins? Here, your dreams will come true. In our unique Day Spa you may revitalize your body and soul. Enjoy the breathtaking African sunsets. Let your eyes wander to the south, see the skyline of Stone Town, the small Chapwani and Prison Island, and just ahead the silhouette of the African continent. You will feel enchanted. The hotel is managed by the German owners Rose and Fritz. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hakuna Matata Beach Hotel Bububu
Hakuna Matata Beach Bububu
Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa Zanzibar/Bububu

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