I thought i was going to have a ball of a time when i booked this resort and destination for my honeymoon. Unfortunately my expectations were not met. The flight from Nairobi was a tiring one, stopping over twice before we reached Zanzibar airport. On arrival, we were told to expect somebody holding a name board and this didn't happen. Panic stricken and frantically trying to make calls, we had to wait about 20 mins, before someone finally came to us. The drive to the resort was an hour which tired us further
When we reached the hotel we wanted to just check in immediately and put our feet up. However we had to listen to the manager for about 30 mins with an overstretched welcome, before he finally showed us to our room. When we entered the room, there was no wow factor for me. Although quite spacious i was expecting more, like, some goodies for instance, especially since it was our honeymoon. What we got was a bottle of Sparkling wine which was in the mini bar.
After quickly getting changed, we wanted something to eat and realized that we were not even told which direction the restaurant was. So back we went to the reception and were finally told, something the manager should have pointed out to us earlier on i thought instead of trying to sell us the extra hotel services
As we were going to the dining area is when we came across the Stairway. 55 steps and each stair nearly a foot long. Little did i know then, being at night, how torturous this stair way would be. It led all the residents to the main dining areas, beach and all other facilities. Imagine walking up and down this in the scorching heat. It was not nice and it totally spoiled my holiday.
The next morning at breakfast my coffee had gone cold and i asked for another cup of coffee. The waitress did not understand what i was saying and i took nearly 10 mins before she finally understood and brought me another cup of coffee. It was frustrating at times that some of the staff really did not understand my needs. However having said that some of the staff were very friendly namely Abdullah, Muhidin and Sulieman at the main restaurant.
My husband was craving for a coconut drink and unfortuntatly they never had any until our last day. How in a place where coconuts are ample could they run short.
The other frustration was that the Ac was complicated to use and that there was no pen in the room. Finally I was brought some pencils which i had to make do with to fill in the laundry form and make some pointers for my trip advisor review.
Entertainment was awful. I was expecting beach parties, discos and lots of activities to keep us occupied and happy but there was nothing at all to do. All that there was to do was go to the beach. Eventually my husbands back got burnt with the scorching sun and was sore so going to the beach was out of the question.
Tv was just as boring. No National Geographic or Discovery Channel, just news and foreign channels and a movie channel that repeated the movies. (yea i saw Zookeeper 3 times) and for the internet you have to pay $5 an hour.
The worst part was the lack of detail in the hotel. In the restaurants, the cups were chipped. Our balcony wall was splattered with something disgusting on the wall. And one of the gowns they provided had a big , ugly stain. Not to mention that the curtain hem was full of dirt and was black in colour. Having a shower was also an issue since water leaked out of the shower.
On the positive side i enjoyed the food in the restaurants!!
In conclusion i would not recommend this hotel to honeymooners or adventurous couples. It may be okay for large groups of people who can entertain themselves. The lack of cleanliness and detail and that 55 step stairway, means i will never go back to this so called resort again.
- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Dream Of Zanzibar Hotel
- Diamonds Dream Of Zanzibar Hotel Kiwengwa
- Diamonds Dream Of Zanzibar Tanzania
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