We were here back in 2007 after a safari in the northern part of Tanzania and remembered it as a brilliant place, so after a safari in the south we returned to this hotel, and are very happy we did so. Rooms are large enough, bathroom is good, and you don't go here to stay in your room anyway.
Breackfast is a large buffet with lots of choice, only the selection of cold-cuts is limited. In an Italian managed hotel I would expect some salami, mortadella, prociutto etc. Lunch and diner buffet in the main restaurant are as good as you can expect from a buffet, with a pasta station and a grill with fresh tuna or snapper. If you take your time between the courses (soup, salad, main course and dessert) you can easily spend 2 hours dining, just very relaxed.
Lunch at the pool is good with a choice of burgers, sandwitches, salads and pasta, and small snacks are available throughout the day. In the evening it changes to the Coral-Cove pizza restaurant wich I found was very good. Delicious tuna-carpaccio and nicely spiced pizza diavolo. Allthough the pizza place is included, they say you need reservation. When we were there, only 2 or 3 tables were used and I really don't understand why not more people used it.
On fryday the dinner is in the African Village with all the buffets outside, so you can have dinner walking barefeet in the sand. The other restaurants, which are not included, we didn't try. Absolutely no need for that. In general I would say the food is the best you can get in an all-inclusive hotel.
Drinks are good and plentyful. You get your beer in a bottle and wine in a normal glass, and not in a thimble like some other all-in hotels. Waiters are good and service is quickly. If anyone complains that he couldn't get enough drinks, that is really his own fault.
There is a gym with some outdated and ram-shackle equipment, but as it is in the open air, you don't need to work very hard to loose some sweat in these temperatures.
The coffee bar, where you can smoke the water pipe is a nice experience. The sunset bar is mostly quite empty, this may be caused by the sometimes really irritating music. Some nights there is a band, and the atmosphere brightens up immediately.
When you want to do an excursion, call a local tour operator (like Madeira Tours, and there are much more) and don't book at the hotel. A tour to prison island will cost you $ 100 each at the hotel, and $ 65 with Madeira. And it's the same tour.
We used the spa once, and had a hot-stone massage. Was quite good and not overpriced, but beware the stones are really very hot.
The only real downside of this hotel are the very frequent short power cuts. They appear several times a day for a few seconds. And every time you have to start the AC in your room by hand. For the rest it is one of the best places to relax anywhere.
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