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“Amazing service!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Zanzibar, Tanzania   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Amazing service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

From the warm welcoming waves to the last goodbyes, we experienced impeccable service. This place can hardly be put into words, the rooms, the food, the staff, everything was perfect. Ditch your shoes and enjoy true barefoot luxury, you will never want to leave!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

I had an amazing time staying at this private island, the service was great, we had our own butler, a chef made to order what we asked for, we had privacy, internet was running faster than back home (they got their own satellite). I had massage on the beach, we dinned in front of our cabana, had drinks with other guests by the open bar and we did some snorkeling with dolphins.
Truly unforgettable, wish we had stayed longer!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Mnemba Island Lodge represents the ultimate get-away where every aspect of a truly memorable holiday experience is rated 5*. Between the warm welcome upon arrival on this tiny island and the sad send-off from the beach on our last day, we enjoyed the discrete privacy of our own chalet, food prepared for the most discerning palette, daily walks around the island, snorkelling over many of the reefs that surround the island, exploring the surrounding waters in a canoe, sundowners on the beach, watched silently as a greenback turtle lay a batch of 110 eggs at 11.30 one night and also watched as 7 late-hatched baby turtles scrambled from their nest to an uncertain future in the big ocean. The personal attention to detail was evident not only during our stay on the island, but also off the island where andBeyond representatives were at hand at Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam airports.

Room Tip: North East in February and North facing in Jun/Jul due to the prevailing winds
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed on Mnemba for five nights following a week long, spectacular -- but draining -- safari. Arriving at Mnemba was just what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves before heading back home.

From the moment we got to the Mnemba crossing point we were excited and the giddiness never wore off. We were warmly welcomed by the manager Mike and our butler, Roja. We settled in, briefed the very talented chef Simon on my wife's dietary restrictions, and then started enjoying superb food, drink, service, snorkeling, people and weather. There was simply no aspect of our stay that was less than perfect and we consider ourselves pretty tough customers.

In our opinion, Mnemba is unequivocally the most beautiful island in the world and all of the staff do it justice. I can't recommend it any more highly or strongly and would urge any person interested in going to reach out to me directly so that I can answer any questions you may have.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jakkalsfontein, west coast. south africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

What a wonderful week of relaxation, swimming, snorkeling, eating exceptional food, drinking really good wines and cocktails and above all, making new friends. We were last there in Jan 2005 and I think June is a better time to go. Warm but more moderate. The House Reef is close and coral and fish are abundant. The service by the butlers is excellent yet discreet. Thank you Mnemba team we will be back.

Room Tip: Rooms 8, 9 and 10 are right opposite the House Reef
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at Mnemba Island. Collected at Zanzibar airport by Abbas who took us on a short tour of Stone Town before the long but interesting drive to the shore to be picked up by a boat and taken to the island. He was very pleasant and we were delighted that he was there at the end of our stay to transfer us back to the airport. Fantastic that once on the island shoes are not necessary. We liked the laid back feel of the Island and the serving staff went to great lengths to make our stay enjoyable, serve dinners in different locations and provide killer cocktails on request! We enjoyed the sea food - and it was great that we could request changes to the menu when introduced by Simon each morning. The only negative on the food, and i see it was made in a previous review as well, was the pattern of cold soup and either sorbet or ice cream each lunch and dinner. A bit more innovation and variation with starters and desserts would have been welcomed. Main courses were great.Breakfasts were good and varied and there was no problem to ask for food not on the menu. The rooms, called Bandas, were large and had that perfect mix of informality but with all the creature comforts. Wifi in the camp was fast and available in the rooms.The doves - it is a breeding place for the doves - are a bit eerie at first but we soon got used to them. The managers were happy to attend to our requests. We would have liked a bit more interaction with management at meals particularly at dinner times but noted that we were left mostly in the care of the serving staff who were very attentive. Temaini and Christopher were stars. At meals you sit at your own table but there were wonderful other guests and we soon asked the staff to combine some of our tables. Interacting with the other guests was the highlight of our stay. We did not make much use of the diving - but enjoyed our snorkeling and our limited interaction with Matt who runs the diving operation was enjoyable.

Room Tip: We stayed in 2 which we enjoyed because of its proximity to the lounge and dining areas
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

This is a special place, but is so perfect that is boring :)! Everyplace is beautiful... the island is perfect, the room is amazing with astonished views, however if you are like me that have a kind of "doves phobia” you should avoid this place because as much as you “say” for yourself that those birds are not bordering you, you are laying for yourself since they go inside you bedroom/bathroom and they don’t go inside you bed when you are sleeping for one reason: you have mosquito net on that…
Food: disappoint… all days you have a cold soup and something else (nothing special)… at night: amazing tables with candles… amazing butler…but they have a tiny mouse that runs in the lounge… ok nature…
Dives: don’t go there for this reason… you’ll be really disappointed… since the ocean is really cool and the fishes are in some place that is not there.
Upside: at the daylight (the birds are at the continent) so you can have the paradise for yourself… walking, snorkeling, eating drinking (very good brands)… it is very nice WHITOUT the birds and with a better chef! They should hire a better chef (the food is ok, nothing special… he is to young and seems that this is his experimental kitchen… not surprises…). It is a lot of money so definitely is not god money for value…

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Mnemba
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Mnemba
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Ten beachside bandas overlook the Mnemba atoll (a scuba diver's delight) at this romantic, private hideaway. From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking to massages on the beach and simply doing nothing at all, andBeyond Mnemba has something for everyone. ... more   less 
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Mnemba Island Hotel Mnemba

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