This is the first and only hotel I have ever stayed and extra night at. Initially we booked 3 nights here and 2 nights at the Sunshine Hotel after our week long safari back in December 2011. But, when it came close to leaving we requested and extra night as we just did NOT want to leave. The hotel management and staff were just outstanding. Truly going above and beyond what hotels usually do. We have stayed in Hotels all across the world, from 5* luxury resorts, to quaint speciality lodgings and I have to say we never felt more welcome anywhere else.
The hotel is set by the beach, off a busy main road. Initial thoughts are " What are we getting ourselves into?!" at the drive off the main road looks quite back alley-ish. But.. when you arrive into the hotel itself, it is a different world.
The hotel is a set up of small bungalows around a central pool, with a restaurant towards the beach side. You have to go through a gate before getting onto the beach itself, but, this just adds to the security.
I have never booked any tours or cruises with any hotel before, as I like to do it myself and try to get the best possible price. But, this hotel gives VERY competitive prices on all tours and I recommend booking with them directly. ( Their guide for the tour of Stone town named "Choom" is truly outstanding. I can not recommend him more highly. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and his barganing skills are extreamly good. Managed to pick up a few unique gifts).Safari Blue is also worth booking.
As my wife covers due to religious observance, private snorkelling has always been difficult to arrange, but the hotel staff were able to arrange this for us. Something that we have tried booking at many other destinations but was never possible.
An example of how the hotel management treat their customers ; We returned from a tour during the late afternoon whilst the restaurant was closed. We tried to order food as were were extremely hungry, but there was still an hour and a half till left for the restaurant to open in the evening. About 5 minutes later the manager of the hotel knocked on our door and offered us some " experimental dishes" they are trying to introduce to their menu. Although it was a small dish, it was delicious and a genuine kind gesture that we both really appreciated it.
If you are going to Zanzibar and want to stay at a place that will give you a real feeling of the Island without being too gimmicky or being a big resort that could be in any country, then Faruha Resort is the perfect resort. Everything is very reasonably priced. Although the cuisine is not as fancy as the Sunshine Hotel ( on the other side of the Island), I prefer Faruha.
* I just want to add a personal thanks to all the staff and management, you truly made our time in Zanzibar memorable and special. I also want to add a special hello to little Subhaan who was born whilst we were in Zanzibar.
I wish you many years of good fortune and happiness, and hopefully one day, we will meet again.
Umar and Aneesa ( from the U.K)
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