It was absolutely perfect. From the setting and decor, which were heavenly yet simple and unobtrusive, to the owners, who were attentive but, again, unobtrusive... to the food- amazing!!!
I don't often write reviews so that really goes to show you just how wonderful I found the place.
I went there on my honeymoon and I couldn't have been happier. The huts don't have windows, just shutters, so you can hear the waves crashing nearby when the tide is in, and they lull you into a state of total calm and relaxation.
Early in the morning they'd leave a tray outside our room with some tea and biscuits.
We were there on a half-board basis so breakfast and dinner were included.
Breakfast was amazing, and you could choose from a bunch of things which were made to order just like all the rest of their dishes. You could choose from a variety of sweet and savory dishes ranging from local donut-type dumplings to spicy carrots!! Truly awesome.
Lunch wasn't included for us but one of the local waiters would come round and ask whether we wanted to order anything.
The same thing happened a couple of hours before dinner, and everything we tried was absolutely delicious, a real culinary delight.
You can lie around all day, no one shouts or makes too much noise- in fact, the few other people who were staying there (it only has about 8 rooms, I think) mostly just kept to themselves, read and had a few cocktails before dinner- same thing we did. Basically, if you want a place where music's blaring from the loudspeakers at all hours, this is not the place to go But if you're looking for an intimate holiday with your partner or family, it's just perfect.
This may seem irrelevant, but I really appreciated the fact that the place wasn't managed in a wasteful fashion. Just to give you an example, the pre-breakfast tray only had 2 (scrumptious) cookies on it, which is ideal since you're going to have breakfast later anyway and you're not there to gorge yourself. And the butter they brought with toast was just enough, and you could always ask for more. To me, that speaks to the owners' respect for their surroundings- Tanzania is, after all, a developing nation, and it would be utterly disrespectful to waste food there, of all places.
The beach is beautiful and white, though a little seaweedy- but that can't be helped.
The lounge chairs are massive and super comfy.
There's a nice little bar hut where you can have drinks.
There's a lovely spa with a view of the ocean.
The huts (rooms) are surrounded by white sand.
It's perfect :-) and I would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Karibu, Close your eyes, imagine silence interrupted only by the sea and the sound of coconut trees, white sandy beach and peace...welcome to Mchanga of Zanzibar. We are located 40 minutes from Stone Town on the north east of the island between the Matemwe and Pwani Mchangani villages where there is no presence of large hospitality establishments. Mchanga in swahili means sand, therefore our paths, the floor of our restaurant and bar is made with the same white sand of the beach....at your arrival you will be asked to remove your shoes and wear them again only at your departure. Our only purpouse is to make you feel comfortable and pamper you with the luxury of simplicity. Recharge your batteries by enjoying the tranquility of our location, the food of our restaurant, the selection of our cocktails and an extensive menu of treatments and massages. Every boungalow has been decorated with local patterns and motives made by locals; satellite tv, A/C, comfortable beds and all the amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable. We do provide a number of services such as private transportation from and to the airport, excursions to the various points of interest of the island...everything to make your stay hassle free. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mchanga Beach Hotel Zanzibar