Stayed here on business for 3 nights in Feb 15. The hotel is probably the only reasonable hotel in Pemba. It is situated about 10-15 mins from airport. To get there you will get a flavour of the area, basically the roads are unmade and that's what takes the time.
Hotel itself, first impressions not bad, photos probably don't do it justice. It's very orange and quite sprawling, set over several blocks. There are a number of golf carts to transport guests to some of the further locations.
The outside decor is good, nice bar and restaurants. The hotel was quite empty when I was there, it is hard to tell because it's big, but there didn't seem to be many people around. Those that were appeared to be business visitors also and discussing offshore oil and mining, which is the developing thing in the region. As it was quite empty the staff were very helpful and personal, almost too much. I ate in the restaurant one evening and I was the only persons in there at one point and had about 3 staff stood around me, which I found quite off putting, I prefer to just be left alone, but the instant my glass went down slightly, it was being refilled or my plate removed immediately. Some may off course like that, but not me.
There is a lovely infinity pool and beds, and a beach, not sure it's one you could use, more just a location. as it appeared to be quite rocky. Plus another pool with sun beds. A reasonably well equipped gym, which is difficult to find at first because signage is poor.
Venturing out is a limited option and I didn't do it, but there is little in the hotel if you don't. One sort of shop and one coffee type shop which sold for some strange reason - deli products.
The room was not bad, clean and well maintained. I was ground floor with a patio out to the sea front. A good tv, with lots of channels - sports and movies. My only,real criticism of the room was the shower had no shower head, so the water just sort of pours out rather than sprays. I thought maybe it was just my room, but a colleague stayed later and had the same in a different room. I don't think it's very good for water conservation. Having said that it rained constantly for about two days, really heavy. When it wasn't raining, it was very hot. The Internet at the hotel though was excellent, considering where we were, and worked most the time, better than some of the places you get in the uk!? What didn't work though was the electricity, there is a problem with the local generator which was broken and a smaller generator is supporting the town - not helped by the rain, there were power cuts constantly, at one stage it was like every half and hour, but the power always returned in a couple of minutes. The hotel lighting is poor, it was pretty dark anyway but during a power cut it is pitch black - take a torch and if your on the running machine or in the shower just hang on, power will return quickly!
All in all not bad hotel with most facilities you need and certainly suited to the business visitor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A prime location, just minutes from town, is naturally beautiful, set on the headland between Pemba Bay and Wimbe Beach. Explore the ancient port town of Pemba and then relax at our striking hotel, designed with African and Arabian architecture, manicured lawns and towering palm trees, against a stunning Indian Ocean backdrop. Combining the efficiency of a business hotel with exotic splendour and a warm welcome, AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to gather for executive business meetings, enjoy superb leisure facilities and soak up lazy beach life. If you're looking for more action, try out thrilling ocean sports, island hop in the Quirimbas Archipelago and safari in the wilds of the Niassa National Reserve. ... more less
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