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Sandies Mapenzi Beach Club
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 100, Mahonda, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Mahonda
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Honeymoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed at Mapenzi (Love) in February for our honeymoon, it exeeded our expectations.

The staff and locals are very friendly and always willing to help.

We met a local called 'Verimark' on the beach he does excursions and took us on a few it was great.

The travel agency I booked with was also fantastic, Africa Stay was very impressed.

We had a fantastic time and will definately go back.

PS: Please dont take photos with the locals that have monkeys chained to ropes, it only encourages others to kidnap more moneys and chain them to ropes.

Room Tip: See views are stunning but the garden room are also nice and cheaper
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Whilst the resort is wonderful - it is best suited for the older group travellers. not much activity at night in the resort for the younger age group and far from everything requiring taxi trips (60 dollars a go)
Make sure you leave the resort and experience other areas of Zanzibar.
Nungwe is Fantastic :)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed at Mapenzi for 12 days over the festive season 2012 / 2013. What an amazing experience. From arrival to departure - an absolute dream come true. Beautiful clean hotel. Right on the beach, beautiful pool, beautiful beach beds on the sand. Rooms airconditioned and well looked after. Staff just out of this world, funny and great sense of humor. Beach Boy Verimark - arranged the best tours for us, better than our travel agent arranged. Do yourself a favor and ask for Verimark when staying at Mapenzi - you won't be sorry. We fell in love with the hotel, the people the culture - Zanzibar is just beautiful and will hold a place in my heart always. Will go back to Zanzibar and Mapenzi again and again. Well done hotel management and team xxxx

Room Tip: Beach front cottages a must.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

What an awesome resort, friendly and professional staff, stunning rooms, excellent service, the place is 100% clean and neat 24/7. This was the best holiday experience of our lives, with plenty to do, beautiful beaches, worthwhile excursions especially Safari Blue, a must do while in Zanzibar. The rooms are serviced and cleaned daily with fresh flowers everywhere, even Hibiscus flowers in your toilet daily ! I can highly recommend Mapenzi to anyone !

Room Tip: Beach Cottages looked much nicer than the Garden Cottages, but the Garden Cottages are awesome anywa...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed here after an 11 day trekking trip around Ethiopia so were really looking for relaxation for 5 nights. The resort was fantastic - the friendliest staff while also being efficient, a beautiful bungalow on the beach, cleaned every day, new towels twice a day, turn down and mosquito net service at night, daily entertainment at pool such as aerobics, water polo and volley ball for those who want it. The restaurant buffet was very well stocked with delicious fresh fruit, fish, pasta, salads, soups breads, deserts etc. Great choice very day. Good quality beers, spirits, cocktails included. Only one little issue is the inadequate number of beds and umberellas at the pool. Other than that, top marks. We didn't leave the resort except to walk the beach and to go horse riding in the nearby equestrian centre which was superb with great gallops on the beach.

Room Tip: We chose a bungalow on the beach which was superb, air conditiioned and spacious
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Visited Mapenzi (Love in Swahili) over December 2012 and even our wildest expectations were surpassed! Every single thing about this establishment is absolutely awesome, but the true magic of our experience there was delivered through the service, the culture and the general vibe of Mapenzi. An absolute MUST do, very highly recommended :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Kampala, Uganda
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We travelled to Zanzibar from Uganda so our connections were a bit up in the air and we lost our luggage (which was delivered to us within less than 18 hours).

Our room and overall experience was more than we could have imagined and we loved every single minute of our trip. The hotel is immaculate, the service and food unexplainable, the setting paradise, the activities in plenty, but for us what made our holiday were the staff. No-one could be faulted.
People are friendly, kind, ready to meet any need and insure that your stay is idealic.


We stayed over the christmas period and really appreciated the festive touches that the hotel provided including the Christmas Party.

We did a Blue Safari tour and also a Stone Town and Spice Tour although we found a very professional 'Beach Boy' who arranged this for us as the planned tours are incredibly pricey for what they are. Our tours were part of the highlights of our trip and if you go here and want a reasonably priced tour I would advise this option.

We had the time of our lives. We made memories, relaxed and enjoyed all that Zanzibar had to offer.

Sandies Mapenzi is truly beautiful and you should most definitely give it a try.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Sandies Mapenzi Beach Club

Address: PO Box 100, Mahonda, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Mahonda
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Mahonda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sandies Mapenzi Beach Club 3.5*
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