We just enjoyed 3 nights at the Gold Zanzibar Hotel & Spa. The beach room that we had was very big, clean and had a beautiful bathroom and an amazing view of the beach. I know there has been some negative reviews, but rest assured, this hotel was lovely and the location is without a doubt the BEST on Kendaw beach. We walked the entire stretch of Kendwa and Gold Zanzibar is the only luxury hotel on this stretch that enjoys a wide, soft white powdery sand beach in front of the hotel that is not affected by the tide. At high tide, the water can rise up to 7feet high. All of the other luxury hotels in the area don't really have a beach front during high tide.
The Gold Zanzibar had cushioned loungers under thatched shade right on the beach that can be used all day without worrying about high tide, and they have a fantastic beach service. They bring ice cold scented towels and fresh cut fruit to you on the beach in the late morning and then again before sunset, the beach staff will serve fresh cold coconuts that they crack open in front of you to drink and you also get some little pizza snacks and lovey cold towels to freshen up.
There are security guards on the hotel beach front so its safe to leave your things on the loungers and go for walks or swim at any time. This stretch of beach will allow you to walk for over 4 km during low tide and you can actually end up on Nungawi beach up north.
The public power supply in this area is not reliable, and the hotel does experience black outs a lot during the evenings, but they have a generator that kicks in, so you just have to wait for about 30 seconds and the power does come back on. Bring a flash light with you if you are afraid of the dark!
Hotel menus items are all in Euros.
Peter the head waiter was very helpful at all times. Lucy is lovey and smiles a lot.
The breakfast menu was a buffet and was lovey with options of having eggs done anyway you like it, and they also did crapes but no maple syrup, only chocolate sauce and honey!
Dinner menu was either buffet style or a limited options menu, but there was always a fish and a meat option and soup or starter and lots of salad dishes to choose from. There was also a live duo that sang every night.
The price of the room sounds expensive at first glance, but as the rate includes breakfast and dinner it was really OK.
Nice hotel to enjoy some rest and relaxation.