If you want a boutique hotel experience that is so close to the beach you have to raise your voice to be heard over the waves, book this hotel. If you can afford it, ask for a cottage room. It is a two story room perched over the ocean. Spectacular view. Negatives: the a/c unit in the bedroom was noisy and the temp control didn't work. We froze to death with it on and roasted to death from the heat if we left it off. Tried to get maintenance to fix it, but it never improved. Couldn't leave the doors open since the mosquitos were abundent and the bed netting couldn't keep them all out. The water pressure in the shower was good but there is zero counter space in the bathroom which was hard for two people. A tv hanging inside the canopy bed was a bit tacky as well.
There is a private beach area for the hotel but it blends with the main beach and doesn't feel exclusive. The pool area is very nice - infinity pool, well stocked bar and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. However, many of the umbrellas are broken from the high winds and the pool water wasn't cleaned daily and smelled a little off at times. Unlimited free internet / wifi in the library area with two computers for guest use.
The food in the restaurant and the bar was quite good. Lots of variety on the menus too. Downside was very slow service, go before you are hungry.
Big downside to this hotel and the area in general is that it was more than an hour drive from the airport to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic, boutique hotel located on the northern tip of the Island, blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique, cool and relaxing environment. Set in a lush tropical garden with direct access to white powder beaches and the Indian Ocean, the Z hotel has been finished to an extremely high specification. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto a balcony, which looks out across the crystal blue ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- z Hotel Nungwi
- The Z Hotel Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Nungwi