We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Zanzi Resort and it was fantastic. I would definitely recommend a stay here. We were greeted by Katya (assistant manger) who provided a personal service and made our stay very memorable. It looks like the photos on the website so we weren’t disappointed when we arrived. Even though it was the monsoon season the weather was great with a few heavy bursts of rain once or twice a day which lasted 30-60mins.
The pool villas are extremely private with a secluded tidal beach with the villa we were in (villa 7 ). I dont know of anywhere else where you have your own beach with your villa! (unless your Richard Branson!) The villas are clean and well furnished and have everything you need. The decor suits the local style...not some generic hotel style! We had no problems with the villa, people may find the satellite TV limited however in such a place you dont need it and there is a DVD player if you really need to take yourself away from the beauty outside! There was free wi-fi throughout the hotel.The housekeeping staff were great as the room was spotless when we returned to the room each day after breakfast and dinner.
The resort was small and quite as only 7 villas in total.
The restaurant.... At breakfast you had the usual choices as you would expect in any 5 star. At dinner there were set menus to choose from which were mainly european style dishes. The excellent chefs (Yusuf and Mohammed) customised our dishes and drinks for us after we mentioned our preferences for more local style dishes. They even came to our villa to ask us what we would like for dinner! We ordered many extra dishes which were always complimentary. Food was good with it all being locally sourced and from the hotel gardens, we finished our stay with a sunset dinner on the beach which is a must. You can have your meals wherever you want, we just chose to have most of ours in the restaurant. One of the assets of the hotel worth mentioning are the restaurant staff!! (Jamal, Yusuf, Jaha, Abdul, Asha, Emmanuel) They are were very attentive and they made our stay extremely fun and relaxed. They provided top end service as you would expect from a 5 star resort. They even gave us some of the home made chutney to take home after we mentioned we liked it! It touches like this that make a hotel great.
The excursions...they were via an external company so prices were fixed (prices seemed high)...i assume most of the islands hotel use the same companies based on other reviews and what we saw when we visited a few hotels in Stone Town. There was plenty to do if you would want to leave this place!
Overall we had a problem free, enjoyable stay. I highly recommend a stay here if you visit Zanzibar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zanzi Resort is an elegant and charming private hotel situated on the shore of the Indian Ocean, 20 km from the historic town of Stone Town and 25 minutes from the international airport. Seven large and luxurious villas, offering an intimate environment, are perfectly equipped and finished with an artistic touch, as is the restaurant and SPA. The outside of each villa features a large private pool with a counter current/ hydrotherapy element, patio, shower, gazebo draped in a mosquito net, a lush tropical garden and private path leading to a secluded beach on the Ocean. A personal butler takes care of our guests and fulfills their needs. The resort, spreading over six hectares of astonishing garden, along with its in-house restaurant and SPA, was designed in a romantic style, ensuring a sense of profound intimacy. Our refined and carefully chosen menu will satisfy the most demanding palates. Guests can have their breakfast, lunch or dinner either in the restaurant, in the privacy of their villas or on the beach. We offer international cuisine, fresh fish and seafood, all with organic vegetables and spices picked from our own Eco-plantation. A coral reef lies 80 metres from the shore. We offer an interesting package of sports activities and island excursions. ... more less
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