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“Paradise...again!” 5 of 5 stars
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Dream of Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kiwengwa, Mahonda, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mahonda
London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“Paradise...again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This was my second stay at the Diamond Dream of Zanzibar and I can honestly say it was paradise...again!
My family and I spent 2 weeks over Christmas & new year (20th - 3rd). This was peak season and the hotel was at full capacity yet at no point did the service suffer - which was quite a feat with some of the large & demanding groups staying!
The hotel is set on the most sensational beach which really is an incredible back drop, the rooms are really lovely but what really makes this hotel so special is the incredible attention to detail each member of staff individually instil. I can't emphasise enough how wonderfully attentive they were. They could not do enough for you and were such genuinely caring people.
My mother and I used the spa and can highly recommend the massages. The amenities at the hotel are very good. This is a perfect family hotel that offers evening entertainment and day activities. In the day there is a selection of 3 food areas on the beach (sushi, Indian cuisine & a German bbq) the food was very good, prepared directly in front of you and very good, in addition the main restaurant still caters for lunch too. This offers the opportunity of casual informal dining and variation from the evening restaurants.
We had a truly wonderful holiday and can't thank Jagath, Garvit, Anna, Shams, Jamu & all their colleagues for looking after us so well & making it so memorable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The hotel itself is wonderful however if you are a South African I would not waste money staying at this hotel. They only have time for Italian people. The management at the time of our stay were rude and not helpful at all. The food was the same boring food from morning till night everyday. The beach is full of hawkers trying to sell you goods and it is very unpleasant. The main pool has not been maintained and many people cut their feet from the loose tiles. Having said all of this I have to say that New Years Eve was spectacular the staff did go all out and make it a very big success.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Hotel rooms are great overlooking the beach nice and spacious. The hotel from my understanding is relatively new and seems like from a maintenance perspective is not where it needs to be, the mosaic floor in the pool coming apart which lead me as well as few others cutting ourselves. Language barrier a massive dissadvantage for the resort as you battle to communicae with staff, it seems as tho the language best understood in the resort is italian. The beach was a dissapointment due to the abundance of hawkers really need to have more security on the beach many guests didnt venture onto the beach due to the mere fact that you would be swarmed by hawkers for me this was the biggest dissapointment about the hotel. The spa was beautiful and massages were great proffesional staff, food was good, but service in the sense of language barrier was what lead the hotel to an average experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Spending this Christmas & New Year at the hotel was a beautiful experience. The staff are so caring, helpful & could not have done more to make our holiday more enjoyable. The General Manager & his colleagues give personal attention to every guest. The beach had 3 separate areas for lunch - a barbecue, sushi & the best Indian curries we have ever tasted. Christmas eve gala night by the pool was both hugely entertaining & very emotional by the staff acting a nativity play under the starlit sky. The elaborate buffet offered lobster, steak, & all local fish & meats. The staff were so happy to be involved. New year was also a wonderful celebration. We are looking forward to returning as we left feeling so much affection for all the wonderful people who work there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

let me make it short, this is the best new year party i ever had in my life, best organizationby the management especially the food and beverage manager mr.shams. we really enjoyed our stay at Diamonds dream of Zanzibar.
hopefully we will be there for the next Christmas and new year):
thanks to mr.shams and his staff. also the big boss always around and talking to all the customers.
great resort,very friendly staff and good choice of restaurants
cant wait wait for the next trip.
101%recommended

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

The situation is spectacular, just in front of beach. The employees always are smiling, very nice and helpful. Only a few details they need improver, we were in December a Christmas decoration was very poor, and when we visit the hotels near the decoration were really better. The housekeeping when they check the room in the evening, they didn't get into the bathroom to change the towels, for example, it happens several times. They need to improve the quality of food, in the general buffet, and offers others wines, of course, with a supplement, they only have one kind of wine. In spite of all we enjoy our holiday there. Take care of beachboys!!!!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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De Haan, Belgium
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed in this wonderfull hotel for 1 week with 3 couples at the end of november.
i'll not wright a long text,We read the many reviews on Tripadvisor before we left and every positive review is true !
Service,food,rooms,pool,beach,... excellent ! Very friendly staff i
DO NOT HESITATE, BOOK THIS HOTEL if you want a beautiful,tropical,sunny(hot!) holiday !!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kiwengwa, Mahonda, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Mahonda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mahonda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dream of Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dream of Zanzibar is a superb 5 star all inclusive Resort, proud member of The Emerald Collection. The Resort is nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Dream of Zanzibar offers 104 deluxe gardens rooms, 40 ocean view junior suites, 10 additional junior suites with Jacuzzi and 3 beach villas with private pool. The 5 Restaurants offer guests an exceptional variety of dining options and 3 bars feature relaxing environments to enjoy refreshing drinks and cocktails. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Diamonds Dream Of Zanzibar Hotel Kiwengwa
Dream Of Zanzibar Tanzania

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