Ras Michamwi was really really good for us. Yes, it takes 1 hour and 20 mins to get to it but most hotels are very far away from the airport and stonetown. I still cannot believe it is only considered a 2 star hotel. first of all, the bungalows are beautifully typical and huge, massive wood furniture in it, along with greatly working fan, AC and fridge and a huge porch with also massive wood outside furniture to lounge in, in front of such beautiful views, wether it's the ocean or entertaining monkeys! the beds were super comfy, everyone in the morning always was in a coma they slept so well...there are mosquito nets which we are not sure why since we did not see one bug the whole time... but they make the room look really exotic. the water pressure in the shower can be a bit of a downer and the endless pool is not so endless as it is supposed to get up to the top... which was probably the only downer for us. also, about the pool, when we got there it was sparkly clean, after a few days of heath it got really merky but it looked like they were working on getting the pool situation taken care of.
if you are looking for an all inclusive food and activity kind of hotel, THIS IS NOT YOUR HOTEL. we could count on our fingers the number of tourists that would walk by here, instead we often would see local people going fishing, biking by, women wearing their typical dresses and carrying their stuff on the heads etc... which we loved!
the food was perfect. breakfast was always a plate of beautiful fresh fruit along with a freshly made juice, coffee, tea, chocolate, and then your choice of breakfast that you would order, for lunch they had a decent menu, for dinner they d present you with a choice (out of 2, usually a salad or a soup) starters, a main meal (usually the fresh fish, chicken, meat or pasta) and a desert. drinks are decent. nothing really fancy and no exaggeration in any ways, which we like but good. the service was really good, the guys are readily available.
as far as the beaches go... i love to walk beaches on vacation and there s sure tons of that to do! yes, at ras, you can only swim when the hightide is on but there are plenty of other close places to walk to and go out and swim in amazingly clear waters, such as in front of the hotel next to us, and especially at karafoo village. also, to take in consideration, since it is not a very high tourist density there are not many guys to disrupt your vacation with offers of stuff to do or asking for money, which is the other awesome thing! we went with yuma and he did not let us down at anytime. we went snorkeling and diving to menmba, stonetown, prison island and the spice market with him, it was great!
ONE BIG PIECE OF ADVICE! do go to the spice market! BUT do not buy a single spice there. we really got screwed there as we went there first and then to the market in stonetown... spices were about 6 times cheaper there!!! really wish would have know that!
ras also has what i called my own private beach, coconut beach. wow! i was always by myself there ... never felt such quiet and peace before! i ve been to the maldives, french polinesia, hawaii, jamaica and riviera maya but i have to say, rarely i have seen a sand as white and fine as here on zanzibar... mnemba is especially a nice trip i think.
i snorkle while my brother scuba dives...i guess we are a bit spoiled as far as that so we were not ever much impressed with the sites.. i heard they used to mine fish so that took care of some of that. we did however see dolphins. loved the giant turtles on prison island altough that is the only reason why i d suggest to go there, it's now a wealthy hotel. but the turtles love the neck and shoulder massages! so fun.
as for the trip from the aiport to the hotel you should not pay more than 30USD altough we got our first one through the hotel and got charged 60USD, on the way back we found it for 30USD. ... mzungu prices! watch out!
i am gladly available for any information about this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Ras Michamvi with his new Austrian Management!!!our beach hotel on Zanzibar's beautiful east coast, is a little paradise harmoniously set in a large natural area with access to powder-white tropical beaches, gardens, forests and a stunning ocean-front swimming pool.We do Quality, instead of Quantity. And you can feel it... Our aim is to cater to the modern traveler, from Kite surfer to food critic to businessman in need of a free broadband connection and everyone else who simply enjoys quality. 8 rooms with sea view and 7 are with Garden view. Relax at this quiet location, feel the tropical sun and the gentle ocean breeze on your skin, look for shooting stars amongst the thousands of sparkling dots in the sky at night, enjoy the freshest fish and seafood served at our open restaurant under a large Makutti roof, explore the stunning natural wonders of the nearby Jozani Forest-Chwaka Bay Conservation Area - in short: come to Ras Michamvi and discover the magic of Zanzibar! All of our 8 rooms have sea view and 7 rooms have garden view. They are located in 4 bungalows on a coral rock elevation overlooking the beach and the ocean. Our new and modern bungalows are built of stone and have wooden terraces, makuti-style thatched roofs, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, mini-fridges, en-suite bathrooms with shower, bathtub, cold and hot water. The rooms are very spacious and tastefully furnished in local style. Three bungalows have 4 rooms and one bungalow has 3 rooms only. Our restaurant is located on top of the same coral rock elevation as the bungalows - hence you can overlook the beach and sea from the round panoramic open building under a big makuti thatched roof. It is the place where you will start the day with a tropical breakfast including fresh fruits and juice, eggs and different kinds of bread. For lunch and dinner our restaurant offers local and continental dishes. There is also a selection of vegetarian dishes. You can have a romantic candle-light dinner at night and feel the true magic of this place when the moonlight reflects on the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean. From time to time we also arrange barbecues on the beach.Service is our succsess,welcome to the most peaseful place on earth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ras Michamvi Hotel
- Ras Michamvi Beach Resort Zanzibar