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“Honeymoon Bliss” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Neptune Pwani Beach Resort Spa

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Neptune Pwani Beach Resort Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO BOX 3466, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #48 of 143 hotels in Zanzibar
Milton Keynes
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“Honeymoon Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We chose this hotel for our honeymoon after months of deliberation and overall were not

dissapointed.

We had a Deluxe Sea View Room with wetroom shower room (no bath). Room was spacious, clean and well maintained throughout our stay. We also had a veranda area with seating that looked out throught the gardens to the ocean. Fully controllable aircon with remote meant we were comfortable at all times.

The grounds of the hotel were stunning. Very well maintained and a beautifully planned garden, with an amazing set of terraced gardens separating the Spa from the main hotel area.

The prviate beach area was kept clean, had plenty of wooden loungers and trees for shade if you wanted it. Staff were also readily available to provide refreshments. Security patrolled the boundary between this and the public beach, but were not in anyway in your face constantly.

Once on the public beach, the beach boys would pounce as any seasoned traveller expects, but we found if you were firm but polite you could walk, swim etc relatively unbothered.

Food was of a good standard and offered varied options throughout our stay. The usual range of all inclusive drinks were available and bar staff were friendly. If it's your birthday while you are there you will be in for a treat...

Enterainment varied from traditional Kenyan tribesman, live band to DJ's etc. The entertainment was sometimes followed by the chance to purchase souvenirs,artwork etc from the performers.

We only attended the Spa once and would rate this as average, although in it's elevated position does offer an amazing view at sunset.

The pools were a good size and flowed nicely around the restaurant and bar area's.

If travelling to Stonetown we'd advise being prepared for the usual street sellers pestering you at every turn and you wouldn't miss anything if you didn't go to the Freddie Mercury bar.

We would recommend a trip to prison Island - a horrible history behind it as the name implies, but now the home of giant turtles, which roam around there - you have the opportunity to feed them and donations here will help the conservation effort.

The trip to the rainforest monkey reserve was also well worth it, you can get right up close to them. Although, we didn't get to see the mangrove swamps at their best due to when we visited.

The nearest we can get to a negative comment is that there were frequent power cuts at the hotel, but power usually came back up within seconds. But, again the seasoned traveller should be used to this.

Having been to the Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand etc we'd happily stay here again, if there weren't so many other countries to visit still.

Room Tip: Deluxe Sea View Room worked well for us.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

This hotel is in every way superbe, very friendly personel. Very clean rooms, and surroundings.
Especially Flora was very polite and helpful. Also the men who gave us the beachchairs and things, where very helpful.
We recommend this hotel to all the travellers who are going to Zanzibar.

Room Tip: Rooms that are on the high side of the hotel, are too far away from the beach.... ofcourse .. when y...
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

This was our honeymoon beach hotel - so after 5 days of Safari in Kenya we flew to Zanzibar for a chill out and relax!

Our journey was a long one from Kenya, we picked up at 7:30am to drive back to Nairobi from Masa Mara, which took about 6 hours - and then we stayed in the Somak Lounge (our tour operators were Somak Travel) for a lunch and waited for the transfer - our transfer was abour 4pm for a 6:30 flight. The Flight was Precision Air and they are apparently known to be delayed!!! We headed to Zanzibar about 7ish, got there at 9pm and then our driver met us at the Airport. Be wary - people are waiting to 'help' with your bags and it can get a bit hectic!!! (also - i was amused that there wasnt a carosel to get your bags from, just a hatch and a man putting the bags on a table.....basic is the best description for the airport!!!)

It was still super hot in the evening so our lovely air con minibus to take us to resort was nice - we arrived about 45 mins later as the hotel is on the east side of the island. Its dark early so we could only make out the townships as we drove through and our driver advised us to not go out after sunset as it wasnt very safe. We had no intention of leaving our complex anyway!

We checked in - very smooth, and our bags were taken to our room which was a seaside room (number 456) close to the pools, and the snack bar! yumyum!

The hotel had kept a meal for us and we popped tot he restaurant - this was a nice touch as it was 10pm now and everything was closed and as you can imagine we were TIRED! (7:30am to 10pm is a long trip!)

Next day we looked around the grounds and it was lovely! a beautiful place, two large pool areas, snack bars, swim up bars, beach area (will come back to that!)

Room was nice - we had a large balcony, a bed with mozzie nets, large bathroom - with shower gels, hairdryer and lots of towels! and enough storage/cupboard space. Plugs are UK plugs although be warned - this hotel seemed to have a lot of powercuts!!!! most evenings there were 4 or 5 powercuts! Rooms have a TV with many english speaking channels. Mini fridge as well with pop and water - replenished each day.

Food - nice variety - we visited the Seafood restaurant as well as the hotel gave us a Honeymooners voucher, as honeymooners we also had a fruit platter, a certificate!!!?? and a bottle of bubbly which was a nice touch - but didnt turn up for 4 days! Better late than never!

We also went to the Pizza restaurant - which was a nice change from buffet, although the choice wasnt limited in the buffet! Frsh cooked items each meal, as well as soups, breads, cakes (yum!) and main meal choices. The waitresses/waiters work very hard here and seem to be working all day long!

We didnt visit the spa - it seemed quite reasonable in price though.

We didnt do any trips - too tired from Safari. The beach sellers on the beach want you to buy trips from them and are quite pushy. If you dont like them you can still relax on the beach, as there is a 'barrier' that they dont cross - which is due to the hotel guards. We went into the sea on our last day and got a bit annoyed by them - one asked my Husband that if he wasnt buying a trip (cos we were going home that day) if he could have his football shirt!? Er no. I will keep that for myself thanks! The beach also has low and high tides, and these are detailed at the towel hut!

Overall, i did love our honeymoon - it was lovely - the weather was amazing and the people are very friendly (JAMBO!) I think its a lovely 4 star accomodation but would not return again as i have so much more of the world to explore!

Room Tip: Seaside rooms - not as many steps as Seaview rooms. Suites are expensive, but not as nice views!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

The Neptune Pwani Hotel was an excellent choice, beautiful white beaches. The hotel was very clean and the rooms outstanding. The food was good, we just missed eating some fresh fish on a BBQ! Remember to take some snacks and a few good books with as this is not available at the hotel. The hotel shop only have the very basics like suntan lotion. Try and stay away from the beach boys as they hassle you. Do look out for Zena, a lady selling the nicest sandles on the beach! One can negotiate a price of about 15 USD a pair.
Take some mosquito repellant - there are nice mosquito nets in the rooms.

Room Tip: Ask for a seafront room not just seaview!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

The pwani beach resort is on the northwestern end of zanzibar island about 45km from stone town. It is beautifully laid out along a beautiful white beach with 2 big pools restaurants, bars and a spa. The facilities at the spa are not part of the all inclusive package. Most villas are at beach level but some are 20ft higher accessed via steps. Beach views are all restricted. Food is varied and the bars serve cocktails and local beers which are very good. Getting to stone town or to the south of the island is difficult and expensive. Excursions booked through the resort are very expensive. Beach boys offer them at less than half the cost and are very reliable. The Blue safari is fabulous and not to be missed.

Room Tip: some rooms are up several steps. If you find them difficult, ask for a room at reception level.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO BOX 3466, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar
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Ranked #48 of 143 hotels in Zanzibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Neptune Pwani Beach Resort Spa 5*
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