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“Wonderfully rustic with 5 star service without a doubt!” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   South Coast, Kutani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kutani
Edinburgh
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“Wonderfully rustic with 5 star service without a doubt!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

We fell in love with Ras Kutani, an absolute haven. If you want a rustic experience without compromising on 5 star hotel service this is the place for you. Marc, the manager, cannot do enough for you along with his wonderfully attentive, clever and fun staff. Mark and I enjoyed a great Christmas break here after spending time at the Selous Safari Camp which also lived up to the group's extremely high standards - in fact the reason why we checked out of our 5 star well known hotel in Zanzibar to go to Ras Kutani (another story all about building works, poor service and blooming awful food!)

I note one negative review about RK being dirty, pulling up the hessian carpets to find bugs etc. It is certainly not dirty. Our accommodation was perfectly looked after and was nothing but perfect paradise. Marc upgraded us to suite with plunge pool but in all honesty we loved our cottage just as much on the first night with the hammocks as we did the suite.

No need to take shoes or even flip flops, we went for Christmas dinner in our bare feet, as we did for all of our stay - very refreshing.

Very jealous if you decide to go soon. We certainly plan to go back after our planned adventures in South America - any recommendations welcome,

Lorna

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London/Tanzania
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

This is an astonishing place to say. It's beautiful; the rooms are huge; the staff are totally committed to you; the food is lovely and you can really relax. It's true that there are mats and sand on the floor (see earlier reviews from people who didn't like this!) but this is a beach hotel. It's not a hermetically-sealed bubble with carpets and multi-channel TV. You go to sleep hearing the sea.

Lana, the manager, is totally on the ball. One of my friends was allergic to shellfish and they remembered this at every meal, even understanding the need for things to be cooked in a different pan, not just having the prawns picked out!

It's expensive but worth it. The only reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 for cost is that I feel the hotel shop is really overpriced.

I've been twice now and I absolutely love it. You should really go. Especially if you like fresh tea and biscuits delivered to your verandah in the morning, at exactly the time you specified!

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2010

Our last stop on our honeymoon. We stayed in one of the suites and we cannot fault this hotel. Service was amazing, food outstanding, room to die for.

I cannot recommend Ras Kutani enough, I would go back tomorrow.

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

Great place to wind down and relax. We had a suite with a private plunge pool and if you want to spend time alone, well worth the extra. But the main pool is still great and very quiet. Casual atmosphere, great service and food. Really enjoyed the 'special' at breakfast every morning. Beach lovely, rooms lovely, biggest bed I've ever slept in, visits from the monkeys priceless. The staff and management can't do enough for you. The only reason I marked down the sleep quality was because you can hear the sea. This is just personal taste, some may find it relaxing, others may not.
You only have the use of electricity for 6 hours a day. You may find this a con, we found it to be a pro. Its really romantic to go back to candles and oil. If you get a chance, take a trip to the nearby village and school. See real african life.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cynthiana, Kentucky, Usa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

After 5 stop overs in Tanzania,this being the sixth we felt pleasantly surprised by the whole operation, a great place to relax and unwind,the staff was a delight!If the quiet beach life is your thing this is the place!

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds Uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

I booked Ras Kutani for the last lef od our honeymoon, after a safari at Beho Beho.

Ras Kutani is a gorgeous hideaway with a small selction of cottages and a few suites, with which i booked a suite for our honeymoon.

We were allocated Suite 1 whcih has amazing views over the oceans and trees which is perfect to watch the sun go down whilst relaxing in your own pool.

I have read a few reviews, one from the gentlemen from Istanbul who complained about the resort, after arriving from Beho Beho.

Please do not let his review put you off, it is not the same exceptional quality of Beho Beho, but it is special in it's own way.

The lack of carpets which are straw mats on the floor over sand was different and lovely as a change, no phones in the room was great and if you did have a suite you do have a little walk but it is not difficult unless you have weight issues as struggle to climb a few stairs or walk 700 yds!

Food is great and the staff are so attentive along with the management who are keen to speak with you and make you feel at home.

Beach is lovely and the beds are great.

All in all, a great place for 3 nights and one in which i would recommend after a safari.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Ras Kutani is a very special place but it depends on what you are looking for. This is certainly not a “luxury” resort by Western standards. The rooms have straw floors; the sheets and towels are of low quality and worn; and the shower could use a makeover. That said, I really enjoyed the 2 days that I spent there. The food was excellent. There are not always a lot of choices but I am a picky eater and I always enjoyed the meals. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. There is a nice breeze on the beach so it never gets too hot and I spent most of my days sleeping on the beach. I would definitely return to Ran Kutani and hopefully spend more time.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: South Coast, Kutani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Kutani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kutani
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ras Kutani 4.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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

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