We stayed here at the end of a 2 week safari and wished we could have stayed longer. The rooms were fine (A/C not able to really cool the room but not too bad).I don't know the price or value since it was part of a package, We had a room in the Chinese doctor's home portion of the hotel with a nice bathroom that overlooked the ocean. Our friends had very small bathrooms and no view. Staff was pleasant even if their uniforms were kind of kitchy. Upon arrival, they greet guests with cool cloths and a glass of mango juice. They tried to accommodate us with a slightly delayed checkout but it was still hours before our flight so they provided a place to shower before our flight home. Make a reservation for seafood at the outdoor Terrace Restaurant. Everyone had great food with a fix prix menu- fabulous and generous portions. I have never left lobster on my plate before. I liked it so much I ordered lobster both nights and could not finish the large portion either night. Yummy! The pool is a delight although the beach is not. It is fun to see the dhows go by filled wiht me who hop into the water to be dropped off where ever is closest to home after a night of fishing but no swimming for women there in this Muslim country. The hotel has a separate private beach, Mangapwani, 20 minutes away with a free shuttle - it's a great place to have lunch and spend the day. We hired a wonderful guide to show us the city, Mussa Abdallah. He gave a very interesting educational city tour and then took us to see door carving, a spice farm where we had a local meal and to a school where the students were eager to speak to us in English. It was great. Contact him at email@example.com. Buy souvenirs at Memories of Africa - nice selection and good prices. At another shop, we bought a Tinga Tinga painting of animals but the shop keeper rolled it so tightly that the paint cracked. We had bargained down to $10 so no great financial loss but we wanted that for a grandchild's room.
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