As the previous reviewer said I'm surprised that Ras Kutani has not received more 5 star ratings. My girlfriend and I loved everything about the place from the moment we arrived. After being rowed across the lagoon we were welcomed by the charming and charismatic manager Emile (I hope we got that right?!) and we instantly felt relaxed as he explained how everything worked.
The room we stayed in (6) had a lovely view, across the lagoon to the beach, which we enjoyed from the hammocks and comfy seats on our large porch. The interior was light and airy and contained a huge and comfortable bed. The floor had a natural carpeted finish which we felt was a nice change from the usual wooden floors. The bathroom was very well appointed with twin sinks and a walk in shower.
I suppose the common areas and the dining room are a bit rustic but In my opinion they suited the environment perfectly. Breakfasts included fruit, yoghurt, pastries and the option of a cooked breakfast. Lunches were were 3 courses the bulk of which was a buffet. It was nothing remarkable but we never left feeling short changed. Dinners were superb, often including fish for obvious reasons but never boring. Sauces were seemingly a particular speciality of the resident chef.
Guests congregated before dinner near the bar with many enjoying the boardgames. A wide range of coacktails are on offer all lovingly made by the friendly bar staff. I can particularly recommend one with vodka, crushed ice, crushed lime and honey (I forget the name).
The setting of a long wide white beach and picturesque lagoon backed by tropical greenery was perfect, but for us the best part of Ras Kutani was the staff. They combined the natural friendliness of Tanzanians with a level of professionalism that's a credit to the management. They were always ready with a big smile and friendly chat that really made us feel like special guests.
If you were staying for a long time you might regret the lack of a different option for lunch or dinner, but we were there for 5 days after our safari and found it ideal. I would not hesitate to recommend Ras Kutani to anyone looking for a relaxed beach retreat without the over-development seen on Zanzibar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beach destination in Africa offers the visitor that increasingly rare commodity - long stretches of pristine deserted beaches, warm blue seas and an opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility long since swamped by overcrowding in more publicized tropical resorts. The setting ensures that feeling of being on one's own tropical island. The lodge is flanked by a fresh water lagoon abutting onto a coastal forest, which spills to the edge of the unspoilt and undeveloped beach. Accommodation is in nine spacious, charming cottages constructed of natural, local materials that harmonise perfectly with the wonderful surroundings. On top of the hill we have also four suites and a family house all with stunning views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ras Kutani Hotel Kutani
- Ras Kutani Dar Es Salaam
- Ras Kutani Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam