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Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   East Coast, Michamvi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Michamvi
Geneina, Darfur
1 review
“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This hotel is located in a perfect setting on the bay on the SE part of the island. The bay is great for anyone interested in a nice long swim or parents with kids since there are no waves with which to contend. The atmosphere is comfortable and the surroundings luxurious without any fuss. Brad and his team have struck the right balance. The food, service, etc was great. We have traveled far and wide and hope to return to this lovely hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Warsaw, Poland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is the good life! The photos show how brochure-perfect the setting is, but so are a lot of other places. The difference here is that the staff are wonderful. Friendly, efficient and helpful, they add an extra dimension to a holiday, making you feel that, albeit temporarily, you have made a connection.

Ali was calm and authoritative and only had to hear a wish expressed to grant it - a fresh coconut from the tree? A sprig of edible seaweed? No problem. He supervised an excellent team. As did Ally in the bar. And Godfrey was a smiling, informative presence in the restaurant - and in the bar for England v Poland! I've mentioned the three we talked to most but all were great and the behind-the-scenes staff provided clean and comfortable surroundings and great food. Brad, the manager, and Simone, the incredibly knowledgable receptionist, were around a lot of the time too and added to the family atmosphere.

Things we really enjoyed - canoeing to the mangrove swamp (do it at high tide to enjoy all the little creeks and at lowish tide to walk over the exposed sands to see the crabs scuttling around); snorkelling with Brad - and his video camera; drinks in the bar watching the sunset; walking on the beach at low tide (it goes out a long way) and seeing all the creatures there, especially rewarding if a local is out there too; chatting to the fishermen as they cleaned their catch.

Excursions are easily arranged with taxis and guides provided. It's a peaceful and beautiful resort but you have a choice of relaxing all day or doing something more active. Either way, the staff will be there to help you enjoy yourself in the way that suits you best.

Room Tip: The rooms are ground and first floor with about 10-15 steps to the upstairs rooms. Upstairs is more...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I can't complement this hotel enough. We went there recently with our two children (5 and 9) and had an absolutely marvellous stay. The manager, Brad, is amazing. He took us on a safari with dolphins personally and helped our children swim them them - it was an unbelievable experience and, to top it all off, very reasonably priced. The rooms are great, the food is outstanding (my husband raved about it and he is one of the fussiest people I know) but what really makes it special is the staff. They are fantastic - all of them! For us special mention, has to go to Ali who served us throughout our stay and Ally at the bar who also took care of us a lot. As I said, all were great so it is hard to single out people but these guys were special.

My daughter's 10th birthday occurred while we were there and they arranged a special celebration and cake - without charging us for anything! We even had a trip on a Dhow which was complementary because they liked our children! Also, I have to say, one of the really good points about this hotel is the size. Given they only have 20 rooms, even if they have full occupancy (which they did when we were there), you never feel crowded. There are always plenty of beds by the pool and beach. To top it all off, the views of the sunset from the hotel are amazing!

We would love to go there again - and hope we will have the opportunity soon. It was one of the best places we've ever holidayed - without a doubt. Thank you Brad and staff for a wonderful, wonderful time!

Debra

Room Tip: If you have children the ground floor is good as you can go directly to the pool or beach. However...
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We could not have chosen a better place to wind down after a fantastic safari! Fantastic staff, tremendous food and superb location. My son and I particularly enjoyed "beer o'clock" with Brad while watching the rugby/cricket in the bar, but every aspect of our stay lived up to, or exceeded our expectations. Thanks to you all.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Kla
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

While planning a family holiday in Zanzibar we picked Michamvi off the internet and am delighted to say it was one of the nicest small resorts that we have stayed at. It's peaceful and stunning location and absolutely everything from the welcome, the staff, the accomodation, food and ofcourse the sun, sand and stunning beaches just made it perfect. I would return to and recommend Michamvi in a heartbeat!!! Thanks again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Den Haag
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We just came back from our honeymoon in Tanzania, we spend the last 5 days at Michamvi. The staff of Michamvi really transformed our holiday into a honeymoon. They made us feel very welcome, as if we were guests in their homes. The service is very personal and every single member of the staff feels responsible to make your holiday the best holiday ever. You can really tell they enjoy working there. The food was excellent, the views were amazing, the maintenance on the building is very up-to-date and the tours/trips with Antony are the best on the island!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Dusseldorf, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Decided to get married we looked out for the right place on Zanzibar to do so. A tropical place to marry at the beach within a private environment (just the 2 of us). Something small, unique, special and aside of the bit more crowded places on this island.

Based on the excellent recommendations at Tripadvisor Michamvi Sunset Bay became quickly our first choice. And we can confirm all the great feedbacks we read about this resort.

The communication with the English and German speaking hotel managers was from the first day very professional. Any wish we had was realized. Because of the good organization of the managing staff our wedding became an unforgettable afternoon/evening within an awesome sunset. This day will remain forever in our memories. Thanks again guys for all the efforts - especially our witnesses Simone and Brad!!!

The resort is a fantastic place to relax and to enjoy the stunning, never ending and clean beaches as well as the beautiful sunsets. You can also discover easily other parts/attractions of/on the island (tours to Jozani National Park, Stonetown as well as snorkeling tours with dolphins and some more were offered).

Cuisine and breakfast is diversified and delicious. Especially our wedding dinner (seafood platter) was unforgettable. Dinner takes place at different locations within the hotel (e.g.at the beach aside a little romantic bonfire, around the pool with a little jazz band or at the main restaurant).

The local staff of the tiny village Michamvi is very friendly and part of the resorts authentically community involvement which is in our eyes one of many reasons to visit this resort.

There are plenty of possibilities to relax (beach, pool, spacious bar, nice balconies of the rooms...). This little resort is in excellent condition, very clean and well maintained. The pictures on the resorts homepage will give you an imagination how it really looks there.

So if you are looking for a place to discover a relaxing holiday (or even some days after a Safari) and the advantages in terms of an excellent service a small but well managed resort can offer then Michamvi is the place you should go. We enjoyed the private atmosphere at Michamvi Sunset Bay a lot. If you are looking for a great honeymoon or wedding Michamvi is the perfect choice. But if you are looking for animation, clubs, disco´s etc then you should decide for another resort.

We left this lovely place after memorable days very happy and newly-married and would love to come back one day. There is no reason not to give a top rating. Michamvi Sunset Bay is definitely a little pearl on this beautiful island.

Gina and Marcel

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Additional Information about Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort

Address: East Coast, Michamvi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Michamvi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Michamvi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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Michamvi Water Sports Hotel
Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort Zanzibar

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