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“We felt like we were staying with family!” 5 of 5 stars
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Palm Beach Inn
Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #44 of 122 Zanzibar B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“We felt like we were staying with family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My husband stayed 4 nights at the lovely Palm Beach Inn. We chose this location after reading the website and learning about their philosophy on supporting community. The owners, Mama Naila and her son Mahfuhd are doing a lot of great work toward this.

When we arrived at the airport, the owner, Mama Naila came with the driver to greet us. She bought us each a cold bottle or water and directed the driver to take us to the hotel. We were greeted with super friendly staff. Our room opened right onto the beautiful pool and looked out onto the beach. We truly felt we were in paradise.

My husband has some health issues and unfortunately, just an hour after we arrived, we needed to get him to a doctor to get treated for dehydration. Mahfuhd, personally drove us the hour to Stonetown to see his friend, Dr Mehta, who has a clinic in town. He would not allow us to pay him for the transportation costs. He said that it is his calling to compassion and that is just how he lives his life. Mahfuhd waited 3 hours with us while my husband was given some IV fluid. As we were driving back late at night, Mama Naila made us some delicious, freshly caught parrot fish and rice so that my husband could continue to feel better.

The next morning, after we opened our windows, staff brought us some fresh mango juice and coffee to start our day. We had a wonderful, relaxing day at the pool and on the beach and by the next day, were ready to go on an all day boat tour. The staff set us up on a day tour on a wooden sailboat which included watching dolphins, snorkeling, a delicious lunch on the beach and swimming in a lagoon.

The rooms were super clean and very nice too. The overall facility is very nice and charming. The food was fresh and wonderful! Each day, we had fresh fruit, eggs and toast for breakfast. And for dinner, Mama Naila selected the fish that was caught in the waters right in front of Palms Beach.

We enjoyed spending time talking with Mama Naila about her women's group, who make crafts and do some work at the lodge. She spends a lot of time helping to empower local women, which we tremendously admired. Mahfuhd has also done a lot of work through his beautiful music to help promote peace in his community and to help support the local people. He often has beach fires and music for his guests in the evenings.

I loved this place and most of all the people. Every staff person was extremely friendly and accommodating. Mama Naila and Mahfuhd are wonderful, interesting people who are very kind and welcoming! I cannot say enough about our stay at the Palm Beach Inn!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I came across this property by accident...I was facilitating a workshop for UNESCO and needed a place to stay. Arriving at 10pm was not the best time to see things...as well, the electricity was still out and had been for a few hours..(should be no power outages by the end of Nov 2012). In any case my colleague and I were tired and cranky and Che the manager could not have been more helpful in putting us into two very comfortable basic rooms...with ensuite toilet and shower, hot water in shower, and a comfortable bed that has a view to stun you...especially at 6AM when the sun comes up and dazzles the sleep out of you...time for a quick dip in the ocean or the great pool and then a hot shower and on to a grand breakfast. Eggs, toast, fruit, juice, tea, coffee all included with the price of the room.(rooms are AC, fanned, fridges and mozzy nets) Great place on the Indian Ocean, lovely beach with kilometres of white talc like sand and private. Well guarded and maintained, this is a place to treasure, you get a good return on your holiday investment dollar here and the surrounding area has lots to see and do. Stonetown is about 1 hour away by Dalla Dalla and an easy run for touring there as well. Mark this hotel down for a getaway with great staff, good food and not bad on the pocketbook.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was a wonderful place to escape to. We really enjoyed chilling by the pool here and having some fantastic retreats, to the south of the island to hang out with dolphins, then north of Bwejuu up to the peninsula to watch the sun set over the sea. The staff organised a fantastic meal for us on a private beach as well as a special honeymoon celebration, with local music, dancing, beach fire and cocktails. It was an amazing treat. The owner really went the extra mile to make our stay so memorable. The hotel was a great place to be, although it could be made amazing with a few womans touches!! I wasn't as impressed with the beach as I was expecting...I preferred other beaches on the island in Matewmwe and Kizimkazi. The hotel were very happy to arrange for us to have whichever catch of the day we wanted! The food was fantastic!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This is a lovely property - and I recommend it. The views are 5 star, but the accomodations simple (2 star). The food is quite good, and the staff helpful, which is what makes this place wonderful and why it is a wondeful value hotel. The staff went out of their way to accomodate my gluten free diet, surprising me with a local rice bread in the morning since they knew that I coudl not eat wheat. We had a lovely stay, and hope you will, too.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We were looking for a really relaxing place by the beach to chill out for a few days. Palm Beach was definitely that, with a spacious and breezy room overlooking the beach (we didn't need the aircon at all). There is also a pool, which is good as the sea retreats a long way at low tide, although this gives you the opportunity to watch people collecting seaweed and making rope from coconut fibres.

The staff were universally friendly and welcoming, especially Mafoud the manager. He's happy to sit down for a chat and sometimes plays music in the evenings. He's also able to arrange bikes, spice tours, trips to Jozani forest and they offer a free tour of the local village. They also arrange entertainment in the evenings, such as a campfire on the beach or a traditional singer in the restaurant.

The food was also really great, and though the menu didn't have a huge selection, everything we ate there was good.

The hotel itself is in the middle of a village, so you don't feel cut off from the local community like at some of the resorts further up the beach. It's a 45 min walk to Paje if you fancy a bit of local nightlife, or a 10 minute walk up to some of the other guesthouses in Bwejuu who also have restaurants. With bikes you can ride up to the top of the peninsula in about 40 minutes, and it's probably not too long to cycle to Jozani forest either if you're feeling energetic.

There were only a few small things I would have changed about this place. Firstly was the bathroom, which didn't really fit with the traditional style of the bedrooms. The second was that the loungers by the pool weren't as comfortable as they could be. However these things didn't affect the enjoyment of our stay, and I would definitely come back here again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

If you need to recharge and want a secluded private tropical paradise, this is it. Great, spacious villas, good customer service, live music at dinner, great food, nice pool, private beach cabana, great breeze..... Will definitely go again.

Peaceful environment, great stress detoxer!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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London, Canada
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

I have stayed in wonderful hotels for travel all over the world. I wish to tell you, if you are travelling to the east coast of Zanzibar ie Paje or Bwejuu ... and are looking to chill in comfort and peace ... look no further. I absolutely enjoyed the entire experience of staying at the Palm Beach Inn. The staff are genuine and offer five star service; the food is outstanding; they have the best seafood pizza I have ever enjoyed. The fresh seafood on the menu was caught that day. Overall the beach and this east coast location has not suffered from the tourist onslaught and you can see life on the beach as it has been for hundreds of years. Real travel adventure. The positive reviews found here on TA are dead on.

Room Tip: The room prices had a significant range and that will dictates your comfort level. Although I had a...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bwejuu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar
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Ranked #44 of 122 B&Bs / Inns in Zanzibar
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Number of rooms: 13
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