We recently spent a wonderfully happy and relaxed seven night holiday at Ngalawa Beach Village in Zanzibar. This is a small, elegant boutique hotel that was designed, built and is personally managed by delightful hosts Joanne and Sadru Taja. Their hospitality and commitment to excellence is outstanding. Together with their helpful and cheerful staff, they ensure that their guests’ every need is personally catered for.
On the scheduled day of our departure to Zanzibar, an unfortunate passport mishap resulted in our being delayed by four days. Following a hurried long-distance phone call from our tour operator, Sadru graciously rescheduled our booking at short notice so as to ensure that our holiday would not be spoiled, and that we would meet our ongoing schedule.
Joanne is a qualified chef, and she personally supervises the catering staff. Fresh ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and the meals are all expertly cooked and attractively and tastefully presented. Lunches are three course affairs, while dinners comprise four courses. After meals, one can relax in Lily’s Bar and enjoy the cooling breezes which drift in across the bay. At high tide the waves lap underneath the bar. Joanne and Sadru take their meals with the guests in the hotel dining-room and ensure their guests’ comfort and wellbeing.
The reception is always open, and Sadru will gladly help guests to plan sight-seeing excursions.
There are 18 rooms, all of which are well-appointed, spacious and comfortable, and equipped with air-conditioners and fans. The gardens centre round a large circular swimming pool. The gardens have shady trees and comfortable loungers. During dinner in the evenings, the attentive staff turn down the beds and adorn the rooms with petals from fragrant tropical flowers. A very nice touch!
Thank you to Joanne, Sadru and the whole staff for a great holiday.
We would certainly visit Ngalawa Beach Village again. It would be like going back home!
Noel and Pam, South Africa
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